Weekly sittings are held every Sunday evening from 7.00-9.00 pm (except when Silent Practice Days or Sesshin are being held – see below for dates). Sittings are held at the Lavalla Centre in the inner western suburb of Paddington. Sunday sittings consist of a number of 30 minute periods of zazen (sitting practice) interspersed with short periods of formal walking (kinhin). Interviews with the resident teacher are offered on some Sunday nights, and dharma talks are given from time to time. Tea and conversation sometimes follows. If you wish to attend, please see Participating in this website.
Sittings are in recess from late December until mid-January each year. In 2017, we will resume sitting on 15 January.
University of Queensland group
This offshoot group is organised by OMZB members and meets weekly for lunch hour sittings during university semesters. It is open to anyone with a compatible sitting practice or interested in beginning a sitting practice. Please contact us for details. Sittings will resume in 2017 at the start of Semester 1.
Silent Practice Days
These are opportunities for longer sitting, usually running from 9.00-5.00 daily, and are one or two days in duration. Silent Practice Days are held several times a year and there is an SPD or Sesshin in most months. As well as sitting periods, they include dharma talks or dialogues, and interviews with the teacher. SPDs are non-residential and are held in Brisbane. Participation in a Silent Practice Day assumes prior experience.
In 2017 Silent Practice Days are scheduled for February, April (2 days), May, June, July, and November.
Sesshin is a residential training period of several days, in which we observe silence and follow a fixed daily schedule centered on sitting practice (zazen), as well as periods of exercise, work (samu), formal meals (oryoki) and rest. A 5-day Sesshin is held in September each year at a retreat centre at Springbrook in the Border Ranges. Sesshin is taught by the group’s resident teacher. Occasionally, visiting teachers are invited to lead sesshins. Attendance at Sesshin assumes a well-established practice and some experience of longer sitting, such as in Silent Practice Days.
In 2017, Sesshin is scheduled for 23-27 September.