Zen and Zazen with the Venerable Daiju Zenji

Meditation Australia presents an exploration of the meditation practices of the faith traditions.

Welcome to the first of a fascinating series of sessions looking at the meditation practices of faith traditions. Meditation Australia has a unique role of representation of all meditation practices. The faith and spiritual traditions are an important part of the long history and lineage of meditation and its place in our modern community.

In this session we will explore the practice of Zazen within the Zen tradition.

The Venerable Daiju Zenji (Simon Rowe) is an Australian-born Japanese Monastically-trained ordained monk of the Rinzai Zen Buddhist lineage. He has practiced and taught meditation in Buddhist monasteries and communities in India, Japan, the USA and Europe. For the last 20 years Ven. Daiju has been based in Sydney, Australia.

Whilst he has had the opportunity to learn from teachers of many different schools of Buddhism, including the His Holiness Dalai Lama, it was not until he found his way to Japan that he met his true teacher. Under the Reverend Shodo Harada Roshi, he experienced many years of continual training in the harshest of conditions and it was this Master and this Teaching which continues to guide his choices in life now.

Zen meditation i.e. Zazen (literally ‘Sitting Zen) is, at its core, Susosukan or Breath Counting Meditation. This technique evolved from the Vipassana (mindfulness) technique of the Theravada, the Southern school of Buddhism, which made its way into China during the Han Dynasty (~ 220 CE). On the surface there are many similarities but a major difference is our use of a single point of focus.

Although Zen can be translated as ‘contemplation’ or ‘absorption’ it is most generally used in modern Japanese to reflect the concept of ‘total awareness’.


Online via Zoom

Wednesday, June 5 · 12 – 1pm AEST

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