The Melbourne Zen Group is based in Brunswick East, Melbourne, Australia. Our meditation meetings, retreats and workshops are open to both members and non-members.

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Autumn Sesshin with Susan Murphy Roshi

Dates: Saturday 11 April – Saturday 18 April 2015
Location: Casa Pallotti (near Millgrove, Yarra Valley)

To ensure your place, and to facilitate planning, please submit your completed application form as soon as possible.

Early Bird fees apply until Saturday, 14 March.

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Zazenkai Talk – Translating Zen Literature

Speaker: Peter Wong
Date: Saturday, 28 February
Time: 9am to 1pm (zazen 9am to 12pm, talk 12pm)

Peter will talk informally about his recent work on the book Dongshan’s Five Ranks: Keys to Enlightenment, by Ross Bolleter. Peter collaborated with Ross to translate some key passages from Zen literature.

Peter will talk about some of his puzzles and difficulties with translating Dongshan’s verses on the Five Ranks, and about why works such as Sandokai (Cantongqi) and the Song of the Precious Jewel Mirror Samadhi may be easier to translate.

This will offer a deeper appreciation of the art of translation and of the greater importance of imageries over concepts in Zen literature.

The talk commences at 12pm. If you are unable to attend all of zazenkai, you are welcome to attend the talk only. Please arrive before the talk commences, wait for the previous sitting round to end, and then enter the dojo quietly and respectfully.

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