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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Dharma Sharing May to September 2022

Our current Dharma sharing topic is the Xin Xin Ming.

Non-Residential Meditation Weekend at CERES
with Subhana Barzaghi Roshi and Wayne Rankin Sensei

No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering to Liberation

Friday 9 September 7pm to Sunday 11 September 1pm

Further information and bookings

Zen practice offers a powerful, mindful container to understand, attend to, and see into the causes and conditions that create suffering without being overwhelmed by it. ‘When we know how to suffer,’ Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh says, ‘we suffer much, much less.’  

It sounds paradoxical, but when we are able to compassionately face suffering, we are more available to life’s wonders, joy and deep freedom. In the midst of our humble human experience and vulnerability we come to discover that this very place is the lotus land, this very body the Buddha. Zazen and the liberating teachings of the dharma offer a pathway to realise and abide in the peaceful river of our essential nature of ‘no mud and no lotus.’

About Subhana

Subhana received full authorisation to teach as a Zen Roshi in 1996 from her teachers Robert Aitken and John Tarrant, and was the first female Roshi in the Diamond Sangha Tradition. Subhana founded and built the Kuan Yin Meditation Centre in Lismore in 1997, has been a senior guiding resident teacher of the Sydney Zen Centre since 2000, and a guiding teacher for the Melbourne Zen Group since 1997. Subhana is also an authorised Insight Meditation teacher and a qualified psychotherapist, and is passionate about exploring the relationship between silent meditative practice and creative expression.