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 Talk: The Wise Women in the Mortuary Grove —  on “the tolerance of birthlessness”

Apprentice teacher Kirk Fisher is offering Dokusan and a dharma talk on the 30th of March. The sit will be from 9:00 to 12:00 and the talk from 12:00 to 1:00

Seven sisters were planning an outing. Now that, in itself, piques the interest, right?
One of the sisters said, “Instead of going to the park, to enjoy the spring flowers, let’s go to the charnel grounds.”
One of the other sisters replied, “That place is a forest of decaying corpses. What is that good for?”
The first woman said, “Hmmm, let’s just go. Very good things are there.”
And so we go, to the interruptions in the continuity of our life. There is a loss of our usual sense of control. A loved one dies. We wash away one stage of life to enter a new one. Birth. Accident. Fall in love. A realisation of mu.
When such a threshold opens, what then?

—Case 38 from Entangling Vines


Dark of the Moon – Autumn Sesshin

with Susan Murphy Roshi


Assisted by Kirk Fisher, Apprentice Teacher

Saturday 27 April to Saturday 4 May, 2019
Casa Pallotti, Millgrove, Yarra Valley

This sesshin is now fully booked, and a waiting list applies.
Click here for further information and bookings
Early Bird Booking period ends Friday 29 March