Dokusan is a private and confidential interview with a teacher about your Zen practice. It’s a unique opportunity to clarify, share, and develop your understanding of Zen.
Kirk Fisher, Apprentice Teacher in the Diamond Sangha, offers dokusan every few weeks as part of Melbourne Zen Group meditation meetings.
Members of the Public and Dokusan
If you’re not formally a member of Melbourne Zen Group, you are welcome to attend dokusan as an initial exploration. After this beginning period, usually about 3 months, we ask you to apply to join as a Melbourne Zen Group member, and participate more fully in sangha activities and responsibilities.
Upcoming Dokusan Dates
Saturday, 28 October
Tuesday, 7 November
Saturday, 18 November
Tuesday, 5 December
Saturday, 16 December
Preparation for Dokusan
It’s best to sit zazen for at least half an hour before going into dokusan. This will help you focus during your interview—both for your benefit, and the benefit of the teacher who is gifting you with their time. Continuing zazen after your interview will help you integrate your experience of dokusan back into your practice.
There is no need to book in order to attend dokusan with Kirk, however please plan to attend the entire meditation session at which dokusan is being offered. This will ensure that you’re present when the dokusan procedure is explained. Staying for the entire session also shows respect for your fellow sitters, and confirms that your practice is not just for yourself, but for all beings.
Our suggested donation towards venue costs is $5 ($3 concession) per session, or a weekly contribution of $6 ($4 concession) if you attend two or more sessions a week.