Dokusan (teacher interview)

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 face-to face dokusan (Covid restrictions permitting) on the first Tuesday of each month, during group meditation at CERES. Kirk also offers phone dokusan.

Who can do dokusan?

Dokusan with Kirk is open to all members of the Melbourne Zen Group. If you’re not a member, but have started attending our group meditation, you’re welcome to attend dokusan a few times as part of your initial exploration of zen practice. If, after after a period of around three months, you’d like to continue attending dokusan with Kirk, we ask you that you apply for Melbourne Zen Group membership and contribute more fully to our practice community.

Upcoming dokusan opportunities

Speak to Colin Briton mzgpractice@gmail.com – or Kirk – to receive monthly email notices of upcoming dokusan opportunities, along with more detailed instructions on how to book a specific dokusan time with Kirk.

Preparation for doksuan

There’s no one way to do dokusan, however it’s best to sit zazen for at least half an hour before going into dokusan. This helps focus your practice and bring a spirit of openness and inquiry to the dokusan room – for your benefit and the benefit of the teacher who is gifting you with their time.