When coming to practice at QZC for the first time:
Welcome: this page is designed to provide some basic information for new practitioners, but if you have any questions or would like further information please do contact us. For our address and directions to the zen centre, please email us directly.
New comers to QZC: if you have no previous practice experience or if you are new to QZC, the first Wednesday of each month provides an entry point, with time for talks and discussion, as well as an introduction to our practice style.
What to wear: please wear loose, comfortable, modest clothing, such as long trousers or skirts, and short or long-sleeved t-shirts or shirts.
What to bring: sitting cushions and mats (or chairs for those who prefer not to sit on the floor) are provided, but if you have your own cushion or bench that you like to use, please feel free to bring it. Instruction on sitting posture will be provided.
When to arrive: on your first visit, please arrive 20 minutes before the advertised session start time, to allow for some basic orientation and instruction. Feel free to ask questions! Otherwise, please arrive 15 minutes ahead of the start time, so we can be ready to start on time.
Should I get in contact first? Please get in touch via our email address when you plan to come for the first time.
Is there a fee? Contributions towards our costs (such as venue hire) are greatly appreciated - the suggested contribution per session is $7. But cost should never be a barrier to attendance - please pay what you can afford. Please put your donation in the red donation box on the altar in the dharma room.
Supporting our teacher: Zen Master Senshin receives no payment for her teaching, volunteering her time and experience to students and friends on a spiritual path. Should you wish to make a contribution, please see our Treasurer, Shim Kwang, or another senior student.
What will the schedule be? Our practice periods begin with three prostration bows and a period of chanting meditation. We chant traditional Buddhist sutras and chanting books are provided. After chanting, periods of sitting meditation - following the breath, in stillness and silence - alternate with walking meditation. In addition, individual interviews with our teacher, Zen Master Senshin, are held as part of our Sunday morning practice. We close with the Four Great Vows and three prostration bows, and then there is time for refreshments, questions and discussion. Instruction in each of the practice forms is offered throughout the session.