Shodo Harada Roshi's visit to QCZ - July 2018
Queensland Zen Centre is delighted to announce that Shodo Harada Roshi and Venerable Dai Chi will be the very special guests of QZC in Brisbane from 14 to 17 July this year.
Harada Roshi is the head Abbot of Sōgen-ji — a three-hundred-year-old temple in Okayama, Japan - and a dharma heir of Mumon Yamada Roshi. This is Harada Roshi's first visit to Australia and will be a one-off opportunity to practice with this world-renowned zen teacher.
Harada Roshi will be accompanied by the Venerable Dai Chi, his long term translator and a teacher in her own right. An ordained Rinzai practitioner with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Dai Chi has lived and worked at Sōgen-ji since 1982.
During his visit to Brisbane, Roshi will lead an intensive five-day retreat for experienced practitioners, and will also offer a public dharma talk that will be open to all.
If you are interested in participating in the retreat, please complete the online application form and provide details of your experience of zen practice and history of previous retreats. If you would like to attend the talk, please register your interest by contacting us.
We look forward to hearing from you, and to welcoming Roshi and Dai Chi to Brisbane.
Shodo Harada Roshi
You can find more about Shodo Harado Roshi, his lineage, teachings and home temple of Sogenji at the One Drop Zen Website: http://onedropzen.org/home
Priscilla Dai Chi Storandt
More information about Dai Chi can be found at the website of Enso House hospice, where Dai Chi is a board member:
This intensive sitting meditation retreat is for experienced practitioners only. Subject to the final retreat schedule, formal practice will commence by 4:00am every morning and conclude by 10pm in the evening. Throughout the entire retreat, participants will be expected to participate in all formal practice sessions, attend dharma talks and koan interviews, as well as help out with food preparation/meal clean up, and grounds/house cleaning.
In order to prepare the premises before the retreat, all practitioners will be expected to arrive by Friday noon, 13 July, and depart on Tuesday evening, 17 July, after the retreat clean up is concluded. The practice forms will be in accordance with the Japanese Rinzai tradition and an orientation session will be held on Saturday morning, 14 July, prior to the retreat commencement.
The retreat application form can be found here. All applications will be viewed by Zen Master Senshin, and kept strictly confidential.
Applications for single day attendance for Sunday 15 and Monday 16 July are now open. While the retreat schedule will not be finalised until closer to Roshi's arrival, it is anticipated that participants will be expected to arrive about 8am and to depart at about 5pm. Participant requirements include attending all practice sessions (including lunch) throughout the whole day. Additionally, participants will need to have practiced with a group, in any Buddhist tradition(s), but not necessarily sat a retreat. The fee for the day will be: $50.00.
For those who are interested, please apply via email@example.com and include the following information:
Name / address / contact numbers
Practice experience/group/teacher (if any)
Preferred day(s) of attendance
All information will be shared with Zen Master Senshin and kept strictly confidential.
Please note: for those experiencing financial hardship, retreat scholarships are available through the Shosei Scholarship Fund. If you wish to request financial assistance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those applying for scholarship, please ensure an application form for the full retreat, or an email for single day attendance, accompanies your request.