(07) 5471 1332 [email protected] Post P.O. Box 631, Cooroy, Qld. 4563


Barry Farrin Roshi

ALL NEW STUDENTS should arrange an introductory meeting, enabling them to make an informed decision about Zen and understand its relevance in the 21st century, before attending their first meditation sitting.

This year we are planning to hold a number of celebrations to mark 30 years of Forest Way Zen teaching and leadership by Barry Ku San on the Sunshine Coast. All those who have been associated in this work, whether as students, supporters, or friends, are invited to participate. If you would like to show your personal support, please contact us

Introduction to Zen Buddhism

Two Saturdays In February

Zen is a style of Buddhist training that developed in China as Chan and then found it’s way via Japan to the West. It came to Australia in the mid 1970s. This two-day workshop will run from 9am-12pm on Saturdays 16th and 23rd February 2019 at the Doonan Zendo.

Learn how to use meditation to create calm and peace in your life.

Learn how to sit to minimise stress on the body and how to feel comfortable when sitting in Zen meditation.

Learn the authentic Zen and the values of this tradition.

Training is conducted with emphasis on the needs of people living in the 21st century.

This workshop will cover Zen meditation, history and philosophy. After completing this two-day introduction participants will have all the skills they need to practice Zen Buddhism. You will then be welcomed into the sangha at Forest Way Zen.

Barry Farrin Roshi will be conducting this course with the help of senior students.

When: 16th and 23rd February at 9am-12

Place: Doonan Zendo

COST: $60 for both days reading material will be provided.

All fees will be donated to Bodhgaya Development Association in India. Each $100 allows a student to attend school for one year and includes one meal a day. This is in the state of Bihar which is one of the poorest regions of India. PHONE 0407114761 for booking.


Forest Way Zen places emphasis on the ordinary moments of our life and encourages the members to take responsibility for their actions. Students are shown how to examine the relevance of Zen in the 21st century. The aim is to support students to find their own spiritual liberation leading to awakening.



Forest Way Zen Care is a special interest group that runs SEPARATELY  to our regular Zen programme, helping to alleviate the emotional suffering of people affected by cancer and other life threatening illness through mindfulness meditation. Commencing Sunday 4th February and every Sunday, ongoing at the Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre, Fifth Ave, Cotton Tree from 9.30am-11.30am. Admission is free, no donation required.


If you’d like to know how to live life with greater purpose, less suffering, and more joy, please contact Forest Way Zen.

Upcoming Retreats  - ZAZENKAI AND SESSHIN

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM KU SANLast year we have held several short retreats and a 5 day Sesshin in May.If you have tried Zen for some years and feel ready to adventure into attending longer retreats, this will be possible this year and you will have time to organize your time off work and personal commitments.The shorter retreats are for people who are still feeling their way into Zen. These Zazenkai or short retreats help us to develop our deep Zen practice. They help us develop the skills and confidence to attend some longer Zen training.Sunday morning mindfulness meditation for people with chronic illness, chronic pain and other long-term issues that restrict enjoyment of life have been successfully running since February. I have called for volunteers to help support this program and to help new people attending for the first time to feel welcome.Volunteers need not attend every Sunday but only when they have time. There is no charge for anyone for these days. I HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE USE OF THE ROOM FOR FREE, which would cost $50 normally.I think that volunteers who can attend will see the power of meditation enhancing peoples lives. This will give everyone who attends an opportunity to have more meditation practice as well.I hope to see you sitting in Zen on some of these days.Warm Regards to all Zen studentsRoshi Ku San Barry  

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