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
HOW CAN FOREST WAY ZEN HELP YOU?
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.
Regular meditation sittings in the Doonan Zendo 2018
All of the below sessions are FREE but a DANA (Donation) will help the Forest Way Zen continue to run these events.
Please feel free to message us at anytime or call (07) 5471 1332. Thank you!
Upcoming Retreats - ZAZENKAI AND SESSHIN
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM KU SANI have planned nine Zen retreats this year to give the sangha members an opportunity to attend short or long retreats. This should give everyone a chance to experience Zen more like it is practiced in Japan, Korea and China.I don’t imagine that most people will attend most of these Zazenkai and Sesshin this year. I know you have family and work commitments that have priority as they should.If you have tried Zen for some years and feel ready to adventure into attending longer retreats this year you have time to organize your time off work and personal commitments. You will have the opportunity this year to put aside the time for a, five day sesshin or a seven day sesshin. We are running two, a five day sesshin and one seven day sesshin.There are amply shorter retreats during the year 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.I have decided to run a Sunday morning mindfulness meditation for people with chronic illness, chronic pain and other long-term issues that restrict enjoyment of life. I have called for volunteers to help seed 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 have more meditation practice as well.I hope this year you can find yourself siting in Zen on some of these days.Marie and I are intending to do a partner/solo retreat for 28 days early this year. Ordinary practice periods will remain for all students during this time.Warm Regards to all Zen studentsRoshi Ku San Barry
Proposed schedule 2018
One day Zazenkai (Saturdays) 10th February, 24th March, 9th June, 18th August and 11th November
Two day Zazenkai Saturday & Sunday 21st-22nd July
5 day Sesshin Tuesday 1st May- Sunday 6th May
7 day Sesshin Sunday 30th September-Sunday 7th October
5 day Christmas Sesshin Thursday 27th December-Monday 31st December