Darwin Zen Group are offering a rare chance to experience a week of restful silence and meditation in beautiful bush setting, a sesshin following the traditional Zen retreat form.
Sesshin means to ‘Touch the Heart-Mind, Convey the Heart-Mind’. If you have some experience of meditation and feel ready to move into a deeper level of practice, sesshin provides an opportunity to leave the routines of your life and settle into the peace and grace of this ancient tradition, with seated and walking meditation, body practice, mindfulness, private interviews with the teacher and Dharma talks to inspire your practice and support awakening to the Truth of who you are.
Dr Justine Mayer teacher with the Darwin Zen Group, was invited to teach and continue the Diamond Sangha tradition by Subhana Barzaghi Roshi. Justine has a special interest in insight and transformation through koan introspection and individual spiritual inquiry. Justine is a General Practitioner who works in Aboriginal health. She combines Zen insight, psychology and neurophysiology to offer practical responses to the challenges of daily life. Subhana Barzarghi Roshi from the Sydney Zen Centre and Ellen Davison Roshi from the Kuan Yin Centre in Lismore will be attending and also offering Zen talks and Inquiry.
The Sesshin is held in a beautiful bush setting near Darwin. Two bed dorm and camping are available and delicious vegetarian food. Cost $400 waged and $250 concession. Please visit Darwin Zen Group website for pictures of retreats and for further information and registration form. REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT IS ESSENTIAL BY 21/6/17 FOR PLANNING PURPOSES For any inquiries about the retreat contact 89853781, email email@example.com or use the contact form
you can register using the online registration form
There will be a special final Transmission Ceremony for Justine on the final day of the retreat.
Please see the letter below from Subhana Barzaghi Roshi, explaining the significance of the ceremony.
Dharma Transmission as a Zen Roshi in the Diamond Sangha On Sunday 30th July, I will conduct and celebrate a Dharma Transmission Zen ceremony for Justine Myoko Mayer. This is a rare and special event that gives full acknowledgment to Justine Mayer as a fully qualified Zen Roshi. Dharma Transmission is often a foreign and confusing term. Back in 1996 when I received transmission from my teachers Aitken Roshi and John Tarrant Roshi at Kodo-ji - Temple of the Ancient Ground, my mother kept referring to it as some ordination ceremony as if I was about to shave my head and become a Zen priest, others thought that it was a kind of transformation ceremony. Well it’s not an ordination or transformation ceremony nor some holy sanctification. Dharma transmission is a ceremony of acknowledgment that Justine Mayer is a fine, experienced and fully qualified Zen teacher in her own right. She has completed many years training as an Apprentice teacher in the Diamond Sangha and has been supervised and mentored by her senior teachers Subhana Barzaghi Roshi and Ellen Davison Roshi. Justine has been studying Zen meditation for over 20 years. This ceremony confirms that Justine has a clear dharma eye and has demonstrated an ability to work with students in our Diamond Sangha Zen lineage. The title ‘Roshi’ means fully authorised Zen teacher. It is now her turn to turn the Dharma wheel of wisdom and compassion to dispel suffering and delusion and convey the wise and liberating teachings of the Buddha Dharma. The formal ceremony will consist of; Welcome Address and Introduction to Transmission, Sutra chanting, a dharma talk by Justine, an open dharma inquiry, taking the 16 Bodhisattva ethical precepts, presentation of the lineage charts and teaching rakasu and formal gifts from the teachers and Sangha members. The ceremony will be followed by a Vegetarian Lunch. Subhana Barzaghi Roshi Myo Un An For inquiries about special ceremony please call Laura 0438 276 215