Ordinary Mind Zen Melbourne offers a Zen Buddhist approach to cultivating mindful awareness and presence in the activities of daily life.

It is open to beginners and experienced practitioners, and people of all traditions. The group is evolving a style of Zen Buddhism that is adapted to Western temperaments and ways of life, but maintains the rigour and discipline of its traditional roots.

Everyone is welcome to join us for our activities. We offer monthly meditation meetings, zazenkai (one-day sittings) three times a year, and sesshin (multi-day meditation intensives) once a year

The monthly meditation meetings are suitable for anyone with little or no meditation experience. If you are coming for the first time, please contact us to arrange an introduction for newcomers.

Starting Out
Monthly Meditation
Upcoming Calendar
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News & Updates

Trees, grass, dirt and earth: ancient wisdom and modern insights
Contribution by Penny


Just sitting is the essential Zen way to realising our connection with all things, but like many I find spending time in nature is also important to help me remain balanced when faced with personal challenges […]. I am grateful for the inspiration of ancient Indigenous wisdom..”
Link to Penny’s contribution.

Dharma Talks
By Geoff Dawson
A thousand mistakes. Ten thousand mistakes!
The Courage to Practice the Precepts
Self Confidence and No-Self Confidence
Discovering The Obvious
The Flow of Everyday Life
Where did we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?
At Home in Solitude
Dance of Sesshin 
Reflective Talk by Tom
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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, and pay respect to them and to their Elders past, present and emerging. We give thanks for their wisdom and for their care of country since ancient times, and acknowledge their resilience, their continuing culture, and the ongoing contribution they make to the life of this region.