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.

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Monthly Meditation
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News & Updates

2019 Four-Day Sesshin
Not a silent spring
It’s a symphony of songs
Blest Sesshin and yet
Penny Wagstaff (Nov 2019)

In the Dojo
Feeling the vibrations
Of the Tibetan bowl ringing
All sitting still and quiet
A moment of silence
Then the magpies song.
Michelle Morris (Nov 2019)

Morning walks
Surrounded by soft mist.
Tiny water droplets glisten,
Spiders web is made visible.
We stand watching the two horses
So present in their horseness
They see us
The expression in the grey one’s eyes
Touches me deeply
Michelle Morris (Nov 2019)

Dharma talks
Geoff’s talks
Provoking, humorous, inspiring
Planting seeds in our minds and hearts
Michelle Morris (Nov 2019)

Dharma Talks
by Geoff Dawson

Sesshin Day 3 The “Fifth” Noble Abode – Nov 2019
Sesshin Day 2 To Mature in Buddha’s Wisdom – Nov 2019
Sesshin Day 1 The Last Troubadour – Nov 2019
Nansen Kills The Cat 2
Absorptions and Awakenings
Global Warming

The Gift of Non-Striving 
Reflective Talk by Anja
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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.