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.

Update on Schedule

To support the health of our Sangha and community, Monthly Meditations and Zazenkai will not be held at Kangaroo Ground until further notice. To support ongoing practice, sittings are now occurring online. Please Contact Us or Subscribe to our Newsletter for more information.

Sesshin 2020

Saturday 31st October to Tuesday 3rd November 2020
Four day Sesshin with Geoff Dawson ONLINE
The sesshin will be a combination of online sessions (including zazen, sutra readings, and dharma talks by Geoff Dawson), as well as self-guided private practice.
Applications to attend the 2020 Sesshin are now open. Please follow this link for more details, including how to apply.

Recent Talks

Dharma Talks by Geoff Dawson

Reflective Talks by Ordinary Mind Zen Melbourne

Recent Student Writings

Student Writings by Ordinary Mind Zen Melbourne

Life Lessons from the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Contribution by Penny
This is a reflection inspired by a book I have read called: The Wisdom of Tea: Life Lessons from the Japanese Tea Ceremony. It was written by Noriko Morishita who studied Tea Ceremony for 25 years and she describes her gradual discovery of deep insights into life within the very rules that once seemed so constricting. It becomes a celebration of perseverance with spiritual practices even though we feel as though we are making no progress…..practice is all there is … More Life Lessons from the Japanese Tea Ceremony

The Hummingbird Story

Contribution by Adrien

I wanted to share a story that I read to my son quite often. It was written by a group of people in France whose focus is on educating and building a more sustainable society – the hummingbird movement. … More The Hummingbird Story

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.