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.

Recent Talks

Recent Dharma Talks by Geoff Dawson

Reflective Talks by Ordinary Mind Zen Melbourne

Recent Student Writings

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

Crafting Moments of Tranquility

Contribution by Anja
The Japanese expression wakei-seijyaku is made up of four characters – wa means harmony, kei is respect, sei stands for purity, and jyaku for serenity and appreciation. It means taking the time to deliberately ‘craft’ an experience of inner tranquility, to rest in the present noticing a moment of beauty. … More Crafting Moments of Tranquility

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.