Practising Zen: A Gentle Way of Living in the 21st Century

6 August 2019 - 27 August 2019
  • Day:Tuesday
  • Time:7.00PM - 9.00PM
  • No of Sessions:4
  • Duration:2 hours
  • Organising Entity:Buddhist Library
  • Event Speaker:Venerable Bom Hyon Sunim
  • or (02) 9519 6054
  • Location:Buddhist Library
  • Contribution:By donation
  • Course Details:

    6 August 2019

    13 August 2019

    20 August 2019

    27 August 2019

    Zen is a practice path for human beings to approach our experience of life in a way that leads to liberation, wisdom and compassion. It is entirely “experiential” and can only happen in this very moment, in this very place.

    We may be introduced to this practice through teachings and guides, but ultimately the practice is completely independent of any particular spiritual tradition. In this sense, Zen practice is about what we do in response to each and every moment of our lives. It calls us to enquire deeply into the nature of self and to face our fears and longings so that we might resolve the great matters of life and death … It shows us how to live fully in order to awaken completely to a profound tenderness and intimacy just as Sakyamuni Buddha did before us.

    Structure and content:

    This is a 4-week course. Each session will introduce an aspect of Zen teaching, followed by formal sitting and a short Q&A.

    Topics include:

    • What is Zen practice and how do you do it?
    • How does Zen fit within Buddhism?
    • Zen forms, customs and rituals
    • How to deal with intrusive thinking
    • Acceptance and non-acceptance
    • Self-nature and the matter of life and death
    • The Zen goal of goallessness
    • Practising undivided presence
    • Non-duality, intimacy and enlightenment
    • At the heart of Zen is the Heart Sutra
    • Koans for the 21st century
    • Staying engaged and maintaining a practice


    Teacher’s profile

    Venerable Bom Hyon Sunim is from the Korean Zen tradition and is resident at the Korean Jong Bop Sa Temple in Sydney. Sunim has recently relocated to Sydney, having lived in Victoria for the past 8 years, where she was the resident teacher of the Bodhi Ahm Buddhist Centre and founded the Healthcare Chaplaincy program for the Buddhist Council. She is also the Senior Buddhist Chaplain for the Australian Defence Forces.

    Sunim conducts regular teachings and retreats and continues to teach regularly with the Melbourne Sakya group. She is active in interfaith and welcomes engagement with all who are spiritually and ecologically motivated to live in right relationship to the planet and all beings.


    All Sessions by Donation (Dana) to the Buddhist Library. All donations to the Buddhist Library of $2 and over are tax deductible.

    Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a fee and it is up to individuals to determine the amount of dana they would like to offer. It can sometimes be easy to become confused when we are new to this and we wonder “how much should I give?” This is a relevant question in the material economy but an appropriate dana cannot be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and awareness of the costs and expenses associated with organising a course.