Zen Group of Western Australia
|Zen Group of Western Australia|
|Denomination||Diamond Sangha, Zen|
|Founder(s)||Robert Aitken Roshi|
|Rōshi(s)||Ian Sweetman Roshi, Ross Bolleter Roshi|
|Address||Fremantle, Western Australia|
Affiliation and practice
In keeping with Diamond Sangha tradition, the ZGWA uses rituals from both the Soto and Rinzai schools. Mediation practices of Shikantaza from the Sōtō school and koan training from the Rinzai school are typical forms of practise employed by students in the group, under the guidance of the groups roshi.
ZGWA's senior teacher is Ross Bolleter Roshi, who supervises new Zen teachers and assists with the founding of new groups throughout Australia and New Zealand. Ross Bolleter Roshi received transmission from Robert Aitken Roshi in 1995. Ian Sweetman Roshi is the resident teacher in Perth, authorized in 2001 by Ross Bolleter Roshi.
The group is a not-for-profit organization, assisted by an annually elected council of volunteer members. Council responsibilities include the organizing of sesshin and weekly zazen, correspondence to members about events and assisting with orientation for newcomers.
The ZGWA has no proprietary residence. Appropriate housing of the zendo is made by rental arrangement.
The ZGWA started in 1983 with a small group of people sitting in a private home in Mt. Claremont, Perth. Over the years, the ZGWA's meeting place zendo has moved from private residences to an office building in Fremantle, and is currently situated at a church hall.
- http://www.ciolek.com/WWWVLPages/ZenPages/HaradaYasutani.html (Aitken Line)
- http://www.zgwa.org.au/resources/constitution.html Section 4
- http://www.zgwa.org.au/resources/constitution.html Section 6