Zen Eco-Symphony Village
Zen master Hogen has long had the dream of forming a residential zen community on a rural piece of land in Australia. It is envisaged that the land will incorporate a permanent community of students with their families as well as a zendo and facilities for residential sesshins and self retreats. We are actively investigating potential properties in the Springbrook area, in the mountains at the back of the Gold Coast, Queensland. This location is between Byron Bay and Brisbane, both centres where sangha members currently live. Springbrook offers a pristine environment but is also only a half an hours drive down the mountain to the Gold Coast. There is a preference for situating the community near the Theosophical Society retreat centre. (Open Way Zen does not have any connection to the Theosophical Society).
The following directions were written by Hogen-san during the time of his last visit. They are born out of his deep and long term commitment to us all, the Dharma, and his vision for a simple and pure life. This dream has been evolving for the past 15 years on this continent since the time of Hogen-san's first sesshin in Australia.
Please know, by your participation in this, however large or small, such a possibility ripens.
A primary step is to compile a register of interested friends and students. This will include name and contact details, suggestions, likely level of involvement and any skills or support available. Please contact us if you are interested.
The Basic Direction for Establishment of Our Zen Sangha Community.