Ordinary Mind Zen Melbourne

Welcome to the website of the Ordinary Mind Zen Melbourne. We are currently in the process of developing a new website. In the meantime, you can continue to join us for our meetings and visit the Ordinary Mind Zen School Sydney website for more information about our practice and procedures.

Meditation Days

Ordinary Mind Zen Melbourne holds monthly meditation days (2nd Sunday of the month) in Kangaroo Ground (25 Donaldson's Rd, Kangaroo Ground, Melways 271 D 12 - proceed straight to the end of the drive). The day goes from 9:45 AM (with an introduction for newcomers) until 12:30 PM, followed by lunch. The meditation day on 13th July will be an all day Zazenkai. Please contact Tom or Anja for further details.


Anja Tanhane
Tom Fisher

About the Ordinary Mind Zen School

The Ordinary Mind Zen School is evolving a style of Zen that is adapted to Western temperaments and ways of life but maintains the rigour and discipline of its traditional roots. The teaching is highly pragmatic. It is less concerned with the concentrated pursuit of special experiences than with the development of insight into the whole of life. It favours a slower but healthier, more responsible development of the whole character, in which psychological barriers and emotions are addressed rather than bypassed.

It sees practice as working with whatever comes up in our everyday lives, including being in a relationship, family life, the workplace as well as the formal and structured practice of Zen.

Charlotte Joko Beck and her dharma successors have established the Ordinary Mind Zen School, whose purpose is set forth in the following statement:

The Ordinary Mind Zen School intends to manifest and support practice of the awakened way, as expressed in the teaching of Charlotte Joko Beck. The school is composed of Charlotte Joko Beck, her dharma successors, and teachers and successors they, as individuals, have formally authorised.

There is no affiliation with other zen groups or religious denominations; however, membership in this school does not preclude individual affiliation with other groups. Within the school there is no hierarchy of dharma successors.
The awakened way is universal; the medium and methods of realisation vary according to circumstances. Each dharma successor in the school may apply diverse practice approaches and determine the structure of any organisation that s/he may develop to facilitate practice.

The successors acknowledge that they are ongoing students, and that the quality of their teaching derives from the quality of their practice. As ongoing students, teachers are committed to the openness and fluidity of practice, where in the wisdom of the absolute may be manifested in/as our life. An important function of this school is the ongoing examination and development of effective teaching approaches to insure comprehensive practice in all aspects of living.

May the practice of this school manifest wisdom and compassion, benefiting all beings.

About Our Teacher

Geoff Dawson is a Dharma Successor of Charlotte Joko Beck and the teacher of the Ordinary Mind Zen School, Sydney. He began the school in 1998 and received Dharma Transmission in 2003.

He has been studying and practising Zen Buddhism since 1975 and was one of the founders of Zen in Australia. He has also presented at many seminars and conferences in Australia on Buddhism and Psychotherapy.

Geoff Dawson is also a registered psychologist. He works in full time private practice at North Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

He provides adult psychotherapy, couples therapy, family therapy and clinical supervision that is integrated into a Buddhist perspective