Silky Oak Zen 

 

We are a small community devoted to awakening the heart of wisdom and compassion. Our Sangha has a common commitment to cultivate our practice in our daily lives, in society and in all our relationships.  We offer support for meditation and mindfulness, whether at home, work or at the centre. We are a non-profit organisation which offers a setting for people of various backgrounds to simply cultivate the practice of Zen. We are affiliated with The Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun (ZBOHY) USA and "The Order of the Boundless Way" USA. 

 


Who is our "Resident Teacher"?

Jishin Hoka (Matt Lawther) is a transmitted teacher and an ordained member of  "The Order of the Boundless Way" (Mugendo Zen Kai). He is also a Buddhist Chaplain, registered with The Buddhist Council of NSW, Australia. 

Matt has studied in Japanese, Korean and Chinese Buddhist traditions and has a degree in Buddhist studies from The World Buddhist University. He is particularly interested in the contemporary use of Zen Dharma in Western culture. 

 

The Order of the Boundless Way

 
The Order of the Boundless Way is committed to the promotion and practice of Zen Buddhism as a universal form, open and available to everyone, independent of specific ethnic or cultural practices or traditions. The Order consists primarily of individuals who have chosen the path of Zen as Wayfarers, and chose to join the Order for religious affiliation and/or spiritual advancement.
 
Boundless Way practitioners seek to integrate spirituality into their day-to-day lives by way of Zen practice. We recognize that everyday life is Zen practice, and that everyday life is different for everyone. Thus, though we may often practice together in groups, members of the Order are generally individual householders who maintain a personal Zen practice.
 
All members of the Order are known as Wayfarers (Jp.-Dojin Ch.-Daoren) regardless of their vocation. Some may choose to live as monks or become clergy, but this is purely optional and is up to each individual. Members of the Order who intend to become clergy and/or live as monks are expected to follow a path of personal commitment corresponding to those lifestyles and vocations.
 
The Order of the Boundless Way is officially recognized and incorporated as a religious order within the Lin Chi / Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism through the lineage of Chinese Zen Master Hsu Yun.


 

Teachers of Boundless Mind Zen

 
As illustrated in the story of Huiko and Bodhidharma, Zen teachers are recognised as teachers by their students and ultimately receive all of their authority from this recognition. Those who are recognised as teachers are individuals who have committed to a life of practice and living by the precepts, becoming living expressions of the Dharma. As such, individuals become genuine teachers of the Dharma through personal example. Through this natural process the teacher's understanding and authority is authentically realised rather than institutionally instated and sanctioned.
 
Members of the Order who are committed to ongoing education and training are encouraged to study, train and practice with established teachers, regardless of lineage and tradition, and develop a well-rounded background in traditional practices, protocols, and forms. Being recognised and successful as a Dharma Teacher can only result from personal commitment, experience and due diligence. Teachers within the Order are individuals who have committed to the transmission of the Dharma and teaching through their living example.
 
Fundamental to the philosophy of Boundless Mind Zen is the recognition that teachers themselves are also students of Zen and that the nature and quality of their teaching is derived from their own understanding and practice. As continuing students, they are committed to an openness and fluidity of teaching and practice, and may develop and apply diverse approaches to their methods of teaching.