Formal Ceremony to Mark Kynan Sutherland’s Appointment as Apprentice Teacher

Susan Murphy Roshi, Kynan Sutherland Sensei and Kirk Fisher Sensei. Photography by Ron C. Moss

Susan Murphy Roshi, Kynan Sutherland Sensei and Kirk Fisher Sensei. Photography by Ron C. Moss

 
 

On Sunday 18th August Castlemaine Zen hosted a formal ceremony mark Kynan Sutherland’s appointment as Apprentice Teacher in the Diamond Sangha Lineage. Members of the Melbourne Zen Group, Mountains and RIvers Zen (Hobart) and Castlemaine Zen came together to celebrate this appointment, and Kynan was presented with a kotsu, or teaching stick.

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After a shared lunch Susan Murphy led an afternoon of Zen inquiry into Zen and the Ecological Crisis. Over fifty people attended to explore how Zen practice might animate, sustain and reveal appropriate action in the face of emergency.