The Dunedin Zen Group

Welcome to the web page of the Dunedin Zen Group. The DZG is committed to supporting Zen practice and training in Dunedin, and in NZ/Aoteaora. The group supports practice by arranging weekly practice sessions (zazen), as well as offering longer half day sits (zazenkai) and regular retreats (sesshin). We also have a small lending library. If you are interested in Zen, or in learning more you are welcome to contact us at the address below, or to come along on Wednesday night to our regular practice session. We meet at 7 pm at 37 James Street, North East Valley. There is no charge, but please make a donation towards costs. And if this is your first visit please try to come at least ten minutes early. E-mail:

The group is a part of the Diamond Sangha, and we are fortunate to have Glenn Wallis Roshi available as a Zen teacher to support practice. While we practice in the Diamond Sangha Zen lineage, everyone is welcome and we regularly have friends from other traditions sit and practice with us.


Tuesday night Beginners has ended for the year and will start up again in 2014. When we know when its starting up again, the date will be posted up here.


For 2014 Wednesday evening Zazen is held at 37  James St NEV.  1 km up North Rd, turn right at the ‘Makers Place’ church into James Street. There will be a sign up on the door. It’s good to arrive a few minutes early so we can be under way by 7pm. Please park on the downhill facing side of James Street.
Attendance no charge but donation appreciated.

Diamond Sangha Lineage

The Diamond Sangha Zen Lineage comes out of the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Japan

The Sanbo Kyodan is a modern reformation movement in Japanese Zen that blends Soto and Rinzai Zen lines of practice and transmission.


Diun Sogaku Harada Roshi  Harada, Daiun Sogaku Roshi,

[13 Oct 1871-12 Dec 1961]
Harada Roshi became Dharma Heir to the Soto master Harada Sodo Kakusho[1844-1931] 31st teacher in the Soto generation since Dogen Kigen [1200-1253]; Harada Roshi was also Dharma Heir to the Rinzai master Dokutan Sosan (Dokutan Toyota)[1840-1919] 8th generation teacher in the Rinzai line since Hakuin Ekaku [1686-1769].







                                                                                                            Yasutani, Hakuun Ryoko Roshi  

[5 Jan 1885-28 Mar 1973]
Founder of the Sanbo Kyodan line. Soto priest who studied with and became Dharma Heir to Harada  Roshi. Yasutani Roshi set up a lay lineage which carried through his student Yamada Koun Zenshin.




  Yamada, Koun Zenshin Roshi
[Mar 1907 – 13 Sep 1989]

Since 1973, following the death of Yasutani Hakuun Roshi, head of Sanbo Kyodan school.






                                                                        Robert Aitken Roshi       
[19 Jun 1917 – 5 Aug 2010]

Studied with Yasutani Roshi and then his Dharma Heir  Yamada Roshi. Founding Teacher of the Diamond Sangha with his wife Anne Aitken in Hawaii 1959. Aitken Rōshi also studied with Senzaki Nyogen and Nakagawa Soen Roshi.





 Ross Bolleter Roshi


Ross received Transmission from Robert Aitken Roshi as well as John Tarrant Roshi. Ross is the senior Zen Teacher at the Zen Group of Western Australia and bought Diamond Sangha Zen to NZ through teaching Sesshin in NZ from 1994 to 2004, firstly in Nelson then in Dunedin




Ross and Glenn



Glenn Wallis Roshi 

Ross Bolleter Roshi gave Glenn authority to teach in 2004 and then Dharma Transmission in 2010. Glenn is the resident Zen Teacher of the Dunedin Zen Group.


Talks are a range of approaches and topics as well as writing for encouragement in Zen practice.

Some pieces were given as afternoon encouragement talks on Sesshin, some written for Zen journals.


2008  Random Encouragement in the ten directions

2009 Ordinarily So

2013 Narrating Selfs Story

2014 Commonly asked Questions

2014 Some thoughts on starting Zen practice


In this section there are links to Teisho by Dunedin Zen Group resident teacher Glenn Wallis Roshi.

A Teisho is a presentation of Dharma typically given during a Sesshin, or Zen intensive ‘retreat’. Because we use words to communicate ideas this is the form of the presentation, but beyond this Teisho is actual live presentation of Dharma, of actuality as it is. By nature Teisho is an oral presentation.

The Teisho offered here are transcriptions with a minimal re working for written form in an effort to retain original impact and presentational value. The way to read a Teisho is the way you listen to one. As if it solely for you and you alone. Which is actually, deeply, the case.


Miscillaneous Koans case 25 The Mind That Dwells Nowhere

Wumenkuan case 47 Doushuai’s Three Barriers

Queens Birthday Sesshin

Friday May 30th 5.30pm – Sunday June 1st 5.30pm
At 37 James St. NEV.

There is also a one day option.

This will be non a non- residential Sesshin, although there is facility for up to 3 people for overnight stay at James St.

Please bring your own lunch for the day and breakfast if you plan to stay overnight. Vegetarian dinner will be provided.

Sesshin will comprise of 25min sitting blocks of zazen, dokusan, afternoon talk and evening Teisho by the teacher.

A non-residential ‘Town’ Sesshin is a good introduction to the Zen retreat form and is a more accessible form of retreat than the residential retreat setting.

A registration form can be found here

any questions please contact Jim at