Mountain Moon Zen Society

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Mountain Moon Zen Society

Mountain Moon Zen Society

Tradition/Linage Zen, Sanbo Kyodan lineage
Main School Mahayana
Founder(s) Sei-un An, Roselyn Roshi
Teacher(s) Liyea Bretz, Garry Cam and Jean Wilson
Contact Infotmation
Cannon Hill
Queensland 4170
Country Australia
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Phone (07) 3822 7792
Mobile 04 020 982 88

The Mountain Moon Sangha is a group of Zen practitioners practicing at their zendo in Cannon Hill, Brisbane.There are three authorised Zen teachers active within the Sangha - Liyea Bretz, Garry Cam and Jean Wilson. These teachers were appointed by Sei-un An, Roselyn Roshi (founder of the Mountain Moon Sangha) in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Kamakura, Japan.


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Meditation Evenings

Regular meditation evenings with dokusan are held on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm, during which four 25 minute periods of meditation are alternated with five minutes of walking meditation. Meditation periods are observed in silence. Meetings conclude with the reciting of the Four Great Vows and general conversation. Dokusan is the term used for student's one to one contact with an authorised Zen Teacher and is an integral part of Zen practice. Having access to the guidance of a Zen Teacher provides opportunity for serious Zen practice to develop. Interview with a teacher is offered to newcomers as required if there is time available after dokusan.


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Introductory Program

Introductory programs are made available to newcomers on their first visit to the Zendo. The lectures provide information on the basics of Zen practice and include an introduction to the aims and methods of the Zen tradition as well as assistance with posture and breathing. You need not be a Buddhist to participate in Zen, which is a personal spiritual practice through meditation which is unlikely to conflict with any religious belief. The Mountain Moon Sangha welcomes and affirms all who enter our community, regardless of race, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation and political party.


A zazenkai is a day of meditation (dokusan or interview available) held every third Saturday of the month from 9 am to about 3.30 pm. Periods of meditation are interspersed with walking meditation. The presiding teacher will present a teisho (a kind of dharma talk). ​Everyone is welcome to attend.


Intensives are weekend events which begin Saturday 8 am and conclude Sunday afternoon. They are held once or twice a year in place of zazenkai. These events include four periods of dokusan or interview and a teisho. They are more formal than zazenkais and silence is maintained throughout in order for a deeper level of concentration and mindfulness to develop. Attendance is by application to the teacher you are working with.


Sesshin is an intensive six day residential program of Zen practice. Silence is maintained throughout.​ The event is conducted under the direction of all presiding teachers. Sesshin is not recommended for those with little or no experience of Zen. Participation in other sangha activities is suggested prior to undertaking such an intensive Zen program.


The Mountain Moon Sangha in Brisbane was founded by Sei'un An Roselyn Stone, an authorised Zen master in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Japan. From 1993 until her retirement in 2007, Roselyn Stone Roshi was the residential Zen master of the Mountain Moon Sangha, travelling from her home city of Toronto, Canada to Brisbane, and residing in Brisbane from three to six months each year. In 2006, Liyea Bretz, Garry Cam, Jean Wilson and Matthew Love were authorised by her to teach. Liyea, Garry and Jean are receiving their students and continuing in the tradition of the Sanbo Kyodan lineage in the Brisbane Zendo. They are available for dokusan (interview) every Tuesday and at weekend events at the Zendo.

Roselyn Stone

Sei'un An Roselyn E. Stone, Ph. D., was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. Since her graduation from the University of Toronto she's lived in five countries (England, Germany, USA, Japan and Australia) and had three professional lives: YWCA physical director; high school teacher of physical education (with a little math and science for good measure); and tenured professor at the University of Toronto with a strong interest in the phenomenology of human movement forms. This interest took her to Japan in 1977 and into San'un Zendo where she would spend most of the next 14 years. Sei’un Roshi began Zen practice in 1977 on a sabbatical year in Japan. In 1978 her kensho ('awakening') was confirmed by her teacher the late Zen Master Ko'un Yamada, of the San'un Zendo in Kamakura. In 1985 Yamada Roshi formally granted her authorisation as a Zen Master in the Sanbo Kyodan Zen Lineage. The teaching name of Sei'un An (Clearing Away the Clouds") was conferred upon her at that time. In 1993 and 1994, Mountain Moon Sangha Zendos were established under her guidance in Brisbane and Toronto respectively. She travelled to Brisbane each year to teach until 2007.

Li-Yea Bretz

Li-Yea Bretz, was born in Taipei, Taiwan and lived in Malaya and Singapore for a number of years before immigrating to Brisbane, Australia in 1975. In 1992, Li-Yea Bretz met Sei’un Roshi in Brisbane and took up Zen practice with her in 1994. In the same year, Sei’un Roshi confirmed her kensho (‘awakening’). In 2000, Sei’un Roshi authorized Li-Yea to the role of asssistant Zen teacher and in 2006, Sei’un Roshi formally authorized her to teach, conferring the title as Zen Teacher within the Mountain Moon Zen Sangha. In 2001, she was granted the status of assistant teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan Zen Lineage. In 2007, Yamada Masamichi Roshi, the Abbott of San’un Zendo in Kamakura, formally conferred the teaching name Sei’un An (“Clear Blue Sky”) giving her teacher status in the Sanbo Kyodan Zen Lineage. Li-Yea Bretz now receives students in the Brisbane Zendo. Married with two children, Li-Yea Bretz also works as a Teacher in the areas of Information Processing Technology and Computing Skills in a Training And Further Education (TAFE) college. She is a trained high school teacher of Mathematics, Science and Information Processing Technology and has also worked as a Chemical Laboratory Scientist for a couple of years.

Garry Cam

Garry Cam was appointed as a teacher with the Mountain Moon Sangha by Sei’un Roshi in 2006. Garry commenced sitting with the group in 1993 and is available for dokusan or interview on Tuesday nights at the Brisbane zendo.

Jean Wilson

Jean Wilson was appointed as a teacher with the Mountain Moon Sangha by Sei’un Roshi in 2006. Jean has been an active member of the group since 1993 and is available for dokusan or interview on Tuesday nights at the Brisbane zendo.


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