This time is the perfect time to awaken. There is no other time.

Twining Vines Zen Centre

Katto-an Temple – Canberra, Australia



Neti Mushin Parekh

Soto Zen Priest

Zen Buddhism

Regular Events

Zen practice is deceptive in its simplicity. The power of sitting quietly in meditation (zazen) can transform our perception from one of separateness to one of intimacy and unity. There is a great joy and peace in closing the gap between our self and others, between our self and the natural world. In the end we are just one interdependent, magnificent and mysterious whole. Although zazen is simple, our confused thoughts are complex and many, and because of this there are many teachings to help us undo the dualistic thoughts we carry. With a foundation in zazen we can study and integrate the profound teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and his disciples who have carried the teachings forward to this time.

Reverend Neti Mushin Parekh began her formal Zen practice in 1995 in Sydney Australia, training with Subhana Barzaghi Roshi in the Diamond Sangha Tradition. The Diamond Sangha combines both the Soto tradition of shikantaza (just sitting), with the rigorous koan training of the Rinzai tradition.  Neti moved to the United States in 2001 and continued her koan training with Daniel Terragno Roshi. In 2009 she was authorised to teach in that lineage. She began training in Santa Cruz California with Rev. Kokyo Henkel in the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 2012 and ordained as a priest in 2017. In 2021 Neti was given full transmission as a Soto Zen Teacher. On completion of this training she returned to Australia to establish a combined Soto Zen/Diamond Sangha Community in Canberra, the newly formed Twining Vines Zen Centre. 

Daily Morning Zoom Zazen

6am Canberra time Monday to Friday.

Daily Evening Zoom Zazen

7:30pm Canberra time Monday to Friday.

Saturday Koan Class on Zoom

No Experience Necessary.
7am Saturday Canberra time.

Saturday Morning Zazen and Talk

Join us in-person or on Zoom for Zazen at 10am Saturdays Canberra time followed by a Dharma talk and discussion at 10:45am ending 11:30am.

We meet at the Sakyamuni Centre 32 Archibald St, Lyneham ACT

Rohatsu Sesshin

5pm Saturday 30th Nov to 3pm Sunday 8th Dec 2024

Contact Neti to attend in person.

Please use the Zendo link for all group meeting such as zazen, dharma talks, classes and sutra services.

Use the Private link for one-on-one meetings, such as dokusan and therapy.

A dew covered spiderweb from the mountain nature reserve behind the Zen Centre which is excellent for long kinhin.


don’t get caught in the web

of fabricated reality


"With our thoughts we make the world."