Study Guide Introduction

The Everyday Zen Study Guide is designed for students who want to develop their Zen or Buddhist practice through concentrated study. It is used by Everyday Zen practitioners, as well as by students of other groups and traditions.

For years now Zoketsu has been lecturing on a group of key texts and topics that he feels are particularly important for a basic understanding of Zen and Buddhist practice. These lectures are delivered most often at the San Francisco Bay Area Dharma seminars (see Programs and Schedule for more information) but are frequently repeated at other places, as well. The texts are mostly traditional Buddhist and Zen texts, but the approach to them is unorthodox, geared to a way of practice that assumes and honors everyday life in the post-modern world.

These texts and Zoketsu's commentaries on them constitute the Everyday Zen Study Guide. When you click on one of the topics to the left you will see three categories of study material: Books, Audio, and Texts. Under 'Books' you will find English translations and commentary that can be purchased at your local or online bookstore. 'Audio' contains talks that Zoketsu has given on the study subject, and which are available on the website in MP3 format for download. Clicking on the title of a talk will bring you to a new page with a 'Download as MP3' button. Click that button to download the talk. The suggested donation per download is $5, as you can afford. Finally, 'Texts' consists of essays, as well as transcriptions and abridged versions of some of the talks offered in the Audio section. Click the title in order to access and read the text.

The Study Guide categories to the left are listed in a suggested order of study, but students are free to pick and choose according to their interest. The Guide will be expanded on a regular basis so check the website for updates.

Please note that these talks are quite informal, and the recording is not professional quality. They were given at retreats and seminars and are sometimes choppy or incomplete. But they will give the student a good impression of Zoketsu's way of understanding a particular teaching.

Any feedback on this material will be appreciated as we go on refining this process. Let us know what is useful to you and what is not. Please email Ruth at with your comments and suggestions.