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What Is Zen?

An Introduction and Inquiry into Practice

Alternate Mondays April 15 – August 12
4:00 – 5:30 pm PT
April 15 & 29, May 6 & 20, June 3 & 17, July 1, 15 & 29, August 12
Online via Zoom

Led by Everyday Zen priests, teachers and Jukai ordinees

An introductory course for new and seasoned practitioners. Using the book by Norman Fischer and Susan Moon, What is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind, class participants will study and discuss an overview of Zen history, teachings, importance of sangha, and everyday life, among other topics.

The course will be led by Everyday Zen priests, lay entrusted teachers, and Jukai ordinees on alternate Mondays from April 15th to August 12, 2024. (To adjust for Everyday Zen Sangha Week in May at Tassajara, class will meet on May 6 instead of May 13, and on alternate Mondays thereafter.)

Registration is required. Please sign up using the form below. Upon registering, course participants will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link. Registration is open throughout the entire course. Participants are encouraged to attend all classes, if possible.

Students are encouraged to obtain a copy of the text and to contribute dana to Everyday Zen (please see below).

If you have questions or need assistance, please email


The suggested donation for classes on Zoom is $15 per class. Please give what you can. We cannot continue offering classes without your financial support. Thank you!

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