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Foundations of Zen Series

Peg Syverson, Ph.D.

We are often asked about some form of regular Zen training or study. Of course daily zazen is essential; generally it is supported by study and practice. This program of courses offers a comprehensive introduction to the core teachings of Appamada. We will introduce both traditional and contemporary teachings with a focus on their practical application in our everyday lives and our spiritual path.

There are no prerequisites. Although there is a general sequence, each course is a standalone course that may be taken independently. This series of courses is not a ladder or a linear path. It is like a set of pillars sunk deep in the ground for a foundation that supports a house and keeps it level, stable, and strong. 

Classes include brief lectures, practice exercises, some central texts or readings, and writing. They are intended to complement your ongoing daily sitting practice. 

There are a total of 18 courses in the Foundations Program. Each course meets once a week for four weeks. Below are the courses that have been offered so far. 

Foundations of Zen courses will resume in the fall 2017. Stay tuned for registration announcements!


Our Schedule

Welcome! These programs are open for everyone.

Monday—Friday 6:30-7:30 AM
Morning Zazen

Sunday 8:00-11:00 AM
Zazen, service, and dharma talk

Sunday 8:00-9:00 AM
Newcomer orientation

Tuesday 12:30-1:30 PM

Wednesday 7:30-8:45 PM
Wednesday evening program

More activities can be found on the Appamada Calendar

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Our Location

913 East 38th St
Austin, TX 78705 (Map)

Affiliated Sanghas

About Parking

Please be mindful of our neighbors. Additional Parking is available in the Cafe Hornitos parking lot at the corner of 38th St. and the I-35 frontage road, one block east of Appamada.