Zen for Beginners

Zen for Beginners


6-week series, online, via Zoom
Thursdays, 7:00-8:15 pm MT 
February 10 - March 17, 2022


Two Arrows Zen welcomes all “beginners”–anyone who wants to explore Zen history, philosophy, psychology, and ethics, and who’s willing to try experimenting with Zen practices in ordinary life.


In this course, facilitated by Two Arrows Zen Steelyard Sangha senior monk Craig Tokushin Carter, we’ll investigate an essential Zen topic each week:


    • The historical Buddha’s enlightenment story
    • The 4 Noble Truths
    • Zen meditation: Posture and mind
    • Zen ethics: The Eightfold Path and the Ten Precepts
    • Zen community: The sangha
    • Zen lineage, and the student-teacher relationship


This course is an opportunity to learn about the history and basis for Zen thought, with a focus on Zen in everyday life. You’ll gain a basic understanding of the practice in a modern context, and methods for approaching life’s questions and challenges through Zen inquiry in a way that helps us clarify our intentions and bring greater balance to all we do. 


As we recite in the famous Zen poem, The Song of the Grass Hut, ”Thousands of words, myriad interpretations, are only to free you from obstructions.” We hope this course will help you along that path of liberation.



$90 General Admission
$75 Two Arrows Zen Members