An Intro to Buddhist Teachings taught by Pat Yingst

4 Thursdays (April 13, April 20, April 27,, May May4) from 6:45-8:15pm

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is April 13 or when the class fills (20 person max)

This 4-week class is designed for those who are new to Zen. It will meet on 4 Thursdays – April 13, April 20, April 27, and May 4 – from 6:45 to 8:15  PM.  In-person or zoom attendance is available.  

The class is based on the book Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen, a Dharma Heir of Katagiri Roshi and founder of Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis. This popular book is structured around the Four Noble Truths but touches on many of the basic teachings. We will cover such topics as why we suffer, enlightenment, karma, impermanence, the three poisons, how Buddhist morality differs from the definition of morality that we grew up with, the eightfold path, and more.  The class will have a heavy emphasis on discussion. 
Students will need to have a copy of the book. 
It is available new ($12 from Amazon) or used ( approximately $8 which includes shipping).  Pat will have a limited number of copies available for loan (first come- first served).   You can email  her at to arrange a loan.  
To best prepare for the first class:
Please read the short Introduction and the (also short) first chapter, “Journey into Now.”  

ShiOn Pat Yingst began practicing Zen meditation in 1988 and has been a member of Austin Zen Center since its inception. She received Lay Entrustment from Rev. Doshin Mako Voelkel in March 2022.

She has served on previous AZC Board of Directors, worked for several years as the AZC bookkeeper, taught Buddhist meditation for many years in Central Texas prisons and was one of the two founding editors of Just This – originally the AZC journal  which continues to this day as an online blog.  Currently she is a member of the practice committee, manages the library and administers the Saturday Morning Zazen Instruction program. Pat may be reached for practice discussion at

Cost for the class: $45 members / $55 nonmembers

As always, AZC is committed to making the teachings available to everyone. To request financial assistance from our Scholarship Fund, or if you would like to donate to the Fund for others to be able to participate, please contact AZC Administrator Maida Barbour