An Intro to Buddhist Teachings taught by Pat Yingst

4 Tuesdays (Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 3, Oct 10) from 6:45-8:15pm


This 4-week in-person class is designed for those who are new to Zen. It will meet on Tuesdays – Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11 – at 6:45 pm. Zoom attendance is also 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 it that we grew up with, the eightfold path, etc.  
Students will need to have a copy of the book. 
It is available new ($12 from Amazon) or used (for as little as $4.19).  You can email to reserve one of a limited number of pre-bought used copies.)

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