This class will be an introductino to the basics of zen practive and meditation. We will cover the history of zen from its origins in China up to its present state in the modern world. We will also learn traditional zen meditation methods plus imple mindfullness techniques that promote the living of a more fulfilled, focused and stress-free life. Students will be introducted to forms of 'engaged buddhism,' chanting practive and the role of women in curent zen oranizations. Three evening classes will be help at SRJC and one Saturday calss at the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. The Saturday class will include a formal zen lecture followed by a deliciou vegetarian lunch.