Getting Started

We invite you to begin the practice of Zen.

The Kwan Um School of Zen supports over 100 Zen centers around the world where you can learn the practices and forms of traditional Zen training. In addition, when you practice at a local center, you’ll benefit from the guidance of a teacher and the support of a community of fellow practitioners.

If you don’t live near a Zen center, you can begin by reading the pages in this section on how to practice and using this website’s online resources to begin your practice.

You can also subscribe to the School’s email list and receive weekly teaching pieces, notices of upcoming events, and other useful information. And, if you like, you can join the Kwan Um School of Zen as a member and receive retreat discounts, Primary Point magazine, the School newsletter and other materials.