Whether you’re new to Zen or you’re an experienced practitioner, you can find some answers to your questions on this page.
Here, our teacher [bob/pat] clears up some common misconceptions and answers some frequently asked questions.
Q: What is Buddhism?
Q: Do Buddhists view the Buddha as a god?
Q: Some people describe Buddhism as a philosophy while others call it a religion. Which is it?
Q: I’ve heard that Buddhists believe in past lives and reincarnation. Is this true? What does this mean?
Q: Why do Buddhists meditate?
Q: How can Buddhism help me?
Q: What is Zen?
Q: How does Zen fit in with Buddhism as a whole? How is it similar/different from other Buddhist traditions?
Q: I’ve heard that Zen rejects (or has very little interest in) scripture, texts, and literature. How true is this?
Q: What makes Zen special?
Q: Is Zen right for me?
Q: I want to learn more about Zen, where should I start?
Zen Center of Philadelphia (ZCP)
Q: Where is ZCP located?
Q: What can I expect when attending a service at ZCP?
Q: Do I have to pay money to attend your services?
Q: I belong to a different religion/I’m not religious. Am I welcome?
Q: Who runs ZCP?