The MZMC Primer Series

The MZMC primer series is composed of short overviews of topics of interest in Soto Zen Buddhism and in Buddhism more generally. The series is intended to give readers a comprehensive, but brief, introduction to a topic. Each primer includes pointers to issues of relevance in a topic and a list of suggested readings. As a rule, the primers are no longer than six pages in length. The primers are a comfortable and informative way to start an introduction to topics of interest in Buddhism.

Primers presently available include overviews of Madhyamika Buddhism, Koan study, and three sutras (the Heart Sutra, the Diamond Sutra, and the Vimalakirti Sutra). The newest additions are the Lankavatara Sutra, Lotus Sutra and Mindfulness Sutra (Satipatthana Sutta). If you the reader have suggestions for topics for future primers, please contact the MZMC office. Click on the link below to download the PDF

The two most recent additions are:

Other primers in the series:

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