with Mel Ash

Wednesday, April 18, 7-10 p.m.


An evening of authentic Beat Zen with Mel Ash,
author of The Zen of Recovery and Beat Spirit


540 Broadway (at Columbus, near City Lights Bookstore)
San Francisco 94133 | 1-800-KER-OUAC

Both events are free and open to the public. Donations accepted.

An evening of authentic Beat Zen with Mel Ash, author of The Zen of Recovery and Beat Spirit. "This is It!", said Bay area Zen teacher Alan Watts, and for those of us lucky enough to live here, this place is truly "it": the place where Zen first entered and changed the American spiritual landscape, advanced and popularized by Bay area writers and artists.

Beat Zen, a 3-hour participatory workshop with Zen teacher and Beat scholar Mel Ash, serves as an entertaining and "enlightening" introduction to our rich local Zen history and heritage as introduced by the Beats.

We will be discussing, learning and practicing meditation and awareness techniques adapted from the Buddhist Beats and fellow travelers including Alan Watts, Lew Welch, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Diane DiPrima and others.

Experienced Zen students and those with what pioneering San Francisco Zen master Shunryu Suzuki called "beginner's mind" will leave the workshop with a firm grounding in new forms of meditation and a good grasp of Beat/Bohemian spirituality.

Wear comfortable clothing, bring your Original Mind, a note/sketchbook, and cushion/zafu if desired. A perfect way to meet new friends, stengthen or begin your Zen practice, have a fun night out and learn some cool stuff.

"The second teaching from the Golden Eternity is that there never was a first teaching from the Golden Eternity. So be sure." — Jack Kerouac

"No guru, no method, no teacher." — Van Morrison

Bay Beat Buddhahood Guaranteed! All the cool kids will be there! Don't get left out!


"Bold, brash and brilliant. Ash puts Christ on a pogo stick, Buddha in running shoes and makes ashes out of standard brand spiritual exercises." Jean Houston, author of Mind Games and A Mythic Life, human potential teacher "Ash invites you to master the art of going sane." Playboy Magazine

"Ash brings together the wisdom of Zen with the spirituality of recovery. He speaks to the problems of life in an exciting, dynamic and practical approach." Father Leo Booth, author of When God Becomes a Drug "Excellent, excellent, excellent! We're honored to be able to present your work. Thank you for doing your work with such creativity, style and grace." Rev. Doug Wilson, Director, Rowe UU Camp and Conference Center

"Ash can help you find the present moment in a way you may never have thought possible. He provides the tools and exercises for untangling life's knots in order to flow with naked experience." Magical Blend Magazine


Mel Ash (Jeong Mu Poep Sa) is an ordained Zen teacher in a Korean tradition, a Unitarian Universalist, Beat scholar, visual artist and performer in the tradition of the Als (Ginsberg and Watts). He is the author of the classic Zen of Recovery, the first book to blend eastern wisdom with the 12-steps as an alternative healing model for addiction.

His other published works include Shaving the Inside of Your Skull: Crazy Wisdom for Becoming Who You Really Are and Beat Spirit: The Way of the Beat Writers as a Living Experience. All books published by Jeremy Tarcher/Putnam/Penguin.

His articles have appeared in Yoga Journal, Magical Blend, Sober Times and numerous smaller publications. He is also founder of the tongue-in-cheek but dead serious Church of the Mysterioso. He lives in the Bay area.

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