Find out at a free 3 hour participatory workshop on Wednesday, November 17, 7pm, given by Zen teacher and author, Mel Ash, at The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway at Columbus, San Francisco, CA 94133. Ash promises to share an entertaining introduction to local Zen history and heritage as it was expressed by the Beats. In case you aren’t familiar with “The Beat” movement was an era whose term was coined by writer Jack Kerouac who was part of a core group that also included Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady and William S. Burroughs. Wikipedia describes the Beat Generation as “a synthesis of the ‘beaten down’ and the beatific.”