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Losing and Finding Your Soul

A One-Day Retreat with Rachel Boughton Roshi and David Weinstein Roshi
Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center – Saturday November 19th, 9:30am-4:30pm

T’sien was separated from her soul, who is the true T’sien?

Not Knowing is Most Intimate: Zen and Our Journey Through Life

A Half-Day Meditation Workshop with Jesse Cardin, Sensei
December 3rd
San Antonio, Texas

Everyone wants to know.

On Creativity and Contemplative Practice: An Interview with John Tarrant

Jane Kolleeny of the Garrison Institute recently sat down on film with John Tarrant to discuss the approach to creativity, koans, meditation that John and the PZI community have developed over the last 30 years.

Standing at the Blue Cliff: The Enlightenment Talks

Pacific Zen Institute presents a limited edition DVD offer – scenes from an extraordinary retreat with two Zen masters, and a chance to support our ongoing work.

"Sweet Creek Falls in Autumn" by David Putzier
Golden Wind:  An Autumn Zen Retreat near Roseburg, Oregon

November 3-6, 2016.

A student once asked, ‘How is it when the tree withers and the leaves fall? Yunmen replied, ‘Body exposed in the golden wind.’

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Introducing Uncertainty Club

A magazine of Zen and the arts
from the Pacific Zen Institute

Fresh from the Pacific Zen Institute’s long-running project on Zen, koans, consciousness, and the arts, comes the very first issue of a brand new online magazine – Uncertainty Club.

Featured Articles

Ahkmatova by Altman

How To Welcome the End of the World

What is the best response to difficult and uncertain times? Welcome.
John Tarrant offered 10 Zen pointers on the practice of …


The End of the World As We Know It

The story of an astonishing evening. A new piece by Rachel Boughton, Roshi:

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Why Play With Koans? An Interview With John Tarrant

In this interview, PZI Director John Tarrant discusses the play and purpose of koans with Sam Mowe of Garrison Institute. …

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Our annual calendars for traditional long retreats and Open Mind retreats are available at this link to facilitate advance planning: Save The Dates.


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Our PZI mission is to create a culture
for the transformation of consciousness through meditation, koans, inquiry, conversation and the arts.

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