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"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.’

How to Befriend Uncertainty and Find Your Way

A One Day Retreat with John Tarrant
Santa Barbara, CA

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Koan Meditation Retreat on Navigation in Difficult Times

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Brush with Bodhidharma: A Class in Ink and Zen

With Michael Hofmann and Rachel Boughton, Roshi
Saturday, August 27 – 12-4 or 5:30pm*
Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center

A joyful art and meditation workshop to explore the form and spirit of the first Zen ancestor.

The End of the World As We Know It

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

Three Turning Words: Adventures in Transformation

Autumn Zen Meditation Retreat
October 8–15, 2016
Santa Rosa, California

In the old days people started to notice that a teacher could say something that would turn you completely around.

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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.

Imagine a Doorway: The Creative Life and Meditation

A Retreat with John Tarrant
September 16 – 18, 2016
The Garrison Institute, NY

The first thing about creativity is not thinking what you are already thinking.

Featured Articles


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. …

How To Practice Zen Koans

An Article by John Tarrant
“A koan is a little healing story, a conversation, an image, a fragment of a song. …

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