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Star Trails, Lincoln Harrison
Who Am I? Am I the Wind and the Stars?

A Zen Meditation Retreat
with John Tarrant and friends

January 16 – 22, 2017
Santa Sabina, San Rafael, CA

Time stops and the peace of meditation spreads for a thousand miles. In the dark of winter, the dark is a friend. Silence embraces me, each sound is a world in me—the sound of raindrops, the traffic.

The Amazing Life of the Buddha

A retreat with John Tarrant at Rockridge Meditation Community
Friday-Saturday, December 9th and 10th
Preparing for the Holidays and the New Year.

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.

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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


There is No Future, Really

The morning after an unaccustomed shock brings thoughts about how much I really know about the future, and curiosity about …

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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Upcoming Retreat Dates

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


Far away from a PZI center? We use LiveStream to bring live video talks and discussions to our greater community. Archived streams are also available below.

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Creating a Culture

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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