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Imagine a Doorway: Meditation, Creativity, and the Body

January 31, 2015 – February 1, 2015
The Glowing Body Yoga Studio
Knoxville, Tennesseee

Inside every life is a hidden doorway. When you think you’re in a corner, you’ve just forgotten to be curious; you’ve told yourself you know what comes next. Creativity comes from making space, from not knowing, from playing. What if…

The Hills of Lumbini
Buddha’s Dream of Awakening: A Retreat For The Holidays

With John Tarrant

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Santa Rosa, California 

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Winter Long Retreat: The Intimacy of Awakening

with John Tarrant and others
January 17-24, Santa Rosa, CA

     Q: Where are you going?
     A: I don’t know. Not knowing is most intimate.

Toronto Workshops: Solitary Brightness

The Solitary Brightness Series of Koan Workshops consists of five one-day retreats in the Pacific Zen School style. Taken together they cover everything you need to develop and deepen a meditation practice in your life. Taken individually they explore different aspects of the creative path of awakening.

Save the Date: 2015 Retreats

Short or long retreats are a way to take a deep dive, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced meditator. Our retreats feature daily meditation, teaching, and conversation; movement and writing sometimes find their way in on a voluntary basis as well.

Featured Articles

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Stop the War

Rachel Boughton, Sensei, has a new post on the Zennotes blog about the koan, “Stop the War”.

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Thank You Is Red

Donors of our Winter 2013 fundraiser will receive a special, limited-edition chapbook of this poem by John Tarrant, designed by …


The World Catches Us Every Time

An article by John Tarrant
Published in the April/May 2014 edition of Shambhala Sun
    Abiding nowhere, the heart comes forth
       – Zen koan
    Distracted …

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