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Winter Long Retreat: The Intimacy of Awakening

with John Tarrant and others
January 10-17, Santa Rosa, CA

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

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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.

Fall Ancestors Retreats: Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, & Nevada City

October 25 – Nevada City
November 2 – Santa Barbara
November 9 – Santa Rosa

This year John Tarrant will be leading three one-day retreats on ancestors.

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Mayumi Oda: Teaching + Fundraiser

On September 29th, Mayumi Oda will be giving a talk on “Dynamism of Mushin” – daily practice of no mind. She would like to share her experience of her son and brothers’ death, and her liberation from it. Her new book, Random Kindness & Senseless Act of Beauty, will be published in September.

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Great Autumn Retreat: Stages on the Path through Awakening

with John Tarrant, Roshi and others 
October  11-18, Santa Rosa CA

Change is under everything and meditation is a path through the changes.

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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 …

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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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