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The Journey Is Your Own – A livestreamed talk with John Tarrant

Monday, May 1 – 7-9pm PST

Join us in person or online for John Tarrant’s monthly dharma talk.

Ordinary Mind Is The Way: An Urban Retreat on Exalting the Ordinary

with David Weinstein
May 19-21, 2017
Oakland, CA

Pigeons are a pretty ordinary sight in the urban environment, yet they are incredibly complex and intelligent creatures. The Urban Retreat format is designed with an eye toward the integration of our ordinary lives and meditation practice.

Mysterious Paths: A Summer Weeklong Retreat

With John Tarrant & Friends

July 16-23, 2017
Mt. Madonna Center
Watsonville, CA

This is a meditation retreat for discovering how to navigate in a world with few familiar landmarks; it is seven days along the deepest path. 

Step Through The Door: John Tarrant in Santa Fe

A Two-Day Retreat at Cerro Gordo 
Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4, 2017

 Where do songs come from, where do poems come from, how do images arise? When you look into your own creative life, these are the questions that show up.

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.

Featured Articles

Navigating a Disaster: How Do We Do This?

An essay and video by Rachel Boughton, Roshi.
How to deal with difficult times is fundamental for a spiritual practice, and …

Uncertainty Club – Issue II: More Everything

This issue of Uncertainty Club, PZI’s magazine of Zen and the arts, is called “More Everything.” Why? We think that multiplicity is …

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 …

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for the transformation of consciousness through meditation, koans, inquiry, conversation and the arts.

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