Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center

This is the original location of Pacific Zen Institute. It is conveniently located in downtown Santa Rosa, CA with a lush view of Santa Rosa creek, deer and turkeys, ambulances and birdsong included. We gather on Sunday mornings, Monday evenings, and Thursdays at lunchtime. Learn more.

Rockridge Meditation Community

The Rockridge Meditation Community is the East Bay home of the Pacific Zen Institute. We offer a quiet and inviting space for meditation, koan study and conversation. We gather on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, and sometimes offer Koan Small Group series. Learn more.

Portola Camp Zendo

The Portola Camp Zendo is a welcoming group of Silicon Valley and San Francisco professionals, home makers, craftsmen and students, who meet in San Mateo to explore and practice Zen. We gather on Monday evenings and on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Learn more.

It’s Alive! Zen

The It’s Alive! Zen community in San Antonio, Texas is guided by Jesse Cardin Sensei. It offers a great way to get your feet wet with koans and meditation in a friendly and informal setting. We meet on Wednesday evenings at the First Unitarian Universalist Church. Learn more.

Open Door Zen

Open Door Zen is guided by David Parks, Sensei. Its main center is coming soon to central Kentucky, but there are related sitting groups in both Kentucky and California, where David lived and taught for many years. Learn more.

Illustration by Jackson Randall

Coral Moon Zen

Coral Moon Zen enjoys the guidance of artist and teacher Allison Atwill, Roshi. We meet in a private Santa Barbara home on Thursday evenings, for four koan series per year. Learn more.

Koan Small Groups

Koan Small Groups meet in many places and in many ways, from New York to Oaxaca. They are a Pacific Zen Institute innovation. When we work with koans in a group, we learn to embrace whatever in our lives rises to meet the koan, and we learn to listen. These groups, which meld meditation, conversation, and discovery, are a great way to start working with koans and find companions on the journey. To learn about our current groups, click here.

Affiliates and Friends

Here you will find a few other places where teachers or leaders offer meditation with koans.

Other Ways to Connect

If you are not close to a PZI center or a Koan Small Group, there are other ways to be part of the community. Look here to find them.