Pacific Zen Center oversees seven zendos, mostly in the Bay Area of Northern California, but with satellites in Canada, Arizona, and Canada. Our community also supports nine Koan Small Groups, in Washington, Virginia, Oregon, and online. In New Mexico, the Awakened Life meditation community continues our teaching lineage.
If you’re far afield from a regular practice center, don’t dismay. A substantial part of our community collects together primarily at our long retreats, and we maintain our practice together through an active online conversation: our members -only listserv. (Become a member to participate in the conversation.)
San Francisco: Wind-in-Grass Sangha
Oakland: Rockridge Meditation Community
San Mateo: Portola Camp Zendo
Santa Rosa: Santa Rosa Creek Zendo
Nevada City, California: True Nature Zendo
Pheonix, Arizona: Desert Lotus Zen Center
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Awakened Life (*not a direct part of PZI)
London, Ontario, Canada: London Zen Centre
(2 hours from Detroit and Toronto)
Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center
This is the original location of Pacific Zen Institute. PZI Director John Tarrant, Roshi teaches here here on the first Monday of each month. For a schedule and lots more information go to www.santarosazen.org
The Monday evening program at Pacific Zen Institute’s Santa Rosa Zen Center includes zen meditation, a dharma talk, tea, discussion and a short sutra service. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. We meet Monday evenings from 7-9pm — please arrive by 6:50pm to get settled. Our speakers include Pacific Zen Institute director, John Tarrant, Roshi, who is the speaker on the first Monday of each month, as well others, including Jon Joseph, Jacqueline Kramer, Rachel Boughton, and David Parks-Ramage.
Sunday Mornings at the Creek: Sunday mornings at Santa RosaCreek Zen Center begin at 10:30am and feature egrets on the creek and morning light through the big windows as well as meditation with a koan, a short talk, conversation, tea and a bit of something to eat. It’s companionable and open to anyone.
Once a month on the 4th Sunday of the month there is a half day meditation with Jon Joseph from 9am to 2pm. Practice conversations with Jon are available. It’s free and open to everyone, bring a lunch.
If you would like meditation instruction, there is a free introductory class on the first Monday of each month at 6pm or email Rachel Boughton at firstname.lastname@example.org for individual instruction.
Location: 825 Sonoma Avenue, Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4746
To get to our space you enter the front door and go down half a flight of stairs to Suite B. The Creek is in the back.
The Rockridge Meditation Community
The Rockridge Meditation Community is the East Bay home of the Pacific Zen Institute. Our mission is to develop a culture for transforming the mind through meditation, koans, conversation, and the arts. We offer a quiet and inviting space for meditation, Koan study and conversation.
We gather at the center every Monday evening at 7:00 PM and every Sunday morning at 10:30 AM.
Please see our web site for a complete schedule of events:
Desert Lotus Zen
Desert Lotus Zen is the Phoenix home of the Pacific Zen Institute. Deb Saint, Sensei is the resident teacher.
Monday evening practice includes meditation, engagement with a koan, and tea. We meet from 7:15 pm until 9 pm. No experience is necessary to attend any event of Desert Lotus Zen. Please arrive a few minutes early the first time that you visit so that we may greet you and provide a brief orientation.
Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation
6400 W. Del Rio Street
Chandler, AZ 85226
We meet in Rooms 1 and 2 of the education complex located at the west end of the parking lot.
Santa Barbara, CA
Allison Atwill is the Practice Leader for the Santa Barbara group.
Painting by Allison Atwill
Santa Barbara, Ca
For more information, contact Allison at
or call 805-969-1562.
San Francisco Wind-In-Grass Sangha
Potrero Hill, San Francisco
The Wind-in-Grass Sangha is a Pacific Zen Institute Zen community coming together in Potrero Hill every Wednesday to practice together and thereby enjoy the benefit of each others’ guidance, strength, sincerity and dedication.
We offer instructions in meditation that reveal a freedom around our suffering, encouragement and support in taking the next step, or fall, in deepening your practice (and next), help in expanding that awareness to include more and more of our daily lives and the opportunity to participate in charitable acts that make SF a kinder and more beautiful place. We welcome everyone, without exception, and regardless of your level of experience or interest.
Regular meetings every Wednesday, 7 – 8:30pm
- 1st Wednesday: Senior Dharma student Chris Wilson leads the group in an intimate koan discussion.
- 2nd Wednesday: Practice leader Michael Kallus referees the group in a Zen Game.
- 3rd Wednesday: Zen Teacher David Weinstein teaches the group.
- 4th Wednesday: Community night and Zen Game. Bring your curious friends, significant others, children, etc. There will be an in depth beginning instruction, an intentionally unstructured Zen Game to play, tea and food, and after practice, we go to Blooms or Farley’s together for a drink of some sort.
- 5th Wednesday: We play another Zen Game.
Visit the Wind-In-Grass Sangha website.
824B Carolina St. #6
San Francisco, CA
Beware the directions from MapQuest and Google. Check the Wind-In-Grass website for better directions.
True Nature Zendo in Nevada City
where an ancient practice of awakening comes alive.
True Nature Zendo is hidden in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, five minutes outside Nevada City. The surroundings are idyllic – flower gardens, water, rolling hills, grazing sheep, and woodlands. Our approach to koan study and practice originated from the renowned zen teacher John Tarrant. Our practice is meditation with koans. We often share our experience in conversation, laugh, and sometimes feel the depth of who and what we are — our true nature, and an intimacy with the 10,000 things.
We offer three-hour koan meditation salons, half-day and daylong koan retreats, and 90-minute introductions. Everyone is welcome to True Nature Zendo koan salons, retreats, and koan meditation instruction.
True Nature Zendo is located five minutes outside Nevada City, California. For more information please contact us by calling us at (530) 478-9028 or come to our website and send us an email: http://www.truenaturezendo.com/contact/
London Zen Centre
London Zen Centre (LZC) is a gathering place for Zen practice, which we carry out through meditation, koans, retreats, the arts, work and community. Its also a place to be with others on the same path. We explore what its like to live an awakened life in todays culture and time. Raymond Gaudry is the lead teacher.
London Zen Centre
923 Waterloo Street
London ON N6A 3X2