Pacific Zen Institute oversees several Zen centers with regular meditation times, mostly in the Bay Area of Northern California. Our community also supports many local Koan Small Groups, in places as various as Washington, Arizona, Virginia, and Nairobi, Kenya. 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.)

Santa Rosa: Santa Rosa Creek Zendo
Oakland: Rockridge Meditation Community
San Mateo: Portola Camp Zendo
Santa Barbara: Coral Moon Sangha
San Francisco: Wind-in-Grass Sangha

The West

Santa Fe, New Mexico: Awakened Life (*not a direct part of PZI)


Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center

This is the original location of Pacific Zen Institute. PZI Director John Tarrant, Roshi teaches here (with Livestream) on the first Monday of each month. For a schedule and lots more information go to www.santarosazen.org

We have a weekly Monday evening program from 7-9pm — please arrive by 6:50pm to get settled. The evening includes zen meditation, a dharma talk, tea, discussion and a short sutra service. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Our speakers include Pacific Zen Institute founder, John Tarrant, Roshi, who teaches on the first Monday of each month, and Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center Director Rachel Boughton, Roshi, as well other teachers, leaders, and members. We are waking up together.

Sunday Mornings at the Creek: Sunday mornings at Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center begin at 10:30am and feature morning light through the big windows, sometimes egrets and turkeys and deer, 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.

On the 4th Sunday of each 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.

On Thursdays we host Lunchbox Zen, from 12:15-1:15pm – a bright, casual, and quiet weekday gathering for meditation and conversation. Bring your own 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 santarosazen@gmail.com to learn about individual instruction.


Location: 825 Sonoma Avenue, Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4746

Call 707.544.0540

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 for open meditation and koan conversation on:

Wednesday Evenings 7 – 9pm
Sundays 9:30am – 12pm
(On Sunday, you are always welcome to arrive any time after the first meditation set which begins at 9:30am. Someone will be at the door to guide you in.)

One Sunday afternoon per month, David Weinstein Roshi also teaches a free class: Introduction to Koan Practice. “The benefit of koan practice is now accessible to a wider range of people,” says David. “Koan practice begins a conversation between you and a koan, between you and other practitioners, and most importantly, deepens a conversation between you and yourself. This class is an opportunity to get a taste of what that practice is a chance to ask questions, meditate a bit and have a conversation.”

Please see our web site for a complete schedule of events:


5463 College Avenue
Oakland, Ca 94618

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Portola Camp Zendo – San Mateo

JJPortola Camp Zendo is a welcoming group of Silicon Valley and San Francisco professionals, home makers, craftsmen and students who have joined together as a community to practice Zen. It is led by Jon Joseph, Roshi.

The path we have entered  is at once both fresh and ancient, both impermanent and enduring. Often using koans as gates, we walk a path of exploration, discovery, and freedom.

We meet on Monday evenings and on the 2nd Saturday morning of each month.

Please see our web site for a complete schedule of events: www.sanmateozen.org

100 N. Ellsworth St. (at Tilton in the Masonic Hall)
San Mateo, CA 94401

415 608-8460



Coral Moon Sangha – Santa Barbara

Allison Atwill

The ancient wisdom of Zen koans tells how to make room in your life for the unaccountable. You don’t have to worry your way through a predicament; it is more like when you hear music and your body just dances. Koans are a great treasure that anyone can bring to life. They can show you how to be at home in the universe, including your own life.

All are welcome here. The group is led by artist and teacher Allison Atwill, Roshi.

We meet on Thursdays 7-9pm. Four koan series – spring, summer, fall, winter – are offered  each year.

Where we meet: In a private home in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, CA.

Contact: Allison Atwill by phone (805) 969-1562 or email: allisonkoanzen@gmail.com



Wind-In-Grass Sangha – San Francisco


The Wind-in-Grass Sangha in Potrero Hill, San Francisco is a Pacific Zen Institute  community coming together under the guidance of David Weinstein, Roshi. David Weinstein teaches the 3rd Wednesday of every month, and we gather every Wednesday to practice together and enjoy the benefit of each others’ guidance, strength, sincerity and dedication.


We practice Zen fundamentals in an approachable and inquisitive way: seated and walking silent mediation, talks from local teachers, stories and group discussions.  Not a whole lot of bell ringing or bowing.  What we want is to encourage each other to transform our responses to the things that make us suffer instead of slapping on a band aid.  Its a flexible and adaptable practice that can fit with your life as it is.  We welcome everyone, without exception, and regardless of your level of experience or interest.

We meet every Wednesday night, 7-8:30 pm, at 824b Carolina St, SF CA 94107;  easy parking and public transportation. For our schedule and more information about our practice, visit the Wind-In-Grass Sangha website.


824B Carolina St. #6
San Francisco, CA
Call: 415.902.8914

Beware the directions from MapQuest and Google. Check the Wind-In-Grass website for better directions.

email: warnerkallus@hotmail.com
website: www.sanfranciscozen.org