Events and Retreats


Brush Painting with Michael Hofmann in Oakland

Rockridge Meditation Community May 18th 1-6pm

In this workshop we will learn sumi-e, traditional Japanese brush painting. Like koans and meditation, …

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John Tarrant at Nalandawest, Seattle

Friday May 30, 7 pm – 9 pm Saturday May 31, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Meditation is a doorway— through …

Doorway Mable Dodge Luhan House

Walking Through Doors: A One-Day Retreat on Creative Life

John Tarrant in Santa Barbara
Sunday April 20, 2014
Inside every life there’s a hidden doorway. When you think you’re in a …

Each Branch of Coral

The Moon Is Bigger Than It Looks: Women in Zen

A Koan Meditation Salon For Women
March 13, 20, 27, April 3,10 & 17: Thursdays from  7-9 PM
Rockridge Meditation Community, Oakland, CA
“Understanding …

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The World Is Medicine: A Summer Seven Day Retreat

July 13-20
Santa Cruz County, California
with John Tarrant
This is a meditation retreat nestled between the ocean and hundreds of acres of …

2014 Save The Date

2014 Seven-Day Retreat Schedule

Pacific Zen Institute will offer three seven-day retreats in 2014. The lead teacher will be John Tarrant. These retreats include …

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Gates and Poems: Meditation Workshop with John Tarrant

Santa Rosa, CA April 27, 2014 10:30am – 4:30 pm
Koans are Poetry, Poems are Koans…A meditation retreat and teaching with …


Buddha’s Birthday! John Tarrant Teaching in Santa Rosa

Monday April 7, 2014 - 7- 9pm
Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center
April 8 is the day that Buddha’s Birthday is celebrated. So …

Big Book and Blue Cliff

Koans and the 12 Steps

A monthly meditation meeting discovering how 12 Step practice and Koans influence each other.
At Santa Rosa, Every Second Friday of …