Upcoming Events

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. …

Mysterious Paths: A Summer Weeklong Retreat

Zen is a mystery school—we enter the mystery to be transformed. The transformation is through the life we already have, toast and heartbreak. We notice our kitchen loves us.

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 …

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 …

How To Welcome the End of the World

What is the best response to difficult and uncertain times? Welcome.
John Tarrant offered 10 Zen pointers on the practice of …

On Creativity and Contemplative Practice: An Interview with John Tarrant

Jane Kolleeny of the Garrison Institute recently sat down on film with John Tarrant to discuss the approach to creativity, koans, …

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 …

The End of the World As We Know It

The story of an astonishing evening. A new piece by Rachel Boughton, Roshi:

Why Play With Koans? An Interview With John Tarrant

In this interview, PZI Director John Tarrant discusses the play and purpose of koans with Sam Mowe of Garrison Institute. …

How To Practice Zen Koans

An Article by John Tarrant
“A koan is a little healing story, a conversation, an image, a fragment of a song. …

Art Card 2015

Art Card 2015

Every year we send an art card to members, donors, and friends. They consist of a koan, a commentary, and art …

The Tea Lady and the Fox

Women who ran tea houses in China appear often in Zen koans and stories. The tea lady often holds the role of the trickster, cleverly disguised as not-a-teacher, magically making certainty disappear.

Art Card 2014: Yu The Doughnut Maker

Art Card 2014: Yu The Doughnut Maker

Every year we send an art card to members, donors, and friends. They consist of a koan, a commentary, and art …

A Letter from John Tarrant

A Letter from John Tarrant

In the old days there were sixteen Bodhisattvas. When the time came, they all got into the bath together and …

The World Catches Us Every Time

An article by John Tarrant Published in the April/May 2014 edition of Shambhala Sun
    Abiding nowhere, the heart comes forth        – …

Article by John Tarrant: Enlightenment Is Something We Do Together

There’s a romantic idea of enlightenment as a solitary and heroic act, but even if you’re off by yourself in …

There’s Nothing I Dislike

A New Blog Post by Rachel Boughton
The things I dislike, or think I dislike, perhaps I just didn’t look, when …