Upcoming Events


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 …


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 …


Storehouse of Treasures: Zen Koans at Work

This is a presentation Jesse Cardin made to other professional counsellors at his job at the Wellness Recovery Center where …

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 …

Courtesy Flickr user Richard Masoner: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bike/

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 …

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Life Is Better When You Are A Part of Us: A Year’s-End Letter from John Tarrant

Hello friends,
Thank you for being a part of our Pacific Zen world. I’m very grateful to have you for company …

puget sound water

Simplest Meditation Instructions Ever

New Zennotes Blog Post: Simplest Meditation Instructions Ever
Rachel Boughton teaches at Pacific Zen Institute
(Go here for the Zennotes Blog Site)

Simplest …

old branch on Santa Rosa Creek

Enlightenment Day

An Essay by John Tarrant
December 8th,  by East Asian tradition, is Buddha’s enlightenment day. The story is used as a …