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Dog Meets Buddha, by Laura Styrman

Dogs, Buddhas, And The Great Koan ‘No': A Winter Long Retreat

With John Tarrant and Friends January 16-23, 2016 Santa Rosa, California
Someone asked, “Does a dog have Buddhanature?” and Zhaozhou said, …

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Am I Afraid of this Happiness?

A Workshop with John Tarrant on the Buddha’s Enlightenment
Saturday, December 5, 2015 10am-5pmSanta Rosa, California 
Stories often belong to time of …

Buddha’s Dream: A Retreat for the Holidays in Santa Fe

with John Tarrant, Roshi Friday, Dec. 11th & Saturday Dec. 12th Santa Fe, New Mexico
How do we celebrate in Zen? …

Heroine’s Journey with Sieve: All About Life and Death

A new Zenosaurus essay by John Tarrant.
Each day I have schemes, a to-do list, and problems I’m wandering along with, …


The Tea Lady and the Fox

A new piece by Rachel Boughton, Sensei.
Women who ran tea houses in China appear often in Zen koans and stories. …

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Hidden In Plain Sight: An Article by John Tarrant

It’s like this: You are going along fine, thinking “So far so good,” and then you hit a rough patch …

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 …

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John Tarrant’s 2014 Letter

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

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 …

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Jump In The Pond: Bob Woodburn

Bob Woodburn teaches people in the corporate world to juggle as a way to have them experience their lives in …

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Thank You Is Red

Donors of our Winter 2013 fundraiser will receive a special, limited-edition chapbook of this poem by John Tarrant, designed by …


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 …


A Goose in a Bottle

A new blog post by Rachel Boughton.
Koan: A woman raised a goose in a bottle. When the goose had grown, she …

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Stop the War

Rachel Boughton, Sensei, has a new post on the Zennotes blog about the koan, “Stop the War”.

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

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 …

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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)

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Enlightenment Day

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