Upcoming Events

Diving Into The Deep: An Urban Commuter Retreat in Oakland

With David Weinstein & Rachel Boughton
Rockridge Meditation Community
May 13 – May 15, 2016
At the bottom of Monterey Bay, twelve thousand feet down, lies …

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. …

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Introducing Uncertainty Club

A magazine of Zen and the arts from the Pacific Zen Institute
Fresh from the Pacific Zen Institute’s long-running project on …

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The Linji Koans: Confidence in the Light Inside

A Summer Retreat in Santa Cruzwith John Tarrant and FriendsJune 12-19, 2016
A light shines in all of us, and in …

The Creative Life and Meditation

A Retreat with John Tarrant
September 16 – 18, 2016
The Garrison Institute, NY
The first thing about creativity is not thinking what …

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 …

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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 …

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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        – …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …