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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 …

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Chris and Coyotes in Conversation: Why Become a Member?

Chris Gaffney has been a PZI member for a rather long time now. He’s a Physics professor at CSU Chico …


Amy and the Old Madrone Tree: Why Become a Member?

Amy Robinson does many things, she’s a mother of young kids and a gardener and a social activist and a …

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Rik and Openings into Life: Why Become a Member?

Rik Allen sails a boat with his wife Ann in the Virgin Islands. He’s been a captain for 20 years, …


Margaret and the Welcoming World: Why Become a Member?

Margaret Duperly grew up in Jamaica and has lived in the US for 17 years., but her words still have …


Marion and Koans as Everyday Friends: Why Become a Member?

Marion Power is a nurse in Seattle and an intrepid walker all over the world. Here is why she is …


Asa on the Road: Why Become a Member?

Asa Horvitz grew up in Northern California and found out about Pacific Zen Institute from high school friends perhaps 10 …

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Rebecca and Surprising Sweetness: Why Become a Member?

Rebecca del Rio is a poet and an activist, a mother and a grandmother. She works for the Sonoma courts as …

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Jesse is not a Joiner, but… Why Become a Member?

Jesse Cardin arrived at a PZI retreat in Northern California some years ago and found that koans worked well with …


Lee and The World in the Ten Directions: Why Become a Member?

Lee Allen found PZI’s Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center not too long after moving to Santa Rosa from Los Angeles. …


Marika and the Mirror: Why Become a Member?

Marika Ismail is a writer and has worked as a creative writing teacher for kids. She started the poetry group …


Cap’n Jimmy Abides: Why Become a Member?

Jim Snarski is also known as Captain Jimmy because he was a longtime commercial jet pilot and now flies small …

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Zennotes: A Meditation Blog by Rachel Boughton

Recent post titled “To Self or Not to Self: Stepping off the 100 Foot Pole”
Rachel Boughton teaches at Pacific Zen …

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A Beautiful Mistake

Student: I’m reaching for the light. Please help me. Teacher: Forget about the light. Give me the reaching.
—Zen koan
(This article …

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