New at Pacific Zen Institute


Pacific Zen Institute on Livestream

PZI is happy to be able to offer free livestreamed dharma talks two times each month.

First Mondays: John Tarrant
Fourth Mondays: Rachel Boughton


Join John Tarrant in Bhutan

October 4-17, 2017


Mysterious Paths: A Summer Weeklong Retreat

July 16-23, 2017
Mt. Madonna Center
Watsonville, CA

Member Stories

Orlando’s Journey: Why Become a Member?

Orlando Kai O’Shea’s life holds an abundance of challenges. He is a transgender man, raising two teenagers on the autism spectrum. He values support and grounding.


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, and meditation that John and the PZI community have developed over the last 30 years.


How to Practice Zen Koans

By John Tarrant, in Lion’s Roar (2016).

A koan is a little healing story, a conversation, an image, a fragment of a song. It’s something to keep you company, whatever you are doing.

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