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The PZI Monthly Newsletter

March Issue:
A Poem by W.S. Merwin
A Flurry of Spring – By John Tarrant
Video Talk from Allison Atwill
Video talk from David Weinstein
Chan History from Jon Joseph
Somewhere you go to find the spirit of surprise and companionship in our interesting times.


You Dream You Are A Butterfly – A Summer Retreat with John Tarrant and Friends 

July 21-28, 2019
Mt. Madonna Center
Watsonville, CA


The Power of the Valley – A Retreat with John Tarrant and Rachel Boughton

May 18-19, 2019
Bastyr University
Seattle, WA

Events Landscape by Grant Haffner,

Each Day is A Journey, and the Journey Itself is Home, with John Tarrant

May 11-12, 2019
Cerro Gordo Temple
Santa Fe, NM


Retreat: Yin and Yang and the Future on the Belly of a Turtle with Rachel Boughton

April 27,2019 10:30-4:30
Santa Rosa, CA


Uncertainty Club, Issue 4: Freely I Watch The Tracks of the Flying Birds

We are pleased to announce the publication of the fourth issue of Uncertainty Club, the only known magazine of Zen and the Arts. The theme of the Fall/Winter 2018 issue is a line from an ancient Chinese poet. The line is in our koan curriculum, which means that we meditate with it and see what it offers us, and where it takes us.


Pacific Zen Institute Live on YouTube

We offer free streaming dharma talks three times each month.

1st Mondays: John Tarrant
4th Mondays: Rachel Boughton
3rd Wednesdays: David Weinstein


Support Awakening In the World – Support PZI

We are grateful for another year with Pacific Zen Institute – its students, its teachers, its liveliness and kindness in the face of all that is going on in the world. PZI itself is growing and changing, and needs your support to do this.


The Golden Wind – Our 2017 Art Card

A student asked, “When the tree withers and the leaves fall, what is happening?” Yunmen replied, “Body exposed in the Golden Wind.”

Our art card in 2017 features a painting by Jeff Myers and text by John Tarrant on this koan by Yunmen.

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