Koan inquiry is central to getting to the heart of the matter & creative expression brings us into the field of mystery from which the koans spring. Together, they provide a potent brew, nourishing in troubled times. No experience necessary.
The old Zen teachers thought awakening is the moment that changes everything—The Buddha looked up and saw the morning star and a gate opened in his heart. The spiritual path is full of stories of the journey to awakening, of dark nights and great discoveries. The Zen idea was that even hearing such stories makes gates open for you. The stories are called koans.
There will be meditation in the quiet of the day, good companions, walks in the hills and redwoods, talks by teachers, individual conversations with teachers, time to breathe, write, consider, stop considering, and have our lives stretch out, pretty much perfect as they are.
This residential retreat with John Tarrant is held in a beautiful place on the ocean. It has a simple feel, and wonderful food prepared by the Commonweal caterers. There will be sitting together, koans, teachings, poetry, and conversation.
Learn more about the different styles of retreat offered by PZI. Silence, companionship, creativity, ordinary mind: they’re all here.