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

John Tarrant Interviewed at the Big Ears Festival

John Tarrant is in Knoxville as resident Zen teacher at the Big Ears Music Festival, leading meditation and listening workshops. In this hourlong interview on WUOT Knoxville, John sits down to talk about his work with koans with Todd Steed.

Uncertainty Club - The Relatives, Sacha Kawaichi

Uncertainty Club – Issue Three

We are happy to announce that the third issue of Uncertainty Club, our online magazine of Zen and the arts, has been launched into the universe. In the conversational spirit of PZI, the issue will be open for three months to new, lively, creative responses to the koan – Dongchan’s answer to a simple question, “How do you mend?”

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.

Save the Date & Open Mind Retreats 2018

Due to fires affecting retreat centers, it is taking more time than usual to confirm and announce our Long Retreat schedule for 2018. We thank you for your patience. In the meantime, we are happy to announce our Open Mind retreat schedule for 2018.

“Put Out The Fire Across the River” – Support Our Community Fund

At this time of fire and recovery in Santa Rosa, we at PZI are doing our best to keep our doors for respite, for refuge, for practice. If you would like to help out, please make a donation.

Support Zen in These Times

Like you, all of us at PZI have been rocked and washed by events of the past year. It is good to support Zen in these times.

Video: John Tarrant on Koans and the Global Condition

John Tarrant talks about the usefulness of the koan tradition in helping sort through the uncertainty of life in these times.

PZI Member Insights – Sammy Shin

In this short video, PZI member Sammy Shin talks about the power of koan practice to help you walk through your life, just as it is.

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.

Rachel Boughton on Meditation as Adventure

In this 10-minute interview video, Rachel Boughton, Roshi talks about The Hobbit, Yogananda, and the gift of meditation.

Uncertainty Club – Issue II: More Everything

This issue of Uncertainty Club is called “More Everything.” Why? We think that multiplicity is fundamental to our times and to our universe.