Paying for Books, Other Special Situations, or Partial Payments

To pay for a special product, such as a book, visit the payment page.

If your retreat registrar instructs you to make a change in your original registration fee like an upgrade or other change in your retreat accommodations, please visit this payment page.

Giving by Check

For both membership payments and donations, online transactions are often easiest and help us track donation records for your year-end tax letter. To send a check, or for extra-large donations, you can mail it to:

Pacific Zen Institute
Attn: Co-Treasurers Eleanor Silberman & John Rauck 
P.O. Box 2972
Santa Rosa, CA  95405

Make checks payable to Pacific Zen Institute, with special instructions such as “Teacher Gift for John Tarrant” or “Scholarship Fund” on the subject line. Contact Eleanor Silberman with any questions about this kind of transaction.


One of the best things to do in a community is to lend a hand. You get to know people better, you become more grateful for what others do, and the energy you give grows and becomes part of what sustains your practice. If you have useful skills you’d like to share (social media? creating transcripts from dharma talks? flower arranging? cat herding?) let us know: [email protected].

Free Giving

Amazon Smile offers a simple way to give to PZI every time you shop at their site. The first time you visit the link, you will need to select Pacific Zen Institute.  Then, every time you enter Amazon via and make an eligible purchase, a small percentage will be given to PZI.

EScrip is another easy way to give. Register your credit cards for online shopping or enroll with merchants who are community partners.

Many employers will also match your donation to PZI. Contact Corey with questions about any of these free giving programs.

Basic information on giving dana and tax deductions: Dana as a direct gift from student to teacher is not deductible under IRS guidelines. If dana is given through PZI, which is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, it is considered deductible by the donor and taxable to the recipient.

Bequests and Long-Term Giving

  • Bequests (putting PZI in your will)
  • Donations of securities
  • Tangible gifts (houses, cars, ponies, etc.)
  • Starting an endowment fund
  • Gift & Tribute memberships are available

Standard Ways to Donate Online

Becoming a Member helps a lot. More information on PZI member benefits is here. You can become a sustaining member of the community by contributing monthly or annually, and you’ll receive discounts on events and more.

We have three PZI funds:
Scholarship Fund which helps community members attend retreats
General Fund for all things PZI
Community Fund for those unexpectedly in need

Giving Dana to teacher(s) is a long-time spiritual tradition of honoring and thanking your teachers. You can select a particular teacher or several teachers that you wish to thank in this way.


Contact Karin Pfluger at [email protected] to learn more, or inquire about your current Membership status or donation history.

Thank you again for who you are,
and all you give.


Indra’s net

Yunyan said, I understand.
Daowu said, Really? What do you understand?
“here are hands and eyes all over the body.
That’s nicely put, but it’s not the whole picture.
Yunyan said, “How would you put it?
Daowu said, “All through the body are hands and eyes.