Featured Koan: The Buddha's Enlightenment

The Buddha looked up and saw the morning star and awakened.
He cried out, “Now, at last, I see that all beings have the nature of the one who comes thus. Only their delusions and attachments keep them from realizing this."

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Buddha’s Life In Your Own Heart: Special 2-Day Retreat w. John Tarrant & Tess Beasley, Dec. 11-12

Morning Meditation! M-W-F in the Open Temple for PZI Members through Year’s End. Not a Member? Join us!


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2-Day Buddha’s Life Retreat: with PZI Founder John Tarrant Roshi, Board Chair Tess Beasley Sensei, & PZI’s Michelle Riddle Sensei

December 11 @ 10:00 am - December 12 @ 4:00 pm

$175 – $225

Register here for the 2-Day Retreat

Buddha’s Life In Your Own Heart

Awakening comes to the Buddha and other stories of enlightenment.

Long ago, in a kingdom far away, in a great forest, a man sat alone under a great, spreading, fig tree looking into the deepest matters. He had been a prince, but now, in desperation and hope, he meditated deep into the night. As dawn approached, his mind quieted, he looked up and saw the morning star and cried out,

Now I see that all beings have the nature of the one who comes thus:
Only their delusions and attachments keep them from realizing this.

Our retreat is on the anniversary of that event in early December as the old year winds down. It’s easy to think of the Buddha’s journey and of the teachings that bring awakening as something far off. But the journey belongs to us. Each year we follow the paths out of the palace and meet dragons and hermits and milkmaids and they are different from the ones we met last year. We see in them the path of our own destiny and the shape of our own faces.

Registration Details:

Buddha’s Life 2-Day Retreat – a special holiday retreat.
Saturday and Sunday, December 11 & 12, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST
In the PZI Digital Temple

Retreat Fee: $175 members / $225 non-members

All are welcome. Register to participate.

PZI members: If you want to attend and are in need, please don’t hesitate to request financial aid through a PZI Member Scholarship for a reduced fee that you can comfortably pay. Not a member? Become one.

Questions? Contact our registrar, corey@pacificzen.org


Dana and donations are gratefully accepted.
Once you register, you’ll receive a Zoom link for access.


December 11 @ 10:00 am
December 12 @ 4:00 pm
$175 – $225
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