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May 26 Sunday Zen: with John Tarrant & Friends

June 3 Zen Luminaries: Poet Marie Howe in Conversation with Jon Joseph & Friends

June 10–16 Great Summer Sesshin: Meeting the Inconceivable with John Tarrant & PZI Teachers


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CLOSED: Great Summer Sesshin with John Tarrant & Friends – Creatures of the Summer Dawn

June 12, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - June 18, 2023 @ 12:00 pm

Creatures of the Summer Dawn

Great Summer Sesshin
In Person with John Tarrant & PZI Teachers

Santa Sabina Retreat Center
in Northern California
June 12–18, 2023

Fox and buffalo, dogs and flesh eating demons, ghosts, people divided into two beings, tigers who befriend Chan masters, dragons, learned tea ladies—all appear in our koan stories. Also there are refugees, exiles, widows, people having secret love affairs, all creatures of the summer dawn, each having their place in the totality of things. And their beauty too.

It’s good to spend time with people who aren’t people, and people who are.

In the Zen tradition, animals and demons and ghosts all have buddha nature and there are koans about their journeys, which are like ours. I had a dog who came out at night to sit with me, leaning against my body as we sat. I have had other wild creatures, such as echidnas, birds, and snakes approach me while sitting.

When I went to visit a friend in Mendocino, a raven swooped low to greet us. I nodded and we went in. Great horned owls and red-tailed hawks occupy the trees around our temple home and note, and sometimes comment on, our comings and goings.

All these creatures are present in our waking consciousness, but also they move around and call for us in our dreams and sleep. They occupy a place in the deeps where we enter the koan lands.

Join us for an exploration of our own true nature.

—John Tarrant

Our Summer Sesshin:

There will be personal interviews and deep meditation, teaching talks and some conversations, old friends and new, brilliant teachers, music, great enlightenment, mistakes, and delight.

This is an extended 7-day & 6-night in-person gathering beginning Monday June 12th at 4:30 pm, and completing Sunday June 18th at 12:00 pm.

—with PZI Teachers: John Tarrant, Allison Atwill, Tess Beasley, Jon Joseph
& David Weinstein

—with HOP Michelle Riddle & Registrar Marion Yakoushkin

Where: Santa Sabina Retreat Center in Northern California:

Santa Sabina Center
25 Magnolia Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901

Retreat registration includes free access to PZI Summer Open Temple morning meditations.

Dear PZI Friends,

In sesshin we come together with PZI members, teachers, musicians, and those new to PZI. We can discover things which we could not discover alone. It’s nice to have each other as we find our way. Thank you for all you offer to PZI.

—PZI Board President Tess Beasley Sensei & Director John Tarrant Roshi, & All of us at PZI



June 12, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
June 18, 2023 @ 12:00 pm
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Santa Sabina Center
25 Magnolia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901 United States
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