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Wherever you are, just take the role of host, and that place will be a true place.

—PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 38d

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Calling In the Ancestors: A One-Day Retreat with John Tarrant & Tess Beasley on Halloween

October 31 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$100 – $125

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We welcome both new and experienced practitioners to the koan tradition and our PZI Way.

Tess Beasley Sensei

On Halloween, we can think that the ancestors are easy to reach—veils are thin. The bardos are close. It’s good to have ancestors on our side, they have already passed through the celebrated doorway of death; nothing scares them. They can encourage us towards more joy and less worry, and to the confidence that we will be alright.

Everyone has personal ancestors and spiritual ancestors who watch over us and give us hints for direction. We have grandmothers and immigrants and fugitives and queens and kings; and then Neanderthal cave painters, and then, well, all of life is connected—even viruses and ghosts.

John Tarrant Roshi

Our ancestors are also Buddha and sages, who sat late into the night watching the changes in the world and harmonizing with the flow of things. I particularly want to dedicate this retreat to our spiritual ancestors.

—John Tarrant



Retreat Day Details – all times are PDT: 

10:00am – 12:30pm:  Welcome, koan meditation & morning dharma talk
12:30pm – 1:30pm:  Lunch break
1:30pm – 4:00pm:  Koan meditation, afternoon dharma conversations & closing ceremony

This retreat is the culmination of our PZI month-long October Intensive on Metamorphosis and the Miscellaneous Koans. Held in lieu of John Tarrant’s usual Sunday program.


October 31
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$100 – $125
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