Buddha’s Life In Your Own Heart
In the PZI Digital Temple
December 11 & 12, 2021
10 am–4 pm PST

Enter the story of Buddha’s life as your own—a mythic adventure for year’s end. See out the year from within this wondrous story of transformation.

Join this very special holiday retreat with PZI Founder John Tarrant Roshi, PZI Board Chair Tess Beasley Sensei, & PZI’s Michelle Riddle Sensei.

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 as something far off. But the journey lives on through us. Each year we follow the paths out of the palace and meet dragons and hermits and milkmaids and the morning star. We see in them the path of our own destiny and the shape of our own faces.

The Buddha’s discoveries take place in our own lives. The Buddha’s hardships and sorrow are definitely ours, and the Buddha’s awakening is waiting for us to know it personally. 

—John, Tess, & Michelle



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

Saturday & Sunday Schedule: (all times are PST)

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

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.


This 2-Day event is held in lieu of John Tarrant’s usual Sunday program.

Dana and donations are gratefully accepted.
Once you register, you’ll receive a PZI link for access to:
Buddha’s Life In Your Own Heart at 10:00 am PST

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