The world of dew
is the world of dew.
And yet, and yet…


I have heard it said that the whole of the Mahayana, the Bodhisattva Way, is contained in the last line of Kobayashi Issa’s haiku. Issa takes us directly inside the vulnerability of love.

Buddhism is frequently depicted as a solitary, monastic tradition in which personal, human love is rarely mentioned. And yet we love our children, animals, friends, siblings, partners, and parents. What does Zen have to say about the question of love; human love being the locus of our most intractable conflicts and compulsions, truly spectacular catastrophes, the source of our deepest losses and sorrows, and our greatest joys and delights.

Intimacy is used interchangeably with awakening in Zen. Intimacy offers the possibility of love as a way of being, not a thing to get. It is a way of being resting on unending curiosity, openness of the heart/mind, dissolving the boundary between self and other.

This is the stone
drenched with rain
that points the way.

– Santoka

Join us for a day of stories, koans, and poetry on the question of love. In this daylong retreat we will explore this deep human concern through meditation, teachings, conversation, and writing. A delicious lunch will be provided, with ample time for sharing discoveries with old and new friends.


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Date: Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 – 10am-4pm
Cost: PZI members $125 / Non-Members $135
Food: A delicious vegetarian lunch is provided
Location: A private home in Santa Barbara; address given upon registration
Registrar: Joan Peters –

For scholarship information, contact the registrar.

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