In the dream of our lives, it can seem that there’s a lot to dislike. Dog bites, bee stings, other not so favorite things, grief, frustration and truly devastating setbacks, the end of civilization as we know it… But sometimes it’s not like that at all. There’s a feather in a pond, the green wavy leaves of the laurel tree welcome you, the breeze is cool, kindness appears by itself, and even sadness is itself a gate. You are enough, you are not living the wrong life. And the universe is the right universe. It’s beyond like or dislike. Once we see this, it’s hard to forget. When we see the light inside things it changes how we live our lives. We find we are at home and we care for one another, too.

This is a two day retreat with John Tarrant Roshi, and Rachel Boughton Roshi, including meditation, koans, poetry, stories, myths of like and dislike and conversation. There will be a chance to make discoveries together and to ask questions of the teachers.

This is the innovative Pacific Zen style retreat in which Zen koans and healing stories are taught in new and helpful ways. No experience of meditation is needed.


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  • Dates – Saturday-Sunday, November 4–5, 2017
  • Times – Saturday, 9:30am–4:30pm; Sunday, 10:00am–4:00pm.
  • Location – Wu Hsing Tao School, at Talaris Conference Center, 4000 NE 41 Street, Bldg D, Seattle, WA
  • Cost – $205 ($185 for Pacific Zen Institute members, you can join!). Scholarships are available: just contact the registrar.
  • Contact for questions about the retreat – Christy Lee-Engel at
  • Registrar – Corey Hitchcock at

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