Here are some Pacific Zen Institute members who are painting, writing, dancing, or otherwise creating their way towards freedom, with the bright, fierce, gentle assistance of koans.


Lee Allen–painting and textile arts


Allison Atwill–painter



Rachel Boughton–sculptor, writer



Jesse Cardin–musician and writer


Dane Cervine–poet and essayist


Trace Farrell–writer




Amaryllis Fletcher – violinist




Denise Fujiwara–dancer/choreographer


Corey Hitchcock–interdisciplinary artist, fiction and essay writer




Michael Hofmann–sculptor and sumi-e painter


Asa Horvitz–contemporary performance, musician


Sacha Kawaichi–poetry, jewelry, and visual arts




Alok Hsu Kwang-Han–calligraphic painter


Christopher Lods–painting and drawing, musician




Dennis Peak– painter




Jackson Randall – musician, poet



Nora Reza–painter


Amy Elizabeth Robinson–writer and poet



Jim Snarski–photographer



John Tarrant–writer, poet, calligrapher


Rene Thomas–artist and poet


Tim Walters–photography





Resources on Creative Mind

From our PZI creatives, we gathered this short and extremely, inherently incomplete list of resources that have provoked and inspired the creative process. We hope you find something provocative or inspirational in here, too:

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