In his 2016 year-end letter, John Tarrant wrote about koans, community, and generosity:

“Hello dear friends:

You are part of something excellent. Thanks. You have stepped into the project of awakening and it changes the world for the better…”

In these times, generosity and freedom are so important. PZI is a place where people can reliably go– regardless of their circumstances–and find companions and a practice.

At PZI, we live out the quaint but effective idea of gift exchange. We make a habit of generosity (our scholarship program is 10% of our budget and regular programs at our centers are free of charge), and PZI members and practitioners make a habit of generosity, too. You can support PZI in many ways, but especially through membership, donations, and volunteering your time.

“We’re lucky to have you, our friends, donors and members,” John says.  “You make it possible to do what we do.”


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Your membership is the ongoing, regular sort of contribution that we can count on, and that sustains our existence. Benefits include discounts, an ongoing email conversation, opportunity to work with teachers, supporting Zen for our time, and (soon) a teaching archive.

You can learn more about all this, and look at guidelines for giving, on our Membership page.

You can also meet some of our members, and hear about why they joined, on our Member Stories page.

Or you can take the plunge right now, and click this button:

Become a Member



When we receive direct donations, our eyes sparkle and we do a little dance. It really helps, a lot. You can direct your gift to PZI’s General Fund or Scholarship Fund, to one or more of our teachers, or to Uncertainty Club, our brand new (lovable and deserving) online arts magazine.

If you would like more information on these options, go to our Donate page.

But if you are ready to give, just click this button to head to our secure online donation form:

Make A Donation


For both membership and donations, we prefer online transactions. But if snail mail is your deep preference, you can download and fill out our donation form and mail it to:

Pacific Zen Institute
825 Sonoma Ave., Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Make checks payable to Pacific Zen Institute, with special instructions (such as “Teacher Gift for John Tarrant” or “Scholarship Fund”) on the subject line.

Pacific Zen Institute is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and all funds gifted to us are tax-deductible.  


Volunteering: One of the best things to do in a community is to lend a hand. You get to know people better, you become more grateful for what others do, and the energy you give grows and becomes part of what sustains your practice. If you have useful skills you’d like to share (social media? flower arranging? cat herding?) let us know:


Free Giving:

    • Amazon Smile offers a simple way to give to PZI every time you shop at their site. The first time you visit the link, you will need to select Pacific Zen Institute.  Then, every time you enter Amazon via and make an eligible purchase, a small percentage will be given to PZI.


    • EScrip is another easy way to give. Register your credit cards for online shopping or enroll with merchants who are community partners.


  • Many employers will also match your donation to PZI. Contact Corey with questions about any of these free giving programs.


Other Giving: The following ways of giving are very generous and surprisingly easy. Corey Hitchcock can help if you are curious or have questions about how these things work:

  • Bequests (putting PZI in your will)
  • Donations of securities
  • Tangible gifts (houses, cars, ponies, etc.)
  • Starting an endowment fund



Contact Corey Hitchcock via phone at (530) 273-8081 or via email at to learn more, or to inquire about your current Membership status and/or donation history.

Thank you again for who you are, and all you give.

Yunyan said, “I understand.”
Daowu said, “Really? What do you understand?”
“There are hands and eyes all over the body.”
“That’s nicely put, but it’s not the whole picture.”
Yunyan said, “How would you put it?”
Daowu said, “All through the body are hands and eyes.”

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Through your generosity, you help people find their own path into awakening and you help us grow.

Your support allows us to support our teachers, keep our doors open to everyone regardless of means, and make sure our systems run smoothly.

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