John Tarrant Roshi – PZI Director

Roshi & Director of Pacific Zen Institute

John Tarrant is a teacher, poet, and founder of the Pacific Zen Institute. He is interested in Zen as a way that transforms the mind, and in the dance between innovation and tradition in both teaching and practice.

Allison Atwill


Allison Atwill, Roshi leads Coral Moon Zen in Santa Barbara. She is a visual artist whose work emerges from an intimate and embodied conversation with koans.

Tess Beasley

Sensei & PZI Board President

Tess Beasley is a koan teacher based in New York, and also serves as Pacific Zen Institute’s Board President.

Rachel Boughton


Rachel Boughton, Roshi is the director of Flower Mountain Zen. She is an artist and a mother of two grown children. She has studied philosophy, feminism, theatre, and electronic music composition, and is currently diving into Jungian psychology. She is fascinated by the experience of transformation.

Jesse Cardin


Jesse Cardin, Roshi leads the San Antonio, Texas-based Zen koan meditation center called It’s Alive! Zen. He has been a student of John Tarrant, Roshi since attending his first PZI retreat in 2006 (at which time he had no idea what he was getting into). Jesse is also a musician and a social worker.

Jon Joseph


Jon Joseph, Roshi is the practice leader of San Mateo Zen, and holding teacher for Desert Lotus Zen. He started practicing Zen meditation with a group of friends and their Spanish teacher while in high school. He moved his practice for a couple of years through wilderness cabins and logging camps in Alaska, while continuing to attend sesshin at ZCLA under Taizan Maezumi Roshi, and now throws his hat in with koan work and PZI.

David Parks


David Parks, Roshi is the Director of Bluegrass Zen, centered in Waco, Kentucky with sitting groups in both Lexington and Berea, KY. As a spiritual director and now as a koan teacher he has had 34 years of experience in accompanying others along life’s path.

Michelle Riddle


Michelle Riddle, Sensei leads programs in PZI’s digital temple and lives in the SF Bay Area. She first met John Tarrant at the tail end of the twentieth century, and has been involved in some way with the care and evolution of PZI for decades.

Joan Sutherland


Joan Sutherland, Roshi is Senior Teacher Emerita of Pacific Zen Institute and the founder of Awakened Life in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

David Weinstein


David Weinstein, Roshi is the Director of the Rockridge Meditation Community in Oakland, where he teaches regularly. He is interested in discovering Zen practice in the midst of ordinary life.