John Tarrant

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.

David Weinstein

Supervising Teacher

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.

Rachel Boughton

Supervising Teacher

Rachel Boughton, Roshi is the director of the Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center. 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.

Allison Atwill

Supervising Teacher

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.

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.

Jesse Cardin

Jesse Cardin, Sensei 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.

David Parks

David Parks, Sensei 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.

Deborah Saint

Deborah Saint, Sensei is currently on leave from teaching, but for a long time was the practice leader of Desert Lotus Zen in Arizona. She is interested in how koans work to open the heart, revealing kindness and compassion.

Steven Grant

Steven Grant, Roshi, meets with students online and in person in Grass Valley, California. He is interested in humor and Zen. Steven is an ordained priest in both the Soto and Rinzai traditions. His career has transitioned from being an illustrator of cute animals to designing onlineexperiences for folks like Microsoft, and Wells Fargo.

Joan Sutherland

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