What we're about

Our zen center in Santa Rosa is associated with Pacific Zen Institute, a nonprofit organization focusing on meditation Zen koans, the creative arts, psychology and transformation. PZI is a blend of the traditional and nontraditional. The traditional: PZI comes from an ancient lineage of Zen Buddhism utilizing zen koans (short bits of conversation, songs, snippets of poetry) as a way to gain access to deeper aspects of reality and life. We appreciate art, poetry and dreams and the psyche as ways of understanding the world and seeing reality. Visit http://www.pacificzen.org for more info on koans, meditation, our online journal called Uncertainty Club (uncertainty.club), as well as retreats.

Our sessions include quiet meditation, tea, a talk by a teacher of senior member of the community, and conversation.

Come because you like to meditate or would like to learn, come because you want a welcoming and friendly group of people to meditate with, come because you feel like this would be a good time to have a practice, to experience the world with a bit more happiness and surprise.

We are a welcoming community and truly value diversity.

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Sunday Morning Zen: Meditation, Tea, Conversation

Pacific Zen Institute: Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center

Sunday Mornings 10:30 to noon - Meditation, koan, conversation 10:30-11:10 - Meditation with koan 11:10-11:15 - Tea/Snack Break 11:15-12:00 - Dharma Talk/Discussion Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center is the Santa Rosa branch of Pacific Zen Institute, a nonprofit organization in the Rinzai Zen tradition that embraces koan practice (what is a koan? (https://www.pacificzen.org/koan-practice/)), creativity, and real life. Our mission is to create a culture of transformation through meditation, koans, conversation, and the arts. We encourage people to take one step into freedom, and then the next, and then the next, and everything we do in PZI is directed to that end. The atmosphere is relaxed, sweet and inquisitive. No experience necessary. There is usually about 10-20 people who show up from our community. ***Every 4th Sunday of the month is a half-day meditation retreat from 9am-2pm. 10:30-12 follows the schedule above, but there will be periods of silent walking and sitting meditation before and after, and a potluck-style lunch. You can also meet one-on-one with Jon Joseph, Roshi (https://www.pacificzen.org/teachers/jon-joseph/). Come for all or just a portion of the day.*** This program, as well as all other programs at Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center are offered at no charge, but donations are gladly welcome and help a lot (we are a growing non-profit)! New to meditation? Check out these links on koans (https://www.pacificzen.org/koan-practice/) or meditation practice (https://www.pacificzen.org/meditation/#SittingMeditation). ------------------------------------------------------------------------ At the Pacific Zen Institute we welcome people of all backgrounds, colors, genders, religions, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. We are committed to helping people step into freedom in their real lives, just as they are. We offer sanctuary, community, a place for self-care, and for honest conversation about how to navigate these times with freedom and humor and joy. Everyone is welcome here, no matter how you are feeling, where you come from, what you believe.

Monday Night Meditation, Tea, & Conversation

Pacific Zen Institute: Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center

Monday Nights 7-9pm - Meditation, talk, and discussion Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center is the Santa Rosa branch of Pacific Zen Institute, a nonprofit organization in the Rinzai Zen tradition that embraces koan practice (what is a koan? (https://www.pacificzen.org/koan-practice/)), creativity, and real life. Our mission is to create a culture of transformation through meditation, koans, conversation, and the arts. We encourage people to take one step into freedom, and then the next, and then the next, and everything we do in PZI is directed to that end. Rachel Boughton, Roshi (https://www.pacificzen.org/teachers/rachel-boughton/) is the Director of Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center and teaches most nights. John Tarrant, Roshi (http://www.pacificzen.org/teachers-2/john-tarrant/), who is a renowned author, poet, and Zen innovator teaches every first Monday of the month. There is also an introduction to meditation and koans first Mondays of the month at 6pm. We usually have 10-30 people who show up. Second Mondays of the month, we end 30-min early for Community Night, where we gather around and share food, conversation and sometimes libations. This program, as well as all other programs at Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center, is offered at no charge, but donations are gladly welcome and help a lot (we are a growing non-profit)! New to meditation? There is no experience necessary to join. We practice with koans which is a not-so-well-known style of meditation. Check out these links on koans (https://www.pacificzen.org/koan-practice/) or meditation practice (https://www.pacificzen.org/meditation/#SittingMeditation) for more. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ At the Pacific Zen Institute we welcome people of all backgrounds, colors, genders, religions, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. We are committed to helping people step into freedom in their real lives, just as they are. We offer sanctuary, community, a place for self-care, and for honest conversation about how to navigate these times with freedom and humor and joy. Everyone is welcome here, no matter how you are feeling, where you come from, what you believe. "When we are creating a culture together we get a chance to live inside the enlightened world, not as a static unchanging place but as a path that keeps opening. We do want to help each other. As a community we help deepen one another’s practice." John Tarrant Roshi

Sunday Morning Zen: Meditation, Tea, Conversation

Pacific Zen Institute: Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center

Sunday Mornings 10:30 to noon - Meditation, koan, conversation 10:30-11:10 - Meditation with koan 11:10-11:15 - Tea/Snack Break 11:15-12:00 - Dharma Talk/Discussion Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center is the Santa Rosa branch of Pacific Zen Institute, a nonprofit organization in the Rinzai Zen tradition that embraces koan practice (what is a koan? (https://www.pacificzen.org/koan-practice/)), creativity, and real life. Our mission is to create a culture of transformation through meditation, koans, conversation, and the arts. We encourage people to take one step into freedom, and then the next, and then the next, and everything we do in PZI is directed to that end. The atmosphere is relaxed, sweet and inquisitive. No experience necessary. There is usually about 10-20 people who show up from our community. ***Every 4th Sunday of the month is a half-day meditation retreat from 9am-2pm. 10:30-12 follows the schedule above, but there will be periods of silent walking and sitting meditation before and after, and a potluck-style lunch. You can also meet one-on-one with Jon Joseph, Roshi (https://www.pacificzen.org/teachers/jon-joseph/). Come for all or just a portion of the day.*** This program, as well as all other programs at Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center are offered at no charge, but donations are gladly welcome and help a lot (we are a growing non-profit)! New to meditation? Check out these links on koans (https://www.pacificzen.org/koan-practice/) or meditation practice (https://www.pacificzen.org/meditation/#SittingMeditation). ------------------------------------------------------------------------ At the Pacific Zen Institute we welcome people of all backgrounds, colors, genders, religions, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. We are committed to helping people step into freedom in their real lives, just as they are. We offer sanctuary, community, a place for self-care, and for honest conversation about how to navigate these times with freedom and humor and joy. Everyone is welcome here, no matter how you are feeling, where you come from, what you believe.

Beginner's Zen/Koan Meditation Class

Pacific Zen Institute: Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center

Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center is the Santa Rosa branch of Pacific Zen Institute, a nonprofit organization and community in the Rinzai Zen tradition. We embrace koan practice (what is a koan? (https://www.pacificzen.org/koan-practice/)), creativity, and real life. Our mission is to create a culture of transformation through meditation, koans, conversation, and the arts. On the first Monday of each month, the Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center holds a brief and free Introduction to Meditation class. It's just an hour, but that's enough to get started and try it out. In this class, you will learn from a long-time meditator and student of Rinzai Zen Buddhism how to meditate using a koan. Koans are ancient tools for transforming the heart-mind. They can be a phrase, a piece of a poem, an impossible scenario, or a conversation between a student and teacher that often happened hundreds to a thousand years ago. Koan meditation is a deep way to transform your life and trust yourself. It can give you ways to face your life circumstances with more ease. It can help you live the life you have. Click this link for more info on koans and meditation (https://www.santarosazen.org/practice/#koanpractice) This class is free and open to anyone, not just beginners. For more information email [masked]. Group meditation and our regular Monday night program begins at 7pm, and you are welcome to stay and join. You are also welcome to come to the regular session with no particular experience with meditation and koans. You can't do it wrong. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This program, as well as all other programs at Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center, is offered at no charge, but donations are gladly welcome and help a lot (we are a growing non-profit organization)! At the Pacific Zen Institute we welcome people of all backgrounds, colors, genders, religions, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. This is a safe space.

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Monday Night Meditation, Tea, & Conversation

Pacific Zen Institute: Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center

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