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.

Upcoming events (5)

Sunday Morning ZOOM Zen: Meditation, Virtual Tea, Online Conversation

Guanyin in the Pavilion Under the August Moon: Sundays, 10:30am-12pm PDT. A Meditation & Talk with 4 notable PZI women teachers August 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 @ 10:30am – 12pm PDT Return weekly to register for each Sunday session as it’s posted. – Join us for any one or all five talks! Guanyin, bodhisattva who hears the cries of the world. Ancient Sanskrit called her Avalokitesvara, the embodied compassion of all buddhas. Some myths say she has one thousand hands and eyes. Others whisper she was the mother of the Buddha. One tale tells of her journey down to hell, where the birds began to sing and the flowers grew tall until the demons were forced to ask her to leave, lest the purifying depths became too joyous. As she rose, children seized her robes and were carried from the underworld back to the living. Yet, her true nature goes beyond her many names and faces. She is part of the very fabric of the universe itself. She is that voice who wonders, what does it mean to save all beings? What blocks us hearing the cries of the world? And, what does it really mean to turn toward pain—our own or others? She is always working in ways, seen and unseen, as part of every living thing. As part of nature itself. So, how do we recognize her? An old Zen koan asks: Quickly, without thinking good or evil, what is your Original Face before your parents were born? This 5-part series, in lieu of our usual Sunday sessions, features four women teachers of Pacific Zen Institute and Open Source. We seek to gather and reflect on the nature of compassion as it lives in life and in nature itself—as fire, water, wind, earth, and space. Join us for any one or all five talks. Return weekly to register for each Sunday session as it’s posted. Register now for the upcoming Sunday: REGISTER for Sunday Aug 9th @ 10:30am-12pm PDT with Michelle Riddle Sensei Teacher Schedule: August 2 – All August 9 – Michelle Riddle Sensei: Earth August 16 – Tess Beasley August 23 – Sarah Bender Roshi August 30 – Allison Atwill Roshi For registration questions, please contact [masked]. Most of us are now in retreat, some of us are risking our lives to help patients. It’s good we are here together in this time. Come and try it out. John Tarrant Join Zoom Meeting: For security we have had to move to a streamlined registration format for all of John's Sunday talks- there will be anew registration and link for every week - please visit this page for specifics - find the talk and click through to registration: https://www.pacificzen.org/from-pzi-new-online-talks-meetings-with-pzi-teachers/ 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)! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 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 Zoom Zen Meditation, Virtual Tea, & Online Conversation

Pacific Zen Institute: Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center

Monday Nights 7-9pm PDT - Personal Transformation through Meditation, talk, and discussion with Jon Joseph, Roshi of SRCZC, San Mateo Zen & PZI - https://www.pacificzen.org/teachers/jon-joseph/ For security we have had to move to a streamlined registration setup for all of our online gatherings. More here:https://www.pacificzen.org/from-pzi-new-online-talks-meetings-with-pzi-teachers/ Check in here to click through to all talk info & zoom registrations. 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 personal 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. This is your life - allow Zen to point you to that freedom. John Tarrant, Roshi (http://www.pacificzen.org/teachers-2/john-tarrant/), who is a renowned author, poet, and Zen innovator teaches every Sunday @ 10:30am PDT 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 ZOOM Zen: Meditation, Virtual Tea, Online Conversation

Guanyin in the Pavilion Under the August Moon: Sundays, 10:30am-12pm PDT. A Meditation & Talk with 4 notable PZI women teachers August 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 @ 10:30am – 12pm PDT Return weekly to register for each Sunday session as it’s posted. – Join us for any one or all five talks! Guanyin, bodhisattva who hears the cries of the world. Ancient Sanskrit called her Avalokitesvara, the embodied compassion of all buddhas. Some myths say she has one thousand hands and eyes. Others whisper she was the mother of the Buddha. One tale tells of her journey down to hell, where the birds began to sing and the flowers grew tall until the demons were forced to ask her to leave, lest the purifying depths became too joyous. As she rose, children seized her robes and were carried from the underworld back to the living. Yet, her true nature goes beyond her many names and faces. She is part of the very fabric of the universe itself. She is that voice who wonders, what does it mean to save all beings? What blocks us hearing the cries of the world? And, what does it really mean to turn toward pain—our own or others? She is always working in ways, seen and unseen, as part of every living thing. As part of nature itself. So, how do we recognize her? An old Zen koan asks: Quickly, without thinking good or evil, what is your Original Face before your parents were born? This 5-part series, in lieu of our usual Sunday sessions, features four women teachers of Pacific Zen Institute and Open Source. We seek to gather and reflect on the nature of compassion as it lives in life and in nature itself—as fire, water, wind, earth, and space. Join us for any one or all five talks. Return weekly to register for each Sunday session as it’s posted. Register now for the upcoming Sunday: REGISTER for Sunday Aug 9th @ 10:30am-12pm PDT with Michelle Riddle Sensei Teacher Schedule: August 2 – All August 9 – Michelle Riddle Sensei: Earth August 16 – Tess Beasley August 23 – Sarah Bender Roshi August 30 – Allison Atwill Roshi For registration questions, please contact [masked]. Most of us are now in retreat, some of us are risking our lives to help patients. It’s good we are here together in this time. Come and try it out. John Tarrant Join Zoom Meeting: For security we have had to move to a streamlined registration format for all of John's Sunday talks- there will be anew registration and link for every week - please visit this page for specifics - find the talk and click through to registration: https://www.pacificzen.org/from-pzi-new-online-talks-meetings-with-pzi-teachers/ 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)! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 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 Zoom Zen Meditation, Virtual Tea, & Online Conversation

Pacific Zen Institute: Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center

Monday Nights 7-9pm PDT - Personal Transformation through Meditation, talk, and discussion with Jon Joseph, Roshi of SRCZC, San Mateo Zen & PZI - https://www.pacificzen.org/teachers/jon-joseph/ For security we have had to move to a streamlined registration setup for all of our online gatherings. More here:https://www.pacificzen.org/from-pzi-new-online-talks-meetings-with-pzi-teachers/ Check in here to click through to all talk info & zoom registrations. 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 personal 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. This is your life - allow Zen to point you to that freedom. John Tarrant, Roshi (http://www.pacificzen.org/teachers-2/john-tarrant/), who is a renowned author, poet, and Zen innovator teaches every Sunday @ 10:30am PDT 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

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