What we're about
SRCZC is center associated with Pacific Zen Institute, a nonprofit organization focusing on 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 Rinzai Zen Buddhism utilizing koans as tools for awakening and a way to gain access to deeper aspects of reality and our lives. PZI has taken this esoteric tradition and made it accessible to Westerners, something integratable into our everyday lives, as something not separate from our lives. It also appreciates art, poetry and psychology as ways of understanding the world and seeing reality. This is what makes PZI nontraditional as far as Zen goes, and what also makes it very special and unique. Our director and founding teacher is John Tarrant Roshi, author of Bring Me the Rhinoceros and Other Zen Koans to Save Your Life, and The Light Inside the Dark: Zen, Soul and the Spiritual Life. Visit www.pacificzen.org for more info on koans, meditation, our online journal, as well as our many offerings and retreats.