PACIFIC ZEN INSTITUTE and SANTA ROSA CREEK ZEN CENTER are directed by JOHN TARRANT ROSHI (right), a successor in the Yasutani-Yamada-Aitken line of lay Zen Buddhism. Known for his innovative use of ZEN KOANs as a path to enlightenment, Tarrant is also a widely published author (books: "Light Inside the Dark", "Bring Me the Rhinoceros") and a former Jungian psychotherapist. In addition to sponsoring longer retreats throughout the year, PZI holds weekly meditation groups, beginner classes, and occasional art soirees. Sitting on the bank of Santa Rosa Creek, the Zen Center hosts cottonwood trees, silver salmon and steelhead in the fall and raccoons as the sun sets in the evening. The Center is managed by Rachel Boughton.
ROCKRIDGE MEDITATION COMMUNITY, in Oakland, offers meditation, Zen koans, conversation and artistic events on Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It is a quiet and inviting space located in Oakland near the Rockridge BART station. RMC is directed by DAVID WEINSTEIN ROSHI (right) and managed by STEVEN GRANT, PZI Zen Teacher (far right).
DESERT LOTUS SANGHA, in Chandler, AZ is directed by DEB SAINT SENSEI (right). It supports a practice of exploration and discovery while holding each other in community: "To find what is in our hearts and to experience our lives as they are adds richness and clarity."
LONDON ZEN CENTRE, in London, ON is directed by RAYMOND GAUDRY SENSEI (right). LZC is a place to step into awakening and happiness. It is a place to be with others on the same path and explore what it's like to live an awakened life in today's culture and time.
WIND IN GRASS SANGHA, in the Potrero Hill district of San Francisco, holds meetings on Wednesday evenings to "find greater peace and happiness in our lives through the practice of Zen fundamentals." Director MICHAEL KALLUS (with Cecilia, far right) writes: "What you walk away with is flexible and rugged because it doesn't avoid problems, but transforms our relationship with previously unpleasant situations."
The Santa Barbara PZI affiliate is directed by ALLISON ATWILL SENSEI (right), who is both and artist and a teacher.