PACIFIC ZEN INSTITUTE is 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 awakening, Tarrant is also a widely published author (“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 art soirees.

SANTA ROSA ZEN CENTER, the host site for many of these events, is co-directed by ELEANOR SILBERMAN and JON JOSEPH ROSHI. The Center sits on the bank of Santa Rosa Creek, bordered by cottonwood trees and willows. Silver salmon and steelhead run up the creek in the fall, while racoons, turkeys and the occasional hobo watch the changes through all seasons.

ROCKRIDGE MEDITATION COMMUNITY, in Oakland, is directed by DAVID WEINSTEIN ROSHI (right) and offers meditation, Zen koans, conversation and artistic events on Wednesday, Saturdays, and Sundays. Find RMC online at

​The CORAL MOON ZEN group is a Santa Barbara PZI affiliate directed by ALLISON ATWILL ROSHI (far right), who is both and artist and a teacher.

DESERT LOTUS SANGHA, in Chandler, AZ is directed by JON JOSEPH ROSHI.

IT’S ALIVE! ZEN MEDITATION, in San Antonio, TX is directed by JESSE CARDIN ROSHI (near right).

BLUE GRASS ZEN, centered in Waco, Kentucky, is run by DAVID PARKS ROSHI, long-time a UCC minister in Santa Rosa, and now a Zen teacher and farmer in Kentucky.