Tassajara is one of three practice communities that comprise the San Francisco Zen Center, which also includes City Center in San Francisco and Green Gulch Farm in Marin. Tassajara is nestled in a mountain valley, inland from the Big Sur coast in a remote part of the Ventana Wilderness and is dedicated to Zen Center’s mission, which is “to embody, express, and make accessible the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha.”
In 1967, Tassajara was established as the first Zen training monastery outside of Japan, and offers monastic training periods during the fall and winter months. Each year from May to September, Tassajara, or Zenshinji (Zen Heart-Mind Temple), as it is known formally, opens its gates to students and guests alike for the summer guest season.
WelcomeDear Tassajara Guests,
I am writing these words of welcome during the first major winter storm of the season...with lightning flashes brightening the windows of my room now and then. It’s such a joy to hear the rain pouring down on our dried-out California land. And yet, though it seems far away to me now, I can also feel the joy of imagining summer’s return, along with all of you, to our lovely Buddhist sanctuary deep in the Ventana Wilderness.
As many of you know, we at Zen Center look forward to the summer guest season every year, not only for the vital financial support it provides for our community, but most importantly, for the opportunity of hosting our guests.
The Buddha was renowned for greeting each and every person with a warm bow, gentle smile, and kind words of welcome...a practice arising from the core of his enlightened vision. Please know that you are warmly welcomed to join us in sharing the beauty and restorative power of the Buddha’s practice as it makes its way into our culture, warm hand to warm hand.
With gratitude and respect,
Abiding Abbess of Green Gulch Farm
Tassajara is located approximately two hours by car southeast of Carmel, California, in the Ventana Wilderness Area. The only vehicle access to Tassajara is via a 14-mile dirt road.
Long known as a place of healing, the hot springs of Tassajara were first used by the native Esselen people.