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Zen Practice and Training at Tassajara

Sitting meditation and offering Dharma is our way. You are warmly invited to practice with us.

There are a wide variety of ways to experience Zen practice at Tassajara, from the daily introduction to Zen meditation offered during guest season, to the fall and winter monastic practice periods. We warmly invite you to explore at whatever level you choose, and encourage you to ask any questions you may have. Read more...

Practice Calendar

Summer Work Practice
April 6 – Sept 13, 2015
Discover the essential oneness of zen meditation and daily activity. “The mind of the Way is actualized by rolling up one’s sleeves” (Dogen)
Come join us!

Fall Work Period

September 14 – 26, 2015

Fall Practice Period
Sept 26 – Dec 20, 2015

2015 Guest Season: April 30 to September 13

We look forward to welcoming you this summer!

Because of the power of valley sounds and mountain colors, the Buddha with the great earth and sentient beings attains the way.

-Dogen Zenji, 13th Century

For a few days, step away from the busyness and pressures of your life, and find the rhythm of your own breath.

Feel the summer breeze, enjoy delicious food, and immerse yourself in the healing waters of the hot springs and the refreshing cool of Tassajara Creek.

We warmly invite you to come refresh and renew at Tassajara — you can join a retreat, explore Zen practice, or just relax and let go of everything beyond the simple pleasures of the moment.

Tassajara 2015 Brochure

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.

If you would like to receive a copy of our brochure, please email programassist (at)

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