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About Tassajara

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.

A greeting from SFZC Central Abbess, Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts.

Long known as a place of healing, the hot springs of Tassajara were first used by the native Esselen people.

Hiking & Environs
Hiking trails are abundant around Tassajara, which is located in the rugged Los Padres National Forest.

Getting to Tassajara
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.

Sustainable Living
Fostering conservation of resources through simple, rustic living.

New This Summer
A new Temple Gate, the completion of Dharma Rain, and new solar path lights are highlights this year.

Fire History
Records and related information surrounding the fires of 2008 and 2013.

In the Media
Tassajara's guest season in the news