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 Soto Zen training monastery on the West Coast, 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.
October 1, 2018
Dear Summer Guests,
The outdoor furniture, the red tablecloths and umbrellas at the pool, have all been carefully put away as, once again, we began our fall Practice Period at Tassajara.
Although the weather is still quite warm, the fall colors are starting to show and the creek and the hillsides are thirsting for rain.
This pattern of changing from summer Guest Season to fall and winter Practice Periods has been continuing at Tassajara since 1967. For those of us who have spent time here -- as guests, as students, or as both -- it’s easy to appreciate how deeply entwined the two seasons of our practice truly are.
Now a monastery, embracing the silence and stillness of wintering in the valley; now a summer retreat, conjoined to the needs of a bustling world. Two complementary patterns of caring for each other: now as guests, now as hosts.
You will be receiving this catalog in the early spring, no doubt, so you can begin making plans for returning to Tassajara. In the meantime, we are preparing ourselves and this land to welcome you back. Whether you are a first-time guest or a time-honored returner, we at San Francisco Zen Center are so deeply grateful for your participation in this sacred endeavor to find a way for human beings to live together peacefully on this precious earth.
With gratitude and respect,
Abiding Abbess at Green Gulch Farm