Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

Tassajara is a natural hot spring located in a remote valley in the heart of the Ventana Wilderness in California. It was founded in 1967 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi as Zenshinji (Zen Heart-Mind Temple). Tassajara is a Zen training temple that offers intensive practice periods in the fall and winter.

We are pleased to announce that in Summer 2024, after having been closed to guests for 4 years due to Covid and staffing, we are once again able to offer a limited number of rooms for guests as part of teacher-led retreats and Zen Practice Weeks.

During Spring and Summer 2024 Tassajara is open to the public in the following ways:

For retreats and Zen Practice Weeks, please visit the Calendar page or the Guest Season and Reservations page. Sign up for our Sangha News email to receive news and notices of upcoming events.

Tassajara welcomes applications for work practice April 10 – September 26, 2024, both for returning SFZC students and new students with a Zen teacher recommendation. The application and further information can be found on the Summer Work Practice 2024 web page.

For residential and apprenticeship programs at Green Gulch Farm, see the Live the Temple Life page. City Center will not be accepting residential or apprenticeship applications during the Beginners Mind Temple renovation project in 2024.