The Rockridge Meditation Community teachers offer encouragement in the practice of meditation, working with zen koans, and beginning meditation. You can meet a teacher at our meeting place in Oakland, near Berkeley, on Wednesday evenings, Sunday mornings, or at one of our monthly Beginners Meditation classes. You can also arrange to meet with a teacher individually.

John Tarrant, Roshi

John Tarrant, Roshi Director PZI

Director of the Pacific Zen Institute.
“I’m interested in Zen as a way that transforms the mind. This makes me an innovator. I studied and taught Zen in a classical manner for about 15 years before developing new ways of introducing koans that even people with no experience of meditation can find useful.” – John Tarrant
tarrantworks is John’s personal site. Articles, poems and event designs are here.zenosaurus is his blog and primer on how to work with koans in a way that is actually meant to change your life.Books: Bring Me The Rhinoceros — and Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life (This is a calling card for our approach to Zen) and The Light Inside the Dark: Zen, Soul & the Spiritual Life (This is an integration of Zen and western approaches, especially art, Jungian work and the imagination) Link for Dana donation

 David Weinstein, Roshi

David Weinstein, Roshi RMC Director

David Weinstein, Roshi, is the Director of the Rockridge Meditation Community where he teaches regularly. As the Senior Supervising Teacher of PZI he oversees the teacher training program. He is interested in discovering Zen practice in the midst of ordinary life. He is especially interested helping people cultivate an appreciation of koan practice as a way of recognizing our lives as works of art.

David schedules regular Saturday conversations on your practice once or twice a month. to set up a time contact him at for the next session.

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Rachel Boughton, Roshi

Rachel Boughton. Roshi
Rachel Boughton, Roshi, discovered meditation long ago, by a fortuitous accident when she was in high school, after reading a book and sending off 25 cents for instructions. This led to an interest in teaching beginners and she has been developing classes to introduce people to both koans and meditation which she teaches at PZI centers. She is the director of the Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center. She has taught meditation for 15 years and been with Pacific Zen Institute since 2001. She is also a sculptor and graphic artist and writes a blog about meditation called Zennotes. You can contact her through santarosazen.orgLink for Dana donation

Jon Joseph, Roshi

Jon Joseph, Roshi

is the practice leader of San Mateo Zen, and holding teacher for Desert Lotus Zen. He started practicing Zen meditation with a group of friends and their Spanish teacher while in high school. He moved his practice for a couple of years through wilderness cabins and logging camps in Alaska, while continuing to attend sesshin at ZCLA under Taizan Maezumi Roshi, and now throws his hat in with koan work and PZI.

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