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True Nature Zendo – where an ancient practice of awakening comes alive.

True Nature Zendo is hidden in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, five minutes outside Nevada City. The surroundings are idyllic – flower gardens, water, rolling hills, grazing sheep, and woodlands. Our approach to koan study and practice originated from the renowned zen teacher John Tarrant. Our practice is meditation with koans. We often share our experience in conversation, laugh, and sometimes feel the depth of who and what we are — our true nature, and an intimacy with the 10,000 things.

We offer three-hour koan meditation salons, half-day and daylong koan retreats, and 90-minute introductions. Everyone is welcome to True Nature Zendo koan salons, retreats, and koan meditation instruction.

Meditating with Koans

Koans are not mysterious puzzles or problems to be solved, as depicted in popular culture. Meditation with koans has longMore…

Ways We Practice

We offer monthly three-hour koan salons, day or half-day retreats, and introductions to koan meditation.More…

Photo Gallery

What began four years ago as a koan salon in our living room has developed a life of its own. See photos of our practice here. More…

Visiting Teacher

Our approach to koan study and practice originated from the work of zen teacher John Tarrant Roshi, director of PacificMore…