The Open Source
Together with the Pacific Zen Institute, directed by John Tarrant Roshi, the Open Source is part of the Pacific Zen School, an innovative koan school focusing on both individual and group koan practice, with a particular appreciation for the longstanding relationship between Zen and the arts. The Open Source also highlights the crucial role of women in the koan tradition and in Zen.
Before becoming an independent entity (co-founded by John and Joan), Pacific Zen Institute (then known as the California Diamond Sangha) was part of the Diamond Sangha founded by Robert Aitken Roshi. The Diamond Sangha, in turn, emerged from the Japanese Sanbo Kyodan lineage. Here's a page of "lineage charts" for Sanbo Kyodan, including Desert Rain Zen and other Open Source teachers.
About Crimson Gate
We are a sweet and intimate meditation community in Oakland, California. Our emphasis is on contemporary practice for modern lives. In our practice we draw on Zen teachings and traditions, as well as contemporary work in psychology, the sciences of complexity and ecosystems, the arts, poetry, philosophy, and social engagement.
Zazen—meditation in silence and stillness—study, and shared inquiry are at the heart of everything we do. Through your participation and sincere practice you help create this community for deep inquiry into our lives and the timeless wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist tradition. This realization permeates the world through our everyday actions, words, and thoughts. Our community is connected not by ritual, dogma, or obligation, but by our aspiration and mutual care. Together we cultivate this dynamic process of waking up and growing up. This is our offering to a troubled world.
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