ZEN and the ART of INQUIRY
​No belief is required...
No religion is required...and all faiths are welcome
No experience is required, only sincere aspiration is required. Come join us for these blessed three nights and days at Point Reyes National Seashore...
Easter Weekend, Friday, April 10th through Monday the 13th, 2020

You will find plenty of skillful support for the next step on your spiritual journey at this intensive. Use the registration link to sign up now or email Pitaka to learn more.  
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Choice of rooms becomes limited as this intensive fills, so it is best to register well in advance. Airport pick up and return is free by advance arrangement if you register by march 1st. Donations to support Pitakas service work with homeless youth and mother's of newborns is welcome on the Paypal link.
​Intensive location, Commonweal Retreat Center, Bolinas, California
Easter weekend, April 10-13 2020
Cost, $600-$500 includes a
private or shared room, vegetarian meals and complete instruction.

No teaching (of what to believe) is an important non-teaching on this intensive. You will learn how to inquire using core Koans, so you can authentically, as the Buddha recommended, "find out yourself."

Your guide Pitaka is no stranger to life's challenges and will support you from the day you register and beyond this retreat.
Prior to entering Zen monastic life and receiving priest ordination Pitaka  attended retreats and satsangs with both Soto and Rinzai Zen teachers as well as Tibetan Buddhist, Vipassana, Advaita Vedanta, Sufi, Native American and Christian mystic traditions. This broad view helps assure that all seekers are supported.

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"This journey of transformation and liberation  begins when you say yes. Now is the only time we can experience Reality or Truth directly. I hope you will join us."   Pitaka
Zen and the Art of Inquiry intensives are offered once annually. Your guide Pitaka has led 61 intensives in California and recently one in Europe. Here are some details from Pitaka about the intensive purpose, theme and process...​

Attending this intensive is a choice each individual makes, to learn how to inquire, to participate in focused inquiry for three days and nights, within a structured schedule of activities. This is essential for the best outcome for all participants in just three days and nights. We do this together in order to authentically discover Reality... ultimately, what is always so. What is this? 

It is essential to understand the main idea when entering the intensive... No belief is required to encounter Reality. Sometime during the weekend you may notice many previously held ideas, concepts and established beliefs arising for re-examination, dissolving, giving you space for direct experience of what is unknown. Whatever we think may be so, we must, in the words of the Buddha, "find out for ourselves."
Inquiry requires full attention, is not knowing, questioning, wondering, like a child wonders, truly being open. This is the spirit of true inquiry, the foundation of the intensive. Setting aside other interests and intentions, focusing as guided, and just for awhile not filling the space with our knowing.

This intensive does not require any previous experience of meditation. There are guidelines for the support of all present, such as no intoxicants, following the schedule of activities including silent periods, and non-interference with others during the intensive. Our commitment is also to arrive on time and stay with the group for three days and nights through the closing.

To sign up now, apply on the intensive registration page. It's easy to simply fill in the form, then click submit at the bottom or copy and email it. When your application is confirmed you can pay using the Paypal link or send a check for full payment to reserve your space.