Pamela Weiss

Residential Retreat Teacher

Pamela Weiss is a dual lineage Buddhist teacher in Theravada and Soto Zen, and the author of, "A Bigger Sky: Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism." She has been practicing since 1987, including several years of Zen monastic training and retreat teacher training through Spirit Rock. Pamela was the first lay person to receive full Dharma transmission in the Suzuki Roshi lineage. She lives in San Francisco and is on the Teacher Council at San Francisco Insight and the Board of the Brooklyn Zen Center. She is passionate about weaving women's voices and experience into the fabric of practice.

We live in two dimensions of being human, which can be called horizontal and vertical. In the horizontal aspect, we move across the surface, getting from here to there. If you look out at the ocean, you can see the surface with all the chop and the waves and so on. That’s one dimension. And that’s useful. It’s good to get from here to there. But there’s another dimension, which is the vertical—when we drop under the surface, under the churn at the top of the water, and we let ourselves descend down, down, down into the still, dark, quiet at the bottom of the ocean. Ultimately, we find a way to do both: to be engaged in horizontal movement, engagement, activity, without losing contact with the depths of our knowing, the depths of our being.
 
Pamela Weiss, Our Women Ancestors: Finding a Way Out of No Way

Pamela Weiss' Upcoming Programs

Retreat On-Land

May 31 - June 6, 2024 Friday - Thursday | 6 nights

Loving Each Moment: The Heartfelt Revelation of Dharma

This retreat will explore the simplicity of being in each moment. Together we will discover the heart's capacity to awaken to loving ourselves, each other, and the world. Together in community we will be nourished by the 2600 year old tradition of abiding in silence, stillness, kindness, and clarity. Our time together will include mindfulness meditation in sitting, movement, and all daily activities. The teachings will weave together ancient wisdom along with the love of truth and being.

Eugene Cash

Eugene Cash

Pamela Weiss

Pamela Weiss

Retreat On-Land

September 5 - September 8, 2024 Thursday - Sunday | 3 nights

The Doorway to Freedom and Peace: The Three Characteristics

The radical premise of the Buddha’s teaching is that realizing the truth—what Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki called "things-as-it-is"—is the doorway to freedom and peace. During this retreat, we will engage mindfulness and compassion to turn toward the living truth that arises each moment, with an emphasis on the Three Characteristics of Reality: all things are impermanent (aniccā), ultimately unreliable (dukkha), and ownerless (anattā). Our time will include silent meditation and movement along with instructions, Dharma talks, and meetings with teachers. 

Erin Treat

Erin Treat

Pamela Weiss

Pamela Weiss

Yong Oh

Yong Oh

Monica Magtoto

Monica Magtoto

Dharma Library

Can't join us live online or on the land? Study and practice at your convenience with Pamela Weiss through our new library of recordings, articles, and self-paced online courses.