Pine Mountain School of Zen Arts

The Pine Mountain School of Zen Arts is dedicated to preserving and promoting the traditional arts associated with Zen. We are non-sectarian and respect all spiritual traditions. All are welcome.


The Pine Mountain School of Zen Arts is located at an altitude of 5,000 feet about 90 minutes north of Santa Monica, California. It is a sacred space of great tranquility and beauty. When you enter the school, the concerns of your everyday life melt away and you are surrounded by divine energies. At the end of your visit you leave energized and inspired.

"Deep in the wild mountains, is a strange marketplace, where you can trade the hassle and noise of everyday life, for eternal Light."
~ Milarepa

Zen profoundly influenced the culture of China, Korea and Japan. This influence was seen in all aspects of life including martial arts, gardening, music, ceramics, painting, the tea ceremony and even architecture. The foundation of all of these disciplines was meditation. Zen does not depend on words, dogma or rituals. It is the direct experience of the pure Essence of Mind, one’s Buddha Nature. 

Zen is universal and can be practiced by anyone of any religion, or none at all. Zen is meditation. You can be a Zen Christian, a Zen Hindu, a Zen Buddhist, a Zen Jew, a Zen agnostic or atheist. 

The Zen Arts are a comprehensive and practical system to develop all aspects of a human being; mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. 


It is through the practice of the Zen arts, and not through rules or theory that moral and spiritual values are taught in China and Japan. The Zen arts, such as meditation, the martial arts (aikido, iaido and kyudo), Zen gardening, the Way of Tea, the Way of Flowers, are ways to develop all aspects of the individual. Each art is more than a mere craft, for each takes as its goal not just the teaching of ethics but the formation of the ethical individual. Transformation is the result of diligent practice and each art recognizes the importance of the body. Training the mind as well as the body results in important insights, habits, and attitudes that involve the whole person, both body and mind.

Ganga and Tara's Welcome to the

Pine Mountain School of Zen Arts

We welcome you to our school, a sacred space devoted to creating fully developed individuals who manifest kindness, love, harmony, balance, compassion and wisdom, thereby making the world a better place.

About Ganga and Tara

"We agree with the great Siddha Saint Shirdi Sai Baba who said, “ I respect all religions but I am not any one religion. My religion is love.”

~ Ganga and Tara

Ganga and Tara are international spiritual teachers who teach the Universal path of Truth and Love. For over 50 years they have studied many wisdom traditions, including Vedanta, Advaita, Tibetan Buddhism, Daoism, Sufism, Mystic Christianity and Zen. 

Ganga and Tara have been fortunate to study with many great teachers. They have taught spiritual development in the West for over forty years. They have taught thousands of people to meditate, started retreat centers and founded Dharma centers throughout America, Europe and Asia. It is their sincere wish that all people discover the infinite joy that is their true nature. They work with all those who desire to grow and awaken.

Ganga and Tara’s approach to spirituality is universal. They are not promoting any one religion, teacher or path. Their teachings are useful to anyone regardless of religion or philosophy. They have dedicated their lives to being of service and assisting to the best of their ability in raising the consciousness of humanity. They are sharing timeless wisdom that elevates consciousness.

Ganga and Tara focus on heart-based mindfulness and spiritual principles that encourage the development of kindness, love, harmony, balance, compassion and wisdom. The goal is to develop stability, peacefulness, compassion, wisdom and unity in the individual so that the consciousness of the world will also reflect these qualities of spiritual awakening.

Ganga and Tara's International Teaching

Ganga and Tara have given over 600 free seminars across America as well as in India, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taiwan.

Ganga teaching a meditation class at the Bodhi Heart Center in Penang, Malaysia.

Tara teaching a meditation class in Malaysia.

Tara teaching a meditation class in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Meditation class in Malaysia

Ganga teaching meditation class in Hong Kong

Group photo of meditation class in Malaysia

Seminar in Novato, California

After meditation class in Taiwan

Seminar in Mt. Shasta, California

Ganga and Tara teaching in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Meditation class in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Tara and the translator in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Tara teaching in Taipei, Taiwan

Ganga telling about the great saint Lahiri Mahasya

Group photo after weekend seminar in Hong Kong


Testimonial from our client

"I love going to the Pine Mountain School of Zen Arts. Every time I go there I feel purified, energized and inspired. It gives me a chance to get out of the city and get out of my own head which is often full of thoughts and pressures of our modern lifestyle.

- Allison

Testimonial from our client

"The Zen Arts have given me so much. They are a great way to stay centered and develop mindfulness which is something we all could use more of.

- William


We'd love to hear from you. If you have any questions about the Zen Arts, you may contact us via email and we will be happy to reply.