Pacific Zen Institute

Pacific Zen Institute

Creating Uncertainty Club, an Online Magazine: Zen, Arts, Now!

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Thumbprints are Uncertainty Club's original trace group of subscribers. They will receive a copy of the New Table of NON-Periodic Elements and be notified of all new pieces in Issues. PLUS when their contributions reach $100, they receive a random gift chosen by one of our editors for them with no reference at all to who they are or what they might want.

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Koan Squadders are Uncertainty Club's intrepid subscribers. They will be notified of all new releases: new pieces and new Issues. Plus they will receive a Koan Squad Water Bottle -for those thirsty roads. AND when their contributions reach $100, they will receive a map to an undisclosed location of uncertain origin.


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Bodhidharmas are Uncertainty Club's most demonstrative subscribers. They will be notified of all releases of new pieces and Issues. And when their contributions reach $50, they will receive a mysterious object of uncertain value.



About Pacific Zen Institute

Uncertainty Club is a magazine started by a group of friends. We are interested in the space between art, science, and consciousness. Because we’re a group of friends the magazine is a conversation. You are welcome to join, too. Subscribe to receive our email announcements.

Some bits of the universe are profoundly alive; they show up in the morning even before we are fully awake. At Uncertainty Club, we’re attracted to lively pieces because they’re beautiful or because they are destabilizing and that’s exciting. The pieces that jump out at us refer to something larger than our usual interests, to how we know things and what we are and our place in the matrix of everything. A piece here is a piece of the pattern, something that opens a door out of whatever prison the mind might have wandered into.

Uncertainty Club
comes out of the Pacific Zen Institutes long-running project on Zen koans, the arts, and consciousness. Zen koans, like art, can change your life, they embrace our vital unsteadiness—the way we are not actually standing on anything. One koan goes, “Not knowing is most intimate.” Language too is an unsteady, changing thing. Language is based on metaphor, which comes from the Greek “transfer, bear across.” All of our understanding rests on this uncertain, uneasy footing, a rickety bridge of words, myth, aspiration and half-sensed images.

Uncertainty leads in the direction of not being separate from the life we’re in. It’s also in the direction of not believing most of the things I might otherwise have believed, even things about who I am. Not believing things is an important job for artists and scientists and meditators right now, when the world of power is full of vehemence.
So become part of Uncertainty Club's bridges, images, and dreams created and stumbled upon, while wandering in Koanville.

We look forward to the conversation.
– John Tarrant, General Editor
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