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WELCOME! At PZI we’re creating a culture of transformation through meditation, koans, conversation, and the arts. Explore and connect in PZI Zen Online events, our extensive Koans and Liberation Project Archive (KALPA), and more.

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Free & Easy Wandering: The Freedom of the Koan Path

John Tarrant begins with a wild Daoist story from the Zhuangzi, about a giant fish named Kun, who transforms. The freedom is in your own breast—the koan path opens the way. Includes meditation segments. Music from Michael Wilding, vows from Jordan McConnell & Amaryllis Fletcher, Cantor. PZI Zen Online. As recorded May 2, 2021.


Register: Free and Easy Wandering on the Day of the Mothers – with John Tarrant

PZI Digital Temple: 10:30am 
PDT The Universe

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Dharma Theme: Peach Blossoms – Curated Links from Spring Sesshin

Dharma Theme: Links to excerpts and full-length dharma talks and more from Spring Sesshin 2021. A compilation of talks, guided meditations, ceremonies, sutras, meditation music, visual art, and evening words from our teachers.


Register: Returning to the Source – Monday Meditation & Talk with Jon Joseph

PZI Zen Online: 7pm PDT
The Universe

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The Way Things Are Is Mysterious & Hard to See: Refuge Vows As Koans

Allison Atwill, Tess Beasley & Jesse Cardin lead us into the heart of PZI practice—what it means to take refuge, and how to work with the vows as koans. Jordan McConnell on guitar and vocals with variations on Refuge Vows and Purification. As recorded April 25, 2021.


Register: Entering the Blue Cliff Record – Summer Sesshin with John Tarrant & Friends

PZI Digital Temple: 4:30pm PDT
The Universe


Spring Newsletter: The Dragon of Requirement

Spring Dragon: We want the newsletter to be a welcoming place, somewhere you go to find the spirit of surprise and companionship in our interesting times. Check out our Spring issue, explore the Archive!


Freely I Watch the Tracks of the Flying Birds

This particular koan is not trying to preach anything; it goes down to the deepest part of your heart. It’s like a poem in our hearts—those things will help us through. There’s nothing really to do. John Tarrant at Sunday Meditation & Talk, March 29, 2020.

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