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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.


Register: PZI Talk LIVE! Remembering & Forgetting: A Community Conversation with Gaffney & Hitchcock

PZI Zen Online: 5pm PDT
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Register: Stone Bridge of Zhaozhou – Meditation & Talk with David Weinstein

PZI Zen Online: 7pm PDT
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Excerpt: Listening to Your Own Heart

In the journey we’re on, as we move through the days, as the sun and moon travel over us—everything we do has a kind of golden quality. And you realize that the things we thought were errors, we can’t be sure of that any more, that everything in your life has brought you to this moment. John Tarrant in Summer Sesshin 2019. 17-minute video excerpt.


Register: The Way Things Are Is Mysterious & Hard to See: with Atwill, Beasley & Cardin

PZI Digital Temple: 10:30am 
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Register: Entering the Blue Cliff Record – Summer Sesshin with John Tarrant & Friends

PZI Digital Temple: 4:30pm PDT
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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.


Poem: Anna Swir’s Priceless Gifts read by Michelle Riddle

Priceless Gifts: poem by Anna Swir, read by Michelle Riddle Sensei in the morning greeting, at Spring Sesshin 2021.

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