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Article September 14, 2021

Spilling Down Through All the Realms: The Light Inside the Dark

John Tarrant

…discover this light through meditation, but our task in life is not just to go back home to where the light came from; our task is to struggle here, with…

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Dharma Theme September 11, 2020

Dharma Theme: Your Light

PZI Teachers

…various types of files: transcript, audio, art, music, and video. ________________________________ What Is Your Light? Following along with John Tarrant’s September theme of ” Light,” in his: Hanging the Lanterns…

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Text September 8, 2022
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Text November 13, 2019

10,000 Things

Rachel Boughton

…shine your light. He says shine your light on it. Which I don’t know if you notice, it says your light. That means don’t shine somebody else’s really great light….

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Text September 17, 2019

10,000 Things

Rachel Boughton

…where he says shine your light. He says shine your light on it. Which I don’t know if you notice, it says your light. That means don’t shine somebody else’s…

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Text October 22, 2020
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Text September 17, 2019

The Nature of Practice

John Tarrant

…S: I have the light. John: Talk to Margaret then. [laughter] Yeah, so we do. And it’s interesting. So who has the light? Everyone: I have the light. John: So…

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Text February 11, 2021
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Audio June 23, 2020
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Text August 25, 2020

You Know Nothing (of Zen) – The Woman at the Inn

John Tarrant

…say there’s a Pure Land of mind only, and a Buddha of light in your own body. Once that Buddha of light appears, mountains, rivers, earth, grass, trees and forests…

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Text August 13, 2021

Enter Here, Step Through

John Tarrant

…of what you’re talking about. And then you’ll notice there are different strategies. And sometimes the light, what you’re calling the light, which Shitou talks about—is the darkness, he calls…

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Text September 17, 2019

Soaking in the Bath, Releases the Light

John Tarrant

…touch releases the light that is in everything. We have reached the place where the sons and daughters of the Buddha live. Okay, there we are. This is one of…

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 29, 2021

Ceremonies: Long Readings for Afternoon: Yongjia Xuanjue’s Song of Enlightenment

PZI Cantor & Musicians

…the same.   Mind is the mirror stand, phenomena are dust; yet both are like a flaw in the mirror. When the flaw is wiped clean, the light begins to…

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Text May 8, 2020

Joy, Mosquitoes & Zen

John Tarrant

…“everything shines with a great lightlight – it’s also a kind of freedom. “There are no walls in the mind,” as the Heart Sutra says. Underneath all your pain,…

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Text September 17, 2019

Trapped in a Stone Grave – Rising from Stillness Retreat

John Tarrant

…the love we have of life and there isn’t a moment while we’re alive, there isn’t a moment when the light isn’t shining in us. It’s like well the light’s…

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Text September 18, 2019

Working With Koans

John Tarrant

…her. It’s not stupidity, it’s just cluelessness, innocence. So if you start seeing the light, the light is everywhere, and just because someone’s yelling at you doesn’t mean they don’t…

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Text November 15, 2017

Standing at the Edge

John Tarrant

…that light, you walk and eat and drink in that light. When we suffer, we still walk through that light; and when we grieve for what cannot be, and when…

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Text September 28, 2020

Following the Scent of Flowers

John Tarrant

There’s a spaciousness inside all situations. We’re walking through them, and underneath our feet there’s space and light, and around us. And we’re walking through that space and light. That,…

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Text May 15, 2021

Every Day Is a Good Day

John Tarrant

light, she’s got that light, they call it prajna sometimes, in Sanskrit—that’s the fancy word for it, but “light” is good enough. It’s in us all. You notice when you…

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Text October 8, 2020

14 When Something Confronts You, Don’t Believe It – The Zenosaurus Course in Koans

John Tarrant

…it. When something appears shine your light on it. Have confidence in the light that is always working inside you. –Linji (Pixar Lamp Model) Gateways to the larger life are…

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Text February 5, 2021
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Transcript September 1, 2020
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Text October 8, 2020

13 No – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

…can think of koans as vials full of the light that the ancestors walked through, and if you can get these vials open you share that light. By getting them…

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Text October 12, 2021
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Text May 8, 2020

Heart Sutra Variations

John Tarrant

…on it.” Matsu said, everybody said, “Turn your light on it.” And so that’s that thing where, the man says, “I’m reaching for the light; help me.” And the teacher…

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Text September 17, 2019

Dongshan’s Five Ranks: Poem 1

John Tarrant

…the leaf and there was the magic light on the hills tonight and that red light that filmmakers love, and then there’s people’s feet. There’s the preciousness of the thusness…

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 30, 2021

Ceremonies: Long Readings for Afternoon: from The Record of Linji

light in your mind—that is the Samboghakaya, the Bliss-body of the Buddha lodged in you. A moment of nondiscriminating light in your mind—that is the Nirmanakaya, the Transformation-body of the…

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Text March 26, 2023
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Audio March 2, 2022

Dharma Theme: Winter Sesshin 2022 – Winter & Silver, Moonlight & Snow

John Tarrant, PZI Cantor & Musicians, PZI Teachers

light. We sit quietly together, the temple bells are inside and outside, and already we are in the new life. —John Tarrant & the Remarkable PZI Teachers: Tess Beasley, Sarah…

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Article May 6, 2021

Enlightenment Is Something We Do Together

John Tarrant

…the retreat. Some combination of meditation and permission encouraged people to talk about things they hadn’t talked about before. Painful stories are often kinder in the light. We often disapprove…

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