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Audio July 16, 2020

Discovering Sangha, Closing Sesshin – Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley

Audio: Sesshin Sunday – Tess Beasley on her maiden teaching voyage. Hoping to do the beautiful practice justice. What terrified her and excited her were the same thing. Discovering sangha – the importance of meeting each other. We have no idea where we are going these days but doing it together.

14' 52"
Audio July 16, 2020

Vials of Light Sesshin Saturday Eve

Amaryllis Fletcher, John Tarrant, Jordan McConnell, Ryan McCoy

Audio session: Blue Dragon’s Cave Sesshin – Saturday eve – John’s dream of Orion. We accord with the Dao. What part of your life does not have value? Buddha nature is expressing itself through you. Voles 🙂 or vials of light: original light we call koans, which kindle lightin us. Always there even in a dark tangled place. Everything showing up is the koan! Memory in the cave – how they are whole and vivid.

89' 6"
Audio July 16, 2020

Sesshin Sunday Evening & Closing – The Grand Beast of Sesshin

John Tarrant, Jordan McConnell, Michael Wilding, Michelle Riddle, Ryan McCoy, Tess Beasley

Audio session: Blue Dragon’s Cave closing session – The grand beast of sesshin! Old dragon & tygher teachers meeting new teachers. A text on powers of dragons. Machado poem – ‘Only a wake behind us.’ Intimacy of Mazu’s dharma – ‘How are you?’ Sesshin is a work of art like rakusu. We are ‘always temporarily assembling ourselves’. All faults included in the cave. Mazu – as practice deepens make yourself a raft to transport others. Carrying the Dao is what you are! Music – Flute Michael Wilding, guitar singing Jordan MCConnell Cantor Amy Fletcher, Jan Brogan, HOP.

89' 6"
Audio July 10, 2020

Be a Tiger at Home in the Mountains, Opening Summer Sesshin – Into the Cave of the Blue Dragon

John Tarrant, Michelle Riddle

Audio session – Opening the Cave of the Blue Dragon retreat with John Tarrant & Michelle Riddle. John talks about meditation at sesshin. Stories: District Mistress Fan & Yuan Wu -‘so near at hand’. Tabor’s poem. So easy to think I am not enough. Xing Quin ‘One drop just ink – 2 drops a dragon is born’. We are each in community and discovering together. Yunmen’s ‘Talking to a rock’. Alan Watts – Letting go – ‘Dont prevent the world from falling apart’. Be a tiger at home in the mountains. Closing prayer: Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher, Jordan McConnell – the four vows. Jon Joseph, Roshi evening words. Thursday June 25, 2020

38' 16"
Audio July 9, 2020

Blue Dragon’s Cave Sesshin: Four Bondless Vows – Ryan McCoy

Ryan McCoy

Audio: Ryan McCoy sings and plays guitar for the Blue Dragon’s Cave Summer Sesshin – Friday eve, closing June 26th, 2020.

2' 27"
Audio January 25, 2020

Australia is Burning- Audio Talk, Winter Sesshin 2020

John Tarrant

John Tarrant introduces the Queensland Magpie singing fire sirens and walks us through the ancient forests he knew as a child. How do we live the life we live in the face of this vast change? What is this?

54' 52"
Video June 18, 2019
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Video June 7, 2019

Silent Slide Show (Winter Sesshin)

Allison Atwill, Roger Jordan

A slide show of Allison Atwill giving a talk at PZI’s Bare Bones Winter sesshin, 2011. This slide show was created by Roger Jordan.

2' 36"
Video June 7, 2019

2015 Fall Sesshin Teaser

John Tarrant

A short clip from one of John Tarrant’s talks during the 2015 Fall Sesshin, held in October at the Angela Center in Santa Rosa California. Here John talks briefly about the meditation state, and “turning the light inwards” to explore what is.

2' 24"
Audio November 27, 2017
21' 56"
Video July 11, 2017

The Big Yawn, or Swimming at Sesshin

David Weinstein

David Weinstein gives a dharma talk on noticing our bodies while we swim or exercise. October 16, 2012.

26' 33"
Text September 18, 2020

Secret Fidelity & One Finger Zen, Even in the Bardos

John Tarrant

I think this is a time when things are kind of changing and incredibly uncertain, and that fidelity to what’s really true to us is important and valuable. And we don’t have to pretend that when difficulties are here, they’re not here. But also, we don’t have to pretend that they cancel the illumination, because nothing does, really. Even if we’re dying, the brightness of life is still there. And after we’re dead, we’ll worry about that later, [laughs] when the time comes in the bardos.

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Text September 11, 2020

PZI Dharma Theme – Your Light

PZI Teachers

PZI Zen Dharma Theme: “Your Light.” In Zen, one lamp lights another but is never extinguished. We want these themed selections to work that way, as you explore the KALPA. A Dharma Theme? It’s a gathering, a curation of events from our vast KALPA library, based in a theme that is current in our online sessions and practice. We’re offering a compilation of various types of files: transcript, audio, art, music, and video—all from PZI teachers.

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Text September 11, 2020

The Journey, the Reaching, & Luopu’s Last Words

John Tarrant

There was a teacher called Luopu, a Chinese teacher, and he said this interesting thing. He said, “You have to directly realize the source outside of the teachings.” That’s the whole thing about it. That’s Bodhidharma’s thing, the direct realization outside of scriptures. The scriptures are nice and the teachings are nice, but really, the direct understanding—the direct meeting with life—the direct meeting with awakening is the thing.

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Audio September 8, 2020

10,000 Kalpa Fire!

Allison Atwill

PZI Zen – Winter Sesshin 2018. Allison Atwill on her narrow escape from Fire in Montecito CA.

92' 50"
Audio September 8, 2020

Standing in Your Own Place with Allison Atwill Roshi

Allison Atwill

PZI Zen – Sesshin Winter 2018. Dharma talk relaying the narrow escape for two natural disaster one after another in devastating fire and debris flows afterward.

71' 38"
Text September 1, 2020

How many times have I gone there for you? – The Blue Dragon’s Pearls

John Tarrant

Just at this moment, the whole universe is holding us up. It’s nice for it to have a good job like that. That’s the thing that Master Ma said, the great master Mazu, “At a certain stage you have to make yourself a raft and a ferry for others if you want to go forward from the place you cannot go forward from.” This letting yourself feel—feel the moment and how it spreads out. There is no other moment. There is this, this, this, the Blue Dragon moment. It goes out through the galaxies.

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Text August 14, 2020

The Spirit of Love and Joy and Play in Koans

John Tarrant

So, value the sort of play, and as I said, see if you can break the koan—the koan will be amused. And see it, and let it—let it into your heart. And see what comes, or follow it around, or have it follow you. And finally you’ll find, you’ll realize, “Oh, I’m here. I’m free.”

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Text August 6, 2020

Knock on Any Door: Daoist Masters & Zen Koans

John Tarrant

So, whatever your condition is, you can see the “I have joy.” Out of that emptiness, out of what seems unpromising—the dark material, the valley spirit, the enigma, out of the mystery, out of what I don’t understand—it just appears. The joy just appears.

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Text July 27, 2020

The Storehouse of Treasures – Rising From Stillness Retreat, 2014

John Tarrant

Transcript: So. The storehouse of treasures opens by itself. You can take them and use them any way you wish. And there’s a certain kind of, I don’t know, as if we get ashamed for existing, ashamed for being ourselves, ashamed for feeling what we feel, ashamed for thinking what we think, and a lot of what meditation does is it allows us to look, well is that really right, is that what I want.

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Audio July 18, 2020

The Blue Dragon’s Cave – a Storehouse of Treasures, Sunday Morning

David Weinstein

Blue Dragon’s Cave Sesshin, Sunday: Small things, small moments of rest peace awakening, like ‘Thank you’. Appreciating the treasures discarded. The very things that imprison me hold the freedom, if we can ‘host’ them. Being home with them. The Storehouse ONLY opens by itself – no prying or forcing. ‘Returning’ in meditation. Leonard Cohen sings – How the Light gets in. Sunday July 28.

61' 35"
Audio July 16, 2020

Opening the Last Session in the Blue Dragon’s Cave – Sunday

John Tarrant, Michael Wilding, Tess Beasley

Audio: Tess & John open the final session of sesshin. Remarkable magic of incense in the ether!

25' 48"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: The Elephant in the Room – Dream of the Totality of Being

John Tarrant

Audio excerpt: John Tarrant Roshi recounts a Sesshin dream – insight on meditation practice. Saturday June 27th.

4' 19"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Don’t Try to Cage the Blue Dragon

John Tarrant

Audio excerpt: Koans are much more than ‘tools’ – they do you! Your very heart mind is it, so have the intimacy of your life even into death. Friday eve. Summer Sesshin 2020.

3' 0"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Walking on the Red Sky – Leaving Regret

John Tarrant

Audio excerpt: John Tarrant Roshi on moments regret or the worst things becoming beautiful. Friday session Summer Sesshin.

1' 11"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Gardens in the Cracks of the Sidewalk – Small Moments

David Weinstein

Audio excerpt: David Weinstein on noticing small moments – the crack gardens in the sidewalks. Friday morning Summer Sesshin 202.

0' 54"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Walking on the Red Sky & Navigating Your Bodhisattva Raft

John Tarrant

Audio excerpt: John Tarrant, Roshi on meeting our difficult time, quoting Master Ma and Yuanwu. Friday evening at Summer Sesshin

3' 47"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio excerpt: Four Boundless Vows & Evening Words

Amaryllis Fletcher, Ryan McCoy

Audio excerpt: Sesshin closing music, four bondless vows announced by Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher and sung by Ryan McCoy.

2' 27"
Audio July 9, 2020

You Can’t Cage a Koan – Make it a Raft! with John Tarrant

John Tarrant

Audio: Summer Sesshin. The complete Friday afternoon into evening session with John Tarrant, Roshi. Music by Ryan McCoy. Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher.

88' 0"
Audio July 9, 2020
1' 44"