Here is a curation of sesshin dharma talks on a single page, for easy finding and listening. A sesshin is always more than the sum of its parts or its recorded talks. There are morning rituals, greetings, incense passed magically through the screen, the changing light, rich silences, moments of humor, tech gremlins, tears, synchronicities, dogs barking, dreams, and awakenings that we share. It is the timeless play of the universe, with each other. As recorded in the PZI Digital Temple, June 22-27, 2021.
John Tarrant and Tess Beasley welcome everyone to Summer Sesshin. Participants add their voices, forming the vessel of sesshin. Music from Jordan McConnell, Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher, and closing words from Jon Joseph.
PZI Sesshin Dedication, generally read (or sung) at the end of sesshin to send participants on their way, in joy.
Evening refuge ceremony with PZI Teachers, in Winter Sesshin. As recorded January 20, 2018.
Tess Beasley invites our voices into the room, acknowledging the interwoven yet not-interwoven vessel of sesshin. We are each a unique presence, yet it is when personal identity and ambition recede that feeling and empathy emerge. PZI Digital Temple. As recorded April 11, 2021.
Allison Atwill talks about the experience of direct encounter in the Peach Blossom koan. Even when I am Mara, it is the treasure that is just for me. PZI Digital Temple. As recorded April 10, 2021.
Jon Joseph Roshi gives a dharma talk in Spring Sesshin. PZI Digital Temple. As recorded April 10, 2021.
PZI’s Jesse Cardin, Director of It’s Alive Zen in San Antonio, Texas, reminds us that lostness is part of peach blossoms, and explores how that might appear on the second day of a retreat—or whenever. As recorded April 9, 2021.
Jordan McConnell sings and plays the Four Boundless Vows with Amaryllis Fletcher on bells and violin. As recorded April 7, 2021.
David Weinstein, Director of PZI’s Oakland Zen, delivers the evening words during Spring Sesshin. As recorded April 7, 2021. 5 minutes.
Tess Beasley sends sesshin participants off to dream on April 8, 2021. As recorded x minutes.
John Tarrant’s morning dharma talk on meditation practice and what it is to be in retreat. As recorded April 8, 2021.
Curated links to Dharma talks, guided meditations, music, art, closing words, and more from Spring Sesshin 2021.
Michael Wilding enhances the opening meditation for Spring Sesshin with his innovative original composition for flute.
A guided koan meditation with John Tarrant to begin the Spring Sesshin. Koan: Peach Blossoms. 7 minutes as recorded April 7, 2021.
John Tarrant’s first evening talk during Spring Sesshin. Does the well also see the donkey? As recorded April 8, 2021.
Michelle Riddle welcomes all Spring Sesshin participants and gives a dharma talk. See summary. As recorded April 7, 2021.
John Tarrant’s opening dharma talk for Spring Sesshin 2021. As recorded April 7, 2021.
Audio Excerpt: PZI Winter Sesshin – A short excerpt from Allison Atwill’s longer dharma talk recorded Jan. 16th, 2021. A solo journey around the world begins with your hand on the tiller of you vessel as you set off into the unknown. What falls away? 3 minutes
PZI Sesshin- Kanzeon, chanted by the whole group led by Richie Domingue during sesshin Sutra Service.
PZI Zen Online: The dedication recited as we leave sesshin, here it is sung by Michelle Riddle Sensei. As recorded Sunday Jan 24 2021. 3 minutes.
PZI Sesshin Dedication and thanks to our Ancestors. Music written & performed by Richie Domingue.
PZI Sesshin Closing Ceremony: Dedication for Remembrance chanted by Rachel Boughton Roshi.
PZI Sesshin Closing Ceremony: Dedication of Remembrance. Music written and performed by Richie Domingue.
PZI Fall Sesshin – Sunday evening closing ceremony. Sarah Bender chants, music from Jordan McConnell, Amaryllis Fletcher reads – Joy on the Roads, teacher summations and goodbyes. As recorded October 4, 2020.
PZI Fall Sesshin: Music from Michael Wilding on Alto Sax, Oct 1, 2020. As recorded.
PZI Fall Sesshin: Sutra service in the afternoon during sesshin. Featuring Amaryllis Fletcher – cantor & violin. Jordan McConnell – vocals & guitar. As recorded October 4 2020.
PZI Fall Sesshin: There You Are – Dharma Talk with David Weinstein, as recorded Oct 4 2020.
PZI Fall Sesshin: Sutra Service Oct 3. Amaryllis Fletcher & Jordan McConnell.