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Audio June 15, 2022

Summer Sesshin: Opening Dharma Talk

John Tarrant

Great Summer Sesshin, opening eve: Our first in-person sesshin in over 2 years, due to Covid. John Tarrant introduces Shitou’s song, Taking Part in the Gathering, his translation together with Joan Sutherland. In this sutra, Shitou is trying to say what reality actually is. The myriad things are your own self—you look at the world and the world looks back. Whatever appears, enter there! No being for countless eons has ever fallen out of Buddha nature. Recorded June 13th, 2022, at Santa Sabina Center.

33' 34"
Audio March 3, 2022

Winter Sesshin: Opening with All Teachers & Musical Meditation

John Tarrant, Michael Wilding, PZI Teachers

Beautiful Winter Sesshin Opening Ceremony with John Tarrant & PZI Teachers. John Tarrant, David Weinstein, Tess Beasley, Jesse Cardin, Jon Joseph, Sarah Bender, & David Parks all speak koans and phrases into the Temple. Michael Wilding plays solo flute for meditation. February 1, 2022. 14 minutes.

13' 30"
Audio March 2, 2022

Winter Sesshin: The Silence of Haiku

John Tarrant

Silence is for freedom and for being together. Haiku is in service of the silence—it expresses restraint and vastness at the same time. Haiku poets often had many nicknames under which they published their poems. Jesse Cardin Roshi gives the evening words, Jordan McConnell and Amaryllis Fletcher play the Boundless Vows. As recorded February 5, 2022.

44' 1"
Audio March 2, 2022

Winter Sesshin: My Heart Is Not at Rest

Jesse Cardin

Jesse Cardin tells the story of Zen’s favorite odd couple Yantou and Xuefeng holed up snowbound on Tortoise Mountain. Xuefeng’s heart is not at rest, he can not sleep or stop thinking about his heart not being at rest.

49' 57"
Audio March 2, 2022

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

John Tarrant, PZI Cantor & Musicians, PZI Teachers

A curation of Winter 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. As recorded in the PZI Digital Temple, February 1-6, 2022.

316 Words
Audio March 2, 2022

Winter Sesshin: A Donkey Sees a Well

Jon Joseph

A donkey falls into a well, a well falls into a donkey. Morning dharma talk by Jon Joseph Roshi. Recorded February 2, 2022

37' 28"
Audio March 2, 2022

Winter Sesshin: What Does It Mean to Get It?

Tess Beasley

In the belly of Winter Sesshin: We are in the time of the pagan festival Imbolc which celebrates the forming of new life before spring. A time in the womb of the earth, and also of masks coming off. We are coming into being in the Temple. February 4. 2022.

44' 29"
Audio February 24, 2022

Winter Sesshin: Winter Silence Opening Night

John Tarrant, PZI Cantor & Musicians, PZI Teachers

John Tarrant and PZI Teachers welcome us and speak the koan into the vessel of sesshin. Heads of Practice Chris Gaffney and Jan Brogan say welcoming words. John speaks about the power of silence, and tending the mystery together in the Winter Temple. Closing words from Jon Joseph. Music from Michael Wilding, Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher, and Jordan McConnell. As recorded on February 1, 2022.

41' 57"
Audio November 3, 2021

Fall Sesshin 2021: The Stone Drenched With Rain – Your Own Awakening

Allison Atwill

Whatever conditions you find yourself in are your own awakening appearing, not something you need to “get over.” This is the key: We can let experience soak us without knowing what will come of it. As recorded Saturday evening, October 23, 2021, at Fall Sesshin.

41' 24"
Audio November 2, 2021

Fall Sesshin 2021: Recipes for Happiness – Santoka’s Life

Tess Beasley

Tess recounts the twists and turns of the life of Taneda Santoka—a perpetually drenched, wandering poet-priest touched deeply by life and the kindness of others. Every breadcrumb in life, every thread is important in the weave. For Santoka to be Santoka, who he actually was was enough. This was the Way, his Way. Dharma talk as recorded Saturday morning on October 23, 2021, at Fall Sesshin.

55' 46"
Audio November 2, 2021

Fall Sesshin 2021: Freely I Watch the Tracks of the Flying Birds

John Tarrant

As recorded on October 22, at PZI Fall Sesshin 2021. Bird tracks and a crane story from long ago in China. Four vows are sung and played by Amaryllis Fletcher & Jordan McConnell. Allison Atwill gives a closing poem.

59' 12"
Audio November 1, 2021

Fall Sesshin 2021: Not Knowing & the Mysterious, Ungraspable World

Eduardo Fuentes

What is the world? Just this! Eduardo Fuentes talks about the beautiful, mysterious lives we lead, and how “don’t-know mind” is hidden inside and underneath names and symbols. As recorded at Fall Sesshin, Friday, October 22, 2021.

49' 40"
Audio November 1, 2021

Fall Sesshin 2021: Mysterious Tasks & Impossible Problems – The Stone

John Tarrant

John Tarrant gives an evening dharma talk on the incalculable value of descent and return. We take up the task set by the ancestors: that’s what we came here for. As recorded in Fall Sesshin, October 21, 2021.

56' 54"
Audio November 1, 2021

Fall Sesshin 2021: Dreams of the Ancestors with Jon Joseph

Jon Joseph

Jon Joseph gives the morning dharma talk about his dreams of the ancestors. A relationship continues beyond death. How is this so? It does not need to be explained, it only asks to be lived. As recorded in Fall Sesshin on Thursday morning, October 21, 2021.

38' 12"
Audio November 1, 2021

Fall Sesshin 2021: Koan Practice or Not? Going Beyond Form

David Weinstein

David Weinstein gives a morning dharma talk on being captured by the mystery and the koan, “Things are not as they appear, nor are they otherwise,” and on the metamorphosis of Monarchs on his windowsill. Constant change and the constancy of who you are do not contradict each other. As recorded Wednesday, October 20, 2021, in Fall Sesshin.

53' 32"

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Dharma Theme November 1, 2021

Dharma Theme – Metamorphosis: Collected Audio from Fall Sesshin 2021

PZI Teachers

Here is a curation of our Fall 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, October 19-24, 2021.

293 Words
Audio November 1, 2021

Fall Sesshin 2021: Ikkyu’s Well & The Miscellaneous Koans

John Tarrant

John Tarrant talks about Ikkyu’s “no shadow or form” in his evening dharma talk in Day 2 of Fall Sesshin. Amanda Boughton sings the 4 Boundless vows. As recorded Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

49' 9"

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 30, 2021

Ceremonies: Dedication: For the End of Sesshin (Arizona)

PZI Cantor & Musicians

171 Words

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 30, 2021

Ceremonies: Dedication for the End of Sesshin

PZI Cantor & Musicians

162 Words

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Dharma Theme July 19, 2021

Dharma Theme: Summer Sesshin 2021 in the Palace at the Blue Cliff

John Tarrant, PZI Cantor & Musicians, PZI Teachers

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.

5 Words
Audio July 15, 2021

Opening Eve of Summer Sesshin

John Tarrant, Jon Joseph, Tess Beasley

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.

78' 34"
Text July 13, 2021

End of Sesshin Dedication

Amaryllis Fletcher, PZI Teachers

PZI Sesshin Dedication, generally read (or sung) at the end of sesshin to send participants on their way, in joy.

169 Words
Audio July 13, 2021

Refuge Ceremony in Winter Sesshin

PZI Teachers

Evening refuge ceremony with PZI Teachers, in Winter Sesshin. As recorded January 20, 2018.

59' 7"
Audio April 26, 2021

Spring Sesshin: The Interwoven Journey of Sesshin and Life

Tess Beasley

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.

40' 19"
Audio April 26, 2021

Spring Sesshin: Whatever Appears Is Part of Your Awakening

Allison Atwill

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.

46' 5"
Audio April 23, 2021

Spring Sesshin: Peach Blossoms & a Russian Boy

Jon Joseph

Jon Joseph Roshi gives a dharma talk in Spring Sesshin. PZI Digital Temple. As recorded April 10, 2021.

46' 13"
Audio April 23, 2021
23' 22"
Audio April 23, 2021

Spring Sesshin 2021: The Lostness & Wandering on the Pilgrim’s Path

Jesse Cardin

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.

54' 1"
Audio April 23, 2021

Spring Sesshin 2021: Four Boundless Vows with Jordan McConnell

Jordan McConnell

Jordan McConnell sings and plays the Four Boundless Vows with Amaryllis Fletcher on bells and violin. As recorded April 7, 2021.

3' 35"
Audio April 23, 2021

Spring Sesshin 2021: Evening Words with David Weinstein

David Weinstein

David Weinstein, Director of PZI’s Oakland Zen, delivers the evening words during Spring Sesshin. As recorded April 7, 2021. 5 minutes.

5' 12"