Dharma Theme: Fall Sesshin 2020 – Dharma Talks, Ceremonies & Audio Excerpts

PZI Zen Online- Fall Sesshin Dharma theme: Gathering in the Valley of Our Time – all talks, music, sutras and excerpts included. Recorded Oct 1-4 2020.

Audio Excerpt: What is Your Light? Part 4 – Opening the Dream

PZI Zen Online- Audio Excerpt – John Tarrant opens the dream with the koan: ‘What is your Light?’. Huangbo’s insights on Buddha Nature as ‘calm mysterious joy’, and also touches on the frequent call and response in koan practice and ‘the silent bond in which all things are you and your family’. Recorded Sept. 27 2020 12 minutes.

Audio: What is Your Light? The Smallest Things – with John Tarrant Roshi

PZI Zen Online: Hanging Lanterns at the Gates of the Autumn Temple. You have your own light. Life and hard times of an apple tree. Marking Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing. Music: Michael Wilding, Amaryllis Fletcher, Jordan Mc Connell. As recorded Sept 20 2020.

Audio: What is Your Light? Hanging Lanterns at the Gates of the Autumn Temple – with John Tarrant

PZI Zen Online: Orange skies, unhealthy air, Apocalypse week in CA and the west. The old agreements are fragile: Climate change a long gathering storm, fire a consequence. Having a practice – the simplest thing – a conversation with the vastness. Being lost is an opportunity – as old attitudes fall away. Musicians Amaryllis Fletcher, Cantor & Jordan McConnell. As recorded Sept 13 2020

Audio: Fiery, Radiant Guanyin in the Pavilion Under the August Moon – Allison Atwill Roshi

PZi Zen Online – Fire is an ancient symbol of transformation but also shows itself through Gunayin as the inner radiance of all things. Every appearance has its own brightness. The koan: The great temple fire of Kinkakuji in which everything was burned and yet nothing was destroyed. One of the 100 Samurai Koans. As recorded – Michael Wilding on flute. Aug 30, 2020

Archive of Sundays from All 4 Guanyins in the Pavilion Under the August Moon

PZI Zen Online Archive of all Guanyin Audio recordings from Sunday August Meditation Sessions & Excerpts Featuring 4 Notable PZI Teachers

Audio: Guanyin’s Breath in the Pavilion of the August Moon – with Sarah Bender Roshi

Audio: PZI Zen Online – Guanyin in the Pavilion Under the August Moon with Sarah Bender Roshi manifesting Guanyin as air with a response to our call. An appropriate response is Guanyin’s territory. Fayan mentions …’the fresh breeze that arises when the great burden is set down.’ Sarah presents her field notes on Guanyin as wind, breath, release, and the Sutra of Endless Life. Michael Wilding on flute, Ryan McCoy on 4 vows, vocals and guitar. As recorded August 23 2020

Audio: Guanyin’s Watery Nature with Tess Beasley

Audio: PZI Zen Online – Guanyin’s watery nature. Water: ‘the softest compound that can overwhelm the hardest’. Compassion dissolves and connects us. A force greater than any striving. Like Buddha at the brink of starvation opening to the offering of milk. The great intimacy & spaciousness of abiding nowhere together. She answers with a new possibility. Michael Wilding on flute, Jordan McConnell vocals & guitar, Amaryllis Fletcher, PZI Cantor on violin. As recorded, Aug.16 2020.

Audio: Guanyin touches the Earth – with Michelle Riddle Sensei

Audio- PZI Zen online & Guanyin in the Pavilion Under the August Moon – with Michelle Riddle Sensei exploring the fall to earth with Layman Pang and his compassionate daughter Ling Zhao. Complete session as recorded August 9 2020. Music by Michael Wilding on Flute, Jordan McConnell on guitar & Amaryllis Fletcher, PZI Cantor on violin.

Audio: Seeing Clearly & Otherwise with Tess Beasley

Audio PZI Zen Online: The strange and convenient mystery of our sight – our vision. A sensory foundation for exploring in our meditation practice. What does seeing clearly entail? Soetie we overlay with our preoccupations and stories of what is happening – these can obscure and also point the way to new findings. Just for you honored one. Tess introduces this sutra and the story of ‘Great Wisdom’ inquiring about enlightenment. As recorded July 7 2020.

Audio: Girl Power – To Wake a Girl from Samadhi? with Sarah Bender Roshi

Audio PZI Zen Online: Sarah Bender Roshi unfolds a beautiful guided koan meditation from GGcase 42. Who is this mysterious girl who keeps company with Shakyamuni? She who can not be wakened except by ‘Delusive Wisdom’ or Momiyo from the underworld? When did she arrive? What is this insistence that wakes us? Waking or not waking, it is all ‘an elegant performance!’ As recorded July 8 2020.

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Audio: Held By Emptiness – A Well Not Dug

Audio: PZI Zen online – A framework in our practice for relying on emptiness & freedom. Not holding preset views and blessing things beyond approval and disapproval. I am you = emptiness. In Zen we shift to ‘before’ the demons grabbed our ankles. We ‘accord’ with the Dao. As recorded July 19 2020

Audio: Sutra Service in the Blue Dragon Cave’s

Audio: Sesshin sutra service with Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher, Ryan McCoy & Jordan McConnell

Audio: A Guided Meditation Journey Into the Blue Dragon’s Cave

PZI Zen Online: Audio – Journey with John Tarrant Roshi into your personal Blue Dragon’s Cave without an agenda, an expectation or any effort. See what treasures are there.

You Might Be a Dragon

‘Dragons can do things in unexpected or different ways’ – You too might be a dragon. Join us!

Audio: I Carry Silence & Light – Muses Amidst Turmoil -Allison Atwill, Roshi

PZI Zen Online: Three threads: Anna Swier’ s poem: ‘There’s a Light in Me’. The light in us ‘wholly unharmed ‘ even in extremes of imprisonment, a place for the Muses to meet us. ‘Terma’ – a Tibetan teaching hidden in physical objects or even concealed in your mind or memory- written in indecipherable Dakini script, to be found by you. Light filled reminders that we are already awake. When we hold light and silence everyone can feel it. It changes the field. As recorded June 16th 2020.

Audio: The Great Turning: Solstice, Juneteenth & A Butterfly Flies up! John Tarrant, Roshi

PZI Zen Online: Solstice and the big wheels turn. Juneteenth celebrations/demonstrations are encouraging. Navigating and feeling the ‘covid bardos’ of long confinement. Has nothing happened ? Maybe all sorts of things are happening? ‘We can’t stay here long’. What is a border? Old injustices are looming. Readings from Slave Narratives, poetry: Li Bai, Alberto Rios, Czeslaw Milosz, As recorded June 21 2020.

Text: No Rank Whatsoever! Koans as Gates – Wild Path of Awakening with John Tarrant, Roshi

Great Koans: The thing with a great koan like this is that we always think there must be a right way to do it, but there’s no first principal and it’s got no rank, so maybe there’s not. And so you just do the best you can, which is yours…so the practice is for you. John Tarrant, Roshi Fall Sesshin, 2019 – Read on..

Video: Koans Enter Your Life through Predicaments

Video: ‘The ancient wisdom of Zen koans tells how to make room in your life for the unaccountable. You don’t have to worry your way through a predicament; it’s more like when you hear music and your body just dances. Koans are a great treasure that anyone can bring to life. They can show how to be at home in the universe including your own skin and situation’. – John Tarrant

Audio: ‘The Everlasting Body Runs Deep as Indigo’ – Meditation for Troubled Times – John Tarrant, Roshi

PZI Zen Online- We are in the midst of great civil unrest around racism and the institutions that support it. Hakuin, Dufu, Dalong speak about what remains what lives what holds us in the universe even as we feel most perishable, sad, defeated. The light is still there in all things even without a foundation to stand on! As recorded June 14 2020.

Audio: What is Your Response? – A Butterfly Flies Up! Michelle Riddle, Sensei

PZI Zen Online: The moment you are doing nothing the universe is doing you! What is your response? Responses, readings from Atlanta Mayor Bottoms, Yunmen, William Stafford, Joan Sutherland. Koans for troubled times. Each moment is new. Where is the source of your response? No guarantees, anything can happen. As recorded June 5, 2020.

Audio: Ascending the Heavens – Dongshan’s 4th Rank, Jon Joseph, Roshi

PZI Zen Online- Dongshan’s 4th Rank-‘Two crossed swords..’a timely image for unrest, protests, the dance of the vast and undifferentiated natural order of the universe is always calling us even in distress. Everything is expressing itself, demonstrators are streams moving in flow to a river. Not a thing out of place. As recorded June 8, 2020.

Audio: When All Buddhas Destroyed, What remains? – Social Buddhas & Unrest – Jesse Cardin, Roshi

PZI Zen Online: Zhaozhou said, “Clay Buddhas cannot pass through water; metal Buddhas cannot pass through a furnace; wooden Buddhas cannot pass through fire.” Which Buddha survives? The mid loves its ideas, structures, concepts and so does society. Some of those constructs are always dissolving. Discomfort of change in societal norms and our own personal norms. As recorded June 10, 2020

Audio ‘The Oak Tree in the Garden’ – with David Parks, Roshi

PZI Zen Online – ‘Why did Bodhidharma come from the west?’ answer – ‘The Oak tree in the garden.’ David reflects on the nature of the garden and how life is everywhere, even is this odd time of extremes. As recorded June 4th 2020.

Audio: ‘A True Person of No Color, No Gender, No Rank’ John Tarrant, Roshi

PZI Zen Online- ‘Zen has no insiders, no outsiders’. A true person has no rank, no color, no designations. John reads from Garrett Cadogan’s – ‘Walking While Black’. The space and light of the universe is already in everything, everyone. As recorded June 7th, 2020.

Audio: Yunmen’s Inward & Outward Radiance – Allison Atwill, Roshi

PZI Zen Online -In times of chaos and disturbance, disintegration – your own experience, distress is the fundamental. ‘What is most urgent for me?’ – Yunmen throws the questioner back into his/her own field: ‘The very you that’s afraid she does not have the answer. ‘The birthright radiance of ‘not two’ and separation. Resting in who we are, we let the universe see us. As recorded June 2, 2020.

Audio: ‘I Vow to Set Endless Heartache to Rest’-John Tarrant, Roshi

PZI Zen Online – Meditation, the vessel in difficult times. Our upheaval from Covid quarantine, demonstrations over racist policies. Vow first to: ‘Set endless heartache to rest!’ Koans & stories as ‘ancient vials of life’ to help us now. , Zen’s encounter with Daoism, ‘The Chuang Tzu’. As recorded May 31 2020 (Butoh)

Audio: Meeting Difficulty – Welcome! Before the Names of Sages & Emperors with Jon Joseph, Roshi

PZI Zen Online – Dongshan’s 3rd Rank & Zhouzhou’s ‘Welcome!’ Beauty in the odd experience of lockdown. Innate knowledge – before we were born. The awakened mind. As recorded.June 1 2020.

Audio: Open Hand Way with David Parks, Roshi

Audio PZI Zen Online – David Parks with the 3rd of his zoom sessions on The Bird Path. Returns to the question: Where are you coming from? What we come out of in this time. Where we change our focus. As recorded May 14 2020.