Featured Koan: One Strip of White Silk — Book of Serenity Case 96

"One strip of white silk" is an ancient saying that appears in various places, the most well known being Case 96 of the Book of Serenity.

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1-Day Meditation Retreat with Jon Joseph Roshi: Ordinary Mind, Extraordinary Times

November 14, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Zhaozhou asked Nanquan, his teacher, “What is the Way?”
“Ordinary Mind is the Way”, said Nanquan.

Nanquan added, “The Way is not subject to knowing or not-knowing. Knowing is delusion, and not-knowing is dullness. If you truly realize the Way, you will find it vast and boundless as outer-space. How can this be talked about on the level of right and wrong?”

In these extraordinary times of crazy politics, runaway pandemic, crushing economy, degraded environment—it is good to recall that shining throughout the universe is the Way, the Tao. And it is good to remind ourselves, in quiet moments together, that in the vast Way there is not one thing out of place.

Jon Joseph Roshi of the Santa Rosa, San Mateo and Phoenix Pacific Zen communities are hosting this 1-day online retreat on Saturday, November 14. Included in the retreat are optional open meditation sessions and individual teacher interviews on Sunday November 15. These will be scheduled before and after John Tarrant’s regular “Hanging the Lanterns” Sunday morning program which runs 10:30am-12pm PDT.

Registration Details:

— Discounts, as always, for PZI Members
— Scholarships are available for members in need. Please contact the registrar, Carla Thomas at carlathomas521@gmail.com

Register here for the 1-day retreat with Jon Joseph


November 14, 2020
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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