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Sundays with John Tarrant: Next on July 10th

Weekly Meditation & Talks: Monday – Thursday, join us

Alternating Tuesdays: PZI Talk LIVE! with Gaffney & Hitchcock is on break in July & August

On Break: Summer Open Temple returns August 1st

August: In-Person Weekend Retreat with David Parks from August 12th-14th

July:1-Day Retreat with John Tarrant & Tess Beasley on July 16th



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The Heart of the One Who Asks – Questioning Is the Answer: Wednesday Meditation with David Weinstein

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free – $10


A student asked, “What is Zen?”
A teacher replied, “The heart of the one who asks is Zen; you can’t get it from another’s words.”

—PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 42 (excerpt)

This koan involves a Japanese woman teacher named Mujaku, and the question she brought to her teacher, Bukko. The response has the wonderful twist that you can’t get it from someone else’s words, but you have to ask nonetheless.

When I was living in Korea, I would go to the Song Kwan Sa temple to meditate. That is where I first met a koan meditation teacher. In his limited English, he explained to me that koan meditation involved making the mind a question mark. I hear echoes of that instruction in Bukko’s response. Questioning is the answer, and you cannot get it from others. But, we are encouraged to keep asking the question. That is koan practice.

I am one of the ones whose words I can’t get it from, I can’t get it from my own ideas and concepts. But I can keep asking the questions, noticing and letting go of the responses that keep coming from inside and outside. The questioning becomes a mirror that reflects my life back to me, and I can better see what I am doing. I can better see what is getting in the way of there being no questions at all.


David Weinstein Roshi

Join us for a koan, meditation, dharma talk, & conversation.
All are welcome. Register to participate.


June 29
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $10
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David Weinstein Roshi
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