Featured Koan: Zhaozhou's Great Way Is Not Difficult - Blue Cliff Record Case 2

Xiangyan was once asked by a monastic, "What is the Way?"
Xiangyan said, "A dragon singing in a withered tree."
The monastic said, "What does it mean?"
Xiangyan said, "Eyeballs in a skull."
Later, another monastic asked Shishuang Chuyuan, "What is a dragon singing in a dead tree?"
Shishuang said, "It still has joy."

—Xuedou's verse commentary on Blue Cliff Record Case 2

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2-Day Buddha’s Life Retreat with John Tarrant Roshi, Tess Beasley Sensei, & Michelle Riddle Sensei

December 5, 2020 @ 9:30 am - December 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

$175 – $225

Registration is closed – if you would like to attend contact registrar corey@pacificzen.org

Tell Me A Story:

Awakening comes to the Buddha and other stories of enlightenment.

Long ago, in a kingdom far away, in a great forest, a man sat alone under a great, spreading, fig tree looking into the deepest matters. He had been a prince, but now, in desperation and hope, he meditated deep into the night. As dawn approached, his mind quieted, he looked up and saw the morning star and cried out,

Now I see that all beings have the nature of the one who comes thus:
Only their delusions and attachments keep them from realizing this.

Our retreat is on the anniversary of that event in early December as the old year winds down. It’s easy to think of the Buddha’s journey and of the teachings that bring awakening as something far off. But the journey belongs to us. Each year we follow the paths out of the palace and meet dragons and hermits and milkmaids and they are different from ones we met last year. We see in them the path of our own destiny and the shape of our own faces.

Registration Details:

Buddha’s Life 2-Day Retreat with John Tarrant Roshi,
Tess Beasley Sensei & Michelle Riddle Sensei
Saturday and Sunday, December 5 & 6, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST

PZI Members, $175. Non-Members, $225.

Where: In the PZI Digital Temple
Scholarships available for members
Contact our registrar, corey@pacificzen.org


Dana and donations are gratefully accepted.
Once you register, you’ll receive a Zoom link for access.


December 5, 2020 @ 9:30 am
December 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
$175 – $225
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PZI Digital Temple


John Tarrant & PZI Teachers