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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Metamorphosis – The Sound of the Distant Temple Bell: Fall Sesshin with John Tarrant and Friends

October 19 @ 4:30 pm - October 24 @ 12:00 pm

$495 – $550

The Sound of the Distant Temple Bell. —from the PZI Miscellaneous Koan

To win your way through, to meet awakening, to pass through the barrier of life and death; in this life you will become a fox, a star, the Loch Ness Monster, a mountain dancing, a tree in a high wind, a fire, a river, a flying bird, a woman running an inn long ago, a temple bell.

In autumn we are captured; red grapes fall off the backs of trucks, fires burn the vineyards and the new house where we took shelter, Persephone goes down into the underworld to see her difficult husband.

We witness the changes, Metamorphosis is underway.

So this will be a rousing sesshin devoted to the Miscellaneous Koans—the collection that opens the marvelous nature of the world and awakening.

Enter here. Online. Your room will be a part of the temple.

—John Tarrant


Here is our Fall Sesshin, a multi-day online retreat in the PZI Digital Temple with John Tarrant Roshi & Friends.

Our extended 6-day & 5-night gathering begins on
Tuesday October 19 at 4:30 p.m. PDT, and concludes on
Sunday October 24 at 12:00 p.m. PDT (note new end time)

$495 Members, $550 Non-members


Dear PZI Friends—

We come together across oceans and continents with PZI members, teachers, musicians, and those new to PZI. We can discover things which we could not discover alone. There’s a scholarship fund for PZI members who want to attend and need financial assistance. If you’re not a member, we invite you to join us today! Click on the register link for more details, and get in touch with our registrar.

Thank you for all you have offered to PZI during these last many months, and these last many decades. It’s nice to have each other as we find our way.

—PZI Board President Tess Beasley Sensei & Director John Tarrant Roshi, & All of us at PZI


October 19 @ 4:30 pm
October 24 @ 12:00 pm
$495 – $550
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