PZI This Year & Next - Feeding Our PZI Dragon for the Year of the Tiger 2022

There is a solitary brightness without fixed shape or form.
It knows how to listen to the teachings, it knows how to understand the teachings, it knows how to teach.
That solitary brightness is you.

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Falling Just Like Snowflakes: Thursday Meditation with David Parks

January 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free – $10

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Layman Pang was leaving Yaoshan’s temple. Yaoshan ordered ten of his monks to see the layman off at the gate. Pang pointed to the snow falling through the air and said,
“Beautiful snowflakes! They don’t fall in that other place.”
One of the monks, whose name was Chuan, asked, “Where do they fall?”
Pang gave him a slap. Chuan said, “Don’t be so hasty, Pang.”
Pang said, “If you speak of yourself as a Chan monk in such poor condition, the King of Death will never release you.”
“What about you, Pang?” asked Chuan.
Pang slapped him again and said, “You see with your eyes, but you are just like someone who’s  blind. You speak with your mouth, but you are just like someone who’s dumb.”

—The Blue Cliff Record, Case 42

(Xuedou: At the first words, I would just have hit him with a snowball. How glad he would have been!)

In this koan, Layman Pang notices the beauty of snowflakes as they fall. What a good place to start.

Seeking beauty, we plunge into the heart of life. Beauty is more than something nice to look at, a painting or a lovely face. Beauty—and it can be the beauty of a robin laying dead in the snow, her dark form silhouetted against the clean white—is a deep calling to communion and connection, a call to meet what is here. There is an elegance and grace in the deep down of things. It is beauty that calls us and beauty that carries us. The mystery of beauty is bottomless, expansive—and we come home to the one in the many.


David Parks Roshi

Join us Thursday for koan meditation, a dharma talk, and conversation.
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January 20
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $10
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David Parks Roshi
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