PZI Events Calendar
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F E A T U R E D
Meditations: Sundays with John Tarrant & Friends
Weekly Meditation & Talks: Sunday – Thursday, join us
Alternating Tuesdays: PZI Talk LIVE! with Gaffney & Hitchcock
Buddha’s Life In Your Own Heart: Special 2-Day Retreat w. John Tarrant & Tess Beasley, Dec. 11-12
Morning Meditation! M-W-F in the Open Temple for PZI Members through Year’s End. Not a Member? Join us!
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Where Do Songs Come From? Jon Joseph in Conversation with PZI Musicians Jordan McConnell & Michael Wilding
November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree – $10
Extraordinary PZI musicians Jordan McConnell and Michael Wilding share their thoughts and experiences exploring music and Zen. Where do songs come from? Buddha’s heart-mind unfolds. Jon Joseph and Jordan McConnell are co-hosts.
So the next night, Maralung dreamed again and it happened the same way: again the master and the bird came into his dream, and woke him and sang for him, and again he fell asleep afterward. But this time, in the morning, he remembered the song.
—Excerpt from Maralung’s Song, Pacific Zen Miscellaneous Koans, Case 41
Michael, a longtime Pacific Zen member, himself spent the 1970s learning songs. He played saxophone and flute in rock bands at London clubs like The Speakeasy and Dingwall’s, and in Los Angeles clubs like Troubador and Madame Wong’s. He is also a sculptor. He lives with his family in Santa Fe. For the last four years, Michael has graciously brought his music into our retreats and meditations.
“Where do songs come from? I don’t have an answer for that. They come from a well that’s never been dug. They come from that place.”
“Every once in a while, I need to play something less random, more worked out, with more of a hook. And sometimes I get lost. My playing can become discordant. I may step into something off-key, and think ‘Uh oh!’
“I try not to criticize those moments. In a dream, being lost is never a problem. Or, if in a dream, I’m going somewhere, I may not know how to get there. But it’s not a problem. Not knowing the route is not a problem. We’re on a road to not knowing where.”
Join us for a koan, meditation, music, & conversation. All are welcome. Register to participate.
—Jon Joseph & Co-host Jordan McConnell