Featured Koan: The Buddha's Enlightenment

The Buddha looked up and saw the morning star and awakened.
He cried out, “Now, at last, I see that all beings have the nature of the one who comes thus. Only their delusions and attachments keep them from realizing this."

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Buddha’s Life In Your Own Heart: Special 2-Day Retreat w. John Tarrant & Tess Beasley, Dec. 11-12

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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 pm

Free – $10

Register here for Jon’s Monday with Jordan McConnell & Michael Wilding

Jordan McConnell & Michael Wilding


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.”

—Michael Wilding

Jon Joseph Roshi

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

—Jon Joseph & Co-host Jordan McConnell



November 29
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – $10
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Jon Joseph Roshi