The Great Way Is Not Difficult

Zhaozhou taught, “’The great way isn’t difficult if you don’t pick and choose.’ As soon as I speak,
you’ll think, ‘That’s picking and choosing,’ or ‘That’s clear.’ But I don’t identify with clarity. Can you live like that?”
A student asked, “If you don’t identify with clarity, what do you live by?”
“I don’t know.”

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Travel with Our Love: Memorial for PZI’s Dan Morris: Monday with John Tarrant, Jon Joseph & Jordan McConnell

August 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – $10


On Monday, please join John Tarrant, Jon Joseph, and Jordan McConnell in honoring dharma friend Dan Morris’ passing.

One day Changsha went wandering in the mountains.
When he returned, the head monk met him at the gate and asked, “Where have you been?”
“I’ve been strolling about in the hills.”
“Which way did you go?”
“I went out pursuing the fragrant grasses and returned chasing the falling blossoms.”
“That’s so much the feeling of spring,” said the monk.
“Still, it’s better than autumn dew dripping on lotus flowers,” said Changsha.

Xuedou commented: “Thanks for your reply.”

—The Blue Cliff Record, Case 36

This koan is traditionally presented with the eulogy for a deceased monk. The deceased is addressed directly from the audience: “First you went out following the fragrant grasses. Later, you returned chasing the falling blossoms…”

This was exactly the life of Dan Morris, who passed away on December 21, 2021, at the age of 87: Following fragrant grasses and returning chasing falling blossoms.

Dan was a Staten Island native, received an engineering degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, and worked early on as an eningeer at McDonnell Aircraft Corporation in Los Angeles. His direct supervisor at McDonnell was Bernie Tetsugen Glassman, who introduced him to Zen teachers Taizan Maezumi and Hakuun Yasutani.

Dan left McDonnell to co-found the Bodhi Tree, a spiritual bookstore that became a legendary center for Buddhist practice and meetings in Los Angeles. There, Dan met the young author and Tibetan Buddhist rimpoche Chogyam Trungpa. Dan followed Tibetan Buddhism for many years.

He moved with his second wife to Whidbey Island, and eventually to Seattle, where he became a leading consultant on indoor ventilation systems. In Seattle, he met John Tarrant Roshi, who was visiting a Tibetan Buddhist group there, and joined us at the Pacific Zen Institute. Dan hosted a PZI koan group in Seattle, was a regular PZI sesshin attendee, and for years had regular dokusan meetings with Jon Joseph Roshi.

Dan is survived by his five children—Kirsten, Nina, Kimmer, Carrisa, and Lyle—three grandchildren, siblings Marilyn and Jerry, and his long-time partner, Nan McMurray.


Sunlight and moonlight and rain,
dawn and noon and dusk and deepest night
reveal the Buddha heart at peace
each being perfect in her/his time.
each creature perfect in its time—
vivid in the light.
As waves come home to sea
now you return
you move beyond this earth and our concerns
we bless you, we wish you well,
Daniel Eugene Morris
Thank you for your time with us,
Travel with our love.

—PZI Liturgy

Jon Joseph Roshi

All are welcome to join us for this special evening in remembrance of Dan Morris. Register to participate—always FREE, or donate 10 to help keep the online dharma appearing!

COME JOIN US on Monday at 6 PM PDT


August 8
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – $10
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PZI Online Temple


Jon Joseph Roshi
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