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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Sunday Zen with Guest Host Jesse Cardin: August 21st

Weekly Meditation & Talks: Monday – Thursday, join us

Alternating Tuesdays: PZI Talk LIVE! with Gaffney & Hitchcock return in September

Upcoming Retreats: Open Mind w John Tarrant & Tess Beasley

Open Temple: August 1st – September 30th

Next Sesshin: Door After Door Opening Inside w John Tarrant & Friends, October 4-9



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CANCELED: While My Guitar Gently Spews Flames: Monday Meditation with Special Co-hosts Jordan McConnell & Jesse Cardin

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – $10

Cancelled for illness – stay tuned for a new date

Shenshan was mending clothes with a needle and thread.
“What are you doing?” asked Dongshan

“How is that?”
“One stitch is like the next,” said Shenshan.
“We’ve been traveling together for twenty years, and you still talk like that! How can this be?”
“How do you mend?” asked Shenshan.
“The whole earth is spewing flames,” said Dongshan.

—The Record of Dongshan, 30

Where does Carlos Santana’s next note come from? How about your next thought?

Jordan McConnell & Jesse Cardin

Jordan was practicing with his band the other day and realized that his body knew the next guitar chord to play even though his mind did not. Jesse went to his studio to try out a little riff on his guitar and a song and a half poured out.

We might not know what comes next, but come it does, and we step into it with no effort at all.

Join Jordan and Jesse for an exploration of…well, that.

And there might be music, too. We’ll just have to see.

Jon Joseph Roshi

Jordan McConnell and Jesse Cardin Roshi are special co-hosts at Jon Joseph’s Monday Session this week.

All are welcome to join in for koan meditation, dharma talk, and conversation. Register to participate—always FREE, or donate 10 to help keep the online dharma appearing!

COME JOIN US on Monday at 6 PM PDT



May 30
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – $10


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Jon Joseph Roshi