Featured Koan: Zhaozhou's Great Way Is Not Difficult - Blue Cliff Record Case 2

Xiangyan was once asked by a monastic, "What is the Way?"
Xiangyan said, "A dragon singing in a withered tree."
The monastic said, "What does it mean?"
Xiangyan said, "Eyeballs in a skull."
Later, another monastic asked Shishuang Chuyuan, "What is a dragon singing in a dead tree?"
Shishuang said, "It still has joy."

—Xuedou's verse commentary on Blue Cliff Record Case 2

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October Intensive in the PZI Open Temple

October 1 @ 4:00 am - October 31 @ 4:00 pm

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October in the PZI Open Temple: An Intensive Period of Community Practice, October 1-31, 2021.

No previous experience with koans or meditation is needed. Doorways open if you do koan meditation even once. Join us. 

Since ancient times people have gathered for practice periods and turned toward the deepest matters. Everything we have been burdened by, we can put down. Times have always been uncertain, and koan zen gives us a way to respond creatively and see the light in all things.

Since we’re online, your home will turn into a temple, and your work by itself becomes meditation. When you accord with the Tao, everything in your life is on your side. We will have the guidance of Pacific Zen koan masters—old dragons and tigers steeped in the ancient tradition of awakening.

—John Tarrant



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