Featured Koan: One Strip of White Silk — Book of Serenity Case 96

"One strip of white silk" is an ancient saying that appears in various places, the most well known being Case 96 of the Book of Serenity.

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October Intensive in the PZI Open Temple

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

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. 

Dear Friends—

In October we are having a period of deepening, an online retreat that you can move in and out of. It starts with a one-day retreat and offers lots of daily meditation. There is a six-day retreat on the third week of the month, and we end with a one-day retreat on Halloween. This month is a chance to change how we live.

We are always reaching for the world, and even one moment of meditation gives us peace and home. Then we have everything. It’s the same with an intensive retreat, but more so; in the silence the gifts of life pour over us.

The old masters offered doorways into freedom, and that tradition is a living treasure that everyone can know about. We have meditation with stories, poems, and conversations that awaken us. These became a curriculum, and were called koans. You keep company with them, and they change your life. This is something you can’t do wrong.

This is our tradition, we love it—and want to share it with you, so it can be your inheritance too.

You can’t break a koan. You cannot fall out of awakening. Koans are a path of imagination which means if you fall into the depths, you will be held and discover who you really are. At Pacific Zen, we’ve developed ways to teach the koans that anyone can take up, even people who have never meditated before. We have seven koan teachers of many years’ experience.

Join us and enjoy your spiritual life.

—John Tarrant


How to participate

Our October Intensive offers a full suite of practice opportunities, leaders, and teachers—filled with daily meditation, dharma talks each week, and short and long retreats. We welcome both new and experienced practitioners to the koan tradition and our PZI Way. 

Select the events and meditation times that work for you, and attend what you can! Leaders will be there with temple lamps lit ready to welcome you for all meditation sessions.

Click here for a list of October Intensive events in the PZI Digital Temple.


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 Dao, 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.


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