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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Registration Closed: Winter Sesshin with John Tarrant Roshi and PZI Teachers: Through Winter Silence Into the New Light

January 13 @ 4:00 pm - January 17 @ 6:00 pm

$455 – $500

*Registration officially closed January 11th at midnight*

This is our New Year Retreat: In the great silence and stillness of retreat, the light in each thing appears.

In ancient times the passes were closed in midwinter, people did not go about, it was a time for inwardness and quiet. This is our New Year retreat, the return of the light begins, and because we are not reaching outward, the world opens secrets.

While we sit, the new moon will be waxing, we’ll be doing walking meditation in the first moonlight. We’ll have two talks each day, we’ll have wonderful teachers, and veteran heads of practice, and we’ll help you find your piece of the great temple in your own house.

The owl and the bell
open the silence. They persuade
the night to be my friend

with John Tarrant Roshi & Friends:

—PZI Teachers Allison Atwill, Tess Beasley, Sarah Bender, Jon Joseph,
David Parks, David Weinstein & Michelle Riddle

—& Heads of Practice Chris Gaffney & Jan Brogan of PZI

This extended 4-day & 4-night gathering begins Wednesday eve, January 13th at 4:00 p.m. PST,
and completes on Sunday eve, January 17th at 6:00 p.m. PST.

PZI Members: $445 & Non-members: $500
(If you want to attend and are in need, please don’t hesitate to request financial aid through a PZI Scholarship—contract our registrar, Jan Black.)

Dear PZI Friends—

hings feel wobbly and uncertain, and yet we continue to discover the way practice and community can hold and deepen us through these times. Autumn Sesshin took us down into the Valley of the Spirit that never dies, where across oceans and continents we found ourselves in the same vast temple. Without knowing how, we made our way deep into the belly of retreat and were touched by musicians and sutras, dharma talks and teacher interviews, and the faces lighting up like stars on screen morning and night.

Thank you for all you have offered to PZI during these last many months, and
these last many decades. It’s nice to have each other as we find our way.

—PZI Board President Tess Beasley Sensei, & Director John Tarrant Roshi,
& All of us at PZI.


January 13 @ 4:00 pm
January 17 @ 6:00 pm
$455 – $500
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