Featured Koan: The Four Boundless Vows

I vow to wake all the beings of the world,
I vow to set endless heartache to rest,
I vow to walk though every wisdom gate,
I vow to live the great Buddha Way.

—PZI Refuge Vows

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NOT TOO LATE to join our June Intensive: A Month of Deep Practice Together – check it out!

The Three Pure Vows as Gates: 3 Mondays in June – w. Allison, Tess, & Jesse

Summer Retreat w. John Tarrant & Friends: Entering the Blue Cliff Record – registration is open

Weekly Meditation & Talks: Sunday – Thursday, join us!


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Dancing Teachers, Dancing Mountains: Sunday Meditation & Talk with John Tarrant

June 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Free – $10

Link coming soon for the Sunday session with John Tarrant

Practices for Feeling the Time

Every day at mealtime, the teacher would take the buckets of rice to the front of hall, dance and laugh heartily, saying, “Bodhisattvas, come and eat your rice!”
He wasn’t being kindhearted.

Mountains, clouds, waves, birds, lions, and teachers dance. The trees dance and foxes steal shoes and dance in the moonlight. When I sit at night, the mist dances and just sitting, I’m dancing too. Thoughts move slowly like waves that have come a long way. Gradually the mind and heart became at peace in the center of the dancing.

—John Tarrant Roshi


Meditation is a place where you are welcome, and this is a way to do it together. Koan meditation is based on uncertainty, and was invented for a difficult era. For these reasons, it helps us to be friendly with our time—to find a way to make decisions, to love the life we have. With all the difficulties, it’s good to be alive.

We are in a PZI Zen Online format for these weekly gatherings, while we remain sequestered to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Join us in the PZI Digital Temple on Sunday mornings. All are welcome. Register to participate.


June 20
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Free – $10
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PZI Digital Temple


John Tarrant Roshi