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Feb 21 Zen Luminaries: Psychiatrist Mark Epstein

Feb 24 Saturday Daylong: with Jesse Cardin

Feb 25 Sunday Zen: with John Tarrant & Friends


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SUNDAY ZEN: The Universe Is In A Tea Bowl – with John Tarrant & Friends

May 28, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Free – $10


I heard a friend was having a difficult time and called to check in. I found myself saying encouraging things: “Don’t blame yourself, don’t blame others either, you’ll never find your way through by doing that.” Then I thought, oh no, l’m giving advice, a sincere movement but not really satisfying.

A phrase from a calligraphy in one of the sub-temples of Daitokoji appeared in my mind:

The universe is in a tea bowl.

This phrase seemed like an open window. The view became larger.

We are lost many times in our lives. I suppose that is what suffering is: The feeling that we lost our wallet, the person we depended on, or the mind we are used to. These are all a matter of identity, and it’s nice to get them back, but who knows, maybe it’s a hindrance too.

The universe is in a tea bowl.

Wandering through the temple rooms of Daitokuji, I saw sayings such as “Buddha is your thoughts and feelings.” Then I saw a sign pointing to a path into the trees, saying, “Go into Nature and meet the Buddha.”

I liked that, too.

—John Tarrant

Meditation is not a task with a known goal. It’s something you can’t do wrong, a chance for the things of this world to come towards you and to meet you, for doors to open by themselves, and for us to see where the ancient paths lead.

Waking up is something we do together, in the online temple on Sunday. We love it when you join us. 

—John Tarrant Roshi and all of us at PZI

Registration is FREE or you may elect to donate $10.

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Sunday Zen at 10:30 am Pacific Time

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May 28, 2023
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Free – $10
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