The Great Way Is Not Difficult

Zhaozhou taught, “’The great way isn’t difficult if you don’t pick and choose.’ As soon as I speak,
you’ll think, ‘That’s picking and choosing,’ or ‘That’s clear.’ But I don’t identify with clarity. Can you live like that?”
A student asked, “If you don’t identify with clarity, what do you live by?”
“I don’t know.”

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Sunday Zen with Guest Host Jesse Cardin: August 21st

Weekly Meditation & Talks: Monday – Thursday, join us

Alternating Tuesdays: PZI Talk LIVE! with Gaffney & Hitchcock return in September

Upcoming Retreats: Open Mind w John Tarrant & Tess Beasley

Open Temple: August 1st – September 30th

Next Sesshin: Door After Door Opening Inside w John Tarrant & Friends, October 4-9



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The Journey Continues: Arriving at the Ancient Gate – Searching for Our Old Teacher’s Sacred Bones: Sunday Meditation & Talk with Tess Beasley & Friends

May 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Free – $10


Meditations with Special Guest Host Tess Beasley

Join Tess on Sunday for adventures in the nature of mind and heart.

Secure and intimate with the whole of reality, experienced right here and now, so that you can directly undertake entering the flow and transforming things. 

—The Blue Cliff Record, Case 55

Great questions are windows through which we attempt to glimpse the vastness and its intentions for us. They appear unbidden at critical turns in our lives, and intensify as we grow nearer to awakening.

Great – Ancient Oracle Character

In the ancient Chinese Oracle Bone, the character Greatlarge, vast, huge—appears in decidedly human form, intimating just how inextricable we are from the unfathomable; and Questionmatter, query—appears as a gate.

The koan tradition is a kind of travelogue of entering such gates into the depths of our own being and the being of the universe itself. The old seekers were forever trying to corral things in terms the mind could understand, but the old teachers are still swinging the gates open wide, for us to discover the vastness ourselves.

—Tess Beasley

The journey to enlightenment is always going on whether we notice it or not, even if we are sure that we are headed in the wrong direction. Sometimes you just stroll along and one day a thought appears like a cloud—Hang on, the fullness of this life, the vividness in my hands, is the same as the vividness in the stars. Trees have it, birds have it, tortillas have it, and ants. Things have a perfection in them. Sometimes it’s a shock and sometimes it’s more like, “I knew this all along.”   —John Tarrant

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

We remain in a PZI Zen Online format for these weekly gatherings, during this ongoing pandemic time. Join us in the PZI Digital Temple on Sunday.


May 29
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Free – $10
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PZI Online Temple


John Tarrant & Friends
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