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Sundays with John Tarrant: Next on July 10th

Weekly Meditation & Talks: Monday – Thursday, join us

Alternating Tuesdays: PZI Talk LIVE! with Gaffney & Hitchcock is on break in July & August

On Break: Summer Open Temple returns August 1st

August: In-Person Weekend Retreat with David Parks from August 12th-14th

July:1-Day Retreat with John Tarrant & Tess Beasley on July 16th



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Tracing the Tracks of Dragons – Diamond Zhou Stops for Tea – Thursday Meditation with David Parks

June 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free – $10


How does one trace the tracks of a dragon?

A bear? Well, that’s easy. You know what bear feet look like—you’ve seen molds of footprints left in the mud. Your knowing will guide you. But a dragon? Dragon tracks exist in the realm of not-knowing—accessible to intuition, coming forth, and never expected.

These dragon signs are disguised as the everyday: landscapes, trees, dogs, horses, the sound of the crow letting you know she is here. Our hearts open to dragon sign, and maybe, as did the great Shitou, we call out, “Interwoven and not interwoven!“ or, with Yunyan, “Just this is it!”

In Shitou’s lineage, we trace these openings through sayings, stories, and koans that reach deep into the heart of things, inviting us to take part in the vastness. In that lineage there are great stories, wonderful transmission stories, pointing the way.

Especially interesting is transmission as it moves from Longtan Changxin (Dragon Lake) to Deshan Xuanjiam, to Xuefeng Yicun. We will follow this line over these next weeks.

This Thursday: Deshan and his teacher, Longtan.

Deshan was an interesting character—a brash young scholar, studying in the north of China, and an expert in the Diamond Sutra, earning the nickname “Diamond Zhou.” When Deshan heard that the Southern School of Chan was flourishing under the likes of Shitou, Mazu, and their descendants, he was incensed and quick with his opinion, “How dare those southern devils say that just by pointing at the human mind one can see self-nature and attain buddhahood!” He vowed to chase them down and root them out.

So, Deshan travels south with sutra commentaries piled up on his cart, a righteous dharma rampage on his mind. Fortunately for him, he gets hungry and stops at a teahouse at the foot of the mountain, and meets a bodhisattva: a Tea Lady.

That’s where we pick up arrogant young Deshan’s great awakening story—in the tea house, completely flummoxed and turned upside-down by the first of a pair of “southern devils”: an un-named brilliant Tea Lady who will send him along to her partner-in-crime, the great Longtan, or, as his name is translated into English, Dragon Lake.

I am looking forward to an enjoyable evening with this, one of the great Zen stories.


David Parks Roshi


Come join us Thursday at 4pm PDT, for koan meditation, a dharma talk, and conversation. Register to participate. All are welcome.

—David Parks Roshi, Director of Bluegrass Zen


June 30
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $10
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