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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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Dongshan Sits by the Fire – Tracing the Tracks of Dragons: Thursday Meditation with David Parks

June 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free – $10


Tracing the Tracks of Dragons
—Dongshan Sits by the Fire

We have been following the line of Shitou. Two weeks ago, we sat with Dongshan and his teacher, Yunyan. Dongshan leaves Yunyan and experiences an awakening as he sees his reflection in the water. He composes a wonderful verse that contains his formulation of suchness, or reality: “It now is me. I now am not it.”

This week, we’ll sit with the Dongshan of the Five Ranks, a mature teacher versifying his spiritual life as it relates the absolute to the relative in life. In particular, we will pick up his Fifth Rank, Arriving Within Together, from the Record of Dongshan:

Not deciding it is or it isn’t; do you have the courage to be at peace with this?
Everyone wants to leave the endless changes,
but when we’ve finished bending and fitting our lives
we come back to sit by the charcoal fire.

In addition to the meditation and conversation around the koan, those who attended retreat will be invited to share their reflections of the week.


We dance with dragons, witnessing the moment, its rising and falling. Sometimes easy, sometimes difficult, it is all dragon, never settled, always in flux. Each moment rising new, one and then the next. Flux. No fixed perspective. And we bear witness. Becoming familiar with these streams of transmission our eyebrows entangle with those of our Chan forebears, as we find our own awakening in and alongside theirs.

David Parks Roshi


We meet on Thursday, at 4pm PDT, for koan meditation, a dharma talk, and conversation. Register to participate. All are welcome.

I hope you will join us on Thursday.

—David Parks Roshi, Director of Bluegrass Zen


June 23
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $10
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PZI Online Temple


David Parks Roshi
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