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Sundays with John Tarrant: Next on May 22nd

Weekly Meditation & Talks: Monday – Thursday, join us

Alternating Tuesdays: PZI Talk LIVE! with Gaffney & Hitchcock next on May 24th

Looking Ahead: Santa Sabina Summer Sesshin in June

Next: David Parks’ Dragon Series in May, Morten Schlutter on May 23rd


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Tracing the Tracks of Dragons, A Thursday Koan Series – Week 9 with David Parks

May 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free – $10

Registration link coming soon

Tracing the Tracks of Dragons, a Koan Series
Bearing Witness – from Mazu to Linji and Zhaozhou

Thursday Series with David Parks Roshi
4:00 – 5:30 pm PDT
in the PZI Digital Temple

About this Series

We dance with dragons, witnessing the moment, its rising and falling.

We move with the rhythms of life: the autumnal stripping away, the descent into winter’s barren dark, and as it is now, the coming forth of spring—life-blessing rain, the rise of bud and bloom, the advent of color, the humming of insects, the call of geese coming home, and a spring time of the heart, here in my rising thoughts and feelings.

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.

Bearing witness, long ago 6th Ancestor Huineng told his successor, Huaijang, “…from beneath your feet a horse will appear that will stamp to death the people of the world.” Enter Great Ancestor Mazu. Or, you might know him as his name translates into English, “Sudden-Horse Way-Entire.”

Living in a time of war, hunger and pestilence, Mazu’s question mirrors our own as we find ourselves in similarly desperate times: How does one live? A great innovator within the the Chan lineage, “Sudden-Horse” stood in witness to life’s flux.

In this series, using koans, David Parks Roshi will trace the murmurings of dragons through the Chan lineage as it extends from Mazu to the great teachers Linji and Zhaozhou. We will make stops along the way visiting with the great witnesses Baizhang, Huangbo and Nanquan.

In April we will plunged into the Linji line, from Mazu to Baizhang to Huangbo onto Linji

In May, we will do the same, moving from Mazu to Nanquan to Zhaozhou.

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. I hope you will join me as we trace the tracks of dragons.

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


May 26
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free – $10
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PZI Online Temple


David Parks Roshi