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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Sundays with John Tarrant: Next on August 14th

Weekly Meditation & Talks: Monday – Thursday, join us

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

Upcoming Retreats: Building a Grass Hut w David Parks, Open Mind w John Tarrant & Tess Beasley

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

Open Temple: August 1st – September 30th


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Moonlit Delusion, Moonlit Awakening: Wednesday Meditation with David Weinstein

January 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free – $10

Register here for David’s Wednesday Meditation & Talk

The “Moonlight & Snow” part of the title for our upcoming long retreat (PZI Winter Sesshin) seems to have been an invitation for this quote from Dogen, and an opportunity to become intimate with what awakening is like when the ground is covered with snow.

Becoming intimate with our thinking is what meditation is about.

Some people are surprised to hear that, thinking that meditation is about controlling our thinking, not becoming intimate with it. “Intimate” is an alternate translation for awakening, and to become intimate with our thinking is to become awake to our thinking: not thinking our way to becoming awake, but becoming awake to our thinking.

Delusions are sometimes likened to flowers in the air. The task is not to get rid of those flowers but to come to appreciate them more, their colors and their fragrance and form. Becoming intimate with those flowers, that thinking, this delusion—is what awakening is.

The moon of awakening is always shining on everything, including delusions, but we don’t always appreciate that.

Without that appreciation, the earth is just dirt and the snow just frozen water—which leads to thinking that the delusive thoughts in my mind are just something to be washed away, to be gotten rid of. But that is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Instead of pouring the water down the drain, it could be used to water some plants in the garden.

David Weinstein Roshi

Join us for a koan, meditation, dharma talk, & conversation. All are welcome. Register to participate.



January 12
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $10
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David Weinstein Roshi
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