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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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Zen Luminaries: How Zen Became Zen – Jon Joseph in Conversation with Chan Scholar Morten Schlütter

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – $10


Morten Schlütter

Dr. Morten Schlütter is a leading authority on Chinese Song Dynasty Chan, the formative period for our modern Zen practice. His research explores the religious, economic, and social factors that contributed to Chan’s rise as the dominant Buddhist force in China by the 10th century.

His work focusses on two Chan luminaries: Hongzi Zhengjue (1091-1157), who revitalized the Caodong (Soto) School with his poetry and practice of “silent illumination” meditation, and Dahui Zonggao (1089-1163), of the Linji (Rinzai) School, who strengthened Chan kanhua (Zen koan) study with his development of “huatou (話頭),” or meditating on the “word head,” a pithy piece of the koan—a practice crafted in part for laypeople.

From Schlütter’s book, How Zen Became Zen:

There is a widespread perception that Chan, together with all of Chinese Buddhism, lost its true spirit after the Tang Dynasty…

and that Chan in particular had its ‘golden age’ in the 8th and 9th centuries, surviving in later ages only on wistful memories of the great masters of the past…Scholars have become increasingly aware that very little material from the golden age of Tang Chan has come down to us directly; almost all that is known about the famous Tang Chan masters and their teachings is found in texts that date to the Song and later.”

“The factional split that took place in the 12th century between the silent illumination of the Caodong tradition of Chan and the kanhua Chan of Linji tradition…may have been the most monumental event in the history of Chan doctrinal development, because for the first time it brought out into the open an internal conundrum that had existed in Chan almost from the beginning:

how to go about becoming enlightened when the most fundamental teaching of Chan is that we are already originally enlightened.”

Morten Schlütter a scholar specializing in the development of Chan and Zen. His book, How Zen Became Zen, examines the dispute over the nature of enlightenment within the Chinese Chan school in the 12th century, when Linji Chan master Dahui railed against “heretical silent illumination Chan” and strongly advocated koan meditation as an antidote.

Jon Joseph Roshi

Join us on May 23rd for a lively conversation about Chan history and more with special guest Morten Schlütter. All are welcome. Register to participate.

—Jon Joseph


May 23
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – $10
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PZI Online Temple


Jon Joseph Roshi
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