noun: a traditional Buddhist term for a complete cosmic cycle, from the origin to the destruction of a universe. A very long time.

The Book of Equanimity, Case 30: Daisui’s “Kalpa Fire”
A monk asked Daizui, “When the great kalpa fire bursts out, the whole universe will be destroyed. I wonder if IT will also be destroyed or not.” Daizui said, “Destroyed.” The monk said, “If so, will it be gone with the other?” Daizui said, “Gone with the other.”

Want to get going already? See below for a user guide, or simply visit the Library homepage.

What’s Here?

    • Video – Video recordings of talks by teachers and other PZI members from retreats over the past 25 years.
    • Audio – Audio recordings of talks by teachers and other PZI members from retreats over the past 25 years.
    • Text – Articles and poems written by PZI teachers or members. Transcripts of dharma talks and other written material related to PZI.
    • Miscellaneous – Music, artwork, etc.
    • Contributors – Content in the archive organized by teachers and members who have contributed.
    • Koans – Organizes content by specific koans.
    • Topics – Organize content by specific ‘tags’. See below for more on ‘tags’.
    • All – List of all the content in the Archive.
    • Explore – Try it! You’ll like it – a randomized response of library files.

Using Tags To Find Materials on KALPA

The PZI Team indexes KALPA using tags or keywords that suggest shared themes, topics or other similarities.

There are two ways you can use tags to navigate the library.

1) Start from where you are and wander. If a video you’re watching speaks to you, look beneath it for tags. Clicking on a tag will retrieve other items that share the tag.  For example, if you like a video that is tagged, ‘Winter Sesshin 2015 ’, you may like other videos from that same retreat. If the video is tagged ‘Koan Practice’ you may click on that phrase and find other materials that address koan practice. Try entering through koan names or a random subject like the ‘Moon’.

2) Look at the map and decide where you want to go.  Click ‘Tags’ in the navigation bar at the top of your screen to see a complete list of tags. Click on whatever interests you (e.g., consciousness, meditation practice, art, compassion).

3.) You can also explore our selected ‘topics’ searches in the menu bar dropdown.

4.) The same is true for the selected ‘koans’ searches and ‘explore’, our random result search.
Have fun.

5.) Abbreviations for texts and compilations of koans: GG= Gateless Gate, BCR= Blue Cliff Record, MM= Mumonkan, MK= Miscellaneous Koans

What Else?

You will need an internet connection to stream video/audio.

Library Audio files are downloadable for PZI members – you will see a cloud icon below the ‘play’ arrow.

New material is uploaded to the library as available or curated by the KALPA Team. All new content will be shown on the front page of the archive and may also be featured in the ‘slider’.

The date at the top of box in each file is the date it was uploaded, not the date the text/audio/video was created (which is in the tags). For questions or technical difficulties, email corey@pacificzen.org

What is KALPA?

Meditation likes companionship. The KALPA library is a way of supporting people in the project of meditation and awakening. You get to have a Zen teacher in your pocket, a way of seeing things differently, of noticing how something difficult or tedious or confusing may be all right just as it is, and may be more full of light or humor or warmth than you’d really noticed before. In old Zen stories that kind of teaching was called a “turning word”, when somebody said something and a door opened. This is a library full of turning words.

John Tarrant has been writing and giving talks about Zen and koans for over 35 years and his students and successors at Pacific Zen Institute also have a body of work here. There are audio recordings of talks going back decades and videos and writing and art and music spanning a quarter century. You can curl up with your favorite electronic device and remember the way the world can come to meet you, that your own life is a thing of wonder, just as it is.


All content in this library is intellectual property of Pacific Zen Institute and the Koans and Liberation Project Archive. Reproducing material from this library without the consent of PZI is prohibited.

Enjoy exploring the KALPA!

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