Welcome to KALPA, PZI’s Koan and Liberation Project Archive!


Now the world’s largest online koan library, KALPA was conceived as a way of providing a wider circle for today’s far-flung seekers to sit together, to enter the same timeless questions, and to receive the teachings. Visit our GUIDE for more info.

Koan practice is at heart a practice of intimacy with life itself. For over twelve centuries, koans have drawn people bearing urgent inquiries of life, death, beauty, and becoming. The tradition began as a way of carrying the discoveries of those willing to enter these questions together, and evolved into a vivid lineage of awakening encounters, still echoing centuries and continents away.

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Image – Tang dynasty scholar, Xuangzhong carrying scrolls on his back.

New to the Library

Audio August 9, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Kindnesses in the Appearance of Guanyin with Michelle Riddle Sensei

Michelle Riddle

Audio Excerpt: Michelle Riddle Sensei reflects on the kindesses of Guanyin as she shifts the ground of suffering throughout our lives and her quality of welcome. As recorded August 2, 2020.

24' 37"
Audio August 9, 2020

Audio Excerpt: The Surprise of Guanyin with Allison Atwill Roshi

Allison Atwill

Audio Excerpt: Allison Atwill Roshi introduces the surprise of Guanyin – anything can happen when the Goddess appears – she has no fixed form. As recorded August 2 2020.

19' 18"
Audio August 8, 2020

Guanyin In the Pavilion – Introduction Tess Beasley & Sara Bender Roshi

Sarah Bender, Tess Beasley

Audio Excerpt – An introduction to the many faces of the Goddess Guanyin with Tess Beasley & Sarah Bender Roshi. As recorded Aug 2, 2020.

9' 16"
Audio August 8, 2020

Machado Poem: Traveler There is No Road – Eduardo Fuentes & John Tarrant Roshi Read

Eduardo Fuentes, John Tarrant

Audio – Excerpt from John Tarrant’s Green Glade Zen Online Sunday Meditation July 19th, 2020. Eduardo Fuentes first reads a Machado poem: ‘Traveler There is No Road’ in Spanish from his home in Santiago Chile, John Tarrant repeats the same poem in English and finally Eduardo reads it again in the Spanish. As recorded July 19 2020.

2' 15"
Text August 6, 2020

Knock on Any Door: Daoist Masters & Zen Koans

John Tarrant

“Great understanding is broad and unhurried. Small understanding is cramped and busy.” I don’t know if that’s true, but it kinda sounds good. “No other and no self, no self and no distinctions” – that’s almost it. But I don’t know what makes it this way. I think this is one of the cool things about what Daoism brought to Zen. Nobody knows what makes things this way. And we don’t pretend that. 

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