Welcome to the PZI KALPA Library!

KALPA—Koans And Liberation Project Archive—the online Zen koan library of Pacific Zen Institute, 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. Browse selected posts as a guest, or to access the entire collection, and for downloadable audio of meditations and talks, join us as a PZI Member.

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Audio April 8, 2024

Zen Luminaries: The Asking – Poet Jane Hirshfield in Conversation with Jon Joseph

Jon Joseph

A Zen Luminaries conversation with poet Jane Hirshfield about writing, Zen, and creativity, hosted by Jon Jospeh & Friends. On writing, she says: A poem is a field of discovery. It is not the record of something I already know. It is the record of exploration for alchemical transformation or for a pot a rice. The cooking pot is us.

83' 41"
Audio March 11, 2024

Isn’t This the Sound? A Night of Celtic Pub Music in the Zendo

Jordan McConnell

It is a grand tradition in Irish and Scottish pubs for musicians to join jam sessions which break up only when the sun peeks over the hayfields. That kind of amazing musical collaboration involves hundreds of songs over dozens of hours. Jordan McConnell: “We would be in the middle of a piece of music and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Something’s about to change, but I’ve no idea what’s coming up.’ Then my hand goes to where it needs to be and my mind just follows along.”

74' 26"
Audio March 11, 2024

Zen Luminaries: A Fire Runs Through All Things – Jon Joseph in Conversation with Filmmaker, Writer & Zen Teacher Susan Murphy

Jon Joseph

Author, filmmaker, and Zen teacher Susan Murphy Roshi joins the Pacific Zen Luminaries Series with host Jon Joseph & Friends to talk about her newest book on Zen koans for facing the climate crisis. John Tarrant writes: “As in a fairy tale, we have the impossible task of saving the earth. We know that there are sensible things that are good to do but we must also do what we haven’t thought of—seeing our lives and the earth with fresh eyes.”

82' 21"
Audio March 7, 2024

Zen Luminaries: The Zen of Therapy – Jon Joseph in Conversation with Psychiatrist & Author Mark Epstein

Jon Joseph

For years, Dr. Epstein kept his Buddhist beliefs separate from his work as a psychiatrist. Becoming more open about his spiritual leanings, he was surprised how many of his patients were eager to learn more. Jon Joseph hosts Mark Epstein, MD, for a conversation about the intersection of Buddhism and the practice of psychotherapy. With comments from John Tarrant, Allison Atwill and Joan Sutherland.

82' 4"
Video March 7, 2024

Zen Luminaries: The Zen of Therapy – Jon Joseph in Conversation with Psychiatrist & Author Mark Epstein

Jon Joseph

For years, Dr. Epstein kept his Buddhist beliefs separate from his work as a psychiatrist. Becoming more open about his spiritual leanings, he was surprised how many of his patients were eager to learn more. Jon Joseph hosts Mark Epstein, MD, for a conversation about the intersection of Buddhism and the practice of psychotherapy. With comments from John Tarrant, Allison Atwill and Joan Sutherland.

82' 3"