Audio Library

There are 63 pieces here.

Audio December 5, 2019
50' 38"
Audio December 4, 2019

The Wind Arises Nowhere in Particular

David Weinstein

What does abiding mean? When am I abiding? What can I NOT abide? Not rest in? Meditation is mostly about returning to abide. Whatever it means – not following the rules, not abiding them is that resting place.

30' 45"
Audio December 4, 2019

Trapped in a Stone Crypt

John Tarrant

So you are thinking about your loved ones, your ancestors and decide to take a trip out to the cemetery. You find your family vault and with a key open the stone door and step inside. You won’t stay long, you just want to pay your respects. But a gust of wind comes up and…

44' 22"
Audio December 4, 2019
35' 31"
Audio December 4, 2019

Yes, She Knew What She was Doing!

Allison Atwill

That dog knew what she was doing when she ‘dogged’. Zhaozhou also says ‘Yes’, a dog has Buddha nature. Becoming a dog who knew what she was doing is encouraging. Maybe something isn’t wrong with the dog you are right now.

45' 52"
Audio December 4, 2019

The Dog Part of the Koan NO

John Tarrant

The dog part of the koan emerges from the resounding NO as a companion for the inner life. Humans and dogs have been companions for eons and are clearly in the fossil record from ancient times. Through this long relationship down through time, dogs have learned to relate and map us and our inner lives. What is our relationship to the natural world? Dogs help us remember there is no separation, as does meditation practice.

66' 15"
Audio December 4, 2019

Nobody Meets Buddha Nature

David Weinstein

Hating the koan ‘NO’! And the nature of limiting stories. What is the color of ‘NO’? Red, like stop signs. Always other possibilities…

47' 0"
Audio December 4, 2019

The Art & Craft of Koan Practice

John Tarrant

Often we chase out and look for things, but when things come toward us – that’s enlightenment. In retreat, time expands and the universe appears. The art and craft of koan practice – freeing the heart and mind.

59' 32"
Audio December 4, 2019

How to Meet What Happens

John Tarrant

In the beginning of things something always happened, a birth, a death, a famine, a war. Good and bad were entangled. In order to understand our lives and how to manage we’ve always made up stories. What does the mind do with things that happen to us – our attitudes and stances and more.

65' 56"
Audio December 4, 2019

The Space Between Yes & No

Jon Joseph

Investigating the place of unaming where life comes forward to meet us. It’s a place of risk and desire, play, brightness.

32' 49"
Audio December 4, 2019

The Teachers Respond to Retreat Questions

PZI Teachers

72' 33"
Audio December 4, 2019

The Nature of Practice

John Tarrant

In practice you are traveling, you are on a path. It is different from a plan because you are on uncertain turf. Practice also has more love in it because you are moving in the dark in a positive way. The koan is like the dog that follows you around with a bowl – it foils your serious plans.

72' 21"
Audio December 4, 2019

The Brightness of the Blockage

Allison Atwill

The experience of being blocked; a major or minor imprisonment and of help arriving from unexpected sources.

54' 30"
Audio December 4, 2019

That Solitary Brightness is You

John Tarrant

A discovery that all the Linji koans we are working with during the retreat are variants on: ‘There’s Nothing I Dislike’. They all appear from this core. The solitary brightness with no fixed shape or form is yours. If you ‘Only don’t object’, or exclude the reality, the brightness is there.

54' 9"
Audio December 3, 2019

Linji & Me – Finding the Way

David Weinstein

David and his history with Linji’s teachings, a story of ‘sleepy zazen’, the arc of a practice and how his ideas of what practice would deliver changed. Meeting the disturbing practice of zen koans!

51' 0"
Audio December 3, 2019

There’s Nothing I Dislike!

John Tarrant

The construction of a ME and the positive experience of losing it. The strategies of ME allows the universe to come in and establish our true place in it. There is nothing to dislike. When the world comes to meet us we realize there is only this.

82' 2"
Audio December 3, 2019

Who Are you Anyway?

John Tarrant

John inquires – Who are we anyway? Linji’s words about how the perspective of not knowing eliminates dislike. John asks – When did you become a you? How did you know?

69' 8"
Audio December 3, 2019

Hosting the Life You Have

John Tarrant

‘We’d give anything for the life we have.’ – Says poet Tony Hoagland. Take the role of host wherever you are, no special undertakings necessary.

49' 36"
Audio December 3, 2019

Amaryllis Plays Violin at Sesshin

Amaryllis Fletcher

Amaryllis Fletcher, PZI Cantor, plays violin in afternoon session.

21' 12"
Audio December 3, 2019

I Am the ‘Lead Off Batter ‘ In My Life

David Weinstein

The question Who Am I?, opens my ability to enter the space that is always there. Getting to base as the ‘lead-off batter’ in koan practice.

48' 35"

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