Audio Library

There are 475 pieces here.

Audio August 10, 2022

A Great Current Carries Us

John Tarrant

You can feel happy despite your stories. The world and human life are never still—you are on the Way, carried by the great current of the Dao. Allowing koans to have you, when you work with them, is the same as opening to your life—there are no steps. You are already free, and there is unexpected help on difficult paths. Music from Jordan McConnell & Michael Wilding. Complete Sunday session recorded August 7, 2022. 81 minutes.

81' 23"
Audio August 8, 2022

Summer Sesshin: Shitou’s Teachers

David Weinstein

David Weinstein gives a dharma talk in Summer Sesshin on June 16, 2022. Complete session. 38 minutes.

38' 51"
Audio August 8, 2022

Summer Sesshin: Journey of Refuge

Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley gives a talk on refuge at Summer Sesshin, on June 18, 2022. Complete session. 52 minutes.

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Audio August 8, 2022

Summer Sesshin: The Realm of the Self

Allison Atwill

A dharma talk by Allison Atwill in Summer Sesshin on June 16, 2022. Complete session. 46 minutes.

46' 30"
Audio August 8, 2022

Summer Sesshin: Our Part in It All

Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley gives a dharma talk in Summer Sesshin on June 15, 2022. Complete session. 49 minutes.

49' 25"
Audio August 8, 2022

Summer Sesshin: Front Foot & Back Foot Walking

John Tarrant

John Tarrant’s dharma talk on June 17, 2022, in Summer Sesshin. Complete session. 45 minutes.

44' 21"
Audio August 8, 2022

Summer Sesshin: Taking Part in the Gathering

John Tarrant

John Tarrant’s dharma talk on the first day of Summer Sesshin. He reads Shitou’s poem, Taking Part in the Gathering. Complete session. 38 minutes.

38' 21"
Audio July 26, 2022

The Deeper Levels of Freedom

John Tarrant

Dark forces are present in our time, but the light is always at work holding everything. Do what you can, and know that confusion and lack of clarity are steps on the Way. Fierce joy is also it. Music for meditation from Michael Wilding & Jordan McConnell. Includes guided meditations. Complete Sunday session recorded July 03, 2022.

86' 44"
Audio July 24, 2022

Entering the World with Open Hands

John Tarrant

An encounter, a magical meeting, is the essence of koan practice. John Tarrant’s Sunday Talk, recorded July 10, 2022. Complete session. 70 minutes.

70' 34"
Audio July 19, 2022

Sesshin Weeds

Michelle Riddle

Michelle Riddle tells a sesshin story about a band of weed whackers that came to be in concert with everything. From John Tarrant’s Sunday Session on Not Picking & Choosing, recorded June 26, 2022.

2' 49"
Audio July 19, 2022

Universe in a Utility Bill

Allison Atwill

In sesshin, our feelings are amplified, and we get to see what it’s like to have them fully. Allison Atwill reports on a utility bill that contained the dread of all space and time. From John Tarrant’s Sunday Talk on Not Picking & Choosing on June 26, 2022.

2' 54"
Audio July 19, 2022

Everything Is in Concert

Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley shares stories about encountering unexpected sounds, delayed luggage, and the chaos of moving. Recorded in John Tarrant’s Sunday session on Not Picking & Choosing, June 26, 2022.

2' 53"
Audio July 18, 2022

A Passionate Entry into Life

John Tarrant

John Tarrant’s complete Sunday Talk: The Great Way Is Not Difficult; It Just Avoids Picking & Choosing. Recorded June 26, 2022, in the PZI Online Temple.

71' 1"
Audio July 18, 2022

Not Picking & Choosing – Solo Flute for Meditation

Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding’s solo flute during John Tarrant’s Sunday Talk: The Great Way Is Not Difficult; It Just Avoids Picking & Choosing. Recorded on June 26, 2022 in the Online Temple.

5' 6"
Audio July 14, 2022

The Porous Vessel of Sesshin

Michelle Riddle

Michelle Riddle comments on how music and weed-whackers welcomed her in Summer Sesshin. Recorded June 14, 2022.

2' 49"
Audio June 21, 2022

Walking Together in Chaos Times: Meeting the Unbearability of Life

John Tarrant

John Tarrant on Chan’s approach to the unbearable in times of disaster and chaos: no need to bear it. He shares a nun’s story of loss and the Buddha’s one-word ordination, and how archteypal Buddhism and the Zen way respond to the madness of the world. June 5th, 2022. 12 minutes.

12' 26"
Audio June 17, 2022

Magical Meetings: Past Midnight – Encountering Your True Self

John Tarrant

John Tarrant on a meeting past midnight, with an old familiar face you may or may not recognize right off. When there is no moon and you can’t find your way in the usual way, you are bound to have some unusual encounters. Stories, readings, comments, and music for meditation from Michael Wilding and Jordan McConnell. Complete Sunday Session audio. Recorded June 12, 2022.

70' 34"
Audio June 15, 2022

Summer Sesshin: Opening Dharma Talk

John Tarrant

Great Summer Sesshin, opening eve: Our first in-person sesshin in over 2 years, due to Covid. John Tarrant introduces Shitou’s song, Taking Part in the Gathering, his translation together with Joan Sutherland. In this sutra, Shitou is trying to say what reality actually is. The myriad things are your own self—you look at the world and the world looks back. Whatever appears, enter there! No being for countless eons has ever fallen out of Buddha nature. Recorded June 13th, 2022, at Santa Sabina Center.

33' 34"
Audio June 11, 2022

Walking Together in Chaos Times: Meeting Impossible Problems

John Tarrant

In chaos stories you are always lost. Why not go into the lostness? Chan says, go deeper—getting lost might be a good thing. We’re creating a culture to hold knowledge of the path, and for being connected during chaos times. Recorded June 5, 2022.

66' 15"
Audio June 9, 2022
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Audio June 9, 2022
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Audio June 8, 2022

Your Own Heart Mind – Music for Meditation

Michael Wilding

Michael plays a solo improvisation during John Tarrant’s Sunday meditation. Recorded June 5, 2022. 9 minutes.

9' 35"
Audio June 8, 2022

The Impossibility of My Death

Michelle Riddle

Michelle comments on a sense of the impossibility of death that runs underneath all our striving to ‘get it right’ in this life. Recorded June 5, 2022. 3 minutes.

2' 25"
Audio June 8, 2022
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Audio June 8, 2022

Impossible Problems: Sometimes It Takes a Bear

Tess Beasley

Endless problems around a move mount into a seemingly impossible knot until…a bear walks through them. June 5, 2022. 3 minutes.

3' 29"
Audio June 6, 2022

Flute Solo for Meditation with Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding’s improv on flute, recorded Sunday, May 2022, during John Tarrant’s What Is This? Sunday Session. 5 minutes.

5' 35"
Audio June 1, 2022

What Is Most Urgent for Me? What Should I Do?

Tess Beasley

What next? I am up against it. How can I do what is needed or know which direction to go? The direction is inward. A turning toward everything inside the self is required. Like the Buddha—his urgency amplified his situation. Facing pain, loss, injury, or grief, we want direct and appropriate action to release us. The only way forward is toward the inner world. Tess Beasley Sensei’s Sunday Talk on May 29, 2022.

27' 37"
Audio May 24, 2022

Enlightenment & Jam – Shopping for a Rhinoceros

John Tarrant

Shopping for enlightenment. What is this? Things come at us and over us during an enlightenment experience—sometimes quite unusual. You are being carried by the Dao; it doesn’t care what else you’ve got going on. Music for meditation from Jordan McConnell and Micheal Wilding. Recorded May 15, 2022.

63' 23"
Audio May 23, 2022

Rhinoceros Shopping – Jam & Enlightenment

John Tarrant

The Rhinoceros has a suggested shopping list for John. Among the items, like hay and jam, is enlightenment. Yes, you really can find all of these things at the market, right in the middle of your busy life. 15-minute excerpt from the Sunday Session: Enlightenment While Shopping for Jam, recorded May 15, 2022.

15' 31"
Audio May 12, 2022

Mother’s Day – The Valley Spirit Who Never Dies

John Tarrant

What is it like to be a mother? There are many rituals of participation with the Great Mother, the ancient Goddess. In Daoism, she is the Valley Spirit who never dies. In Chan/Zen, the Mother, the Valley Deep, brings the whole realm of feeling. Recorded on Mother’s Day, May 8th, 2022.

67' 46"