Hanging Lanterns at the Gates of the Autumn Temple – Pecking, Breaking through with John Tarrant Roshi
PZI Zen Online – John Tarrant helps us break through with a koan – Ching Ch’ing asks for help – but will we survive? We are part of some great transformative process – precious and subtle. As recorded Oct 18 2020. Music from Michael Wilding, Jordan McConnell & Amaryllis Fletcher.
PZI Zen Online – Allison Atwill Roshi continues the Zen Tuesday with her Guanyin companions. The immensity of sound as it permeates all barriers. The cracks showing in our traditions and conventions. Trying to get back to the old imperfect life. Jim Morrison and The Doors offer up ‘Light My Fire’ as rendered on the Ed Sullivan show. As recorded Oct 12 2020
PZI Fall Sesshin – Sunday evening closing ceremony. Sarah Bender chants, music from Jordan McConnell, Amaryllis Fletcher reads – Joy on the Roads, teacher summations and goodbyes. As recorded October 4, 2020.
PZI Fall Sesshin: Sutra service in the afternoon during sesshin. Featuring Amaryllis Fletcher – cantor & violin. Jordan McConnell – vocals & guitar. As recorded October 4 2020.
Fall Sesshin: Oct. 2 Musical opening interlude for evening session with Jordan McConnell. ‘Four Green Fields’ – Celtic Ballad. As recorded October 2, 2020.
PZI Fall Sesshin: Evening words with David Weinstein – Relaxing on the raft and finding the ferryboat. As recorded Oct. 2, 2020.
PZI Fall Sesshin: Evening Dharma Talk with John Tarrant. If you are chasing about – “Where will you meet today?” We forget we are free in every moment. The image of a withered tree. When we let everything come to rest, we hear the dragon murmurings. As recorded October 2, 2020.
PZI Fall Sesshin: Allison Atwill asks – What is “my” first principle? A question that does not need an answer but furthers our chasing about! The Emperor in us asks this again and again. But, like Huangbo, we have come “Not for anything else!” – just this perfect life. As recorded October 3, 2020.
PZI Fall Sesshin: The Koan Raft – with Jon Joseph Roshi. What is a koan? A koan is a “public case” in Chinese. Koan practice develops a resonance with all things. Any section or word in a koan is a gate. As recorded October 2, 2020.
PZI Fall Sesshin: Gathering in the Valley of Our Time – John Tarrant’s evening words. Why did we come here? “Not for anything else.” Huangbo’s response on his arrival. Trusting your own experience in sesshin. Any moment of noticing is oneness with emptiness. The Valley Spirit holds us. Whatever arises in meditation is for you, and not wrong. October 1, 2020.
PZI Fall Sesshin: Audio Excerpt – Opening the evening with Heads of Practice Jan Brogan & Chris Gaffney welcoming the group. As recorded October 1, 2020.
PZI Fall Sesshin Audio Excerpt: John Tarrant Roshi’s opening talk. As recorded October 1, 2020.
PZI Fall Sesshin Audio Excerpt: Tess Beasley Sensei’s opening talk. Harvest Moon and leaning into the images that hold us for sesshin, the ancient vessel. Moon haikus, “Where is Your Light?” As recorded October 1, 2020.
PZI Zen Online – Audio Excerpt: John Tarrant opens the dream with the koan: “What is your Light?” and recounts Huangbo’s insights on Buddha Nature as calm mysterious joy, also touches on the frequent call and response in koan practice and more. Recorded September 27 2020
PZi Zen Online- Hanging Lanterns at the Gates of the Autumn Temple – John continues working with Yunmen’s koan: What is your light? Huangbo’s teaching on calm mysterious joy. As recorded Sept 27 2020. Music on Saxophone by Michael Wilding.
PZI Zen Online – Hanging the Lanterns at the Gates of the Autumn Temple -You have your own light. Life and hard times of an apple tree. Marking Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing. Music: Michael Wilding, Amaryllis Fletcher, Jordan Mc Connell. As recorded Sept 20 2020.
PZI Zen Online – Hanging Lanterns at the Gate of the Autumn Temple: Orange skies, unhealthy air, apocalypse week in CA and the west. The old agreements are fragile—climate change a long gathering storm, fire a consequence. Having a practice—the simplest thing—a conversation with the vastness. Being lost is an opportunity, as old attitudes fall away. Don’t take yourself too seriously! “Each step along the way is of equal substance”—Hirada. Musicians: Amaryllis Fletcher, Cantor & Jordan McConnell, guitar. As recorded September 13 2020.
PZI Zen Online – A meditation for our time with John Tarrant. Audio excerpt with the koan:’ What is Your Light?’. As recorded Sept. 13th 2020.
PZI Zen Online- Audio excerpt – Compassion is receptive earth – it does not have one face, nor is it driving or pitying. It erupts within us. It allows barriers to fall and in that way it is the ground on which we stand, the heart and soul of awakening. As recorded August 9 2020.
PZI Zen Online – Audio Excerpt – A lamp as an image to sit with from John’s Sunday Sept 6th Dharma talk: ‘Yunmen Has a Light and So Do You’. A koan for September and end of summer. The dharma is one lamp that lights another but is never extinguished. That lamp is yours. Meditation is any moment of sanity when I am not caught by demons of delusion. As recorded Sept 6 2020
PZI Zen Online – Audio Excerpt – A guided meditation session with John Tarrant Roshi reciting Yunmen’s formative Zen koan, which asks the question: ‘What is your Light?’ As recorded Sept 6 2020.
PZI Zen Online- Audio Excerpt from Guanyin in the Pavilion Under the August Moon – Saving houses from fire – Allison’s stories of fiery compassion and radiance. As recorded August 30 2020.
PZI Zen Online Audio Excerpt- Guantin in the Pavilion Under the August Moon – The call and response of compassionate exchanges – air as breath of life. Anchored in the Heart Sutra. Dream of a room, barely there full of gifts for all times and places. As recorded August 23 2020.