PZI Teacher Archives

Dalong's Pure Everlasting Body (BCR82)


Someone asked Dalong, “The color body perishes. What is the pure everlasting body?”
Dalong said, “Mountain flowers bloom like brocade, valley streams run deepest indigo.”

—Blue Cliff Record Case 82 (PZI version)


A student asked Dalong, “The physical body perishes. What is the pure everlasting body?”
Dalong said, “Flowers cover the mountains like brocade, mountain torrents so deep they’re indigo.”

(transl. by John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland, titled: Dalong’s Flowers Like Brocade)

Audio June 2, 2021

Free & Easy Wandering Series: Mysterious Meetings in a Mysterious Time

John Tarrant

We’ve been in a long monastic retreat during this pandemic. Time has slowed. We are opening up gradually now to the world, as more people are vaccinated. We realize we are not going back to anything. The time is changing. We’re all stepping off into the mysterious. Musician: Jordan McConnell. PZI Zen Online: Sunday talk as recorded May 23, 2021.

113' 20"
Audio April 5, 2021

The Lilies of New Life: Deepest Indigo

John Tarrant

The Lilies of New Life: It is spring and John reads poetry of the season. Original music performed by Jordan McConnell, as recorded Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. PZI Zen Online.

41' 5"
Audio June 15, 2020

The Everlasting Body Runs Deepest Indigo – Meditation for Troubled Times

John Tarrant

We are in the midst of great civil unrest around racism and the institutions that support it. Li Bai, Du Fu, Dalong & Primo Levi speak about what remains, what lives, what holds us in the universe—even as we feel most perishable, sad, defeated. The light is still there in all things, even without a foundation to stand on. As recorded June 14, 2020.

96' 32"