Peach Blossoms (MK37)

KOAN:

a. (Entangling Vines, Case 8) Lingyun was wandering in the mountains and became lost in his walking. He rounded a bend and saw peach blossoms on the other side of the valley. This sight awakened him and he wrote this poem:

For thirty years I sought a sword master.
How many times have leaves fallen
and new buds appeared?
But from the moment I saw the peach blossoms,
I’ve had no doubts.

b. (Transmission of Light, Case 12) Later, Keizan, the Japanese teacher wrote:

The village peach blossoms didn’t know
their own pink
but still they freed Lingyun
from all his doubts.

– PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 37

Audio May 12, 2020

Your Original Face – Awakening Experiences – PZI Zen Online May 5

Allison Atwill

Audio: PZI Zen online Allison sits with Awakening. What is it? Awakening experience is outside of our control or will. It comes in a from a direction we don’t know about – a direction we have darkened. The sufficiency of the moment. Hakuin Ikkaku as a teacher and seeing into your essential nature. As recorded May 5, 2020.

84' 15"
Audio April 24, 2020

Peach Blossoms

John Tarrant

PZI Zen Online Audio: Seeing the crimson peach blossoms across a canyon, after seeking for 30 years—a teacher is enlightened. John Tarrant’s meditation & dharma talk plus comments from participants. As recorded April 19, 2020.

83' 38"