PZI Teacher Archives

Sickness and Medicine (BCR87)


Sickness and medicine are in accord with each other.
The whole world is medicine.
What am I?

—Blue Cliff Record Case 87 (PZI version)

See also: Yunmen’s Medicine and Sickness Cure Each Other,
transl. by John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland

Audio March 23, 2023

Sickness & Medicine – Deep Listening with Music

Michael Wilding

Sickness and medicine relate to listening—listening very intently and deeply to the song, the voices of the moment we are in. Music from Michael Wilding from a Sunday Zen session with John Tarrant & Friends recorded March 5, 2023.

6' 51"
Audio March 23, 2023

Sickness & Medicine – Deep Listening

John Tarrant

It’s all medicine, really. Everything has Buddha nature, beauty and value. Healing is the big point of view. So the point is not to panic when the big moments come. If you can move out of your own point of view it becomes clearer. Complete Sunday Zen session with John Tarrant & Friends, recorded March 5, 2023. Includes comments from PZI teachers and music from Michael Wilding.

71' 45"
Audio February 27, 2023

Winter Sesshin Closing: The Whole World Is Medicine

John Tarrant, Tess Beasley

As we end sesshin, we go forth in the world and the treasure of sesshin is still here. You can’t lose what you entered into while in sesshin. In the midst of everything, you still have the silence. We can remain open to connection with the great matter.

19' 22"
Audio July 9, 2020
1' 44"
Audio May 12, 2020
98' 53"
Audio April 30, 2020

The Whole World Is Medicine

Jon Joseph

Jon welcomes far flung participants on Zoom, and remembers the original Earth Day walks and festivities. Teachers and others comment on the vast implications of Yunmen’s koan. Recorded on April 27th, 2020.

83' 19"
Audio January 29, 2020

Vimalakirti & His Daughter, Moonlike Beauty

Allison Atwill

Allison relays a story of an encounter between Manjushri and Vimalakirti. Manjushri, among the 32,000 bodhisattvas sent by Buddha to Vimalakirti’s sickbed, asks, “How do bodhisattvas enter the gate of nonduality?” The response is an intimate silence. Allison’s story includes the karmic path that his daughter, Moonlike Beauty, bore on her way to enlightenment.

47' 10"
Audio December 3, 2019
55' 22"