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Sickness and Medicine (BCR87)
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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
Sickness & Medicine – Deep Listening with Music
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.
Sickness & Medicine – Deep Listening
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.
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.
Audio Excerpt: The Beautiful & Terrible Coexist in Our World
Summer Sesshin: Excerpt from a longer Friday morning talk on master Ma, sickness and health.
Sickness Heals Medicine
PZI Zen Online session recorded May 6th, 2020.
The Whole World Is Medicine
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.
Vimalakirti & His Daughter, Moonlike Beauty
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.
How Is It That Sickness & Medicine Heal Each Other?
The dark things shine as brightly as the bright light—we don’t need health to shine.