PZI Teacher Archives

Temple Bell (MK1)

KOAN:

Stop the sound of that distant temple bell.

—Pacific Zen Miscellaneous Koans, Case 1

Audio September 30, 2022

The Distant Temple Bell – A Mysterious Task Koan

John Tarrant

Just listen! After a difficult battle, a Japanese general hears a bamboo flute in the distance. The sound awakens him to practice and teach Zen, and to allow music in the zendo—the sound itself a gateway into everything. John Tarrant plays a John Cage soundscape: Sound lets us listen to the world—it gives us our own lives. When we step into the here, we step into the infinite and stop being afraid. Jordan McConnell plays guitar in the meditation. Comments from teachers and leaders. September 25, 2022.

64' 58"
Audio November 1, 2021

Fall Sesshin 2021: Koan Practice or Not? Going Beyond Form

David Weinstein

David Weinstein gives a morning dharma talk on being captured by the mystery and the koan, “Things are not as they appear, nor are they otherwise,” and on the metamorphosis of Monarchs on his windowsill. Constant change and the constancy of who you are do not contradict each other. As recorded Wednesday, October 20, 2021, in Fall Sesshin.

53' 32"