PZI Teacher Archives
The teacher said to the gathering, “If you get it the first time you hear it, you will teach the buddhas and ancestors. If you get it the second time you hear it, you will teach gods and humans. If you don’t get it til the third time you hear it, you won’t even be able to save yourself.”
A student asked, “When did you get it?” The teacher said, “The moon sets at midnight, I walk alone through the town.”
—Book of Serenity, Case 76
Explanations of Zen, or of anything, are not it. Zen does not try to make you pure—it tries to make you whole. We can trust in the Dao, but by explaining it, we move away from it. Something deeper is going on, carrying us.
An encounter, a magical meeting, is the essence of koan practice. John Tarrant’s Sunday Talk, recorded July 10, 2022. Complete session. 70 minutes.