PZI Teacher Archives

The Sieve (MK58)


A teacher said, “It’s like filling a sieve with water.”

The student thought about this for some time, but didn’t understand. The teacher took a sieve and they went to the sea.

The student poured water into the sieve and it poured out again.
“How do you do it?” she asked.

The teacher threw the sieve out into the ocean, where it floated for a moment and then sank.

—PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 58

Audio October 24, 2023

Fall Retreat: Enter Here – Into the Bath Together

John Tarrant, PZI Cantor & Musicians, PZI HOPs, PZI Teachers

How does it feel to be here? The bath is that which contains us. We go in together—enter here. There is something marvelous about letting it all go and letting the imperfections of life appear. Feeling that subtle touch. The universe is at play: let’s see it playing, and let’s let it see us play.

39' 34"
Audio May 17, 2020

The Bodhisattva Path – “No Holes” Wisdom

Michelle Riddle

Audio PZI Zen Online – ‘The Sieve’ koan – and the woman finding enlightenment. Michelle enters the nature of the Bodhisattva way and how we find ourselves on that path.

87' 42"