PZI Teacher Archives
In your life right now, what is it you lack, what is it that practice must mend?
—PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 38e, (Record of Linji)
What is this life? The nature of what appears is always changing—it’s something we feel together in ‘the bath. Prajna, or wisdom, is learning to recognize and see accurately. We can suddenly see that everything is okay and here, and yet it’s a dance. We find it; we lose it again. In practice, as in life, lost things return or cycle in and take their leave again.
Sesshin is an embrace which allows greater freedom to appear, and it is deeply mysterious. We don’t do it for a particular outcome or we would be constraining ourselves. We are free and easy wandering. In the koan, Emperor Wu wants a method and a first principle of the holy teaching. Bodhidharma answers, There isn’t a principle! You can’t confine it. Chan is trusting uncertainty, it is not something to be believed. Vows from Amanda Boughton, closing words from Tess Beasley. Complete session recorded on October 7, 2022.
David and his history with Linji’s teachings, a story of ‘sleepy zazen,’ the arc of a practice and how his ideas of what practice would deliver changed. Meeting the disturbing practice of Zen koans!