Yunmen taught, “Everybody has a light inside. When you’re looking for it, you can’t see; it’s dark, dark, hidden. What is this light that everybody has?”
He himself answered, “The kitchen pantry, the entrance gate.”
Then he said, “It’s better to have nothing than something good.”
– Blue Cliff Record, Case 86
PZI Zen Online: Hanging Lanterns in the Autumn Valley with John Tarrant Roshi. The Valley Spirit holding us – the mother deep. A big moment in our time, post election. How to cope with Bad Emperors and accord with change. Also, What is my place in the mandala? Finding joy in the thusness of things in all circumstances. Not seeing the light is also the light. “What is medicine? Bring me something that is not medicine.” Bring me something that is not the light! As recorded Nov. 8, 2020.
PZI Zen Online: Hanging Lanterns Series with John Tarrant. John reflects on life as a ceremony – dawn every day, the turning of the earth toward winter and back again. Everyone has their own light. Practice asks us to not refuse the eternal or the poignant daily awakenings, noticings. Music from Amaryllis Fletcher & Jordan McConnell. As recorded Oct 25 2020.
PZI Zen Online: Audio excerpt from Sunday session. John Tarrant opens the dream with the koan, “What is your Light?” and recounts Huangbo’s insights on Buddha Nature as calm mysterious joy. Also touches on the frequent call-and-response in koan practice, and more. As recorded September 27 2020.
PZi Zen Online- Hanging Lanterns at the Gates of the Autumn Temple – John continues working with Yunmen’s koan: What is your light? Huangbo’s teaching on calm mysterious joy. As recorded Sept 27 2020. Music on Saxophone by Michael Wilding.
PZI Zen Online – Hanging the Lanterns at the Gates of the Autumn Temple -You have your own light. Life and hard times of an apple tree. Marking Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing. Music: Michael Wilding, Amaryllis Fletcher, Jordan Mc Connell. As recorded Sept 20 2020.
PZI Zen Online – Hanging Lanterns at the Gate of the Autumn Temple: Orange skies, unhealthy air, apocalypse week in CA and the west. The old agreements are fragile—climate change a long gathering storm, fire a consequence. Having a practice—the simplest thing—a conversation with the vastness. Being lost is an opportunity, as old attitudes fall away. Don’t take yourself too seriously! “Each step along the way is of equal substance”—Hirada. Musicians: Amaryllis Fletcher, Cantor & Jordan McConnell, guitar. As recorded September 13 2020.
PZI Zen Online: A meditation for our time with John Tarrant. Opening with the koan, “What is your Light?” Audio excerpt from Sunday session. As recorded Sept 13 2020.
PZI Zen Online: Audio excerpt from John’s Sunday dharma talk. A lamp as an image to sit with. “Yunmen Has a Light and So Do You.” A koan for September and end of summer. The dharma is one lamp that lights another but is never extinguished. That lamp is yours. Meditation is any moment of sanity when I am not caught by demons of delusion. As recorded Sept 6 2020.
PZI Zen Online: Excerpted guided meditation session with John Tarrant Roshi reciting Yunmen’s formative Zen koan, which asks the question: “What is your Light?” As recorded Sept 6 2020.
PZI Zen Online – Hanging Lanterns at the Gates of the Autumn Temple – As old agreements fall apart, practice is a kindness to yourself. What is the image of our time: A lamp that lights another without losing any radiance. It carries a moment of change with the warmth of fire. What is meditation: Any moment of sanity. As recorded, Sept. 6 2020. Michael Wilding Flute, Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher, violin prelude and Jordan McConnell 4 vows.