PZI Teacher Archives

Yunmen’s Medicine and Sickness Cure Each Other (BCR87)


Yunmen said to the assembly, “Medicine and sickness cure each other.
The whole earth is medicine. What is the self?”

—Blue Cliff Record Case 87

(transl. by John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland)

Audio June 15, 2023

The Nobility of Having a Practice

John Tarrant

Meditation gets us away from reaching and grasping and winning and losing and honor and disgrace. This lack of ulterior motive makes meditation a friendly time. All our daily reaching and grasping and getting somehow sticks to us and when we meditate it unsticks and falls off. With music for meditation from Jordan McConnell & Michael Wilding.

49' 8"
Audio March 29, 2023

We’ve Never Lacked for Salt & Sauce

John Tarrant

The salt and sauce is the invisible component of practice, of life, the place where we are held when disaster strikes or you find yourself at the Mad Hatter’s tea party. You might not need what you think you do to get by. We can be at peace in the midst of the madness of events—this is our main work in Zen. Complete Sunday Zen session from March 12, 2023. 

70' 55"
Audio April 29, 2021

Mowing the Grasses – April First Wise Foolishness

David Parks

David Parks Roshi of Bluegrass Zen in Kentucky enters spring with mowing grasses and contemplating weeds. Zen online dharma talk as recorded April 1st, 2021.

27' 27"
Audio May 12, 2020
98' 53"
Audio April 30, 2020

The Whole World Is Medicine

Jon Joseph

Jon welcomes far flung participants on Zoom, and remembers the original Earth Day walks and festivities. Teachers and others comment on the vast implications of Yunmen’s koan. Recorded on April 27th, 2020.

83' 19"
Audio December 3, 2019
55' 22"
Audio November 27, 2017
38' 58"