PZI Teacher Archives

2014 Winter Sesshin

Audio December 5, 2019

Going Straight on the Road with 99 Curves

John Tarrant

John Tarrant on working with different koan types. Predicament koan—Stone Crypt. Situational—Taking the form of Guanyin. Mysterious—A well that has not been dug. John talks about his early work with koans; tactics and strategies that weren’t working until he found himself laughing at his own mind, “Going straight on the road with 99 curves.” There’s no difference between “Life” and “MY Life.” What we can do for each other is open our hearts and be there together. Recorded January 2014.

50' 38"
Audio December 4, 2019

The Wind Arises Nowhere in Particular

David Weinstein

What does abiding mean? When am I abiding? What can I NOT abide? Not rest in? Meditation is mostly about returning to abide. Whatever it means – not following the rules, not abiding them is that resting place.

30' 45"
Audio December 4, 2019

Trapped in a Stone Crypt

John Tarrant

This is John Tarrant’s dharma talk on the Stone Grave koan; a shorter version of the complete session for this date in 2014. So you are thinking about your loved ones, your ancestors and decide to take a trip out to the cemetery. You find your family vault and with a key open the stone door and step inside. You won’t stay long, you just want to pay your respects. But a gust of wind comes up and…

44' 22"
Audio December 4, 2019
35' 31"