PZI Teacher Archives

emptiness

Audio October 27, 2022

Fall Sesshin 2022: Dahui’s Journey, Bodhidharma’s Response, & the Marvelous Duke

John Tarrant

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.

72' 59"
Audio September 2, 2021

Unexpected Gifts, Unexpected Help Along the Way

John Tarrant

What is the gift of the universe? We receive unexpected help when we are “living down a level,” living things before we construct them. Not constantly consulting your “me,” you open to the invitations and gifts that appear; trusting in the Dao.

67' 28"
Audio June 29, 2021

The Lion with Golden Hair

John Tarrant

The tip of each hair on the golden-haired lion is itself a whole world, an image of all the galaxies, all piled together. This lion is warm-hearted, delighted with everything, having a generally good time no matter what kind of time we’re having.

72' 18"
Audio February 26, 2021

Emptiness

John Tarrant

Evening dharma talk by John Tarrant in Summer Sesshin. As recorded June 15, 2018.

60' 10"
Audio August 8, 2020

Machado Poem: Traveler There is No Road – Eduardo Fuentes & John Tarrant Roshi Read

Eduardo Fuentes, John Tarrant

Audio Excerpt: from Zen Online Green Glade of Meditation with John Tarrant. Eduardo Fuentes reads a Machado poem in Spanish, “Traveler, There is No Road” from his home in Santiago, Chile. John Tarrant reads the Machado poem in English, and Eduardo reads it again in Spanish. As recorded Sunday, July 19 2020.

2' 15"
Audio July 21, 2020

Green Glade: Held by Emptiness

John Tarrant

Green Glade of Meditation: There is a framework in our practice for relying on emptiness and freedom, not holding pre-set views. Blessing things beyond approval and disapproval. I am you = emptiness. In Zen we shift to “before” the demons grabbed our ankles. You can’t rely on what you believe. We accord with the Dao, we can’t fall out of the dream. PZI Zen online, as recorded July 19, 2020.

94' 45"