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Excerpt Library

There are 46 pieces here.

Short excerpt of larger Audio file either PZI Zen Online talk or sesshin

Audio August 5, 2021

Special Program: 4 Teachers & 4 Boundless Vows – Chanting

John Tarrant, Jon Joseph, Michelle Riddle

Special Program on the 4 Boundless Vows: John Tarrant, Jon Joseph & Michelle Riddle chant the 4 Boundless vows in sino-japanese.

5' 12"
Audio August 5, 2021

Special Program: 4 Teachers & 4 Boundless Vows – Vow 4 with Michelle Riddle

Special Program on the 4 Boundless Vows: Michelle Riddle on the 4th vow – I vow to live the great Buddha Way. What seems impossible may not be possible to ignore! Koans and sutras give many instructions on how to live this way but you must live them your way, not anyone else’s. Like great art it is an individual expression but it touches on and speaks to something we all feel. About realizing we are here!

50' 45"
Audio August 5, 2021

Special Program: 4 Teachers & 4 Boundless Vows – Opening talk with John Tarrant

John Tarrant

Special Program on the 4 Boundless Vows – John Tarrant’s introduction to the program, the vows, a meditation session & talk.

27' 7"
Audio August 5, 2021

Special Program: 4 Teacher & 4 Boundless Vows – Vow 3 with Jon Joseph

Part 3 of Special Program on 4 Boundless Vows: jon joseph on the impossibility of completing of this vow. The endless nature of unfolding and opening wisdom gates. What is a gate! What is my part in the world? By becoming our koans, vows we are in touch with and resonant with all things. We are not separate!

76' 29"
Audio August 5, 2021

Special Program: 4 teachers & 4 Boundless Vows – 2nd Vow with Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley

Part 2 of Special Program on 4 Boundless Vows: I vow to set endless heartache to rest. the drowning of heartache softens us – we feel the tenderness within the endlessness. What is it to transform timeless greed, hatred and ignorance? Trusting the greater river which is constant flow not the stagnation heartache can bring,

11' 33"
Audio August 5, 2021

Special Program: 4 Teachers & the 4 Boundless Vows – 1st Vow with Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill

Part 1 of the Special Program: Allison Atwill leads us into the Vows, noticing the grandeur and awe of the vow itself. How this vow interrupts our intentions, expectations, preoccupations, judgements. Sino Japanese translation of the words yields a new look and gate: to all that has been born into this moment expands without boundaries – all is included in this awakening.

10' 1"
Audio July 19, 2021

I Share Your Joy! Overheard Conversations – Evening Words

David Weinstein

David Weinstein sends participants off for the evening with words – how things are shared and handed on. 7 minutes.

6' 13"
Audio July 15, 2021

Opening Eve of Summer Sesshin

John Tarrant, Jon Joseph, Tess Beasley

John Tarrant and Tess Beasley welcome everyone to Summer Sesshin. Participants add their voices to the vessel of sesshin. Music from Jordan McConnell. Cantor: Amaryllis Fletcher – Closing words from Jon Joseph.

78' 34"
Audio June 8, 2021

Dragons of the Blue Cliff Retreat – Part 2: Hands & Eyes

John Tarrant

How does the bodhisattva of compassion use all those hands and eyes? How do I express Guanyin? How is Guanyin showing up in my life? John Tarrant’s afternoon meditation & talk, Part 2 of this two-session Dragons of the Blue Cliff 1-Day Retreat. In the PZI Digital Temple, as recorded June 6, 2021.

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Audio June 7, 2021

Dragons of the Blue Cliff Retreat – Part 1: Hands & Eyes

John Tarrant

How does the bodhisattva of compassion use all those hands and eyes? In some way, through the vastness of hands and eyes, the koan speaks of the vast currents of the universe that carry and hold us. John Tarrant’s morning meditation & talk, Part 1 of this two-session Dragons of the Blue Cliff 1-Day Retreat. In the PZI Digital Temple, as recorded June 6, 2021.

10' 20"
Audio June 4, 2021

Guitar and Vocals: The Four Boundless Vows with Jordan McConnell

Jordan McConnell

Jordan McConnell on guitar and vocals, playing a variation on PZI’s Four Boundless Vows. From a Sunday Meditation & Talk with Allison Atwill & Tess Beasley, as recorded May 30, 2021. PZI Zen Online.

2' 5"
Audio June 4, 2021

Free & Easy Wandering Series: Knock On Any Door with Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley

An excerpt of a longer session with Allison Atwill. Tess tells a story of a transformative moment. As recorded May 31.2021.

26' 3"
Audio June 4, 2021

Free & Easy Wandering Series: Knock on Any Door with Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill

An excerpt from the full Sunday session with co-host Tess Beasley. Allison Atwill tells a story of a moment when she knocked on a door and entered the vastness of the universe. As recorded on May 30, 2021

24' 6"
Audio June 2, 2021
10' 22"
Audio April 29, 2021

One Who Is Not Sick

David Parks

David Parks Roshi of Blue Grass Zen in Kentucky continues with the koans of Dongshan. Dharma talk: The One Who Is Not Sick, PZI Zen Online. As recorded April 22, 2021.

25' 22"
Audio April 29, 2021

The Ox Follows: Ox-herding Pictures 4 & 5

Jon Joseph

Jon Joseph Roshi of San Mateo Zen considers the 4th & 5th Ox-herding Pictures and poems. Of itself, the Ox follows along—without devices or chains. PZI Zen Online. Dharma talk as recorded March 22, 2021.

25' 49"
Audio April 26, 2021

Spring Sesshin: The Interwoven Journey of Sesshin and Life

Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley invites our voices into the room, acknowledging the interwoven yet not-interwoven vessel of sesshin. We are each a unique presence, yet it is when personal identity and ambition recede that feeling and empathy emerge. PZI Digital Temple. As recorded April 11, 2021.

40' 19"
Audio April 23, 2021

Spring Sesshin 2021: Evening Words with David Weinstein

David Weinstein

David Weinstein, Director of PZI’s Oakland Zen, delivers the evening words during Spring Sesshin. As recorded April 7, 2021. 5 minutes.

5' 12"
Audio April 23, 2021

Spring Sesshin 2021: Evening Words with Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley sends sesshin participants off to dream on April 8, 2021. As recorded x minutes.

4' 32"
Audio April 23, 2021

Spring Sesshin: Morning Dharma Talk with John Tarrant

John Tarrant

John Tarrant’s morning dharma talk on meditation practice and what it is to be in retreat. As recorded April 8, 2021.

59' 40"
Audio April 23, 2021

Spring Sesshin: A Donkey Sees a Well, Well Sees Donkey

John Tarrant

John Tarrant’s first evening talk during Spring Sesshin. Does the well also see the donkey? As recorded April 8, 2021.

45' 7"
Audio April 23, 2021

Spring Sesshin 2021: Welcome & Talk with Michelle Riddle

Michelle Riddle

Michelle Riddle welcomes all Spring Sesshin participants and gives a dharma talk. See summary. As recorded April 7, 2021.

16' 33"
Audio March 31, 2021

If Ordinary Mind Is the Way, What Makes It So Hard to See: What Gets in the Way?

Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley’s portion of the PZI enlightenment firm Atwill, Riddle & Beasley’s case for Ordinary Mind. As recorded March 28, 2021.

15' 50"
Audio March 31, 2021

If Ordinary Mind Is the Way, What Makes It So Hard to See: It’s Closer Than You Think

Michelle Riddle

Michelle Riddle’s portion of the PZI enlightenment firm Atwill, Riddle & Beasley’s case for Ordinary Mind. As recorded March 28, 2021.

20' 51"
Audio March 31, 2021

If Ordinary Mind Is the Way, What Makes It So Hard to See: Our Best Season

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill’s portion of the enlightenment firm Atwill, Riddle & Beasley’s case for Ordinary MInd. A story of a best season when everything went wrong in the community kitchen. As recorded Mar. 28, 2021

19' 34"
Audio February 17, 2021

The Ink Dark Moon: Love Is the Mess of the World

Michelle Riddle

Our Q’s & A’s of love and Zen, from The Ink Dark Moon Sunday session. In Zen nothing is excluded. Turning toward everything, even what doesn’t fit with our description of reality. We long to be seen as we truly are and are equally terrified of the possibility of being found. What your heart longs for is in your life now! Audio excerpt, as recorded Feb. 14 2021, PZI Zen Online.

13' 1"
Audio February 17, 2021

The Ink Dark Moon: Calling Myself Beloved

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill explores cases against life and love, the ways we block the universe’s gifts—and how we “abide somewhere” by clinging to lack. Or, we hang on to what we have like Deshan and his commentaries. We want to be included, “to feel beloved on earth.” Where is love in Zen? Included! Audio excerpt from The Ink Dark Moon. As recorded Feb. 14 2021, PZI Zen Online.

26' 8"
Audio February 17, 2021

The Ink Dark Moon: What Is It To Meet Things?

Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley asks, “What is it to meet things?” as she introduces The Ink Dark Moon – stories on Meetings, Love, and Zen. Love brings something forth in us. We stop into noticing and find ourselves within the vast, strange territory of love. Poems from Kyoto’s Golden Age. The beauty of longing, missing, loss. Dokusan, the meeting without barriers between student and teacher. Audio excerpt from The Ink Dark Moon. As recorded Feb. 14th 2021, PZI Zen Online.

17' 2"
Audio February 5, 2021

Musical Interlude – This Very Heart Mind

Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding offers his original musical response in the Meditation and Talk on January 31, 2021. Audio excerpt from the Sunday session, PZI Zen Online. 4 minutes.

4' 20"
Audio February 4, 2021

Two Friends Snowbound on Tortoise Mountain

John Tarrant

On friendship—two old friends on Tortoise Mountain are snowed in. One wakes up and so does the Mountain. Audio excerpt as recorded January 31 2021, PZI Zen Online. 7 minutes.

7' 25"