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Excerpt Library

There are 31 pieces here.

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

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' 17"
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"
Audio February 4, 2021

Handing Things on in the Dark: Friendship

John Tarrant

Zen is about meetings, the courage to meet and be a friend. Even the gnarly bits of friendship are part of it, the mystery of connection. You don’t have to be good at love—better to be in it. In the field of connectedness we discover things we can’t discover on our own. Audio excerpt from Sunday with John Tarrant, Handing Things on in the Dark, PZI Zen Online. As recorded Jan. 31, 2021. 18 minutes.

17' 38"
Audio February 3, 2021

Dreaming the Koan – Snow in a Silver Bowl

David Parks

Audio Excerpt: PZI Winter Sesshin. David Parks recounts a personal dream encounter with ‘snow in a silver bowl’. As recorded Jan 16th 2021. 7 minutes.

7' 11"
Audio February 3, 2021

The Call of Your Own Life

Allison Atwill

Audi Excerpt: PZI WInter Sesshin. A excerpt from Allison Atwill’s Dharma Talk. Recorded Jan.16 2021.

2' 34"
Audio February 3, 2021

This Is Happening

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill uses the metaphor of a harrowing solo voyage around Cape Horn, to remind us of our capacity to turn the boat toward the real. Audio excerpt from Winter Sesshin in the PZI Digital Temple. As recorded January 16, 2021.

3' 30"
Audio February 3, 2021

Who Was at the Helm?

Sarah Bender

Audio Excerpt: PZI Winter Sesshin. Sarah Bender’s comment on a nightmarish moment during the round the world voyage of navigator John Slocum. As mentioned in Allison Atwill’s talk recorded Jan. 16th 2021.

2' 0"
Audio February 3, 2021

Starting With Nothing

Jon Joseph

Audio Excerpt – Winter sesshin. jon Joseph was moved to comment on Allison Atwill’s dharma talk, a metaphoric and real solo voyage into the open sea. One sailor had never sailed before and had found a scrapped boat to enter this grueling race with. Recorded Jan. 16, 2021.

1' 18"
Audio February 2, 2021

Navigating The Voyage of Sesshin

Allison Atwill

Audio Excerpt: PZI Winter Sesshin – A short excerpt from Allison Atwill’s longer dharma talk recorded Jan. 16th, 2021. A solo journey around the world begins with your hand on the tiller of you vessel as you set off into the unknown. What falls away? 3 minutes

2' 45"
Audio February 1, 2021

The Traveling Moon and the Cuckoo’s Call

Jon Joseph

Audio Excerpt: PZI Winter Sesshin. Jon Joseph reads poems and reminds us that even deep in jumbled mountains the cuckoo is calling us home. 2 minutes.

1' 26"
Audio February 1, 2021
6' 9"
Audio January 28, 2021

Friends & Friendship – Things of Special Wonder

John Tarrant

PZI Zen Online: On friendship with the world—koans, trees, people. How we interact with friends, from the heart. They listen and we don’t have to make them anything other than what they are. Stories of Mr. Woods and other friends, making a friend of your koan in practice. As recorded Sunday Jan 24 2021. 7 minutes.

6' 45"
Audio January 28, 2021

Dedication at Close of Sesshin – Song Version

Michelle Riddle

PZI Zen Online: The dedication recited as we leave sesshin, here it is sung by Michelle Riddle Sensei. As recorded Sunday Jan 24 2021. 3 minutes.

3' 0"
Audio January 28, 2021

Friends Listen

John Tarrant

PZI Zen Online: On friendship. As recorded Sunday Jan 24 2021. 12 minutes.

12' 13"
Audio January 26, 2021

Trusting the Universe in the Deep Dark

John Tarrant

PZI Zen Online: Excerpted from Handing Things On in the Dark—the universe takes care of us in the middle of deep thick darkness.

1' 42"
Audio October 12, 2020

Fall Sesshin 2020, Gathering In the Valley of Our Time: One Treasure Hidden in the Body

John Tarrant

PZI Zen Online: Fall Sesshin – Gathering in the Valley of Our Time. Evening talk and entire session with John Tarrant. Music by Jordan McConnell. As recorded October 3, 2020.

58' 27"