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Excerpt Library

There are 78 pieces here.

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

Audio July 19, 2022

Sesshin Weeds

Michelle Riddle

Michelle Riddle tells a sesshin story about a band of weed whackers that came to be in concert with everything. From John Tarrant’s Sunday Session on Not Picking & Choosing, recorded June 26, 2022.

2' 49"
Audio July 19, 2022

Universe in a Utility Bill

Allison Atwill

In sesshin, our feelings are amplified, and we get to see what it’s like to have them fully. Allison Atwill reports on a utility bill that contained the dread of all space and time. From John Tarrant’s Sunday Talk on Not Picking & Choosing on June 26, 2022.

2' 54"
Audio July 19, 2022

Everything Is in Concert

Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley shares stories about encountering unexpected sounds, delayed luggage, and the chaos of moving. Recorded in John Tarrant’s Sunday session on Not Picking & Choosing, June 26, 2022.

2' 53"
Audio June 21, 2022

Walking Together in Chaos Times

John Tarrant

John Tarrant on Chan’s approach to the unbearable in times of disaster and chaos: no need to bear it. He shares a nun’s story of loss and the Buddha’s one-word ordination, and how archteypal Buddhism and the Zen way respond to the madness of the world. June 5th, 2022. 12 minutes.

12' 26"
Audio June 9, 2022
7' 54"
Audio June 9, 2022
3' 45"
Audio June 8, 2022

The Impossibility of My Death

Michelle Riddle

Michelle comments on a sense of the impossibility of death that runs underneath all our striving to ‘get it right’ in this life. Recorded June 5, 2022. 3 minutes.

2' 25"
Audio June 8, 2022
2' 10"
Audio June 8, 2022

Impossible Problems: Sometimes It Takes a Bear

Tess Beasley

Endless problems around a move mount into a seemingly impossible knot until…a bear walks through them. June 5, 2022. 3 minutes.

3' 29"
Audio May 23, 2022

Rhinoceros Shopping – Jam & Enlightenment

John Tarrant

The Rhinoceros has a suggested shopping list for John. Among the items, like hay and jam, is enlightenment. Yes, you really can find all of these things at the market, right in the middle of your busy life. 15-minute excerpt from the Sunday Session: Enlightenment While Shopping for Jam, recorded May 15, 2022.

15' 31"
Audio May 8, 2022

John Tarrant Reads His Poem: Healing Paths

John Tarrant

John Tarrant reads his poem, composed spontaneously in response to a training exercise with a group of Integrative Medicine doctors. Each practitioner was asked to describe healing, and this “is what came out of me.” Excerpt from Zen & Poetry, a Sunday Talk on May 1st, 2022.

1' 8"
Audio March 25, 2022

Music for Getting Lost

Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding’s musical solos during a meditation for getting lost. Recorded during John Tarrant’s Sunday Talk on March 13, 2022.

4' 57"
Audio March 25, 2022

Music for The Lost Cities

Jordan McConnell

Jordan McConnell plays a guitar solo for exploring the lost cities during John Tarrant’s Sunday Talk on March 20, 2022.

5' 46"
Audio March 25, 2022

Music for Treasures of the Lost Cities – Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding plays flute for exploring the lost cities, during John Tarrant’s Sunday Talk on March 20, 2022.

5' 5"
Audio March 15, 2022

Singing the Four Boundless Vows with Amanda Boughton

Amanda Boughton

Amanda Boughton sings and accompanies herself on ukelele. Recorded February 4th 2022, at Winter Sesshin.

3' 1"
Audio March 10, 2022

Uncertainty & The Mind of Fear

Allison Atwill

Allison remarks on Bodhidharma’s Setting the Mind to Rest koan. Reality vs Data: Data can’t be wrong, can it? Recorded during Sunday session with John Tarrant & Friends on February 27, 2022. 4 Minutes.

3' 43"
Audio March 9, 2022

The Journey Itself Is Home: Travelers in Eternity, Music with Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding plays an exquisite solo during meditation. From John Tarrant’s Sunday session, recorded on February 20, 2022.

6' 18"
Audio March 7, 2022

Music: The Journey Itself Is Home

Michael Wilding

Solo saxophone music for meditation from Michael Wilding. From John Tarrant’s Sunday session, recorded February 20, 2022.

6' 18"
Audio March 3, 2022

Winter Sesshin: Opening with All Teachers & Musical Meditation

John Tarrant, Michael Wilding, PZI Teachers

Beautiful Winter Sesshin Opening Ceremony with John Tarrant & PZI Teachers. John Tarrant, David Weinstein, Tess Beasley, Jesse Cardin, Jon Joseph, Sarah Bender, & David Parks all speak koans and phrases into the Temple. Michael Wilding plays solo flute for meditation. February 1, 2022. 14 minutes.

13' 30"
Audio March 3, 2022
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Audio March 1, 2022

Chanting the Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani

Jordan McConnell

Jordan McConnell sings the Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani to ward off danger and to dispel demons the nine times required for its magic to take hold. Recorded February 27, 2022. Introduced by John Tarrant.

6' 12"
Audio December 28, 2021
6' 3"
Audio December 10, 2021

Images & Patterns in Dreams, and Hakuin’s Dream

Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley comments on the way dreams of awakening can be huge or small, in image and duration. She reads Hakuin’s amazing awakening dream record from his journal. As recorded on December 5, 2021, during John Tarrant’s Dreams of Awakening Sunday session.

6' 23"
Audio December 9, 2021

Dreams of Awakening: Our Own Dream Is An Unfamiliar Face & The Giant Pancake

Michelle Riddle

Teachers’ dreams often feature magical ways of feeding an entire community. Michelle Riddle’s remarkable giant pancake dream came after being asked to respond to a teaching from John Tarrant. Excerpt from John Tarrant’s Sunday session on dreams, on December 5, 2021.

7' 27"
Audio December 9, 2021

Dreams of Awakening: Our Dark Fairytale Dreams Are It Too

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill tells of a dream, and shares insights on the importance of dreaming dark dreams, our own awakening in that particular form. The universe crafts dreams perfectly—personal fairytales and myths that are just for us, for our own awakenings. An excerpt of the longer Sunday session on December 5, 2021, with John Tarrant & Friends. 7 minutes.

6' 40"
Audio December 9, 2021

Dreams of Awakening: It’s Gold Wherever You Are!

John Tarrant

Dreams help us because we can’t control them. You have it already and are looking past it. The light is wherever you are. Excerpt from John Tarrant’s complete Sunday session on December 5, 2021. 32 minutes.

30' 41"
Audio October 15, 2021

What Is My Light?

John Tarrant

A short, beautiful guided meditation on the BCR koan, What is my light? As recorded October 3, 2021. 3 minutes.

4' 24"
Audio September 30, 2021

Animal Heart Mind: Readings with John Tarrant

John Tarrant reads poems and haiku from Issa, Walt Whitman, Christopher Smart, William Merwyn and others. From Sunday Talk: The Animal Heart Mind. 12 minutes.

15' 11"
Audio September 28, 2021

Befriending the Dream

Tess Beasley

To befriend the dream, or koan, or your life, is to participate in it and enter its imagery and mood. Befriending begins with a plain attempt to listen, to give it time and patience, drawing no conclusions. Tess Beasley reads from Jungian analyst James Hillman’s “Dreams and the Blood Soul,” during John Tarrant’s Sunday Talk, The Animal Heart Mind, on September 26, 2021. Excerpt.

3' 2"
Audio September 24, 2021

Musical Interlude for Passing Through Danger & Demons

Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding’s transportive original composition, an interlude for meditation, on flute. As recorded September 19, 2021.

4' 59"