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Text November 5, 2020

PZI Dharma Theme: Zen Tuesdays – Immensity is Tapping

Allison Atwill, Michelle Riddle, Sarah Bender, Tess Beasley

PZI Zen Online: The four PZI Guanyins reappear for Zen Tuesdays in October. They marvel at the immensity in all things from various perspectives. Drawing inspiration from Jane Hirshfield’s poem, “Tree,” The Doors’ “Light My Fire,” a golden crowned sparrow, a remarkable brother’s life, and more. Excerpts and complete audio sessions as recorded in October 2020.

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Text October 22, 2020

The Nature of Practice

John Tarrant

Practice. The notion of practice, as something you embody, and you walk through, and you are—rather than something you add, like something added to gasoline. There’s also a sense of moving in the dark, in some way that’s positive. So that in a practice, “not knowing” is on your side.

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Text October 12, 2020
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Text October 8, 2020

13 No – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 13: The link between the koan and the transformation of your life is real, but since the process isn’t linear you might not notice it at first. The link might seem to be in a black box—invisible.

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Text October 8, 2020

Dream Creatures – Zenosaurus

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus: Dreams play an essential part in the current of life—while I’m not paying attention, my dreams turn the lumps, details, and meetings of the day into art, giving them depth and a warm amber light.

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Text October 8, 2020

2 Zenosaurus: Transparent Poems 2, Transparent Poems & Poems that are Journals

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus: Through poems like this I keep an erratic journal of the thoughts that I don’t quite understand—the thoughts outside my usual thoughts. They don’t have a punch line.

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Text October 8, 2020

16 A Treasure Hidden In The Body – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 16: There is a very old idea that the human body is itself a map of the cosmos, the fragment that contains the whole.

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Text October 8, 2020

17 That Wild Girl Named Pang – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 17: A variant of this discovery is that falling on the ground, while terrible, is also wonderful—the taste of dirt, blood, coffee, oranges, tears, sweat—the taste of life itself.

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Text October 8, 2020

Albert Saijo and the Long Journey – Zenosaurus

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus: Kevin Diminyatz, an artist and long time friend of PZI, told me today that Albert Saijo just died in the volcano on the Big Island. Kevin is doing his funeral.

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Text October 8, 2020

The Zen of Laryngitis – Zenosaurus

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus: Laryngitis – As I came out of retreat I developed laryngitis. It is a different kind of silence. It’s like being a very innocent child engaging the world in new ways.

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Text October 8, 2020

Searching for What It’s All About – Zenosaurus

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus: My Kaiser doc with solemn demeanor sent me to be scanned for cancer on the bone. I could tell the docs thought it was a likely outcome, and while I didn’t believe they were right, my mind did play the scenarios all by itself, without instruction from me.

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Text October 8, 2020

18 Gratitude, Care And Feeding Of – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 18: Gratitude comes with a feeling of openness, shyness, vulnerability. The person who is grateful can be hurt or rejected, she is taking a risk. With gratitude, there is more at stake, life is not small. 

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Text October 8, 2020

14 When Something Confronts You Don’t Believe It – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 14: The dark, charged moments endure in us and they bless us. “This,” they announce, “is your life—here it is.” What you have always longed for has arrived.

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Text October 8, 2020

15 Scorn – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 15: Language and scorn go together; trash talk and insult are venerable arts.

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Text October 8, 2020

12 Who Is Hearing This Sound? – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 12: When you really hear, your understanding comes in a way that’s different from the usual.

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Text October 8, 2020

11 The Coin Lost In The River – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 11: This koan offers offers the chance of finding that there is a home in traveling, in the smell of toast, the chill of the morning air and even in the feeling of being far from home.

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Text October 8, 2020

10 Save A Ghost – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 10: Why do people sit around the camp fire with flashlights under their chins telling ghost stories? As well as the shudder that takes us to another realm, ghosts bring romance and yearning—they account for incompleteness, the person you loved but who died or changed her mind, the uncontrollable residue of everything we do.

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Text October 8, 2020

7 The True Person Has No Rank – The Zenosaurus Course in Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 7: The mind goes “label, label, label” until it doesn’t, and a different possibility appears. If you really show up in your own life, you don’t have rank.

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Text October 8, 2020

9 Sixteen Meditators Get Into The Bath Together – The Zenosaurus Course in Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 9: For a long time I had the idea that there was a right thing that “should” be happening. I was hurrying past to get to the right thing, there was a gap between my consciousness and the world.

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Text October 8, 2020

8 I Don’t Know – The Zenosaurus Course in Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 8: Most problems come from “knowing” things that might not be true. If we stop insisting on certainty we might feel anxiety at first, but then an exhilarating freedom might arrive.

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Text October 8, 2020

Meditation and Web Surfing – Zenosaurus

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus: What’s the “right way” to be online? When there’s a relationship, most people feel their experience is more nourishing.

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Text October 8, 2020

6 The Moon Sets At Midnight – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 6: The koan shows the enormous life-changing possibility that we might be making fine decisions, and the universe might be carrying us along very nicely if we are not jostling and worrying and striving.

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Text October 8, 2020

5 Running Things Backwards – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 5: What’s it like when we don’t enter the worlds that come with the thoughts? Who owns my thoughts? They don’t have to be mine, they could be anyone’s.

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Text October 8, 2020

3 The Body of the Buddha – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 3: How is my hand like Buddha’s hand? This koan asks us to let the whole of our being fall into it, to love without reservation the experience of being made of flesh.

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Text October 8, 2020

4 Stop The War – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 4: War was a fact of life for those who invented the koan system, just as it is for us. The first step in stopping the war is noticing the war. It’s also good to notice what peace might be.

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Text October 8, 2020

2 When Cold & Heat Visit – The Zenosaurus Course in koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 2: We usually understand things by taking them up to the top floor of the mind and finding a slot they fit into. Koans are meant to open a different way of being and thinking. Instead of preparing you to understand your life, a koan prepares you to walk through your life.

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1 The Whole World Is Medicine – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 1: When the Buddha was growing up, his father kept four sights from him. The forbidden sights were a sick person, an old person, a corpse, and a pilgrim dedicated to the meditation path.

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Text October 8, 2020
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Text September 30, 2020

KALPA FAQs – How to find what you are looking for

Corey Hitchcock

KALPA FAQ’s – how to find what you are looking for in the PZI Library.

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Text September 28, 2020

Following the Scent of Flowers

John Tarrant

So, there’s a spaciousness inside all situations, is what I’m saying. We’re walking through them, and underneath our feet there’s space and light around us—and we’re walking through space and light. And knowing that then is the source, I think, of empathy and love—but we accompany each other. And we don’t have to take ourselves or each other so seriously. We don’t have to advocate for the direness of the human condition, which is something we find a lot of. [laughs]

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