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Text November 26, 2022
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A Blue Cliff Record Journey of Not Picking & Choosing

John Tarrant

It’s kind of remarkable that the Picking & Choosing koan appears four times in the Blue Cliff Record, which contains only one hundred cases. So, what to do with it? When everybody tries to make sense of it, things happen: They get captured and taken off by pirates or drug lords. You’ve got to be careful in Zen.

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Text November 14, 2022

Peach Blossom Journey

John Tarrant

A guided meditation from John Tarrant: You’re walking along, and you’re kind of in the middle of your life—which you always are, no matter how old you are, you are in the middle of it—and you’re sort of just thinking and noticing, and then you have this idea: Why don’t I treat my whole life as a pilgrimage? That’s it. That’s what I’ll do.

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Text November 9, 2022

A Great Current Carries Us

John Tarrant

The Daoist idea that came into Chan and Zen is that we harmonize with things. We don’t try and subdue them, although that’s a very strong human impulse. The great koan masters pointed out that the heart has a place of ease, and that there’s an inner freedom and a path we can walk no matter what we’ve suffered or are afraid of or are afraid might happen.

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Dharma Theme October 24, 2022
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Text September 20, 2022

The Lion with the 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.

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Text September 8, 2022

The Great Collaborators of the Blue Cliff Record

John Tarrant

Deep in Summer Sesshin, we are in the middle of the Blue Cliff Record. We, ourselves, are under the Blue Cliff, with Yunmen and Yunmen’s friends. We are all those people. The Blue Cliff is still being written, and we’re helping out with that project.

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Dharma Theme August 11, 2022

Dharma Theme: Summer Sesshin 2022 – Taking Part in the Gathering

John Tarrant, PZI Cantor & Musicians, PZI Teachers

Here is our curation of full-length Summer Sesshin dharma talk audios on a single page, for easy finding and listening. A sesshin is more than the sum of its parts or recorded talks—there are personal interviews and deep meditation, teaching talks and conversations, old friends and new, ceremonies, brilliant teachers, music, great enlightenment, mistakes, and delight. The play of the universe. Recorded at Santa Sabina Center, June 13-19, 2022.

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Dharma Theme June 11, 2022
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Text May 25, 2022

Featured: These are the times we are given —John Tarrant 

John Tarrant

The immense vulnerability of being alive comes to the mother dropping off her children in Texas and everyone else, including you and me, particularly when we do something tender. In the Zen path our job is to be at peace, to offer refuge and sanctuary. That peace is infectious, other people will feel it and it will sustain them and those they meet.

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Text May 19, 2022

SUTRA: Torei Zenji’s Bodhisattva’s Vow

PZI Cantor & Musicians

When I regard the true nature of all things and all living creatures, I find them to be the sacred forms of the Tathagatha’s never-failing essence. Each particle of matter, each moment, is no other than the Tathagatha’s inexpressible radiance.

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Text April 29, 2022

Artist: Sacha Kawaichi

Sacha Kawaichi

Sacha Kawaichi’s artworks on canvas and iPad.

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies March 24, 2022

Dedication: Funeral Service

John Tarrant

The bare bones structure of a PZI Funeral Service begins with the koan, “Where do we go when we die?” and includes the Heart Sutra and the Kanzeon Sutra of Endless Life.

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies March 24, 2022

Dedication: Funeral

John Tarrant

The Dedication of blessing, thanks and love that we recite at PZI funerals.

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Audio March 2, 2022

Winter Sesshin: What Does It Mean to Get It?

Tess Beasley

In the belly of Winter Sesshin: We are in the time of the pagan festival Imbolc which celebrates the forming of new life before spring. A time in the womb of the earth, and also of masks coming off. We are coming into being in the Temple. February 4. 2022.

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Text February 15, 2022

Dharma Theme – Hakuin’s Praise Song for Meditation: Collected Audio

Allison Atwill, Jesse Cardin, Michelle Riddle, Tess Beasley

Here is a curation of four dharma talks on a single page, for easy finding and listening, from Hakuin’s Praise Song for Meditation 4-Part Special Sunday Series with PZI Teachers Allison, Tess, Michelle, & Jesse. As recorded in the PZI Digital Temple on January 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2022.

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Text February 8, 2022

Podcast Interview: David Chadwick Interviews John Tarrant

John Tarrant

John Tarrant Roshi in a short interview with host David Chadwick, author of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s biography, Crooked Cucumber. Recorded for the Cuke Podcast, December 2021.

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Article February 1, 2022

Dharma Theme: Published Articles by John Tarrant

John Tarrant

Here you’ll find a list of published articles written by John Tarrant.

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Misc February 1, 2022

Interdisciplinary Artist: Corey Hitchcock

Corey Hitchcock

PZI Member and WebAdmin, and Interpreter of the Wild Corey Hitchcock is a painter, installation artist, and writer. She lives and works in her studio in Penn Valley, CA.

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Misc February 1, 2022

Artist: Lonnie Rankin

Lonnie Rankin

Here you will find a selection of drawings from painter and PZI member Lonnie Rankin. She makes her art in Santa Fe.

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Dharma Theme November 4, 2021

Dharma Theme: Zen Luminaries, A Series of Conversations with Jon Joseph Roshi

Jon Joseph

Modern Zen Luminaries: A series of Zen Buddhist scholars, writers, poets, translators, and practitioners join PZI’s Jon Joseph Roshi for lively discussions online, with a focus on our Chan lineage. Includes all recordings beginning with the series’ launch in September 2021.

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Dharma Theme November 1, 2021

Dharma Theme – Metamorphosis: Collected Audio from Fall Sesshin 2021

PZI Teachers

Here is a curation of our Fall Sesshin dharma talks on a single page, for easy finding and listening. A sesshin is always more than the sum of its parts or its recorded talks. There are morning rituals, greetings, incense passed magically through the screen, the changing light, rich silences, moments of humor, tech gremlins, tears, synchronicities, dogs barking, dreams, and awakenings that we share. It is the timeless play of the universe, with each other. As recorded in the PZI Digital Temple, October 19-24, 2021.

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 30, 2021

Ceremonies: Long Readings for Afternoon: Taking Part in the Gathering – Shitou Xiqian

SUTRA: Shitou Xiqian’s ancient Sandokai translated by Joan Sutherland and John Tarrant, entitled Taking Part in the Gathering.

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 30, 2021

Ceremonies: Long Readings for Afternoon: The Ninth Duino Elegy – Rainer Maria Rilke

PZI Cantor & Musicians

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 30, 2021

Ceremonies: Long Readings for Afternoon: Beginner’s Mind – Shunryu Suzuki

PZI Cantor & Musicians

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 30, 2021

Ceremonies: Long Readings for Afternoon: From Four Quartets – T.S. Eliot

PZI Cantor & Musicians

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 30, 2021

Ceremonies: Long Readings for Afternoon: Relying on Mind – Sengcan

PZI Cantor & Musicians

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 30, 2021

Sutra Book: Out of the Mysterious Source

Joan Sutherland, John Tarrant, PZI Cantor & Musicians

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 30, 2021

Ceremonies: Long Readings for Afternoon: From The Record of Linji

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 30, 2021

Ceremonies: Blessings: Meal Service & Food Offering

PZI Cantor & Musicians

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