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Video May 18, 2022

VIDEO: Refuge vs Creating the Self with Tess Beasley

Allison Atwill, Jesse Cardin, Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley tells a story reflecting on the creation of the self vs the vast field that the precepts live in. April 27, 2021. 3 minutes.

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Video May 18, 2022

VIDEO: Refuge – Creating the Self vs Refuge – Jesse Cardin Comments

Allison Atwill, Jesse Cardin, Tess Beasley

Jess Cardin tells a story about making rock candy. Reflecting on the creation of the self vs the vast field that the precepts live in. April 27, 2021. 3 minutes.

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Video May 17, 2022

VIDEO: Refuge – How the Precepts Arrive in Your Life

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill talks about the way your awakening arrives – in the specific form for you among all other possibilities. The creation of the self blocks the vast field that the precepts live in. April 27, 2021. 3 minutes.

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Video May 17, 2022
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Video May 17, 2022

VIDEO: Hijacked by Confusion with Jesse Cardin

Jesse Cardin

Jesse Cardin gets a phone call about a warrant for his arrest and enters the realms of clarity and confusion. Who can wait quietly till the mud settles? It’s not our business if we’re clear or confused. Excerpt from a Sunday session recorded April 24, 2022. 11 minutes.

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Video May 16, 2022

VIDEO: Do You Abide in Clarity? with Jesse Cardin

Jesse Cardin

Jesse Cardin talks about confusion and clarity: Where do you abide, or want to abide, and how do you move in the world? Clarity isn’t going to save you. A 10-minute excerpt from a longer dharma talk given April 24th, 2022, when Jesse guest-hosted John Tarrant’s regular Sunday meditation session.

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Video September 20, 2021

The Zen Ears Connection: A Talk with John Tarrant

John Tarrant in Knoxville as part of the Big Ears Festival. He sits down to talk with Todd Steed about his work with Zen koans on March 20, 2018.

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Video September 20, 2021

The Paths in the Underworld – Music, Koans & Stories of Our Time

John Tarrant

John Tarrant gives a talk on Zoom for the Garrison Institute on April 20, 2020, at the start of the pandemic.

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Video April 13, 2021

Walking the Mysterious Path Together

John Tarrant

John Tarrant Roshi on PZI: Zen koans are a key part of what we do in PZI, although there is no requirement that anyone work with koans to practice with us. Koans hold an ancient wisdom that anyone can use, and for a long time PZI has been exploring different ways of working with them. This exploration, and its embodiment in practice, is our gift.

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Video November 25, 2020

Grace! A Corvid Display

Michael Wilding

PZI Video Short: Michael Wilding captures the perfect grace of a Corvid in liftoff.

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Video November 23, 2020

Video Short: Liftoff

Michael Wilding

PZI Video Short: From Michael Wilding – the graceful lift-off and landing of a crow. How do they do it? Thus!

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Video April 21, 2020

Paths in the Underworld – Meditation, Music, Koans & Stories for Our Time

John Tarrant

Audio: Garrison Institute Webinar. A dharma talk and koan meditation session with John Tarrant. Deepening in our time apart – lessons from the underworld. Koans & ancestral stories that help us navigate our own strange time of lockdown in the pandemic. As recorded April 20th 2020.

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Video February 19, 2020

Every Day Is a Good Day

John Tarrant

Yunmen said, “Before or after the full moon, every day is a good day!” The light of sesshin infuses us. In a “good day” the light is in you, just how it is—this is not an achievement, you are in the gift of the universe. The tenderness of the good day. Our whole lives opening to now. You can’t bully the Dao, it’s bigger than you! Not getting in the way of life. Also: Dreams, Linji’s death, and more. Video recorded in Winter Sesshin 2020.

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Video February 8, 2020
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Video February 3, 2020

Ancestors and Fires

John Tarrant

John’s monthly talk at SRCZC, November 2019. The time of year for ghosts, memories.

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Video February 2, 2020

Australia Is Burning

John Tarrant

John Tarrant speaks of fire sirens and the Queensland Magpie singing, and walks us through the ancient forests he knew as a child. How do we live the life we live in the face of this vast change? What is this? As recorded in Winter Session 2020.

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Video February 2, 2020

Linji’s Was I at Fault or Not?

Jon Joseph

Revisiting the big koans on his personal path: What is being a teacher? What is succession? Jon talks about Linji’s path to enlightenment – his teachers Huangbo and Daiyu conspire to help him. Jon reflects on his recent visit to Japan and the Chan zendo in Kamakura, his warmth and gratitude for Yamada and his teachings. Our ancestors in the Chan lineage.

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Video February 2, 2020
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Video February 2, 2020

On Transmission

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill talks about transmission from two perspectives – the formal ‘Ikkan’ seal of transmission passed down in the Chan lineage from Bodhidharma; the Mind to Mind transmission. Described as the ‘Legitimate seal of clearly finished practice’, and secondly the transmission the teachings are always conveying to each of us. She relays the story of Chan teacher Ikkyu and his feral path toward awakening.

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Video February 2, 2020

What Is This?

John Tarrant

John Tarrant discusses the surprisingly complex inquiry koan which lies at the heart of Zen practice.

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Video January 12, 2020

On the Moment of Staying – Baizhang’s Fox Koan

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill focuses with us on the core of Baizhang’s fox koan – the moment when the old abbot stays after the talk at the monastery.

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Video January 12, 2020

Not Knowing Is Most Intimate – Delight in the Chaos of Life

John Tarrant

John Tarrant in Fall Sesshin 2019. Zen likes predicaments, uncertainty allows us to enter life more fully. The koans are allies in this. The unexpected questions are often those that help the most. To all the strategies that defend against life, a Zen entreaty: “Become more lost.” John Tarrant in Fall Sesshin 2019.

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Video January 11, 2020

Leaning Into the Ancestors

John Tarrant

John’s SRCZC talk on impermanence and rawness of feeling after the great fires in CA and Queensland. He reflects on the importance of internalizing the teachings and the nourishment of our ancestors within us- outside of our normal paths. Teachings after the great Engakuji fire in Chan koan history. The practice of talking to the ancestors – human or otherwise a source of great knowledge.

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Video January 11, 2020

Linji’s Enlightenment & the Awakenings of Great Chan Teachers

John Tarrant

John revisits the awakenings and koans of the great teachers, among them Yunmen and his teachings. In the layered quality of the teachings there is a common thread in our lineage: we are all in it together, all held by this great path, we put ourselves in the vessel and see what happens. Each of us holds a piece of the story—trust the piece you hold. As recorded Fall Sesshin 2019.

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Video January 11, 2020

All Those Hands and Eyes

John Tarrant

John talks about the warm intimacy of the ‘the dark’ – the uncolonized zone where koans work with us. Intimacy in teachings is used often as an equivalent for enlightenment. Koans open gates and bring us inside that mystery. Some categories of koans: Predicament koans, Heart Changing koans, Inquiry koans and more.

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Video January 11, 2020

The First Dog & NO

John Tarrant

The great koan NO and dogs in our lives. ‘Reality’ is an edit of everything that is always really going on.

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Video January 11, 2020

The Journey, the Reaching & Luopu’s Last Words

John Tarrant

The great Chan teacher Luopu’s deathbed story, and his emphasis on the importance of a “direct meeting with the source” outside the teachings—you can’t just read about it. “Don’t grasp principles with words.” The story features the Book of Serenity’s compassion for the whole process toward enlightenment, for these wonderful teachers. Dharma talk in Fall Sesshin. Video as recorded 2019.

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Video January 9, 2020

Bodhidharma’s Enlightenment

David Weinstein

“No merit whatsoever!” Bodhidharma responds to Emperor Wu in Case 2, in the Book of Serenity. David follows Bodhidharma’s path, and the process of practice.

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Video December 26, 2019

Walking the Mysterious Path Together – Koans, Transformation & PZI

John Tarrant

John Tarrant, Roshi, Director of PZI and author, talks about the mystery of meditation as he first experienced it in the ancient forests of Queensland; about transformation on the ancient koan path we follow, and the evolution of Pacific Zen Institute as a community, and koan school with a new online resource center, the KALPA (Koans and Liberation Project Archive) Library. Your support helps produce PZI’s ongoing retreats and dharma talks, John’s writing projects, and spreads the teachings. 8 minutes. January 2019

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Video December 19, 2019

On Winning & Losing – Fayan’s Students Raise the Blinds

Steve Lucas

Steve Lucas talks about the synchronicities of winning and losing from his perspective as a financials trader and a concerned father.

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