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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.

40' 32"
Video January 12, 2020

Delight in the Chaos of Life – Not Knowing

John Tarrant

Uncertainty allows us to enter life more fully. Zen likes predicaments. The koans are allies in this. The unexpected questions are often those that help the most. All the strategies defend against life – ‘Become more lost’ – a zen entreaty.

52' 35"
Video January 11, 2020

Leaning Into the Ancestors – SRCZC

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.

47' 10"
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.

35' 46"
Video January 11, 2020

All Those Hands & 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.

33' 55"
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.

41' 2"
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.

39' 36"
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 the process of practice and Bodhidharma’s path.

55' 17"
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' 16"
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.

53' 49"
Video September 18, 2019

The Plainness of the Heart

John Tarrant

John Tarrant presents a dharma talk at summer sesshin on the inherent nature of the heart. June 22, 2011.

31' 56"
Video September 18, 2019

Gratitude for the Path

David Weinstein

A most heartfelt conversation about David’s spiritual journey. Beginning with his teacher Lama Yeshe to the practice of Zen with John Tarrant and the Pacific Zen Institute community. July 15, 2014.

56' 14"
Video September 18, 2019

The Coyote and Roadrunner Experience

John Tarrant

John Tarrant speaks about what happens after an enlightenment experience, big or small, using the Roadrunner and Coyote parable. April 23, 2011.

64' 40"
Video September 18, 2019

The World Is Here For You

John Tarrant

John Tarrant gives a dharma talk Thursday night of the 2011 spring sesshin. The universe is here for each one of us. Underlying the troubles and pain of the world there is always a presence, a brightness, which is us and we are it. April 21, 2011.

65' 31"
Video September 18, 2019

Tree Frogs

John Tarrant

John Tarrant shares final thoughts on practice and trusting the light within while in conversation with retreatants. Enjoy the singing of the Tree Frogs.

32' 54"
Video September 18, 2019

What do you want?

John Tarrant

John Tarrant gives a talk during the Summer 2017 sesshin. July 20, 2017.

26' 12"
Video September 18, 2019

Whatever Confronts You, Don’t Believe It Q&A

John Tarrant

Roshi John Tarrant opens Sesshin with a Koan by Linji: “Whatever confronts you, don’t believe it. Have faith in this light that is always functioning inside you.” February 19, 2012.

2' 55"
Video September 12, 2019

About Enlightenment

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill at Summer Sesshin 2019 – Talks about enlightenment on July 27th.

26' 38"
Video August 17, 2019

Where Impurity Meets Purity in Zhuangzi

Jon Joseph

Jon Joseph talks about delusion and awakening in Zhuangzi. The treasure house of heaven. (Some sound anomalies we are striving to correct – but wanted you to have access to the talk after Summer Sesshin. – KALPA Team)

27' 48"
Video August 15, 2019
17' 36"

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