PZI Teacher Archives

2023 Summer Sesshin

Video July 13, 2023

Summer Sesshin: The Great Koan NO

John Tarrant

On some level, we are not human beings! Zhaozhou’s dog koan often leads off sesshins. When you throw yourself in with the dog, you make your whole body a mass of doubt. Your eyebrows are entangled with the Zen ancestors.

40' 29"
Video July 13, 2023

Summer Sesshin: The Buffalo Talk

John Tarrant

I’m a great buffalo. Why won’t my beautiful tail pass through the window with the rest of me? What is that wonderful tail? John Tarrant gives in a dharma talk in Summer Sesshin.

35' 32"
Video July 13, 2023

Summer Sesshin: Fish Feelings

John Tarrant

In sesshin, we are fish moving in and out of the depths. The treasure lies in the realm you do not wish to investigate. If you can face your fear and go there, a great watery tenderness arises as the heart opens.

42' 8"
Video July 13, 2023

Summer Sesshin: Dongshan’s Journey of Awakening

Tess Beasley

Dongshan was still perplexed until he crossed a stream and saw his own reflection. He realized a great understanding: the end of self-consciousness. He wrote, “It now is me, I am not it.” All the impediments to inclusion fell away. Sentient or non-sentient teachings, he was included.

50' 0"
Video July 13, 2023

Summer Sesshin: The Fox Talk

Allison Atwill

What makes the old man in the koan stay and talk to Baizhang? What is that ‘turning’ in practice, in life? Allison Atwill explores questions of time and karma, forms of suffering, and more during Summer Sesshin.

49' 5"
Video June 22, 2023

Summer Sesshin: Buffalo Talk, Part 1: Why Won’t My Tail Go Through the Window?

John Tarrant

I’m a buffalo. Why won’t my beautiful tail pass through the window? Part One of John Tarrant’s dharma talk recorded in 2023 Summer Sesshin on June 16th.

12' 22"