PZI Teacher Archives

enlightenment

Video July 13, 2022

Buddha Was Not Afraid of His Own Mind

Allison Atwill

Every time you sit, you are Buddha under the bodhi tree, having some portion of his enlightenment night. From a talk in Summer Sesshin, June 16, 2022. 5 minutes.

5' 42"
Video June 15, 2022

Summer Sesshin: Opening Dharma Talk

John Tarrant

Great Summer Sesshin, opening eve: Our first in-person sesshin in over 2 years, due to Covid. John Tarrant introduces Shitou’s song, Taking Part in the Gathering, his translation together with Joan Sutherland. In this sutra, Shitou is trying to say what reality actually is. The myriad things are your own self—you look at the world and the world looks back. Whatever appears, enter there! No being for countless eons has ever fallen out of Buddha nature. Recorded June 13th, 2022, at Santa Sabina Center.

26' 48"
Video September 12, 2019
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Video July 11, 2017

How Does a Fully Enlightened Person Fall into the Well?

John Tarrant

On the second day of retreat, John Tarrant talks about the second koan of the triptych, “How does an enlightened person fall into a well?” How do we as practitioners handle major issues in our lives which cause us to fall into darkness or depression? When things are bleak or difficult, the opportunity is to turn toward our practice and the teachings or our community. January 21, 2013.

29' 49"
Video July 6, 2017

Serenity on Fire

John Tarrant

“Two swords are crossed, there’s no way to retreat; you’re a lotus in the fire, you can’t help it – you’re determined to go higher.” John talks about the concept of enlightenment and serenity, and managing to love and appreciate the inner life of the mind.

63' 46"
Video July 6, 2017

Dongshan – Meeting a Face from Long Ago

John Tarrant

“It’s passed midnight, the moon has not risen, in the thick, deep dark, you meet a face from long ago: but you don’t recognize them. No need to be surprised by this.”

John Discusses koan tradition, the “five steps” of enlightenment, and communication between student and teacher.

46' 6"