Here you will find links to audio and video dharma talks from PZI’s Great Summer Sesshin: Creatures of the Summer Dawn with John Tarrant & PZI Teachers. Includes music from Amaryllis Fletcher, Michael Wilding and Jordan McConnell. Held in person at Santa Sabina Center from June 12–18, 2023.
Creatures of the Summer Dawn
Santa Sabina Center
June 12–18, 2023
With PZI Teachers John Tarrant, Allison Atwill, Tess Beasley,
Jon Joseph and David Weinstein, and HOP Michelle Riddle
Fox and buffalo, dogs and flesh eating demons, ghosts, people divided into two beings, tigers who befriend Chan masters, dragons, learned tea ladies—all appear in our koan stories.
Also there are refugees, exiles, widows, people having secret love affairs, all creatures of the summer dawn, each having their place in the totality of things. And their beauty too.
JUNE 12: OPENING
Audio: John Tarrant – Stepping Into the Transformation of Sesshin
JUNE 13: DAY TWO
Audio: John Tarrant – The Great Koan NO
JUNE 14: DAY THREE
Audio: John Tarrant – Fish Feelings
JUNE 15: DAY FOUR
Audio: Tess Beasley – The Story of Dongshan’s Journey of Awakening
JUNE 16: DAY FIVE
Audio: John Tarrant – The Buffalo Talk
JUNE 17: DAY SIX
Audio: Allison Atwill – The Fox Talk
A sesshin is always more than the sum of its parts. There are personal interviews and deep meditation, teaching talks and some conversations, old friends and new, ceremonies, brilliant teachers, music, great enlightenment, mistakes, and delight. It is a precious moment of timeless play in the universe and with each other.