Dharma Theme: Summer Sesshin 2021 in the Palace at the Blue Cliff

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Here is a curation of sesshin dharma talks on a single page, for easy finding and listening. A sesshin is always more than the sum of its parts or its recorded talks. There are morning rituals, greetings, incense passed magically through the screen, changing light, rich silences, moments of humor, tech gremlins, tears, synchronicities, dogs barking, dreams and awakenings that we share. It is a precious moment of timeless play in the universe and with each other. As recorded in the PZI Digital Temple, June 22-27, 2021.

Entering The Blue Cliff Record

An extended online retreat in the PZI Digital Temple
with John Tarrant & Friends

June 22 – 27, 2021

Entering The Blue Cliff Record
Master Koans and Masterpieces for Transformation

The Blue Cliff Record is the first and greatest of the koan collections, a book of wonders assembled the way autumn piles leaves; it has predicaments and impossible tasks, snatches of poetry and haunting wisdom, gratuitous insults and precipitous journeys. It has tea ladies who were secret masters, offering turning words along with tea and cake; we will also meet dragons.

the Great Yuanwu

The Record was the culmination of the culture, a cathedral and a vessel of transformation. It was intended as a guide for those who needed to consider the deepest matters and live a practical life at the same time.

This retreat is a gift from the original Chinese teachings and at the same time a gate through which you can pass and have confidence in your own life and your place in the mystery of things.

We worked with koan translations by John Tarrant and Joan Sutherland. John has spent many years with this great work.

John Tarrant & Friends—
PZI Teachers: Allison Atwill, Tess Beasley, Sarah Bender
Jon Joseph, David Parks, Michelle Riddle David Weinstein
Heads of Practice: Jan Brogan & Chris Gaffney
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Here are the Summer Sesshin Dharma Talks, along with musical excerpts from Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher and musicians Jordan McConnell, Ryan McCoy & Michael Wilding. All are as recorded, consecutive and in daily order, beginning with the welcome on June 22nd through the closing on June 27th.

A sesshin is always more than the sum of its parts or its recorded talks. There are morning rituals, greetings, incense passed magically through the screen, changing light, rich silences, moments of humor, tech gremlins, tears, synchronicities, dogs barking, dreams and awakenings that we share. It is a precious moment of timeless play in the universe and with each other.

AUDIO: Tuesday June 22 – Evening Dharma Talk: Welcoming All Participants with John Tarrant & Heads of Practice Chris Gaffney & Jan Brogan, and with Tess Beasley Sensei. Closing words from Jon Joseph. Complete session. 1 hour,18 minutes.

AUDIO:  Wednesday June 23 – Morning Dharma Talk: Oh What a Beautiful City with David Parks Roshi

AUDIO:  Wednesday June 23 – Musical Excerpt: Oh What a Beautiful City with Ryan McCoy

AUDIO:  Wednesday June 23 – Evening Dharma Talk: Yuanwu and the Great Masters of the Blue Cliff with John Tarrant Roshi

AUDIO:  Thursday June 24 – Morning Dharma Talk: [coming soon] with Jon Joseph Roshi

AUDIO:  Thursday June 24 – Evening Dharma Talk: A BCR Journey of Not Picking & Choosing with John Tarrant Roshi

AUDIO:  Friday June 25 – Morning Dharma Talk: Jays, Squirrels Humans – Picking & Choosing Is Life with David Weinstein Roshi

AUDIO:  Friday June 25 – Evening Dharma Talk: The Great Collaborators of the Blue Cliff Record with John Tarrant Roshi

The teacher True World?

AUDIO:  Saturday June 26 – Morning Dharma Talk: Resolving What? The Big Questions of the Blue Cliff Record with Tess Beasley Sensei

AUDIO:  Saturday June 26 – Musical Excerpt with Michael Wilding

AUDIO:  Saturday June 26 – Evening Dharma Talk: All Through the Body – Your Unique Recipe for Awakening with Allison Atwill Roshi

AUDIO:  Saturday June 26 – Closing Words: I Share Your Joy!  – Overheard Conversations. 7 minutes.

AUDIO:  Sunday June 27 – Evening Dharma Talk: [coming soon] with PZI Teachers & Closing Ceremony

Summer Sesshin Teachers