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Dharma Theme: Gathering in the Valley of Our Time – Fall Sesshin 2020


Fall Sesshin 2020 – Gathering in the Valley of Our Time: All audio sessions, opening and closing ceremonies, sutra services, and excerpts of talks from October 1-4, 2020.

FALL SESSHIN 2020: Gathering in the Valley of Our Time

We are in a new time, it is precarious and dangerous, full of possibilities and beauty too. Known things are dissolving but have not yet taken the shapes to come.

Autumn Retreat with John Tarrant & Friends:

Allison Atwill, Tess Beasley, Sarah Bender, Jon Joseph,
David Parks, David Weinstein & Michelle Riddle

What we have known and depended on is dissolving in the valley of our time, but the shape of things to be is not yet clear. It is a precarious time, full of possibilities, beauty and danger too.  Some things fall apart and some things wait. In harvest colors of gold and blue, the ceremony of the seasons goes on. A dragon lives there, in the temple, in the valley of our time. 


The dragon has always been with us, unafraid. Sometimes the temple is in an orchard at the end of a sandy lane, sometimes you go down, down, down, beneath the sea, sometimes it is hidden in an ancient city. As we meet our time, the dragon will work things out for us. – John Tarrant, Roshi

To advance from where you can no longer advance and to do what can no longer be done, you must make yourself into a raft or ferryboat for others.  —Mazu


All Recordings Fall Sesshin 2020:

AUDIO: Opening Words – John Tarrant, Welcome – HOPs Jan Brogan & Chris Gaffney, October 1

AUDIO EXCERPT: Opening Remarks – Tess Beasley, October 1

AUDIO EXCERPT: Music for Meditation – Michael Wilding, October 1

AUDIO: Evening Talk – John Tarrant, October1

Huangbo Xiyun

AUDIO EXCERPT: Evening Words – John Tarrant, October1

AUDIO: Morning Talk: The Koan Raft – Jon Joseph, October 2

AUDIO EXCERPT: Opening Musical Interlude – Jordan McConnell, October 2

AUDIO: Evening Talk: When You Stop Chasing About – John Tarrant, October 2: (complete session coming soon)

AUDIO EXCERPT: Four Boundless Vows – Jordan McConnell, October 2

AUDIO EXCERPT: Evening Words: Relaxing on the Raft, Finding the Ferryboat – David Weinstein, October 2

AUDIO: Morning Talk: Not for Anything Else – Allison Atwill, October 3

Then Make a Raft – Corey Hitchcock 2020

AUDIO: Evening Talk: The Valley Spirit Holds Us – John Tarrant, October 3

AUDIO EXCERPT: Afternoon Sutra Service – Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher & Jordan McConnell, October 3

AUDIO: Morning Talk – David Weinstein, October 4

AUDIO EXCERPT: Afternoon Sutra Service – Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher & Jordan McConnell, October 4

AUDIO EXCERPT: Evening Talk – John Tarrant & Michelle Riddle, October 4 (coming soon)

AUDIO EXCERPT: Closing Ceremony – Sarah Bender, John Tarrant, Tess Beasley, Amaryllis Fletcher, Jordan McConnell & PZI teachers, October 4