PZI Teacher Archives
A Donkey Sees a Well (BS52)
Xaoshan asked the old student De, “The body of reality is like space. It responds to things—manifesting its forms the way the moon appears in the water. How do you explain this responsiveness?”
De said, “It’s like a donkey looking into a well.”
“That’s most of it, but not the whole thing.”
“What’s it like for you?”
“It is like a well looking at a donkey.”
—Book of Serenity Case 52
Winter Sesshin: A Donkey Sees a Well
A donkey falls into a well, a well falls into a donkey. Morning dharma talk by Jon Joseph Roshi. Recorded February 2, 2022
Spring Sesshin 2021: Evening Words with David Weinstein
David Weinstein, Director of PZI’s Oakland Zen, delivers the evening words during Spring Sesshin. As recorded April 7, 2021. 5 minutes.
Dharma Theme: Spring Sesshin 2021 – After the Dark and the Cold, Come the Blossoms
Curated links to Dharma talks, guided meditations, music, art, closing words, and more from Spring Sesshin 2021.
Spring Sesshin: A Donkey Sees a Well, Well Sees Donkey
John Tarrant’s first evening talk during Spring Sesshin. Does the well also see the donkey? As recorded April 8, 2021.
Class 6 Curriculum Notes: Vast Emptiness – Call & Response Koans
Class 6 Curriculum Notes: Vast Emptiness – Call & Response Koans. Please do not share, this is core curriculum. July 25 2020.