PZI Teacher Archives
Someone asked Dalong, “The color body perishes. What is the pure everlasting body?”
Dalong said, “Mountain flowers bloom like brocade, valley streams run deepest indigo.”
—Blue Cliff Record Case 82 (PZI version)
A student asked Dalong, “The physical body perishes. What is the pure everlasting body?”
Dalong said, “Flowers cover the mountains like brocade, mountain torrents so deep they’re indigo.”
(transl. by John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland, titled: Dalong’s Flowers Like Brocade)
We’ve been in a long monastic retreat during this pandemic. Time has slowed. We are opening up gradually now to the world, as more people are vaccinated. We realize we are not going back to anything. The time is changing. We’re all stepping off into the mysterious. Musician: Jordan McConnell. PZI Zen Online: Sunday talk as recorded May 23, 2021.
The Lilies of New Life: It is spring and John reads poetry of the season. Original music performed by Jordan McConnell, as recorded Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. PZI Zen Online.
It’s a very strong thing to be human, you can be subjected to all sorts of great forces. And sometimes you can win through, and sometimes you die. But we’re all of us doing that, all the time. So I was thinking about how good it is to love each other, to meet each other, and to make peace in our hearts. Sunday talk with John Tarrant, recorded June 14 2020.
We are in the midst of great civil unrest around racism and the institutions that support it. Li Bai, Du Fu, Dalong & Primo Levi speak about what remains, what lives, what holds us in the universe—even as we feel most perishable, sad, defeated. The light is still there in all things, even without a foundation to stand on. As recorded June 14, 2020.