Dongshan's Three Paths

KOAN:

A teacher asked a pilgrim, “Where have you come from?”
“From Dongshan’s,” replied the pilgrim.
“What does Dongshan teach?”
“He usually teaches in three ways.”
“What are they?”
“The dark way, the bird path, and the open hand.”

– from The Record of Dongshan

Audio May 20, 2020

The Open Hand Way

David Parks

Audio PZI Zen Online – David Parks with the 3rd of his zoom sessions on The Bird Path. Returns to the question: Where are you coming from? What we come out of in this time. Where we change our focus. As recorded May 14 2020.

82' 48"
Audio May 12, 2020

‘Where are you coming from?’ How are you Navigating this?

David Parks

Audio: PZI Zen Online – ‘Where are you coming from?’ What is is like to be you right now in covid 19 lockdown – navigating sadness, loss, looming poverty and loneliness. As recorded May 7, 2020

82' 49"
Video June 18, 2019

The Bird Path

John Tarrant

John says birds can ‘open the sky’ for us when we watch them fly – everything just appears and then is gone without a trace. If we trust whatever appears, that’s a taste of the bird path. Might it be true that no matter what, you’re not having the wrong moment? That you don’t have to disapprove. When it’s difficult, it’s good to know that it’s for us. It’s ours. Life is blessing us all the time. Our thinking/feeling ‘This isn’t it,’ is what we call loneliness. John talks about how our practice asks us, ‘What’s it like to be me? What’s it like to be a tree? A bird? What if I’m a fire? A river?’ My mind and the universe – not much difference.

32' 21"
Video January 28, 2018

The Dark Way

John Tarrant

John Tarrant gives a talk at the 2017 Summer sesshin. Evening of July 17, 2017.

19' 3"
Video January 20, 2018

Settling in to Retreat

Rachel Boughton

Rachel Boughton gives a talk at the Summer 2017 sesshin. Morning of July 18, 2017.

27' 6"
Video January 20, 2018

Precious Inconvenience

John Tarrant

John Tarrant gives a talk at the 2017 Summer sesshin. Evening of July 16, 2017.

7' 53"
Misc December 17, 2017