PZI Teacher Archives
For Your Benefit (MK48)
Two friends were washing their bowls in a creek, and they saw two crows fighting over a frog. One friend asked, “Why does it always have to be like that?”
The other friend replied, “It’s only for your benefit, honored one.”
—PZI Miscellanous Koans, Case 48 (Dongshan)
Unexpected Gifts: 10,000 Feet Down, The Stone
John Tarrant talks about living in an underworld time, in a descent as a culture and as a world, and as a planet. Accepting the descent, and accepting the quality of being lost when it appears, is profoundly important. And there’s a great, strange, and interesting mystery in that.
Let Me Count the Ways
Love is an enlightenment story available to everyone, and that story includes being attacked by demons as well as being showered with roses. If we widen our gaze, in love, we discover what we like about ourselves and how we want to live our lives.
All For You
Art: Ellen Van Fleet, artist, mixed media on paper.
Not Knowing Is Most Intimate – Delight in the Chaos of Life
John Tarrant in Fall Sesshin 2019. Zen likes predicaments, uncertainty allows us to enter life more fully. The koans are allies in this. The unexpected questions are often those that help the most. To all the strategies that defend against life, a Zen entreaty: “Become more lost.” John Tarrant in Fall Sesshin 2019.
The World Is Here For You
John Tarrant gives a dharma talk Thursday night of the 2011 spring sesshin. The universe is here for each one of us. Underlying the troubles and pain of the world there is always a presence, a brightness, which is us and we are it. April 21, 2011.
Only For Your Benefit, Honored One
John Tarrant continues his teaching on Dongshan’s great koan, “Only for Your Benefit, Honored One.” April 18, 2011.
Walking the Bright Road
John Tarrant presents on the concept of suddenness — when we enter it, difficulty starts to unpack. January 17, 2011.
Crows Fighting Over a Frog, Part 2
John Tarrant continues his teaching on Dongshan’s great koan, “Only for Your Benefit, Honored One.” April 19, 2011.
Radical Transparency and Koans as Frenemies
Rachel Boughton, at the June-July sesshin held at Land of Medicine Buddha, talks hackers, privacy, and zen koans in an age of technology.