Save a ghost.
– PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 17
PZI Zen Online 1 Day retreat: On the Banks of the ghost River – Part 2 – Afternoon session. Reflections on the koan and the story of Tam Lin and brave Janet. Comments, Tess & John reflect. Closing. As recorded oct. 31 2020
PZI 1 Day retreat – Part 1, Morning Session of On the Banks of the Ghost River with John Tarrant & Tess Beasley. John Reads the Ballad of Tam Lin in which a brave girl helps her lover, caught in the Faery Queens’s caterhaugh, transform. Dharma talk and comments from participants. Complete session as recorded Oct. 31 2020.
Audio Excerpt from PZI 1-Day Retreat – Morning Session of On the Banks of the Ghost River with John Tarrant & Tess Beasley. John Reads the Ballad of Tam Lin in which a brave girl helps her lover, caught in the Faery Queens’s caterhaugh (boggy fen), transform. As recorded Oct. 31 2020. (complete session in 2 parts available)
Zenosaurus Curriculum 10: Why do people sit around the camp fire with flashlights under their chins telling ghost stories? As well as the shudder that takes us to another realm, ghosts bring romance and yearning—they account for incompleteness, the person you loved but who died or changed her mind, the uncontrollable residue of everything we do.
So, rather than thinking a predicament is something we’ve got to get rid of, it’s just life—and it has its own dynamism. Maybe we have to walk through it, not run the other way. It’s all right to weep about it, or be frustrated and angry. You can’t be someone else, you are who you are. The gateway is yours, not someone else’s.
PZI Zen Online Audio: Jesse Cardin Roshi takes us on a journey to the underworld through myth and story with Odysseus, Circe, Hades. Includes intro to the koan “Save a Ghost,” 2 silent meditation segments, dharma talk and comments. As recorded April 8 2020.