PZI Teacher Archives
Great Fire at Engakuji (BCR 29)
A monk asked Dasui, “The conflagration at the end of the eon
sweeps through and the universe is totally destroyed. I wonder,
is this one destroyed or not?”
Sui said, “It is destroyed.”
The monk said, “If so, then this goes along with it.”
Sui said, “It goes along with it.”
—Blue Cliff Record, Case 29
Audio Excerpt: Saving Houses – Fiery Guanyin, with Allison Atwill
PZI Zen Online: Audio excerpt from Guanyin in the Pavilion Under the August Moon: Saving houses from fire. Allison Atwill Roshi’s stories of fiery compassion and radiance. As recorded August 30 2020.
Audio Excerpt: The Great Temple Fire & Nothing Destroyed with Allison Atwill
PZI Zen Online: Audio excerpt from Guanyin in the Pavilion Under the August Moon. Fire & Radiance with Allison Atwill Roshi. As recorded Aug 30 2020.
Fiery, Radiant Guanyin in the Pavilion Under the August Moon with Allison Atwill Roshi
PZI Zen Online – Audio: Fiery Guanyin in the butterfly tent with open wings. Allison reminds us of all the elemental manifestations of Guanyin as Space, Earth, Water, Air, and finally Fire. Guanyin manifests solutions from unseen space in any situation that is deemed unfixable. Fire is an ancient symbol of transformation but also shows itself through Gunayin as the inner radiance of all things. Every appearance has its own brightness. The koan of the great temple fire of Engaku-ji Temple in Kamakura, in which everything was burned and yet nothing was destroyed. One of the 100 Samurai Koans. As recorded, with Michael Wilding on flute. Aug 30, 2020
Leaning Into the Ancestors
John’s SRCZC talk on impermanence and rawness of feeling after the great fires in CA and Queensland. He reflects on the importance of internalizing the teachings and the nourishment of our ancestors within us- outside of our normal paths. Teachings after the great Engakuji fire in Chan koan history. The practice of talking to the ancestors – human or otherwise a source of great knowledge.