Heart Sutra

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“Form is emptiness, emptiness is form,” says the Heart Sutra.

Audio August 29, 2022

Summer Sesshin: Closing Ceremony

John Tarrant, Michelle Riddle

John Tarrant and HOP Michelle Riddle close the sesshin, together with the sangha, letting it go into the gone beyond. Timekeeper Todd Geist gives closing thanks. Musician Amanda Boughton sings a celtic ballad and plays mandolin, Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher chants and plays violin for the closing sutras and four boundless vows. Final day of Summer Sesshin, at Santa Sabina, June 19th, 2022.

44' 7"

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies March 24, 2022

Dedication: Funeral Service

John Tarrant

The bare bones structure of a PZI Funeral Service begins with the koan, “Where do we go when we die?” and includes the Heart Sutra and the Kanzeon Sutra of Endless Life.

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Audio December 23, 2021

Zen Luminaries: The Heart Sutra with Bill Red Pine Porter

Jon Joseph

Zen Luminaries: Bill Porter (aka Red Pine) joins Jon Joseph Roshi in meditation and conversation on the topics of Heart Sutra, his translation work, and life in Zen. Jordan McConnell sings the Heart Sutra. As recorded December 20, 2021.

74' 49"
Audio November 1, 2021

Fall Sesshin 2021: Ikkyu’s Well & The Miscellaneous Koans

John Tarrant

John Tarrant talks about Ikkyu’s “no shadow or form” in his evening dharma talk in Day 2 of Fall Sesshin. Amanda Boughton sings the 4 Boundless vows. As recorded Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

49' 9"

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Article September 16, 2021

The Erotic Life of Emptiness

John Tarrant

The Heart Sutra says, “Form is no other than emptiness, emptiness no other than form. There are no walls in the mind.” We are the world unfolding.

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Audio February 26, 2021

The Heart Sutra Koan

John Tarrant

Evening dharma talk by John Tarrant in Summer Sesshin. As recorded June 14, 2018.

49' 20"
Audio September 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Guanyin Air & Breath Arising with Sarah Bender

Sarah Bender

PZI Zen Online: Audio excerpt from Guanyin in the Pavilion Under the August Moon. Sarah Bender Roshi contemplates the call and response of compassionate exchanges. Air as breath of life. Anchored in the Heart Sutra. Dream of a room, barely there, full of gifts for all times and places. As recorded August 23 2020.

6' 19"
Text May 8, 2020

The Heart Sutra and Koans

John Tarrant

The Heart Sutra in the context of its relationship to koans and what koans are. I want to pursue that line a little bit.  And the first thing to say about – probably the first attitude people have to koans is that they are a sort of tool, a gadget of some kind, and you use them and you concentrate on them, and you use them – a can opener for the mind

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Text May 8, 2020

Heart Sutra Variations

John Tarrant

The Heart Sutra, like any koan, contains the universe, and so you have to go in somewhere.  I want to go in through the “Mantra of Great Magic.”  Even the word “mantra” is, in a certain way, a reference to magic, a sort of portable access to reality that you can carry around with you. And the word “magic” is also used for the word “mantra,” so where we use “mantra” to produce magic, there’s a transformative quality about the mantra so that, when you repeat it, when you keep company with it, you end up in its world.

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Video June 19, 2018

Heart Sutra

John Tarrant

John Tarrant gives a talk on Thursday evening of the 2018 Summer Sesshin. June 14, 2018.

29' 51"
Video June 19, 2018

Koans and the Practice of Little Things

David Weinstein, Rachel Boughton

Rachel Boughton and David Weinstein give a talk on Saturday morning of the Summer 2018 Sesshin. June 16, 2018.

20' 22"
Video June 19, 2018

Story Time

Jon Joseph

Jon Joseph gives a talk on Thursday morning of the 2018 Summer Sesshin. June 14, 2018.

22' 44"
Video June 19, 2018

Heart Sutra

Rachel Boughton

Rachel Boughton gives a talk on Tuesday morning of the Summer 2018 Sesshin. June 12, 2018.

41' 15"