Heart Sutra


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


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"