PZI Teacher Archives

Huineng's Original Face (GG23)

KOAN:

Quickly, without thinking good or evil, what is your original face before your parents were born?

—Gateless Gate, Case 23

Video January 25, 2023

Resting In the Great Silence at the Beginning

Jesse Cardin

Wherever you are, even in the places you are certain the silence is NOT, it is there enfolding you. Even at Walmart with a toddler, in a flood or at the doctor’s office – it is there, blooming. When we hold it, enter it, trust it, it brings the possibility if more remembering. The Dao that can be told is not the eternal Dao; the nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth. We are always stepping into that emptiness. It is a kindness older than pain. As recored with comments and vows from Jordan McConnell. January 15, 2023.

69' 36"
Video January 17, 2023

Great Silence at the Beginning: Holding It for Each Other

Jesse Cardin

What are the properties of great silence? It cannot be tarnished or eroded, it can’t be given or taken away, but it can of course be obscured. The whole universe is holding it for you; we hold it for each other and for ourselves. Zen cliches are showing up, with the truth! January Sunday Zen on January 15, 2023. 6 minutes.

6' 40"
Audio July 7, 2021

Spring Equinox – Return from the Dark: Transmission – It’s Not Outside of You

John Tarrant

Transmission happens when we let our hearts open. It comes from a free heart. Babies are transmission devices! Taking up the koan you are given—a little temple to live in. Koans do what they do without consulting anyone. The work reveals a wonderful quality, of the world coming to meet us. The great lesson: It’s not outside of you, and you can’t legislate your own enlightenment! 4 Vows: Jordan McConnell. As recorded March 21, 2021.

80' 1"
Audio March 22, 2021
32' 29"
Text August 6, 2020

Knock on Any Door – Daoist Masters & Zen Koans

John Tarrant

Whatever your condition is, you can see the “I have joy.” Out of that emptiness, out of what seems unpromising—the dark material, the valley spirit, the enigma, out of the mystery, out of what I don’t understand—it just appears. The joy just appears.

3034 Words
Audio May 12, 2020

Your Original Face – Awakening Experiences – PZI Zen Online May 5

Allison Atwill

Audio: PZI Zen online Allison sits with Awakening. What is it? Awakening experience is outside of our control or will. It comes in a from a direction we don’t know about – a direction we have darkened. The sufficiency of the moment. Hakuin Ikkaku as a teacher and seeing into your essential nature. As recorded May 5, 2020.

84' 15"
Video January 11, 2020

All Those Hands and Eyes

John Tarrant

John talks about the warm intimacy of the ‘the dark’ – the uncolonized zone where koans work with us. Intimacy in teachings is used often as an equivalent for enlightenment. Koans open gates and bring us inside that mystery. Some categories of koans: Predicament koans, Heart Changing koans, Inquiry koans and more.

33' 55"
Video January 11, 2020

The Journey, the Reaching & Luopu’s Last Words

John Tarrant

The great Chan teacher Luopu’s deathbed story, and his emphasis on the importance of a “direct meeting with the source” outside the teachings—you can’t just read about it. “Don’t grasp principles with words.” The story features the Book of Serenity’s compassion for the whole process toward enlightenment, for these wonderful teachers. Dharma talk in Fall Sesshin. Video as recorded 2019.

39' 36"
Video July 31, 2019

Knock on Any Door – Daoist Masters and Zen Koans

John Tarrant

John Tarrant talks about the bond between Daoism and Chan Zen. See transcription with same name https://www.pacificzen.org/library/knock-on-any-door-daoist-masters-zen-koans/

33' 12"