PZI Teacher Archives

Linji's Blockhead


Followers of the way, the teaching of the Buddhas calls for no special undertakings. Just act ordinary. No need to try to do anything in particular. Move your bowels, piss, get dressed, eat your meal, and when you’re tired, sleep.

People who try to do something about what is outside themselves are nothing but blockheads.

If wherever you are, you take the role of host, then whatever spot you stand in will be a true one.



Dharma Theme May 1, 2023
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Audio December 3, 2019

Linji & Me, Finding the Way

David Weinstein

David and his history with Linji’s teachings, a story of ‘sleepy zazen,’ the arc of a practice and how his ideas of what practice would deliver changed. Meeting the disturbing practice of Zen koans!

51' 0"
Video July 20, 2017

Linji’s Blockhead

John Tarrant

John Tarrant presenting at Summer Sesshin 2010 on “Linji’s Blockhead.”

29' 8"