PZI Teacher Archives

Linji's Nothing I Dislike (MK38a)


There is nothing I dislike.

—PZI Miscellanous Koans, Case 38a

From PZI MK Case 38, Linji:

a. There is nothing I dislike.
b. There is a true person of no rank who is constantly coming in and going through the gates of your face.
c. There is a solitary brightness without fixed shape or form. It knows how to listen to the teachings, it knows how to understand the teachings, it knows how to teach. That solitary brightness is you.
d. Wherever you are, just take the role of host, and that place will be a true place.
e. In your life right now, what is it you lack, what is it that practice must mend?

—Record of Linji


Dharma Theme May 1, 2023
135 Words
Text October 22, 2020

The Nature of Practice

John Tarrant

Practice. The notion of practice, as something you embody, and you walk through, and you are—rather than something you add, like something added to gasoline. There’s also a sense of moving in the dark, in some way that’s positive. So that in a practice, “not knowing” is on your side.

9236 Words
Video January 11, 2020

The First Dog & NO

John Tarrant

The great koan NO and dogs in our lives. ‘Reality’ is an edit of everything that is always really going on.

41' 2"
Audio December 4, 2019

That Solitary Brightness Is You

John Tarrant

A discovery that all the Linji koans we are working with during the retreat are variants on Linji’s “There’s nothing I dislike.” They all appear from this core. The solitary brightness with no fixed shape or form is yours. If you “only don’t object” or exclude reality, the brightness is there. As recorded in Summer Sesshin 2016.

54' 9"
Audio December 3, 2019

There’s Nothing I Dislike!

John Tarrant

The construction of a “me: and the positive experience of losing it. The strategies of “me” allow the universe to come in and establish our true place in it. There is nothing to dislike. When the world comes to meet us we realize there is only this.

82' 2"
Audio December 3, 2019

Who Are You Anyway?

John Tarrant

John inquires, Who are we anyway? Linji’s words on how the perspective of “not knowing” eliminates dislike. John asks, When did you become a You? How did you know?

69' 8"
Video January 20, 2018
44' 28"
Video June 26, 2017

There Is Nothing I Dislike

John Tarrant

John Tarrant talks about the koan “There is nothing I dislike”, and recounts the story passed on from a schoolteacher, about her experience living with this koan at the edge of darkness and world-weary fatigue. If there’s ever only one zen video you watch, this should be it. Trigger warning: sexual assault. (2016)

6' 49"