Linji's Solitary Brightness (MK38c)

KOAN:

There’s 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.

– PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 38c, Linji

Audio December 14, 2020

The Journey Into Awakening – The Most Marvelous Thing

John Tarrant

PZI Zen Online: The Journey into Awakening. A student asks Baizhang, “What is the most marvelous thing—a matter of special worth?” He answers, “Sitting alone on Mt. Courage Peak.” Our internal vastness is always there. The importance of an imaginative response to any time of change. The wisdom of an indigenous storyteller who embodies a much longer timeline of radical earth changes. The freedom of not being you. Dec 13 2020. Music posted separately.

55' 25"
Audio July 29, 2020

Solitary Brightness – Nothing to Hang Onto

David Parks

Audio PZi Zen Online: our lives right now are an exercise in not knowing. Surprising intimacy in new forms of communication and meditation. But really there is nothing to hold onto. And that vastness is filled with light. These three koans reflect that in the time before we know or name. As recorded July 16 2020.

65' 41"
Audio July 18, 2020

The Blue Dragon’s Cave – A Storehouse of Treasures

David Weinstein

PZI Zen Online Audio: Blue Dragon’s Cave Sesshin, Sunday Talk. Small things, small moments of rest, peace, & awakening, like “Thank you.” Appreciating the discarded treasures. The very things that imprison me hold the freedom, if we can host them. Being at home with them. The Storehouse ONLY opens by itself – no prying or forcing. “Returning” in meditation. Leonard Cohen sings How the Light Gets In. As recorded July 28 2020.

61' 35"
Audio June 23, 2020

I Carry Silence & Light – Muses in the Midst of Turmoil

Allison Atwill

PZI Zen Online: Three threads: Anna Swier’ s poem: ‘There’s a Light in Me’. The light in us wholly unharmed even in extremes of suffering, a place for the Muses to meet us. ‘Terma’ – a Tibetan teaching hidden in physical objects or even concealed in your mind or memory- written in indecipherable Dakini script, to be found by you. Concealed in physical objects or even in your mind/memory, written texts or even email! little reminders that we are already awake. When we hold light and silence everyone can feel it it changes the field. As recorded June 16th 2020.

73' 20"
Audio May 20, 2020

Stories from the interior – Solitude & Loneliness

Allison Atwill

Audio PZI Zen Online -Taking the role of the host everywhere & Abiding Nowhere guide Allison’s talk. Solitude as resting in vastness. Loneliness – you may even be in company, but something is missing. revisiting childhood’ solitude and the solitude of mountain trails. Abiding ‘somewhere’ keeps me out of vastness.

83' 35"
Video February 2, 2020

Australia Is Burning

John Tarrant

John Tarrant speaks of fire sirens and the Queensland Magpie singing, and walks us through the ancient forests he knew as a child. How do we live the life we live in the face of this vast change? What is this? As recorded in Winter Session 2020.

0' 0"
Audio January 25, 2020

Australia is Burning

John Tarrant

John Tarrant walks us through the ancient forests he knew as a child. Fire sirens, the Queensland Magpie singing, and Linji’s Solitary Brightness. How do we live the life we have in the face of vast change? Audio recording from Winter Sesshin 2020.

54' 52"
Audio December 4, 2019

The Brightness of the Blockage

Allison Atwill

The experience of being blocked; a major or minor imprisonment and of help arriving from unexpected sources.

54' 30"
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"
Video May 31, 2019
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Video January 20, 2018
26' 3"
Video August 30, 2017
30' 30"