Linji's Take the Role of Host (MK38d)

KOAN:

d. Wherever you are, just take the role of host, and that place will be a true place.

– PZI Miscellanous Koans, Case 38d

Text August 25, 2020

Hosting the Life You Have

John Tarrant

Rilke said, “Life is always right.” Whatever I think about that saying, this is the life I have, and I can’t have another life. And really, fundamentally I don’t want another one, because this one is so rich and compelling, no matter what’s going down right now.

5132 Words
Audio July 16, 2020

Sesshin Sunday Evening & Closing – The Grand Beast of Sesshin

John Tarrant, Jordan McConnell, Michael Wilding, Michelle Riddle, Ryan McCoy, Tess Beasley

Audio session: Blue Dragon’s Cave closing session – The grand beast of sesshin! Old dragon & tygher teachers meeting new teachers. A text on powers of dragons. Machado poem – ‘Only a wake behind us.’ Intimacy of Mazu’s dharma – ‘How are you?’ Sesshin is a work of art like rakusu. We are ‘always temporarily assembling ourselves’. All faults included in the cave. Mazu – as practice deepens make yourself a raft to transport others. Carrying the Dao is what you are! Music – Flute Michael Wilding, guitar singing Jordan MCConnell Cantor Amy Fletcher, Jan Brogan, HOP.

89' 6"
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 June 18, 2019

Be the Host

John Tarrant

John Tarrant opens Autumn sesshin with the zen koan “Be the Host.” Inviting the listener to take the position of the host, inviting all guests into the home body. Welcome them all, whether an emotional storm of sadness, joy, grief, happiness, despair or laughter. Host this! October 10, 2011.

34' 7"
Video August 30, 2017
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Video August 30, 2017
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