Mazu's Make Yourself a Raft

KOAN:

To advance from where you can no longer advance and to do what can no longer be done, you must make yourself into a raft or ferryboat for others.

—Mazu Daoyi

Audio August 5, 2021

Special Program: 4 Teachers & 4 Boundless Vows: Opening Words – with John Tarrant

John Tarrant

John Tarrant’s welcome and introduction to a special program on The Four Boundless Vows and the Bodhisattva path. We are each in the true temple; it’s always happening here, and everyone holds it. Meditation and opening words: the beauty of practice and of the path, the way we teach through stories in Zen, and inclusion of the Daoist view that “the world does fine on its own.” Excerpt from the Sunday session recorded August 1, 2021.

27' 7"
Audio July 13, 2021

Markers of the Way: Curiosity, Epiphany, Intimacy, Kindness

John Tarrant

Markers of the Way. Stepping into the field of the heart mind —the koan field. John reads his poem, “Setting out under the Golden Gate in the Rain.” The intimacy of doing tasks together. Mazu’s koan, “The purpose of your whole life is contained in the current matter.” Epiphanies—the Greek showing of the god, and the Japanese kensho; when you see your true nature. Curiosity is part of awakening. Whose life is it? Discovery must be lived through your own deep work. Everything strikes the heart. Our monastery is the practice. Music with Michael Wilding and Ryan McCoy. PZI Zen Online, as recorded Feb. 7, 2021.

67' 23"
Audio April 22, 2021

The Valley Spirit Never Dies: Peach Blossoms Appearing

John Tarrant

Peach blossoms can turn up anywhere, and the Valley Spirit appears. Depending on what is larger than us—even the reaching for it has it! PZI Digital Temple. Audio as recorded April 21, 2021.

40' 20"

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Dharma Theme October 12, 2020
499 Words
Audio October 12, 2020

Fall Sesshin 2020: Relaxing – Evening Words with David Weinstein Oct 2

David Weinstein

PZI Fall Sesshin: Evening words with David Weinstein – Relaxing on the raft and finding the ferryboat. As recorded Oct. 2, 2020.

3' 23"
Audio October 12, 2020

Fall Sesshin 2020: The Koan Raft – Morning Talk with Jon Joseph

Jon Joseph

PZI Fall Sesshin: The Koan Raft – with Jon Joseph Roshi. What is a koan? A koan is a “public case” in Chinese. Koan practice develops a resonance with all things. Any section or word in a koan is a gate. As recorded October 2, 2020.

26' 0"
Audio October 12, 2020

Fall Sesshin 2020: HOPs Jan Brogan & Chris Gaffney Open the Fall Sesshin Vessel

Chris Gaffney, Jan Brogan

PZI Fall Sesshin: Audio Excerpt – Opening the evening with Heads of Practice Jan Brogan & Chris Gaffney welcoming the group. As recorded October 1, 2020.

9' 0"
Audio October 12, 2020
9' 45"
Audio October 12, 2020

Audio: Fall Sesshin 2020 Opening Remarks with Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley

PZI Zen Online: Audio excerpt from Tess Beasley Sensei’s opening talk at Fall Sesshin. Harvest Moon, and leaning into the images that hold us for sesshin, the ancient vessel. Moon haikus. “Where is Your Light?” As recorded October 1 2020.

12' 5"
Misc October 1, 2020

Artwork: Then Make a Raft

Corey Hitchcock

PZI Art: ‘Then Make a Raft’ Corey Hitchcock 2020, Painting mixed media on paper 47″ x 27.5″