PZI Teacher Archives

The Egg (MK53)


When Qiyuan Xinggang had a profound opening, her teacher asked,
“What was it like when you were gestating the spiritual embryo?”
She replied, “It solidified, deep and solitary.”
“When you gave birth, what was that like?”
“Being stripped completely bare.”
“What about when you met the Ancestor?”
“I met the Ancestor face to face.”

—PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 53 (adapted from Hidden Lamp, transl. Beata Grant)

Audio October 22, 2020

Excerpt: Make Your Mind Still

John Tarrant

“Whom can I ask what to make happen in this world?” —Pablo Neruda. PZI mission statement revisited: Creating a culture for transformation, and how koans help us to stop and look. John reads Wordworth’s poem, “On Westminster Bridge.” The beauty of quiet still mornings in the midst of it all. As recorded on October 18, 2020.

16' 30"
Audio October 19, 2020

Hanging Lanterns: I’m Pecking – Breaking Through

John Tarrant

Hanging Lanterns at the Gates of the Autumn Temple with John Tarrant. Immensity is pecking; breaking through with a koan—Jingqing asks for help with his awakening. We are part of a great transformative process which can be precious and subtle. Music from Michael Wilding, Jordan McConnell & Amaryllis Fletcher, vows Michelle Riddle. PZI Zen Online, as recorded Oct. 18, 2020.

93' 20"
Audio October 19, 2020

Zen Tuesdays: Doors of Perception with Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill

The immensity of sound as it permeates barriers. Cracks are showing in our traditions and conventions, trying to get back to the old imperfect life. Jim Morrison and The Doors offer up “Light My Fire” as rendered on the Ed Sullivan show. Allison Atwill Roshi’s Zen Tuesday dharma talk recorded October 12, 2020.

80' 38"