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)
PZI Zen Online: Audio excerpt. “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 Oct 18 2020.
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.
Allison Atwill Roshi’s Zen Tuesday dharma talk. The immensity of sound as it permeates all barriers. Cracks 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. As recorded Oct 12 2020.