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The Four Boundless Vows
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I vow to wake all the beings of the world,
I vow to set endless heartache to rest,
I vow to walk though every wisdom gate,
I vow to live the great Buddha Way.
—The Four Boundless Vows (PZI version)
I Vow: The Four Boundless Vows, A Cappella
A beautiful, personal a cappella rendition of the four boundless vows from Jesse Cardin Roshi, sung at the end of the Red Thread Sunday Zen session with guest host Tess Beasley. Recorded March 26, 2023.
Music with Jordan: The Four Boundless Vows
Jordan McConnell plays and sings the Four Boundless Vows for John Tarrant’s Sunday Session on May 22, 2022.
Dedication: Funeral Service
The bare bones structure of a PZI Funeral Service begins with the koan, “Where do we go when we die?” and includes the Heart Sutra and the Kanzeon Sutra of Endless Life.
Singing the Four Boundless Vows with Amanda Boughton
Amanda Boughton sings and accompanies herself on ukelele. Recorded February 4th 2022, at Winter Sesshin.
The Four Boundless Vows with Amanda Boughton
Amanda Boughton sings and accompanies herself on the ukelele. Recorded at Fall Sesshin. February 2022.
Special Program: 4 Teachers & 4 Boundless Vows – Chanting
John Tarrant, Jon Joseph, Michelle Riddle
Special Program on The 4 Boundless Vows: John Tarrant, Jon Joseph, & Michelle Riddle chant the 4 Boundless Vows in English and Sino-Japanese. Excerpt from the Sunday program recorded August 1, 2021.
Special Program: 4 Teachers & 4 Boundless Vows: 4th Vow – with Michelle Riddle
Part 4: I vow to live the Great Buddha Way. Michelle Riddle takes up the 4th of the 4 Vows. What seems impossible may not be possible to ignore! Koans and sutras give many instructions on how to live, but you must live the Great Buddha Way as you. Like great art, it is an intimate and particular expression, but speaks to something we all feel, and something we all must do: realizing we are here! Excerpt from the Sunday session recorded August 1, 2021.
Special Program: 4 Teachers & 4 Boundless Vows: Opening Words – with 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.
Special Program: 4 Teacher & 4 Boundless Vows – Jordan McConnell sings
Special Program on the 4 Boundless Vows. Musician Jordan McConnell’s amazing sung version. Excerpt from the Sunday session recorded August 1, 2021.
Special Program: 4 Teachers & 4 Boundless Vows: 1st Vow – with Allison Atwill
Part 1, “I vow to wake all the beings of the world.” Allison Atwill introduces the 1st of the 4 Vows, noticing the grandeur and awe of an impossible task. One’s own room expanding outwards, vow as a prayer in service of awakening. How to save all beings? By including them, now. That which has already been born, allow it to be here and find its place. Excerpt from the Sunday session on August 1, 2021.
Special Program: 4 Teachers & 4 Boundless Vows – Complete Session
Allison Atwill, John Tarrant, Jon Joseph, Jordan McConnell, Michael Wilding, Michelle Riddle, Tess Beasley
On practice and path: become the Way, and illumination is always with you. A dive into the sources, history, and meaning of the 4 Great Bodhisattva Vows; how PZI teachers and students work with them towards the ceremony of Refuge and taking up the path. Each teacher takes up one of the Vows. Teachers chant and intone Vows in English and Sino-Japanese; Michael Wilding recites, Jordan McConnell singing and on guitar. Complete session recorded August 1, 2021.
Guitar and Vocals: The Four Boundless Vows with Ryan McCoy
Musician and new dad, Ryan McCoy, sings the Four Boundless Vows on Father’s Day. June 19, 2021.
A True Person of No Rank, No Color, No Gender: Seeing Through All Distinctions
I was thinking about history and beauty and what an old old thing human suffering is, and how intrinsic it is. And we keep making things better and then they keep getting worse, and we’re making them better and they get worse. I guess I just wanted to say that it’s really good to have a practice at any time. Meditate—it will help. You will come from a position of peace rather than just fighting yourself. Being yourself, the true person, no rank. Transcript of PZI Zen Online Sunday Dharma Talk with John Tarrant Roshi, recorded June 7, 2020.