PZI Teacher Archives
On Being the Worst Horse, the One Buddha Loves
Who wants to be the worst horse? No one. But Buddha loves the worst horse. John Tarrant on worst horse experiences and the merits of not striving to go beyond where we are. If I am the worst horse then my Buddha nature is there. Music from Michael Wilding, Todd Geist sings vows.
You Know Nothing (of Zen) – The Woman at the Inn
Hakuin’s “Woman at the Inn,” the woman is unknown but kept the inn where pilgrims coming to study with Hakuin stayed. Hakuin’s dharma talk spoke of the pure land of mind and the buddha of light in your own body. When that buddha of light appears, everything glows with a great light. The woman meditated day and night and one day while washing a pot she has a breakthrough.
The Great Way Is Not Difficult
“Koans light up a life that may have been dormant in you; they hold out the possibility of transformation even if you are trying to address unclear or apparently insoluble problems.” Originally published in Shambhala Sun Magazine, November 2004.
Are You Afraid of This Happiness?
David Weinstein, John Tarrant
On the final evening of Winter Bare Bones Sesshin, John Tarrant begins with a story of the Buddha as a child under the rose apple tree. January 21, 2011.