PZI Zen Online: Michelle Riddle, Sensei on what we do when we feel trapped – whether from the Covid 19 lockdown, or our own expectations and beliefs. How do we escape? As recorded April 24th.
PZI Zen Online: Our ‘disorderly karmic consciousness’. John Tarrant, Roshi on ‘the mind at midnight’ explaining our experience even though we have: ‘No foundation to rely on!’ Koans stop our insistent minds. With an image, or a predicament they allow for a pause, a gate. As recorded April 26th.
Audio: Allison sits with the beautiful preface to the Blue Cliff Record – before Bodhidharma’s encounter with Emperor Wu. Noticing our strategies of controlling experience, which shut life out. Issa’s story of love and loss. As recorded April 21st.
‘Peach Blossoms’ – With John Tarrant, Roshi as recorded online, April 19 2020: Meditation & Dharma Talk plus comments from participants. Seeing the crimson of the peach blossoms across a canyon after seeking 30 years, a teacher is enlightened.
PZI Zen Online – Wondrous images of our uncertain ‘gestational time’ in corona virus lockdown. The children of night – doom, destiny, dreams, lamentation among them. Eros born of Nix’ (Goddess of the Night) silver egg laid in the lap of darkness. Rawness of love in out dark time. As recorded April 14th includes Tess intro, silent meditation, participant insights.
Allison introduces a koan that is a fragment of a precept: ‘Not attacking, not withdrawing. Not real or unreal. There’s an ocean of bright clouds, an ocean of solemn clouds.’ The volatility of confinement in lockdown and the vastness within it.
Zoom Zen Audio – Allison talks us through the first indications of our new normal. Tenderness for the smallest things. Her talk is first and then a silent meditation with the koan: ‘Stop the dogs barking at midnight!’, poems & reflections afterward.