Tess Beasley talks about what it is like to turn toward pain, of whatever manifestation; physical, emotional, collective. What comes of turning toward it? A musician’s transportive journey out of the pain and loss of COVID lockdown time. 7 minutes, May 29, 2022.
A student asks Baizhang, “What is the most marvelous thing—a matter of special worth?” He answers, “Sitting alone on Mt. Courage Peak.” The vastness is always there, inside and outside. The possibility of imaginative responses in times of change. The wisdom of an indigenous storyteller who embodies a much longer timeline of radical earth changes. The freedom of not being you. PZI Zen Online, as recorded Dec. 13, 2020. Music posted separately.
PZI Zen Online Audio: Jesse talks about the creative practice of koan work and finding (writing) a song, following the breadcrumbs of insight, allowing the uncertainty. Everything moves toward “birth with the Stone Woman.” He tells the Maralung koan about a Song Man who finds and finally remembers his song. Includes snippets of the song Jesse is writing. As recorded May 27, 2020.