Dongshan

Audio May 26, 2020

Before There is Moonlight – First Rank of Dongshan’s Five Ranks

Jon Joseph

PZI Zen Online – We are in a time ‘before moonlight’ with covid and massive unemployment that has resulted- with great unknowns ahead. Dreams in zen are not so different from waking life. We make up stories about what will happen. But we are passing through a gate of meeting and not recognizing. How do you make your way? Step by step. As recorded May 25.

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Audio May 20, 2020

The Open Hand Way

David Parks

Audio PZI Zen Online – David Parks with the 3rd of his zoom sessions on The Bird Path. Returns to the question: Where are you coming from? What we come out of in this time. Where we change our focus. As recorded May 14 2020.

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Text November 13, 2019

Dongshan’s Five Ranks: Poem 5

John Tarrant

So we’ve been talking about old poems that are also a map of the path, but they’re a map of the kind where you have to see what rises in your meditation to meet them to find out how useful they are to you. Today we’re on the fifth of the ranks, the fifth poem. Five ranks by an old Zen teacher, and this is the final one, so you now know conclusively that there are only five stages to the path. And it goes:

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Video June 18, 2019

The Bird Path

John Tarrant

John says birds can ‘open the sky’ for us when we watch them fly – everything just appears and then is gone without a trace. If we trust whatever appears, that’s a taste of the bird path. Might it be true that no matter what, you’re not having the wrong moment? That you don’t have to disapprove. When it’s difficult, it’s good to know that it’s for us. It’s ours. Life is blessing us all the time. Our thinking/feeling ‘This isn’t it,’ is what we call loneliness. John talks about how our practice asks us, ‘What’s it like to be me? What’s it like to be a tree? A bird? What if I’m a fire? A river?’ My mind and the universe – not much difference.

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Video June 7, 2019

Only For Your Benefit, Honored One

John Tarrant

John Tarrant continues his teaching on Dongshan’s great koan, “Only for Your Benefit, Honored One.” April 18, 2011.

45' 15"
Video June 3, 2019

Beginning with the End

David Weinstein

Starting in the moment of “now”, David discusses the ancient zen master Dongshan, who wrote the koans taught during this sesshin.

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Video January 20, 2018
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Video January 20, 2018
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Video June 30, 2017

Dongshan’s Each Stitch Spews Flames

Allison Atwill

Speaking about Dongshan’s Each Stitch koan, Allison tells a story of recognizing awakening can come from anywhere when we can truly inhabit life as our own.

25' 17"