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Audio October 12, 2020

Fall Sesshin 2020: When You Stop Chasing About – Evening Talk with John Tarrant Oct 2

John Tarrant

PZI Fall Sesshin: Evening Dharma Talk with John Tarrant. If you are chasing about – “Where will you meet today?” We forget we are free in every moment. The image of a withered tree. When we let everything come to rest, we hear the dragon murmurings. As recorded October 2, 2020.

36' 45"
Text August 25, 2020

You Know Nothing (of Zen) – ‘The Woman at the Inn’

John Tarrant

You can trust that the thing that you are doing is going to work. It’s underground. There’s a growth happening in the dark. You don’t even have to see it. But, after a while, you start to notice it. It’s kind of a cool thing, actually. You think, “God, even me! Even I have some part in this.”

3157 Words
Audio July 29, 2020

Solitary Brightness – Nothing to Hang Onto

David Parks

Audio PZi Zen Online: our lives right now are an exercise in not knowing. Surprising intimacy in new forms of communication and meditation. But really there is nothing to hold onto. And that vastness is filled with light. These three koans reflect that in the time before we know or name. As recorded July 16 2020.

65' 41"
Audio June 23, 2020

I Carry Silence & Light – Muses in the Midst of Turmoil

Allison Atwill

PZI Zen Online: Three threads: Anna Swier’ s poem: ‘There’s a Light in Me’. The light in us wholly unharmed even in extremes of suffering, a place for the Muses to meet us. ‘Terma’ – a Tibetan teaching hidden in physical objects or even concealed in your mind or memory- written in indecipherable Dakini script, to be found by you. Concealed in physical objects or even in your mind/memory, written texts or even email! little reminders that we are already awake. When we hold light and silence everyone can feel it it changes the field. As recorded June 16th 2020.

73' 20"
Video October 24, 2018

The Method of Zen: Dahui & Miaozong

John Tarrant

In the evening dharma talk John introduces us to an ancestor in the koan tradition, Dahui Zonggao 大慧宗杲 (Ta-hui Tsung-kao, Daie Soko), 1089-1163 and his disciple Wuzhuo Miaozong (無著妙宗; 1096–1170 CE), Miaozong lived during the Song dynasty and was one of the first nuns to be included in an imperially sanctioned Zen lineage history. The conversation between Dahui and Miaozong is instructive of his early method of using only the ‘head of the koan’ and becoming one with it. His method was formulated for his culture.

35' 7"
Video October 24, 2018

You Know Nothing (of Zen) – ‘The Woman at the Inn’

John Tarrant

Hakuin’s “Woman at the Inn” the woman is unknown but kept the inn in which pilgrims coming 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 mediated day and night and one day while washing a pot she has a breakthrough.

25' 8"