PZI Zen Online with “The Guanyins:” 4 PZI Women Zen teachers tell a Winter Tale with the story of a vast moment that interrupted a battle in the middle of World War I. Allison Atwill, Tess Beasley, Sarah Bender & Michelle Riddle share the telling and teaching with meditation, poetry and reflection. Jordan McConnell contributes his music.
PZI Zen Online – People go to wild places to find their true nature? The wild is here right now in your own wild temple. Anything can happen in the wildness of now. Small kindnesses that open into the silence. The universe is so rich in destinations that you are already at one! The beauty of joining in meditation in difficult times. Complete session recorded Nov. 29, 2020. 1 hour – Music from Jordan McConnell , Amaryllis Fletcher.
PZI Zen Online – Allison Atwill Roshi continues the Zen Tuesday with her Guanyin companions. The immensity of sound as it permeates all barriers. The cracks showing in our traditions and conventions. Trying to get back to the old imperfect life. Jim Morrison and The Doors offer up ‘Light My Fire’ as rendered on the Ed Sullivan show. As recorded Oct 12 2020
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.
Audio: PZI Zen online Tess talks a bit on zoom fatigue and what that implies .Practice as a way of focusing attention – on noticing – noticia or ‘how things become unhidden’. The intimacy of noticing and being noticed. As recorded April 28th.
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.
Zoom Zen – Sarah Bender, Roshi reflects on the intimacy of not knowing, the nearness of all of us in this dreamy emergent time. Wandering and not knowing are allies now. As recorded Friday, April 3rd, includes: Sarah’s intro & Dharma talk, silent meditation segments and sharing.
Layman Pang and his daughter Ling Chou fall down for different reasons in this koan. Tess leads the group through meditation and a talk on how the koan entered her life, followed by comment from other meditators on the nature of intimacy. Some silent group meditation segments are included as recorded Mar. 30th 2020
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.
“Not deciding it is or it isn’t, do you have the courage to be at peace with this? Everyone wants to leave the endless changes, but when we finish bending and fitting our lives, we come back to sit by the charcoal fire.”
During the final night of the 2015 January sesshin, the teachers have a conversation about identity, art, intimacy, and the nature of koan study.
Using the koans Not Knowing is Most Intimate and Taking the Form of Guan Yin Find Shelter for the Homeless Person, John Tarrant talks about the intimacy that comes when we turn toward vulnerability and no longer need to defend against life.