Into the Blue Dragon's Cave

Text September 1, 2020

How many times have I gone there for you? – The Blue Dragon’s Pearls

John Tarrant

Just at this moment, the whole universe is holding us up. It’s nice for it to have a good job like that. That’s the thing that Master Ma said, the great master Mazu, “At a certain stage you have to make yourself a raft and a ferry for others if you want to go forward from the place you cannot go forward from.” This letting yourself feel—feel the moment and how it spreads out. There is no other moment. There is this, this, this, the Blue Dragon moment. It goes out through the galaxies.

3999 Words
Audio July 16, 2020

Opening the Last Session in the Blue Dragon’s Cave – Sunday

John Tarrant, Michael Wilding, Tess Beasley

Audio: Tess & John open the final session of sesshin. Remarkable magic of incense in the ether!

25' 48"
Audio July 16, 2020

Vials of Light Sesshin Saturday Eve

Amaryllis Fletcher, John Tarrant, Jordan McConnell, Ryan McCoy

Audio session: Blue Dragon’s Cave Sesshin – Saturday eve – John’s dream of Orion. We accord with the Dao. What part of your life does not have value? Buddha nature is expressing itself through you. Voles 🙂 or vials of light: original light we call koans, which kindle lightin us. Always there even in a dark tangled place. Everything showing up is the koan! Memory in the cave – how they are whole and vivid.

89' 6"
Audio July 16, 2020

Sesshin Sunday Evening & Closing – The Grand Beast of Sesshin

John Tarrant, Jordan McConnell, Michael Wilding, Michelle Riddle, Ryan McCoy, Tess Beasley

Audio session: Blue Dragon’s Cave closing session – The grand beast of sesshin! Old dragon & tygher teachers meeting new teachers. A text on powers of dragons. Machado poem – ‘Only a wake behind us.’ Intimacy of Mazu’s dharma – ‘How are you?’ Sesshin is a work of art like rakusu. We are ‘always temporarily assembling ourselves’. All faults included in the cave. Mazu – as practice deepens make yourself a raft to transport others. Carrying the Dao is what you are! Music – Flute Michael Wilding, guitar singing Jordan MCConnell Cantor Amy Fletcher, Jan Brogan, HOP.

89' 6"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Banging on the Door of the House of Treasures?

David Weinstein

Audio Excerpt: David’s Sunday morning talk on the Storehouse of Treasures, the flipside of the Blue Dragon’s Cave. It can’t be forced open. And the very things I fear most, that imprison me are actually the treasure. how many times have I missed the door opening on its own? June 28 2020

4' 27"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: The Elephant in the Room – Dream of the Totality of Being

John Tarrant

Audio excerpt: John Tarrant Roshi recounts a Sesshin dream – insight on meditation practice. Saturday June 27th.

4' 19"
Audio July 10, 2020
8' 58"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Don’t Try to Cage the Blue Dragon

John Tarrant

Audio excerpt: Koans are much more than ‘tools’ – they do you! Your very heart mind is it, so have the intimacy of your life even into death. Friday eve. Summer Sesshin 2020.

3' 0"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Walking on the Red Sky – Leaving Regret

John Tarrant

Audio excerpt: John Tarrant Roshi on moments regret or the worst things becoming beautiful. Friday session Summer Sesshin.

1' 11"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Gardens in the Cracks of the Sidewalk – Small Moments

David Weinstein

Audio excerpt: David Weinstein on noticing small moments – the crack gardens in the sidewalks. Friday morning Summer Sesshin 202.

0' 54"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: The Unexpected Call of the Blue Dragon – Evening Words

Allison Atwill

Audio excerpt: Evening words from Allison Atwill, Roshi on Friday June 26th. The call of the Blue Dragon – what will it be?

0' 42"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Walking on the Red Sky & Navigating Your Bodhisattva Raft

John Tarrant

Audio excerpt: John Tarrant, Roshi on meeting our difficult time, quoting Master Ma and Yuanwu. Friday evening at Summer Sesshin

3' 47"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio excerpt: Four Boundless Vows & Evening Words

Amaryllis Fletcher, Ryan McCoy

Audio excerpt: Sesshin closing music, four bondless vows announced by Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher and sung by Ryan McCoy.

2' 27"
Audio July 9, 2020

You Can’t Cage a Koan – Make it a Raft! with John Tarrant

John Tarrant

Audio: Summer Sesshin. The complete Friday afternoon into evening session with John Tarrant, Roshi. Music by Ryan McCoy. Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher.

88' 0"
Audio July 9, 2020
1' 44"