PZi Zen Online: Handing Things on in the Dark. The dark silent time of the year has lasted for 9 months in covid. ‘The whole meaning of your life is in the current matter happening now.’ No explaining it – ‘To be deeply in zen is to be deeply in how to express it.’ First vaccines too and the mysterious freedoms. Jan. 3 2021.John Tarrant welcomes the new year and tours the deep thick dark of midnight. He reads poems by Gerard Manly Hopkins, Anna Swir, Czeslaw Milosz and more. Music from Jordan McConnell & Amaryllis Fletcher.
Audio Excerpt: Handing Things on in the Dark – the freshness of the new year. The dark silent time of the year. ‘To be deeply in zen is to be deeply in how to express it.’ The mysterious freedoms of the dark. Jan. 3 2021; 2 minutes
I think this is a time when things are kind of changing and incredibly uncertain, and that fidelity to what’s really true to us is important and valuable. And we don’t have to pretend that when difficulties are here, they’re not here. But also, we don’t have to pretend that they cancel the illumination, because nothing does, really. Even if we’re dying, the brightness of life is still there. And after we’re dead, we’ll worry about that later, [laughs] when the time comes in the bardos.