Audio PZI Zen Online: Whatever mind you have right now in the middle of covid and civil unrest is it! Is Buddha. A great gift. We soak into koan practice and thoughts are part of the mix. They come and go and small mind perceives the vast mind. Who are we and what is this? As recorded July 13 2020.
Audio PZI Zen Online: Sarah Bender Roshi unfolds a beautiful guided koan meditation from GGcase 42. Who is this mysterious girl who keeps company with Shakyamuni? She who can not be wakened except by ‘Delusive Wisdom’ or Momiyo from the underworld? When did she arrive? In moments of separation what wakes us? What is this insistence that wakes us? Waking or not waking it is all ‘an elegant performance!’ As recorded July 8 2020
Audio: PZI Zen online – A framework in our practice for relying on emptiness & freedom. Not holding preset views. Blessing things beyond approval and disapproval. I am you = emptiness. In Zen we shift to ‘before’ the demons grabbed our ankles. You can’t rely on what you believe. We ‘accord’ with the Dao. We can’t fall out of the dream. As recorded July 19 2020
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.
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.
PZI Zen Online: The moment you are doing nothing the universe is doing you! What is your response? Responses, readings from Atlanta Mayor Bottoms, Yunmen, William Stafford, Joan Sutherland. Koans for troubled times. Each moment is new. Where is the source of your response? No guarantees, anything can happen. As recorded June 5, 2020.
The Heart Sutra, like any koan, contains the universe, and so you have to go in somewhere. I want to go in through the “Mantra of Great Magic.” Even the word “mantra” is, in a certain way, a reference to magic, a sort of portable access to reality that you can carry around with you. And the word “magic” is also used for the word “mantra,” so where we use “mantra” to produce magic, there’s a transformative quality about the mantra so that, when you repeat it, when you keep company with it, you end up in its world.
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 become one with it. His method was formulated for his culture like we are for ours.
Audio: PZI Zen Online – ‘Layman Pang asks: ‘What about the person who does not keep company with the 10000 things?’ Sarah Bender, Roshi muses on Mayday as a distress call that in French simply means Help Me! and other implications of the day as labor strike. The multiple nature of our existence now in lockdown. Stillness vs online connections. As recorded May 1 2020