meditation practice

Audio September 9, 2020

Everyone Has Their Own Light – with John Tarrant Roshi

John Tarrant

PZI Zen Online – Hanging Lanterns at the Gates of the Autumn Temple – As old agreements fall apart, practice is a kindness to yourself. What is the image of our time: A lamp that lights another without losing any radiance. It carries a moment of change with the warmth of fire. What is meditation: Any moment of sanity. As recorded, Sept. 6 2020. Michael Wilding Flute, Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher, violin prelude and Jordan McConnell 4 vows.

85' 43"
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"
Video December 26, 2019

Walking the Mysterious Path Together – Koans, Transformation & PZI

John Tarrant

John Tarrant, Roshi, Director of PZI and author, talks about the mystery of meditation as he first experienced it in the ancient forests of Queensland; about transformation on the ancient koan path we follow, and the evolution of Pacific Zen Institute as a community, and koan school with a new online resource center, the KALPA (Koans and Liberation Project Archive) Library. Your support helps produce PZI’s ongoing retreats and dharma talks, John’s writing projects, and spreads the teachings.

8' 16"
Video June 18, 2019

The Bird Path

John Tarrant

John says birds can ‘open the sky’ for us when we watch them fly – everything just appears and then is gone without a trace. If we trust whatever appears, that’s a taste of the bird path. Might it be true that no matter what, you’re not having the wrong moment? That you don’t have to disapprove. When it’s difficult, it’s good to know that it’s for us. It’s ours. Life is blessing us all the time. Our thinking/feeling ‘This isn’t it,’ is what we call loneliness. John talks about how our practice asks us, ‘What’s it like to be me? What’s it like to be a tree? A bird? What if I’m a fire? A river?’ My mind and the universe – not much difference.

32' 21"
Video July 6, 2017

The Curiosity Shop

Rachel Boughton

Rachel Boughton discusses techniques of meditation during sesshin; darkness, light, curiosity, and learning how to sit attentively with a koan. 2014.

46' 7"
Video June 26, 2017

The Teachers Speak

David Weinstein, Illana Berger, John Tarrant, Steven Grant

On Friday evening, the last night of the October 2015 sesshin, all the teachers weigh in.

23' 0"
Video June 26, 2017

The Sport of Meditation

Steven Grant

Steven Grant gives a talk on “the sport of meditation” at 2016 Winter Sesshin.

3' 28"