PZI Teacher Archives
Turning Toward What Is Most Oppressive
Tess tells a story about the confinements of physical pain and long isolation for a musician during Covid lockdown. What are the gifts of turning into the trouble and the fear? 7-minute excerpt from Sunday Zen on Memorial Day 2022.
The Release in Turning Toward What Is Most Difficult
Tess Beasley talks about what it is like to turn toward pain, of whatever manifestation; physical, emotional, collective. What comes of turning toward it? A musician’s transportive journey out of the pain and loss of COVID lockdown time. 7 minutes, May 29, 2022.
What Is Most Urgent for Me? What Should I Do?
What next? I am up against it. How can I do what is needed or know which direction to go? The direction is inward. A turning toward everything inside the self is required. Like the Buddha—his urgency amplified his situation. Facing pain, loss, injury, or grief, we want direct and appropriate action to release us. The only way forward is toward the inner world. Tess Beasley Sensei’s Sunday Talk on May 29, 2022.
Put Out the Fire – A Panel on Koan Practice & Pain
Jon Joseph Roshi assembles a panel of four PZI meditators who have varied experiences of chronic and severe pain. Koan meditation has helped all of them find a way to allow in the pain—to not exclude it—and to see it as a profound teacher and ally. Recorded May 31, 2021.
Peace and Puppets
While ducking projectile pillows, Steven discusses the student/teacher relationship, internalized pain, and the issues of self-deception – through the use of puppets.