PZI Teacher Archives
The subject is the Dharma, the deepest matters, our own true face. And one way to look at that is through the Blue Cliff Record. It is a good way to look at that—all these occasions for revealing who you are.
In a Zen Luminaries Series conversation with Jon Joseph, Ms. Nye reads her prose-poem, Gate A4, and recounts a synchronous meeting at an airport gate while waiting on a delayed flight. Recorded June 27, 2022. 7 minutes.
Poet Naomi Shihab Nye remembers childhood noticing and curiosity about the world—a desire, formed early, to have a big life, still drives her. From a Zen Luminaries Series conversation with Jon Joseph, recorded June 27, 2022. 7 minutes.
Modern Zen Luminaries: A series of Zen Buddhist scholars, writers, poets, translators, and practitioners join PZI’s Jon Joseph Roshi for lively discussions online, with a focus on our Chan lineage. Includes all recordings beginning with the series’ launch in September 2021.
PZI Zen Online: Excerpt from Journey Into Awakening. John Tarrant reads Naomi Nye’s famous poem, Kindness. Losing everything to find it. Every day small kindnesses open into the silence. The universe is so rich in destinations that you are always already in one! As recorded Nov 29 2020. 21 minutes.
People go to wild places to find their true nature. The wild is here, right now, in your own wild temple. Anything can happen in the wildness of now. Small kindnesses open into the silence. The universe is so rich in destinations and you are already in one! The beauty of gathering for meditation in difficult times. Music from Jordan McConnell, Amaryllis Fletcher. PZI Zen Online. Complete session as recorded Nov. 29, 2020. 60 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.