precepts

Video May 17, 2022

VIDEO: How the Precepts Arrive in Your Life

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill talks about the way that awakening arrives: in a particular form, only for you, an encounter among all other possibilities in all the galaxies. Precepts speak to us when we feel separate from others—we are in the realm of the precepts, and freedom is possible. Recorded April 27, 2021. 3 minutes.

5' 10"
Audio June 29, 2021

Vows as Koans – Part 3: I Vow to Do Good for Others

Allison Atwill, Jesse Cardin, Tess Beasley

Part 3 of a 3-part series: The Three Pure Vows as Enduring Koans of Everyday Life with Allison Atwill, Tess Beasley & Jesse Cardin. Talks by all three teachers on the vows of our tradition. Complete session, as recorded June 21, 2021.

79' 56"
Audio June 29, 2021

Vows as Koans – Part 2: I Vow to Do Good

Allison Atwill, Jesse Cardin, Tess Beasley

Part 2 of a 3-part series: The Three Pure Vows as Enduring Koans of Everyday Life with Allison Atwill, Tess Beasley & Jesse Cardin. Talks by all three teachers on the vows of our tradition. Complete session, as recorded June 14, 2021.

75' 55"
Audio April 27, 2021

The Way Things Are Is Mysterious & Hard to See – Refuge Vows As Koans

Allison Atwill, Jesse Cardin, Tess Beasley

Allison Atwill, Tess Beasley & Jesse Cardin lead us into the heart of PZI practice—what it means to take refuge, and how to work with the vows as koans. Purification Sutra and vows sung and played by musician Jordan McConnell. PZI Digital Temple. As recorded April 25, 2021.

70' 47"
Audio June 1, 2020

I Vow to Set Endless Heartache to Rest: Chan Stories and the Zhuangzi

John Tarrant

John Tarrant talks about Chan’s encounter with Daoism and the Zhuangzi, replete with strange characters like “Crooked Carriage” and his friends. Chan took on their difficult times with stories and koans. Upheaval from Covid quarantine, riots over racism—koan meditation is a vessel for our times. Who’s concerned about the world? Who’s sad? We are in it together, so let’s vow to set endless heartache to rest. Koans and stories are ancient vials of light that help us now. PZI Zen Online, as recorded May 31, 2020.

90' 58"
Audio April 14, 2020

Not Attacking, Not Withdrawing

Allison Atwill

PZI Zen Online Audio: Allison Atwill introduces a koan that is a fragment of a precept— Not attacking, not withdrawing. Not real or unreal. There’s an ocean of bright clouds, an ocean of solemn clouds. The volatility of confinement in lockdown and the vastness within it. As recorded April 7 2020.

69' 12"