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Video July 23, 2022

Entering the World with Open Hands

John Tarrant

An encounter, a magical meeting, is the essence of koan practice. Sunday Talk on July 10, 2022. Complete session. 70 minutes.

70' 34"
Video July 23, 2022

Mysterious Avoidance of the Way

John Tarrant

It is mysterious how we can avoid the Way, even when we most want to enter it. It’s good to know we have a vessel that carries us. We can listen to everything that arises. From Not Picking & Choosing Part 1, a PZI Sunday Talk from June 26, 2022. 7 minutes.

7' 0"
Audio July 19, 2022

Sesshin Weeds

Michelle Riddle

Michelle Riddle tells a sesshin story about a band of weed whackers that came to be in concert with everything. From John Tarrant’s Sunday Session on Not Picking & Choosing, recorded June 26, 2022.

2' 49"
Audio July 19, 2022

Everything Is in Concert

Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley shares stories about encountering unexpected sounds, delayed luggage, and the chaos of moving. Recorded in John Tarrant’s Sunday session on Not Picking & Choosing, June 26, 2022.

2' 53"
Audio July 18, 2022

A Passionate Entry into Life

John Tarrant

John Tarrant’s complete Sunday Talk: The Great Way Is Not Difficult; It Just Avoids Picking & Choosing. Recorded June 26, 2022, in the PZI Online Temple.

71' 1"
Audio July 18, 2022

Not Picking & Choosing – Solo Flute for Meditation

Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding’s solo flute during John Tarrant’s Sunday Talk: The Great Way Is Not Difficult; It Just Avoids Picking & Choosing. Recorded on June 26, 2022 in the Online Temple.

5' 6"
Video June 19, 2022

Magical Meetings: Jordan McConnell’s Music for Meditation

Jordan McConnell

Music for meditation, recorded on June 12, 2022, during John Tarrant’s Sunday Session. Jordan McConnell’s improvisation on guitar. 9-minute video.

7' 39"
Video June 19, 2022

Magical Meetings: Encountering Your Own True Self

John Tarrant

John Tarrant on a meeting past midnight with an old familiar face that you may or may not recognize right off. When there is no moon and you can’t find your way in the usual way, you are bound to have some unusual encounters. Stories, readings, comments, and music for meditation from Michael Wilding and Jordan McConnell. Complete Sunday Session recorded on June 12, 2022.

70' 34"
Video June 19, 2022

Magical Meetings: Past Midnight – Koun Yamada’s Awakening

John Tarrant

Awakening comes when you least expect it. Zen ancestor Koun Yamada returned from a retreat feeling deeply uncertain. Then dream life confirmed his awakening. Recorded June 12, 2022. 2-minute video.

1' 59"
Video June 18, 2022

Points of Practice: Getting Stuck, Getting Free

John Tarrant

In our Zen practice, there comes a time when you can feel stuck. John Tarrant talks about how to navigate this. Recorded June 12, 2022. 3-minute video.

3' 0"
Audio June 17, 2022

Magical Meetings

John Tarrant

John Tarrant on a meeting past midnight, with an old familiar face you may or may not recognize right off. When there is no moon and you can’t find your way in the usual way, you are bound to have some unusual encounters. Stories, readings, comments, and music for meditation from Michael Wilding and Jordan McConnell. Complete Sunday Session audio. Recorded June 12, 2022.

70' 34"
Video June 17, 2022

Magical Meetings: Whatever Arises, Is It!

John Tarrant

John Tarrant tells a story about meeting whatever arises, in preparation for PZI’s first in-person retreat since Covid, and for other unexpected encounters. Meeting your true self: Turning toward the fire gives you your life. And, “Meeting the old familiar face from long ago,” from the first of Dongshan’s Five Ranks. The only now we have is ours, as intense and real as it might be. So, have your life! Being lost is better than being right. Recorded June 12, 2022. 9-minute video.

9' 24"
Audio June 9, 2022
3' 45"
Audio June 8, 2022

Impossible Problems: Sometimes It Takes a Bear

Tess Beasley

Endless problems around a move mount into a seemingly impossible knot until…a bear walks through them. June 5, 2022. 3 minutes.

3' 29"
Audio June 6, 2022

Flute Solo for Meditation with Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding’s improv on flute, recorded Sunday, May 2022, during John Tarrant’s What Is This? Sunday Session. 5 minutes.

5' 35"
Audio May 24, 2022

Enlightenment & Jam – Shopping for a Rhinoceros

John Tarrant

Shopping for enlightenment. What is this? Things come at us and over us during an enlightenment experience—sometimes quite unusual. You are being carried by the Dao; it doesn’t care what else you’ve got going on. Music for meditation from Jordan McConnell and Micheal Wilding. Recorded May 15, 2022.

63' 23"
Audio May 23, 2022

Rhinoceros Shopping – Jam & Enlightenment

John Tarrant

The Rhinoceros has a suggested shopping list for John. Among the items, like hay and jam, is enlightenment. Yes, you really can find all of these things at the market, right in the middle of your busy life. 15-minute excerpt from the Sunday Session: Enlightenment While Shopping for Jam, recorded May 15, 2022.

15' 31"
Audio May 8, 2022

Zen Is Poetry: Music for Meditation with Jiashan’s State of Mind

Jordan McConnell

Meditation on the koan, What Is Jiashan’s State of Mind, is accompanied by Jordan McConnell’s musical improvisation on guitar. Recorded on May 1, 2022, during John Tarrant’s Zen Is Poetry Sunday Talk.

4' 59"
Audio May 8, 2022

John Tarrant Reads His Poem, Healing Paths

John Tarrant

John Tarrant reads his poem, Healing Paths, composed spontaneously in response to a training exercise with a group of Integrative Medicine doctors. Each practitioner was asked to describe healing, and this “is what came out of me.” Excerpt from Zen & Poetry, a Sunday Talk on May 1st, 2022.

1' 8"
Audio April 26, 2022

Beyond Clarity & Confusion

Jesse Cardin

Jesse Cardin gets a phone call about a warrant for his arrest and enters the realms of clarity and confusion. Who can wait quietly till the mud settles? It’s not our business if we’re clear or confused. Whatever arrives carries us through. Stories and koans from the Odyssey, Daodejing, Yunmen, and a hermit who enters the jumbled mountains without a backward glance. As recorded April 24th, 2022.

92' 45"
Audio March 3, 2022

Bodhidharma: There, I Have Set Your Mind to Rest

John Tarrant

John Tarrant reads the koan story Bodhidharma Sets the Mind to Rest to close his Sunday program. February 27, 2022. 2 minutes.

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Audio March 2, 2022

Winter Sesshin: My Heart Is Not at Rest

Jesse Cardin

Jesse Cardin tells the story of Zen’s favorite odd couple Yantou and Xuefeng holed up snowbound on Tortoise Mountain. Xuefeng’s heart is not at rest, he can not sleep or stop thinking about his heart not being at rest.

49' 57"
Audio March 2, 2022

Dharma Theme: Winter & Silver, Moonlight & Snow – Winter Sesshin 2022

John Tarrant, PZI Cantor & Musicians, PZI Teachers

A curation of Winter Sesshin dharma talks on a single page, for easy finding and listening. A sesshin is always more than the sum of its parts or its recorded talks. There are morning rituals, greetings, incense passed magically through the screen, the changing light, rich silences, moments of humor, tech gremlins, tears, synchronicities, dogs barking, dreams, and awakenings that we share. It is the timeless play of the universe. As recorded in the PZI Digital Temple, February 1-6, 2022.

316 Words
Audio March 2, 2022

Winter Sesshin: A Donkey Sees a Well

Jon Joseph

A donkey falls into a well, a well falls into a donkey. Morning dharma talk by Jon Joseph Roshi. Recorded February 2, 2022

37' 28"
Audio February 24, 2022

Winter Sesshin: Winter Silence Opening Night

John Tarrant, PZI Cantor & Musicians, PZI Teachers

John Tarrant and PZI Teachers welcome us and speak the koan into the vessel of sesshin. Heads of Practice Chris Gaffney and Jan Brogan say welcoming words. John speaks about the power of silence, and tending the mystery together in the Winter Temple. Closing words from Jon Joseph. Music from Michael Wilding, Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher, and Jordan McConnell. As recorded on February 1, 2022.

41' 57"
Audio June 29, 2021

The Lion with Golden Hair

John Tarrant

The tip of each hair on the golden-haired lion is itself a whole world, an image of all the galaxies, all piled together. This lion is warm-hearted, delighted with everything, having a generally good time no matter what kind of time we’re having.

72' 18"
Audio February 3, 2021

Through Winter Silence: This Is Happening

Allison Atwill

Winter Sesshin: Through Winter Silence into the New Light – audio excerpt from a dharma talk with Allison Atwill. The tale of a harrowing solo voyage around Cape Horn reminds us of our capacity to turn the boat toward the real. As recorded January 16, 2021.

3' 30"
Audio February 3, 2021

Through Winter Silence: Who Was at the Helm?

Sarah Bender

Winter Sesshin: Through Winter Silence into the New Light. Audio excerpt from Allison Atwill’s dharma talk recorded on January 16th, 2021. Sarah Bender comments on a nightmarish moment in the tale of the round-the-world voyage of navigator John Slocum.

2' 0"

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