PZI Zen Online

Audio April 5, 2021

The Lilies of New Life: Deepest Indigo

John Tarrant

The Lilies of New Life: It is spring and John reads poetry of the season. Dalung’s koan, Pure Everlasting Body, opens the gate to joy and uncertainty in our time, and this splendid season. Poems by Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, William Carlos Williams and winter into spring haiku by John. Original music performed by Jordan McConnell, as recorded Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. PZI Zen Online.

41' 5"
Audio March 31, 2021

The Case for Ordinary Mind – What Makes It So Hard to See?

The PZI enlightenment firm of Atwill, Riddle & Beasley makes a case for Ordinary Mind. Stories of what gets in the way, the nearness of “It” and a season of laughter. Music from Michael Wilding & Jordan McConnell. As recorded March 28, 2021.

76' 35"
Audio March 22, 2021
32' 29"
Audio March 12, 2021

Beautiful Blossoms, Everything Changing: Unfavorable Winds Blew the Ship off Course!

John Tarrant

We have to travel into the dark to find the treasure—the hidden jewels of practice. The difficulty we would like to avoid is the gate. Sappho said: “Enter the way, enter here.” Meditation is the container, the alembic of change. Poems and music during meditation from Michael Wilding. Ryan McCoy sings the vows. PZI Zen Online, as recorded March 7, 2021.

71' 18"
Audio March 8, 2021

Beautiful Blossoms, Everything Changing: Refuge & the Bodhisattva Path

John Tarrant

Deshan is determined to prove his scholarly certainty. He encounters 2 teachers who help him see the light. John talks about refuge; What is it? Why take it? What is the rakusu? A robe of freedom? Zen rests ultimately in mystery and cultivates uncertainty. Having confidence in the light always working inside you – Linji’s teachings. PZI’s approach: working with vows as koans. Music -Jordan McConnell. As recorded Feb. 28th, 2021.

73' 21"
Audio February 10, 2021

Guided Meditation with John Tarrant: This Current Matter

John Tarrant

Guided meditation with John Tarrant. Who is sitting? Who hears the bell? Always a good start for a meditation. John shares Master Ma’s comment on “the current matter”— this very moment in your life as a most important gate. Audio excerpt recorded Feb. 7 2021, PZI Zen Online. 25 minutes.

24' 19"
Audio January 28, 2021

Friends & Friendship – Things of Special Wonder

John Tarrant

PZI Zen Online: On friendship with the world—koans, trees, people. How we interact with friends, from the heart. They listen and we don’t have to make them anything other than what they are. Stories of Mr. Woods and other friends, making a friend of your koan in practice. As recorded Sunday Jan 24 2021. 7 minutes.

6' 45"
Audio January 26, 2021

The Firstness of Things & A Face in the Dark

John Tarrant

PZI Zen Online: Handing Things On in the Dark. The dark silent time of this year has lasted for 9 months, in COVID. “The whole meaning of your life is in the current matter happening now.” No explaining it. “To be deeply in Zen is to be deeply in how to express it.” The first vaccines are here. The mysterious freedoms of this time, welcoming the new year, and a tour of the deep thick dark of midnight. John reads poems by Gerard Manly Hopkins, Anna Swir, Czeslaw Milosz, and more. Music from Jordan McConnell & Amaryllis Fletcher. As recorded Jan 3 2021.

51' 30"
Audio January 25, 2021

Excerpt: The Firstness of Things – the New Year 2021

John Tarrant

PZI Zen Online: Excerpt from Handing Things On in the Dark. The freshness of the new year, the dark silent time of the year. To be deeply in zen is to be deeply in how to express it. The mysterious freedoms of the dark. As recorded Jan. 3, 2021. 2 minutes.

1' 59"
Audio December 8, 2020

The Importance of Leftovers with Jon Joseph Roshi

Jon Joseph

PZI Zen Online: At PZI we say that every bit of awakening is all of awakening. In fact, the barrier for awakening is so low that our sutra dedication says that “ants, sticks, and grizzly bears can easily jump over.” The bar is low, the gate wide open, the invitation given and never rescinded!

38' 1"
Audio October 19, 2020

I’m Pecking – Breaking Through

John Tarrant

PZI Zen Online: Hanging Lanterns at the Gates of the Autumn Temple with John Tarrant Roshi. Immensity is pecking; breaking through with a koan, Jingqing asks for help with his awakening. We are part of a great transformative process which can be precious and subtle. As recorded Oct 18 2020. Music from Michael Wilding, Jordan McConnell & Amaryllis Fletcher, vows Michelle Riddle.

93' 20"
Audio September 27, 2020

Every Day Is A Good Day

David Weinstein

PZI Zen Online – David Weinstein – what about after the full moon? As recorded August 26 2020.

62' 30"