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Audio March 7, 2022

The Journey Itself Is Home

John Tarrant

We think about getting to that perfect destination, but it is the journey itself that is it. A lightness in our path comes of each step we take into eternity. Music from Michael Wilding, Amaryllis Fletcher & Jordan McConnell. February 20, 2022.

73' 0"
Audio March 1, 2022

Setting the Mind to Rest

John Tarrant

How do we set the mind at rest in times of war and turbulence? The practice was made in and for times like these. The art of practice is to be at peace in the middle of all the forces: climate change, disaster, war, disease, famine. Jordan McConnell chants a dharani, a sacred spell to ward off danger and dispel demons. Can’t hurt! February 27, 2022.

65' 44"
Audio February 16, 2022

The East Mountain Walks on the Water

John Tarrant

Brilliant Zen student Dahui’s teacher, Yuanwu, sees his student can’t quite let go of his hold of the precipice and gives him this koan. There is something underneath everything: it is vastness. The old character was ‘sky.’ Haiku was hailed as a perfect snapshot with eternity in it. Haiku from John Tarrant, Masaoka Shiki, and others. Complete session recorded February 13, 2022.

60' 13"
Text February 15, 2022

Dharma Theme: Hakuin’s Praise Song for Meditation

Allison Atwill, Jesse Cardin, Michelle Riddle, Tess Beasley

Here is a curation of four dharma talks on a single page, for easy finding and listening, from Hakuin’s Praise Song for Meditation 4-Part Special Sunday Series with PZI Teachers Allison, Tess, Michelle, & Jesse. As recorded in the PZI Digital Temple on January 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2022.

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Audio January 27, 2022

Zen Luminaries: Return to Hunger Mountain – with Translator David Hinton

Jon Joseph

Jon Joseph Roshi hosts a conversation with David Hinton, a poet and translator who specializes in Chan literature and poetry. His many books include The Selected Poems of Tu Fu (Du Fu), The Selected Poems of Li Po, and a translation of the I Ching. Hinton’s translations of the great Chan poets have earned acclaim for conveying “the actual texture and density of the originals.” As recorded January 23, 2022.

83' 40"
Audio January 19, 2022

Hakuin’s Praise Song for Meditation: 4 Teachers, Part 2 of Four

Allison Atwill, Jesse Cardin, Michelle Riddle, Tess Beasley

Four PZI Teachers explore Hakuin’s Praise Song for Meditation: Part 2 in the Series, recorded January 16, 2022. Music from Michael Wilding, Jordan McConnell, & PZI Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher.

78' 57"
Audio January 15, 2022

Hakuin’s Praise Song for Meditation: 4 Teachers, Part 1 of Four

Allison Atwill, Jesse Cardin, Michelle Riddle, Tess Beasley

Four PZI Teachers explore Hakuin’s Praise Song for Meditation: Part 1 of the Series, recorded January 16, 2022. Music from Michael Wilding, Jordan McConnell & PZI Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher.

79' 8"
Audio December 28, 2021
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Audio December 28, 2021

The Hoofs & The Horns, Part 1

John Tarrant

The shaggy beast of the year 2021 – John chants the Kanzeon for all things leaving and crossing over, and Jordan sings the Kanzeon. What is next for our times? Not knowing is most intimate! As recorded December 19, 2021.

69' 9"
Audio December 28, 2021
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Audio November 30, 2021

Our Own True Lives: Thank You Very Much!

John Tarrant

Thanksgiving weekend dharma talk on the many-layered and mysterious qualities of gratitude: aspirational, strategic, innocent, etc. The act of giving is pure —any gift is good. A koan story: A teacher gives a student a yearlong task on feeling gratitude. Music for meditation from Michael Wilding and Jordan McConnell, Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher on violin introducing the Four Vows.

63' 46"
Audio November 23, 2021

On Being the Worst Horse, the One Buddha Loves

John Tarrant

Who wants to be the worst horse? No one. But Buddha loves the worst horse. John Tarrant on worst horse experiences and the merits of not striving to go beyond where we are. If I am the worst horse then my Buddha nature is there. Music from Michael Wilding, Todd Geist sings vows.

68' 11"

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Dharma Theme November 4, 2021
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Audio October 31, 2021

Zen & the Art of Meditation Series, Part 3: Befriending Your Own Heart Mind

John Tarrant

Befriending your life, your koan, your own heart mind—not using your meditation for anything: no intention to improve yourself; not getting on board with the mind. Zen & The Art of Meditation, Part lll: October 17, 2021.

75' 12"
Audio October 16, 2021

Zen & the Art of Meditation Series: Part 1

John Tarrant

Dharmakaya koans open the body of reality—this is one of those koans: Yunmen’s “What is your light?” The light is always happening, so it is a good thing to notice. In times like these, this koan is one to ally with. Is there an art of meditation? It begins and ends with you. Music from Michael Wilding, Amaryllis Fletcher & Jordan McConnell.

69' 45"
Text October 12, 2021

Unexpected Gifts: 10,000 Feet Down, The Stone

John Tarrant

John Tarrant talks about living in an underworld time, in a descent as a culture and as a world, and as a planet. Accepting the descent, and accepting the quality of being lost when it appears, is profoundly important. And there’s a great, strange, and interesting mystery in that.

7566 Words
Audio September 24, 2021

Musical Interlude for Passing Through Danger & Demons

Michael Wilding

Michael Wilding’s transportive original composition, an interlude for meditation, on flute. As recorded September 19, 2021.

4' 59"
Audio September 24, 2021

The 4 Boundless Vows, in Harmony

Jon Joseph

A beautiful version of the 4 Boundless Vows for 2 harmonizing voices. It blooms! Thanks to Rose Joseph & her friend Delfine. As recorded during Jon Joseph’s Monday evening talk on September 20th, 2021.

1' 56"
Audio September 23, 2021

More Spells for Passing Through Danger & Demons

John Tarrant

Everyone is assailed by demons right now. Demons have a long history in the culture. If you’ve got demons, you’re alive! But you don’t have to get on board with them. Demons come out of your own heart, just like enlightenment. Tess Beasley reads from James Hillman’s “Dreams & the Blood Soul.” Michelle Riddle & Jon Joseph chant a Zen spell for dispelling demons, the Sho Sai Myo Kichijo Dharani. John reads Keats and Coleridge.

71' 56"
Audio September 2, 2021

Unexpected Gifts, Unexpected Help Along the Way

John Tarrant

What is the gift of the universe? We receive unexpected help when we are “living down a level,” living things before we construct them. Not constantly consulting your “me,” you open to the invitations and gifts that appear; trusting in the Dao.

67' 28"
Audio July 13, 2021

Markers of the Way: Curiosity, Epiphany, Intimacy, Kindness

John Tarrant

Markers of the Way. Stepping into the field of the heart mind —the koan field. John reads his poem, “Setting out under the Golden Gate in the Rain.” The intimacy of doing tasks together. Mazu’s koan, “The purpose of your whole life is contained in the current matter.” Epiphanies—the Greek showing of the god, and the Japanese kensho: when you see your true nature. Curiosity is part of awakening. Whose life is it? Discovery must be lived through your own deep work. Everything strikes the heart. Our monastery is the practice. Music with Michael Wilding and Ryan McCoy. PZI Zen Online, as recorded Feb. 7, 2021.

67' 23"
Audio June 4, 2021

Free & Easy Wandering Series: Knock on Any Door with Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill

An excerpt from the full Sunday session with co-host Tess Beasley. Allison Atwill tells a story of a moment when she knocked on a door and entered the vastness of the universe. As recorded on May 30, 2021

24' 6"
Audio May 11, 2021

Guided Koan Meditation: Free & Easy Wandering Series – Jiashan’s State of Mind

A 20-minute guided koan meditation with John Tarrant, from his Sunday dharma talk. The koan for this meditation, “What is Jiashan’s state of mind?” was translated by John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland. Audio excerpt as recorded May 9, 2021.

20' 52"
Audio April 29, 2021

The Ox Follows: Ox-herding Pictures 4 & 5

Jon Joseph

Jon Joseph Roshi of San Mateo Zen considers the 4th & 5th Ox-herding Pictures and poems. Of itself, the Ox follows along—without devices or chains. PZI Zen Online. Dharma talk as recorded March 22, 2021.

25' 49"
Audio April 23, 2021

Guided Koan Meditation: Peach Blossoms at Spring Sesshin

John Tarrant

A guided koan meditation with John Tarrant to begin the Spring Sesshin. Koan: Peach Blossoms. 7 minutes as recorded April 7, 2021.

7' 0"
Audio April 22, 2021

The Valley Spirit Never Dies: Peach Blossoms Appearing

John Tarrant

Peach blossoms can turn up anywhere, and the Valley Spirit appears. Depending on what is larger than us—even the reaching for it has it! PZI Digital Temple. Audio as recorded April 21, 2021.

40' 20"
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. 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?

Allison Atwill, Jesse Cardin, Tess Beasley

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
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Audio March 19, 2021

Meditation: Who’s Hearing?

John Tarrant

A 17-minute guided meditation with John Tarrant, excerpted from a Sunday Meditation & Talk recorded on March 14th, 2021.

7' 53"

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