refuge

Video May 18, 2022

VIDEO: Refuge vs Creating the Self with Tess Beasley

Allison Atwill, Jesse Cardin, Tess Beasley

Tess Beasley tells a story reflecting on the creation of the self vs the vast field that the precepts live in. April 27, 2021. 3 minutes.

3' 6"
Video May 18, 2022

VIDEO: Refuge vs Creating the Self with Jesse Cardin

Allison Atwill, Jesse Cardin, Tess Beasley

Jess Cardin tells a story about making rock candy. Reflecting on the creation of the self vs the vast field that the precepts live in. April 27, 2021. 3 minutes.

4' 11"
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"
Text January 18, 2022

PZI Rinzai Rakusu Pattern – Sew Your Own Rakusu

Pacific Zen Institute, PZI Teachers

Here are the basic instructions on sewing your own rakusu. A task not to be taken on lightly and better in a group – even if you are separated but can compare notes. Every piece of the rakusu is symbolic and important for the four guardians at the corners to the ring and the final stitched golden mountain brand on the neck band.

5 Words
Audio August 5, 2021

Special Program: 4 Teachers & 4 Boundless Vows: 1st Vow – with Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill

Part 1, “I vow to wake all the beings of the world.” Allison Atwill introduces the 1st of the 4 Vows, noticing the grandeur and awe of an impossible task. One’s own room expanding outwards, vow as a prayer in service of awakening. How to save all beings? By including them, now. That which has already been born, allow it to be here and find its place. Excerpt from the Sunday session on August 1, 2021.

10' 1"
Audio July 13, 2021

Refuge Ceremony in Winter Sesshin

PZI Teachers

Evening refuge ceremony with PZI Teachers, in Winter Sesshin. As recorded January 20, 2018.

59' 7"
Audio March 8, 2021

Obstacles & Gates: Refuge & the Bodhisattva Path

John Tarrant

Deshan is determined to prove his scholarly certainty. He encounters two teachers who help him see the light. John talks about refuge; What is it? Why take refuge? What is the rakusu? PZI’s approach—working with refuge vows as koans. Zen ultimately rests in mystery and uncertainty. Linji says, “Have confidence in the light always working inside you.” Music with Jordan McConnell. Sunday talk as recorded Feb. 28th, 2021.

73' 21"
Video June 7, 2019

Refuge as Initiation

John Tarrant

John Tarrant presents a dharma talk about taking refuge in the Pacific Zen Institute tradition as an initiatory process.

41' 20"