Summer Sesshin 2020

Audio July 18, 2020

The Blue Dragon’s Cave – a Storehouse of Treasures, Sunday Morning

David Weinstein

Blue Dragon’s Cave Sesshin, Sunday: Small things, small moments of rest peace awakening, like ‘Thank you’. Appreciating the treasures discarded. The very things that imprison me hold the freedom, if we can ‘host’ them. Being home with them. The Storehouse ONLY opens by itself – no prying or forcing. ‘Returning’ in meditation. Leonard Cohen sings – How the Light gets in. Sunday July 28.

61' 35"
Audio July 16, 2020

Opening the Last Session in the Blue Dragon’s Cave – Sunday

John Tarrant, Michael Wilding, Tess Beasley

Audio: Tess & John open the final session of sesshin. Remarkable magic of incense in the ether!

25' 48"
Audio July 16, 2020

Vials of Light Sesshin Saturday Eve

Amaryllis Fletcher, John Tarrant, Jordan McConnell, Ryan McCoy

Audio session: Blue Dragon’s Cave Sesshin – Saturday eve – John’s dream of Orion. We accord with the Dao. What part of your life does not have value? Buddha nature is expressing itself through you. Voles 🙂 or vials of light: original light we call koans, which kindle lightin us. Always there even in a dark tangled place. Everything showing up is the koan! Memory in the cave – how they are whole and vivid.

89' 6"
Audio July 16, 2020

Sesshin Sunday Evening & Closing – The Grand Beast of Sesshin

John Tarrant, Jordan McConnell, Michael Wilding, Michelle Riddle, Ryan McCoy, Tess Beasley

Audio session: Blue Dragon’s Cave closing session – The grand beast of sesshin! Old dragon & tygher teachers meeting new teachers. A text on powers of dragons. Machado poem – ‘Only a wake behind us.’ Intimacy of Mazu’s dharma – ‘How are you?’ Sesshin is a work of art like rakusu. We are ‘always temporarily assembling ourselves’. All faults included in the cave. Mazu – as practice deepens make yourself a raft to transport others. Carrying the Dao is what you are! Music – Flute Michael Wilding, guitar singing Jordan MCConnell Cantor Amy Fletcher, Jan Brogan, HOP.

89' 6"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Banging on the Door of the House of Treasures?

David Weinstein

Audio Excerpt: David’s Sunday morning talk on the Storehouse of Treasures, the flipside of the Blue Dragon’s Cave. It can’t be forced open. And the very things I fear most, that imprison me are actually the treasure. how many times have I missed the door opening on its own? June 28 2020

4' 27"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: The Elephant in the Room – Dream of the Totality of Being

John Tarrant

Audio excerpt: John Tarrant Roshi recounts a Sesshin dream – insight on meditation practice. Saturday June 27th.

4' 19"
Audio July 10, 2020
8' 58"
Audio July 10, 2020

Be a Tiger at Home in the Mountains, Opening Summer Sesshin – Into the Cave of the Blue Dragon

John Tarrant, Michelle Riddle

Audio session – Opening the Cave of the Blue Dragon retreat with John Tarrant & Michelle Riddle. John talks about meditation at sesshin. Stories: District Mistress Fan & Yuan Wu -‘so near at hand’. Tabor’s poem. So easy to think I am not enough. Xing Quin ‘One drop just ink – 2 drops a dragon is born’. We are each in community and discovering together. Yunmen’s ‘Talking to a rock’. Alan Watts – Letting go – ‘Dont prevent the world from falling apart’. Be a tiger at home in the mountains. Closing prayer: Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher, Jordan McConnell – the four vows. Jon Joseph, Roshi evening words. Thursday June 25, 2020

38' 16"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Don’t Try to Cage the Blue Dragon

John Tarrant

Audio excerpt: Koans are much more than ‘tools’ – they do you! Your very heart mind is it, so have the intimacy of your life even into death. Friday eve. Summer Sesshin 2020.

3' 0"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Walking on the Red Sky – Leaving Regret

John Tarrant

Audio excerpt: John Tarrant Roshi on moments regret or the worst things becoming beautiful. Friday session Summer Sesshin.

1' 11"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: Gardens in the Cracks of the Sidewalk – Small Moments

David Weinstein

Audio excerpt: David Weinstein on noticing small moments – the crack gardens in the sidewalks. Friday morning Summer Sesshin 202.

0' 54"
Audio July 10, 2020

Audio Excerpt: The Unexpected Call of the Blue Dragon – Evening Words

Allison Atwill

Audio excerpt: Evening words from Allison Atwill, Roshi on Friday June 26th. The call of the Blue Dragon – what will it be?

0' 42"
Audio July 9, 2020

You Can’t Cage a Koan – Make it a Raft! with John Tarrant

John Tarrant

Audio: Summer Sesshin. The complete Friday afternoon into evening session with John Tarrant, Roshi. Music by Ryan McCoy. Cantor Amaryllis Fletcher.

88' 0"
Audio July 9, 2020
1' 44"