PZI Teacher Archives
We don’t need to turn away from the world and we don’t have to find a place to stand. Our listening and our presence operate below the level at which we usually manage things. So that is the hearing aspect of this koan. Just let hearing have you. This koan can be carried everywhere with you. Complete Sunday Zen session.
Just listen! After a difficult battle, a Japanese general hears a bamboo flute in the distance. The sound awakens him to practice and teach Zen, and to allow music in the zendo—the sound itself a gateway into everything. John Tarrant plays a John Cage soundscape: Sound lets us listen to the world—it gives us our own lives. When we step into the here, we step into the infinite and stop being afraid. Jordan McConnell plays guitar in the meditation. Comments from teachers and leaders. September 25, 2022.
The 3rd of John Tarrant’s Sunday series on predicament koans. John talks about the Great Kalpa Fire. (Kalpa is a great age, eon, or universe.) Opening Talk from John’s Sunday Session on September 18, 2022. 19 minutes. (Complete video also available.)
The great cataclysmic fire at the end of the universe is us, is in our hands, because there is no separation. A student asks three teachers the same question: “At the end of the universe, will everything be destroyed?” and gets different answers. It is like asking, “Do you think I am really going to die?” and then getting three opinions. Complete Sunday Talk recorded September 18, 2022.