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Video August 11, 2022

It’s Hard? Then Let the Koan Carry You

John Tarrant

Shitou says the dark and bright are both part of the deep work. When times are tough, trusting your koan and the deep current carrying us all, is the way forward. Mazu tells us we came here to make a way out of no way—koans help. Trust in this valuable process. From a talk given at Summer Sesshin in June 2022. 5 minutes.

4' 53"
Video July 29, 2022

Koans & the Journey of Refuge

Tess Beasley

From a talk given by Tess Beasley in Summer Sesshin on June 15, 2022. 3 minutes.

2' 39"
Video July 29, 2022

Forms of Awakening

John Tarrant

Kensho is a real thing—and you can’t pin it down. Awakening takes many and varied forms. Long to really understand reality, and have the joy of that. From a talk given during Summer Sesshin on June 17, 2022. 12 minutes.

12' 7"
Video July 29, 2022
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Video July 28, 2022

On the Meaning and Importance of Kanzeon

John Tarrant

John answers a question at Summer Sesshin about the Sutra, and the Bodhisattva Guanyin’s importance in Zen. 3 minutes.

1' 23"
Video July 28, 2022

Impossible Vows

Tess Beasley

From a talk in Summer Sesshin on refuge and vows, given by Tess Beasley. Recorded June 15, 2022.

11' 30"
Video July 23, 2022

Mysterious Avoidance of the Way

John Tarrant

It is mysterious how we can avoid the Way, even when we most want to enter it. It’s good to know we have a vessel that carries us. We can listen to everything that arises. From Not Picking & Choosing Part 1, a PZI Sunday Talk from June 26, 2022. 7 minutes.

7' 0"
Video July 22, 2022

Front Foot & Back Foot Walking

John Tarrant

John Tarrant reads Chan poet Su Dongpo (Tung-po) and comments on his journey through bright and dark. From a talk given in Summer Sesshin on June 17, 2022. 4 minutes.

3' 38"
Video July 15, 2022

Noticing What Is Sharp & What Is Round

David Weinstein

We are more interwoven when noticing and appreciating the particular qualities of things. When you see yourself in all things, you are seeing with your ears and hearing with your eyes. From a talk in PZI’s Summer Sesshin, June 16, 2022. 11 minutes.

11' 22"
Video July 14, 2022
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Video July 14, 2022

Trusting Your Moves

Tess Beasley

Things talk to us and the right moves appear, and then we doubt them! From a talk in Summer Sesshin on June 15, 2022. 6 minutes.

6' 29"
Video July 13, 2022

The Self Longs for the Inclusion It Already Has

Allison Atwill

What to do or say will be given from the whole of the situation. The more you include, without conditions, including your not-knowing, the more will be given. From a talk in Summer Sesshin, June 16, 2022. 9 minutes.

9' 24"
Video July 13, 2022

Separation in the Realm of the Self

Allison Atwill

The exhaustion and effort of “making a me” often brings people to Zen. In retreat, we begin to see the contours of the self that causes us to suffer. From a talk in Summer Sesshin, June 16, 2022. 7 minutes.

7' 18"
Video July 13, 2022

Buddha Was Not Afraid of His Own Mind

Allison Atwill

Every time you sit, you are Buddha under the bodhi tree, having some portion of his enlightenment night. From a talk in Summer Sesshin, June 16, 2022. 5 minutes.

5' 42"
Video July 13, 2022

In Indra’s Net You Are a Jewel

Allison Atwill

The universe pours through Indra’s jewels. No part of the world is walled off. From a talk in Summer Sesshin on June 16, 2022. 1 minute.

1' 23"
Video July 13, 2022

What It Is to Be Here

Allison Atwill

What is it to be here? Weaving and interweaving go on and on, while each thing stands in its own place. From a talk in Summer Sesshin, June 16, 2022. 3 minutes.

2' 15"
Video July 13, 2022

Welcoming What’s Here

Tess Beasley

Disturbances in sesshin are taking part in the gathering too. From a talk in Summer Sesshin on June 15, 2022. 5 minutes.

5' 24"
Video July 13, 2022

Dreaming & Meeting What Appears

Tess Beasley

Tess talks about the unexpected coming to your aid. From a talk in Summer Sesshin on June 15, 2022. 1 minute.

1' 15"
Video July 13, 2022

Control Is Not Your Friend

John Tarrant

Relax into your meditation like a bird falls into the air. Practice is always here for you. We’re having this dream, now—we can’t hold onto it. Recorded at Summer Sesshin on June 14th, 2022. 4 minutes.

4' 3"
Video July 12, 2022

We Are What Is Missing from the World

Tess Beasley

Tess reads Tony Hoagland’s poem, “The Question,” on creation and loosening of the self, during her talk in Summer Sesshin, June 15, 2022. 3 minutes.

2' 32"
Video July 12, 2022

A Koan Can Hold Your Attention for You

Tess Beasley

In the vessel of sesshin, attention can move freely and find myriad places of rest. A koan can hold you when you don’t know where to go. From a talk in Summer Sesshin, June 15, 2022. 1 minute.

2' 5"
Video July 12, 2022

Talking to a Rock

Tess Beasley

Rocks come to everyone’s aid at a gathering, bringing enchantment and connection. From a talk in Summer Sesshin, June 15, 2022. 5 minutes.

5' 6"
Video July 12, 2022

What’s Possible if I’m Not Making a Me

Tess Beasley

Tess talks about how koans ferret out our strategies for making a me, from a dharma talk in Summer Sesshin, June 15, 2022. 2 minutes.

2' 21"
Video July 12, 2022

Seeing Things as They Are

Tess Beasley

What is it that gets between us and the world, especially when meeting other humans? Tess leads an exercise in staying in the encounter when seeing each other. From a dharma talk in Summer Sesshin, June 15, 2022. 3 minutes.

3' 36"
Video July 12, 2022

Our Part in It All

Tess Beasley

It’s all here—we’re already taking part in the gathering. We each hold our part so we can experience it together. Recorded during Summer Sesshin on June 15, 2022. 4 minutes.

3' 53"
Video July 12, 2022

Noticing the Blessed Quality of All Life

John Tarrant

When we have a practice, we feel the tenderness and respect for life that belong to zazen. Recorded during Summer Sesshin on June 14th, 2022. 2 minutes.

1' 42"
Video July 12, 2022

Decorating My Idea of Myself

John Tarrant

No being has ever fallen out of the samadhi of Buddha nature. Being in the life you have is your samadhi. Recorded at Summer Sesshin on June 14, 2022. 4 minutes.

4' 3"
Video July 12, 2022

What Is It To Be YOU?

John Tarrant

Look, right now! Do you notice? John Tarrant gives inquiry koans on the first day of Summer Sesshin. Recorded on June 14, 2022. 2 minutes.

1' 17"
Video July 11, 2022

Enter Here! Just Turn to the Koan

John Tarrant

Just enter here—there’s no guilty or innocent. Turn to the koan, there is your refuge and simplicity, the deepest teaching. Recorded at Summer Sesshin on June 14th, 2022. 4 minutes.

4' 33"
Video July 11, 2022

What It Is to Take Part in the Gathering

Michelle Riddle

Sesshin is an opportunity to experience your own true nature, to help hold the retreat vessel for yourself and everyone else, and for not skipping out on what is troubling you. From a talk on the first day of Summer Sesshin, June 14, 2022. 10 minutes.

10' 37"

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