MONDAY Night Koan Circle – Third in Fall Monday Series: Oct. 3rd - Nov. 21st,
6 Mondays with Jamie Kissinger & Cindy Marteney
Come enjoy what is truly unique about PZI: a warm, welcoming community that is committed to waking up together through koan study!
We gather in an intimate circle that is diverse in experience and perspective. Jamie and Cindy help create an inclusive, supportive environment for exploring koans. We all share what comes up as we sit each week with a new koan (insights, struggles, dreams, encounters with amphibious creatures, etc.). A lively email list helps weave the group together, with threads that range from deeply personal sharing to poetic and playful exchanges.
For the new 6-week fall series we'll be delving into John Tarrant's book Bring Me the Rhinoceros, using the first six koans/chapters as our 'curriculum.' The series begins on Monday October 3rd and runs through November 21st. We will meet on the following dates: October 3rd, 17th, 24th, and November 7th, 14th, and 21st.
No experience with koans or meditation necessary!
Register with Jamie Kissinger.
WEDNESDAY Oct. 19th, 7 - 9pm,
In a Flash of Moonlight - with Corey Hitchcock
What is the blown - hair (sharpest) sword?
Answer: Every branch of coral holds up the moon.
There is a flicker of light in this koan. Insights can occur very quickly in our practice and turn our perception around completely. Our lense opens wide to the world. The moonlight is always there flickering, shimmering all around us. Beneath us the other branches of coral are encouraging us, holding us up and pointing the way.
The landscape of the oak forest around my home is utterly transformed during a full moon. It can appear as though the roots of the trees have migrated above ground, spreading and touching in shadowy circles below the moon-drenched foliage. What can happen in a flash of moonlight, i.e. insight, endures and changes us. Let's explore our coral roots and delight in embracing change.
SUNDAY, Oct. 23rd, 9:30am - 12pm, Which One is Real?
with David Weinstein, Roshi
Which one is the real Chien?
We can separate ourselves and live our lives in a fragmented way, disconnected from the environment, unresponsive to those around us. We often split off from this present moment, wanting to be somewhere else, or wanting to be something more than we are. Meditation brings us home to this moment, moment after moment, gently and faithfully returning to being with the way of things, just as they are.
Pacific Zen Institute presents an exclusive DVD offer Scenes from an extraordinary retreat with two Zen masters, and a chance to support our ongoing work.
In Autumn 2012, Zen koan masters John Tarrant and Joan Sutherland came together to converse about The Blue Cliff Record, the first great collection of koans, now almost 1,000 years old. It’s a text filled with stories that change you.We are thrilled to be able to offer this DVD record of the event—a chance to witness their collaboration in a set of live conversations about Zen, koans, and enlightenment.