PZI Spring Sesshin 2021
After the Dark and the Cold, Come the Blossoms
An online retreat in the PZI Digital Temple with John Tarrant & Friends
April 7-11, 2021
After the long cold and the dark night, the blossoms open one by one, then all at once.
A traveler was walking along, meditating as best he could, lost in the canyon shadows and the cold of winter. He rounded a bend and saw, on the opposite wall, a peach tree in full bloom. When he saw that tree, it opened his heart and mind. He said,
For thirty years I searched for a master swordsman,
how many times did the leaves fall,
and the branches burst into bud?
But from the moment I saw the peach blossoms,
I have had no doubts.
The world recognizes us—anything that touches us holds all meetings. We don’t need to know what happens next, we walk along in our own life now. Everything that will happen follows from the peach blossoms.
John Tarrant & Friends:
PZI Teachers: Allison Atwill, Tess Beasley, Sarah Bender,
Jon Joseph, David Parks, & David Weinstein
This is our Spring Sesshin:
This extended 4-day & 4-night gathering begins
April 7th, Wednesday at 4:30 PM PDT, and completes on
April 11th, Sunday eve at 6:00 PM PDT.
Where: In the PZI Digital Temple
Fees: PZI Members: $445 & Non-Members: $500
PZI members - if you want to attend and are in need, please don't hesitate to request financial aid through a PZI Scholarship. Contact our registrar, Jan Black.
Dear PZI Friends —.
After winter, it is good to gather in the temple. In spring, things that we do not yet know about will flower. We come together across oceans and continents with PZI members, teachers, musicians, and those new to PZI. We can discover things which we could not discover alone. There's a scholarship fund for PZI members who want to attend and need financial assistance. If you're not a member, we invite you to join us today! You can read more about this below, and then get in touch with our registrar.
Thank you for all you have offered to PZI during these last many months, and these last many decades. It's nice to have each other as we find our way.
& All of us at PZI
The Zendo altar will be lit, and the temple will be held—with meditation periods from 6:00 AM EDT to 9:00 PM PDT, and morning rituals beginning each day at 6:30 AM PDT. Dharma talks will be offered twice daily, and a panoply of teachers will offer dokusan interviews (individual meetings with a teacher) each day, too. We've designed the schedule to both hold us together as an extended community in one vessel, and to also offer flexibility so a range of time zones can participate comfortably.
Sometimes the thing to do is to turn the light inward and go to the source. It's going to be quite the event—a gateway into what is marvelous in your life. We are in a moment of deepening together, of feeling the gravity of our time and discovering the light that is always working inside us.
*Registration closes on April 5th at noon PDT. This is so we can arrange all details for your attendance and personal meetings with teachers.
Janfblack@comcast.net is our registrar.
Wednesday April 7
4:30-6:30 PM — Welcome, evening meditation & dharma talk
1-Hour BREAK 6:30-7:30 PM — West Coast dinner
7:30-9:00PM — OPEN SIT with head of practice (HOP)
Thursday - Sunday April 8-11
3:00-5:00 AM — OPEN SIT with HOP
1-hour BREAK — Breakfast for East Coast 5:00-6:00 AM
6:00-7:30 AM — Morning tea, meditation & welcome rituals
2-Hour BREAK — West Coast breakfast, East Coast snack or lunch 7:30-9:30 AM
9:30-11:30 AM — Morning meditation & dharma talk
1.5-Hour BREAK — West Coast lunch 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
1:00-3:30 PM — Sutras, afternoon meditation & teacher interviews (dokusan)
1.5-Hour BREAK — East Coast dinner 3:30-5:00 PM
5:00-6:30 PM — Evening meditation & dharma talk
1-Hour BREAK — West Coast dinner 6:30-7:30 PM
7:30-9:00 PM — OPEN SIT with HOP
Note: Sunday April 11th ends at 6:00pm PST
Registration Details & PZI Scholarship:
*Registration closes on April 5th at noon PST.
This is an important deadline to allow ample time for mailing of all registration materials & dokusan meeting scheduling.
PZI members - we recognize that some people are experiencing great challenges in these times. If you want to attend and are in need, please don't hesitate to request financial aid through a PZI Member Scholarship, for a reduced fee that you can comfortably pay. Not a member? Become one. Contact our registrar, Jan Black.
- Discounts, as always, for PZI Members - join us!
- Financial aid is available for PZI Members in need through a PZI Scholarship.
- As a convenience you may register for two people at one time, if you are a PZI Member.
- To register, click the 'Register - Spring Sesshin' image button below.
- Once you've registered, you'll receive a welcome email on or before April 6th, with a Zoom link, final schedule and more info for online participation.
Adding Donations and Dana
- You may add a donation to PZI, teacher dana (gift), and/or donation to the PZI Scholarship Fund to your Registration Cart before you check out.
- Adding a donation to the PZI Scholarship Fund helps others attend.
- 'Add Donation or Dana' link will take you back to this page, then use the 'How would you like to support?' image buttons at bottom of page. When complete, you'll be returned to your Cart with the total for checkout.
Thank you for being a part of us, and for your ongoing support and participation in PZI Zen Online. Looking forward to seeing you in the Digital Temple!
For questions about the registration form, contact firstname.lastname@example.org