Calling In the Ancestors
Halloween Retreat with John Tarrant & Tess Beasley
& Tess Beasley Sensei
On Halloween, we can think that the ancestors are easy to reach—veils are thin. The bardos are close. It’s good to have ancestors on our side. They have already passed through the celebrated doorway of death; nothing scares them. They can encourage us towards more joy and less worry, and to the confidence that we will be alright.
Everyone has personal ancestors and spiritual ancestors who watch over us and give us hints for direction. We have grandmothers and immigrants and fugitives and queens and kings; and then Neanderthal cave painters, and then, well, all of life is connected—even viruses and ghosts.
Our ancestors are also Buddha and sages, who sat late into the night watching the changes in the world and harmonizing with the flow of things. I particularly want to dedicate this retreat to our spiritual ancestors.
We welcome both new and experienced practitioners to the koan tradition and our PZI Way. This event will be held in lieu of John’s usual Sunday talk.
Retreat Day Details: (All times are PDT)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm: Welcome, koan meditation, & morning dharma talk
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch break
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Koan meditation, afternoon dharma conversations, & closing ceremony
Retreat Fee: Members, $100. Non-Members, $125.
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