Welcome to KALPA, the Koan and Liberation Project Archive!

Koan practice is at heart a practice of intimacy with life itself. For over twelve centuries, koans have drawn seekers bearing urgent questions of life, death, beauty, and becoming. The tradition began as a way of carrying the discoveries of those willing to enter these questions together, and evolved into a vivid lineage of awakening encounters still echoing centuries and continents away. 

Now the world’s largest online koan library, KALPA was conceived as a way of providing a wider circle for today’s far flung seekers to sit together, to enter the same timeless and urgent questions, and to receive the teachings. 

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New to the Library

Audio September 23, 2019

Chuang Tsu and the Dung Beetle Dream

David Weinstein

David tells the story of Chuang Tzu and his dream of transformation – gaining the capacity to dream yourself into anything: butterfly, dung beetle, peacock, cockroach – finding yourself in the dream in whatever form. Waking as a cockroach and the urge to go back to sleep again vs whatever I turn into embracing being it fully. We can’t know we are in a dream, or not until we wake – we are constantly changing and transforming

56' 47"
Audio September 23, 2019

Awakening Making Itself Through You

Allison Atwill

Allison tells two stories, one from Chuang tsu and talks about the kensho moment of awakening versus the elliptical path of awakening that is showing up in all its forms moment to moment.

54' 52"
Video September 18, 2019

The Plainness of the Heart

John Tarrant

John Tarrant presents a dharma talk at summer sesshin on the inherent nature of the heart. June 22, 2011.

31' 56"
Audio September 18, 2019
43' 16"
Video September 18, 2019

Gratitude for the Path

David Weinstein

A most heartfelt conversation about David’s spiritual journey. Beginning with his teacher Lama Yeshe to the practice of Zen with John Tarrant and the Pacific Zen Institute community. July 15, 2014.

56' 14"