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Heroine’s Journey with Sieve: All About Life and Death

A new Zenosaurus essay by John Tarrant.

Each day I have schemes, a to-do list, and problems I’m wandering along with, the way an elephant pushes a peanut around a circle. The mind of scheming lives in an everlasting future, it’s the hungry child outside the restaurant, apart from what I imagine my life is for. When we plan improvements to things we put ourselves outside of them, starve ourselves a little.

David Kleinert - "Nature's Jewels"
The Net of Jewels: An Open Mind Retreat

June 4-7, 2015
Bolinas, California

We are connected with each other and with the other creatures of the world, connected so deeply that in some way we never die and nothing is ever lost.

Friendship Koans (And Koans as Friends)

A Meditation Retreat with John Tarrant and friends
June 28 – July 4 @ Land of Medicine Buddha, Santa Cruz, CA

The koan world has a long history of people keeping each other company on a journey.

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John Tarrant’s 2014 Letter

 In the old days there were sixteen Bodhisattvas. When the time came, they all got into the bath together and realized the cause of water.

They cried out, “This subtle touch reveals the light that is in everything. We have reached the place where the daughters and sons of the Buddha live!”

Featured Articles


The Tea Lady and the Fox

A new piece by Rachel Boughton, Sensei.
Women who ran tea houses in China appear often in Zen koans and stories. …

I / Eye

Hidden In Plain Sight: An Article by John Tarrant

It’s like this: You are going along fine, thinking “So far so good,” and then you hit a rough patch …


The World Catches Us Every Time

An article by John Tarrant Published in the April/May 2014 edition of Shambhala Sun
    Abiding nowhere, the heart comes forth        – …

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May 4, 7pm - John Tarrant @ Santa Rosa
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