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Dog Meets Buddha, by Laura Styrman
Dogs, Buddhas, And The Great Koan ‘No': A Winter Long Retreat

With John Tarrant and Friends
January 16-23, 2016
Santa Rosa, California

Someone asked, “Does a dog have Buddhanature?” and Zhaozhou said, “No”.

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Am I Afraid of this Happiness?

A Workshop with John Tarrant on the Buddha’s Enlightenment

Saturday, December 5, 2015 10am-5pm
Santa Rosa, California 

Stories often belong to time of year. In early December we have the Buddha’s life and enlightenment story. This workshop is a chance to explore together that story, and what happiness might be.

Buddha’s Dream: A Retreat for the Holidays in Santa Fe

with John Tarrant, Roshi
Friday, Dec. 11th & Saturday Dec. 12th
Santa Fe, New Mexico

How do we celebrate in Zen?
With stories and meditation.
Tell me a story:

Featured Articles

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 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 …

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