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Talking With Ancestors: A Day With John Tarrant in Santa Barbara

Autumn nibbles its leaf right from my hand: we’re friends
– Paul Celan

John Tarrant
Gates & Poems: Trusting Your Own Creative Impulse

John Tarrant at the Cherry Center in Carmel: A One-Day Retreat
Saturday September 13th

Poems, koans, meditation, conversation, teachings—

Koans and poems have always been associated, they are little stories that are also gates, they open the heart…

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Great Autumn Retreat: Stages on the Path through Awakening

with John Tarrant, Roshi and others 
October  11-18, Santa Rosa CA

Change is under everything and meditation is a path through the changes.

John Tarrant: Koans and Dreams

Meditation, John Tarrant Teaching 
September 15, 2014  Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center 7-9pm (for livestreaming click here)

There’s an undercurrent that carries us like a great river and we’re not always aware of it.

Save the Date: 2015 Retreats

Short or long retreats are a way to take a deep dive, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced meditator. Our retreats feature daily meditation, teaching, and conversation; movement and writing sometimes find their way in on a voluntary basis as well.

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Stop the War

Rachel Boughton, Sensei, has a new post on the Zennotes blog about the koan, “Stop the War”.

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Thank You Is Red

Donors of our Winter 2013 fundraiser will receive a special, limited-edition chapbook of this poem by John Tarrant, designed by …


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
       - Zen koan
    Distracted …

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