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I Have Always Been Here – by John Tarrant

Our minds mind do a lot of things all by themselves and are often plotting and scheming and running after shiny objects. That’s fine, but setting that aside for a minute, what’s it like to be you? This question is for you and only you can answer it. So you don’t need to reach outside what you have.

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

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.

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The Tea Lady and the Fox

Women who ran tea houses in China appear often in Zen koans and stories. The tea lady often holds the role of the trickster, cleverly disguised as not-a-teacher, magically making certainty disappear.

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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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Article by John Tarrant: Enlightenment Is Something We Do Together

There’s a romantic idea of enlightenment as a solitary and heroic act, but even if you’re off by yourself in …

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There’s Nothing I Dislike

A New Blog Post by Rachel Boughton
The things I dislike, or think I dislike, perhaps I just didn’t look, when …

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Storehouse of Treasures: Zen Koans at Work

This is a presentation Jesse Cardin made to other professional counsellors at his job at the Wellness Recovery Center where …

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A Goose in a Bottle

A new blog post by Rachel Boughton.
Koan: A woman raised a goose in a bottle. When the goose had grown, she …

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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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Simplest Meditation Instructions Ever

New Zennotes Blog Post: Simplest Meditation Instructions Ever
Rachel Boughton teaches at Pacific Zen Institute
 
(Go here for the Zennotes Blog Site)

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Enlightenment Day

An Essay by John Tarrant
December 8th,  by East Asian tradition, is Buddha’s enlightenment day. The story is used as a …

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Zennotes: A Meditation Blog by Rachel Boughton

Recent post titled “To Self or Not to Self: Stepping off the 100 Foot Pole”
Rachel Boughton teaches at Pacific Zen …

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A Beautiful Mistake

Student: I’m reaching for the light. Please help me. Teacher: Forget about the light. Give me the reaching.
—Zen koan
(This article …

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Surprises on the Way: An Article By John Tarrant

The true traveler has no destination and no fixed time of arrival —Laozi
This is the stone, drenched …

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Count the Stars in the Sky

Tonight I want to talk about a boring koan– “Count the stars in the sky.” There are some passages in life that …

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You Don’t Have to Know: Our Dark Materials

The whole of the ancient, master teachings on suffering come down to this: Suffering is the notion ‘This isn’t it.’
Freedom, …