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Into the Forest: The Life of Creatures

An Open Mind Retreat with John Tarrant March 10–13, Bolinas, California
Inside our dreams and our imagination and inside our bodies …

Cai Guo-Qiang, “Heritage,” 2013

The Linji Koans: Confidence in the Light Inside

A Summer Retreat in Santa Cruzwith John Tarrant and FriendsJune 12-19, 2016
A light shines in all of us, and in …

Illustration by Jackson Randall

All Of The Journey Belongs To You

A workshop on Zen and the Odyssey with John Tarrant in Santa Barbara  Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 
This is a retreat …

Imagine A Doorway

A Workshop with John Tarrant on Poems, Koans & Meditation May 22–27, 2016 Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Koans and creative work …

The Creative Life and Meditation

A Retreat with John Tarrant
September 16 – 18, 2016
The Garrison Institute, NY
The first thing about creativity is not thinking what …

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Awakening In The Midst of Chaos: An Urban Retreat

With David Weinstein and Jon Joseph
San Francisco, California
February 18-21, 2016
“Awakening in the midst of chaos is a million times better …

Star Trails, Lincoln Harrison

Count The Stars in the Sky: The Journey of Practice and Creative Work

An Open Mind Retreat with John Tarrant March 31–April 3, 2016 Santa Fe, New Mexico
“Each day is a journey and …

Credit: Kim Smith Miller

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.

Are You Afraid of This Happiness?

A Weekend with John TarrantFebruary 27-28, Knoxville, TN
The ancient art of koan study has always been a tool for enlightenment. But Koans …

Art Card 2015

Art Card 2015

Every year we send an art card to members, donors, and friends. They consist of a koan, a commentary, and art …

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.


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.

Art Card 2014: Yu The Doughnut Maker

Art Card 2014: Yu The Doughnut Maker

Every year we send an art card to members, donors, and friends. They consist of a koan, a commentary, and art …

A Letter from John Tarrant

A Letter from John Tarrant

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


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        – …


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 …


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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Jump In The Pond: Bob Woodburn

Bob Woodburn teaches people in the corporate world to juggle as a way to have them experience their lives in …

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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 …


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 …