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There is No Future, Really

The morning after an unaccustomed shock brings thoughts about how much I really know about the future, and curiosity about …

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Who Am I? Am I the Wind and the Stars?

A Zen Meditation Retreat
with John Tarrant and friends
January 16 – 22, 2017
Santa Sabina, San Rafael, CA
Time stops and the peace …

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The Amazing Life of the Buddha

A retreat with John Tarrant at Rockridge Meditation Community Friday-Saturday, December 9th and 10th Preparing for the Holidays and the …

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How To Welcome the End of the World

What is the best response to difficult and uncertain times? Welcome.
John Tarrant offered 10 Zen pointers on the practice of …

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On Creativity and Contemplative Practice: An Interview with John Tarrant

Jane Kolleeny of the Garrison Institute recently sat down on film with John Tarrant to discuss the approach to creativity, koans, …

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Standing at the Blue Cliff: The Enlightenment Talks

Pacific Zen Institute presents a limited edition DVD offer – scenes from an extraordinary retreat with two Zen masters, and a chance …

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The End of the World As We Know It

The story of an astonishing evening. A new piece by Rachel Boughton, Roshi:

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Why Play With Koans? An Interview With John Tarrant

In this interview, PZI Director John Tarrant discusses the play and purpose of koans with Sam Mowe of Garrison Institute. …

How To Practice Zen Koans

An Article by John Tarrant
“A koan is a little healing story, a conversation, an image, a fragment of a song. …

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Introducing Uncertainty Club

A magazine of Zen and the arts from the Pacific Zen Institute
Fresh from the Pacific Zen Institute’s long-running project on …

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 …

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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.

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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …