People go to wild places to search for their true nature.
When you do this, where is your true nature?
—Pacific Zen Miscellaneous Koans
SUNDAY ZEN with John Tarrant
September 25, 10:30–12 pm PDT
Koans That Give You Vertigo—
The Sound of the Temple Bell
For the next few weeks, John Tarrant takes up a series of predicament koans on Sundays: a class on predicaments, making a small path into the Dao.
Stop the sound of the distant temple bell.
When autumn begins, some things dissolve, and space appears even inside predicaments.
September rhymes with memory, piled up gold and blue distances appear together, sometimes the spiritual life helps you out of difficulties.
You can become one with the flow of events.
That bell has been ringing since before the beginning of the stars, outside of all our calculations and measurements, and perhaps we see that we are all interconnected and interwoven.
Join us on Sunday?
Video now online:
Predicament Koan 1,
The Goose in the Bottle
Videos coming soon:
Predicament Koan 2,
Hanging from a Branch
by Your Teeth
Predicament Koan 3,
The Great Kalpa Fire
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Meditations, dreams, and the deepest teachings under the October moon
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Water, Water Everywhere
Monday, September 26
6 PM PDT
Poet Jane Hirshfield
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Coins in the River
In the deep thick dark, past midnight,
a face from long ago emerges.
—Dongshan’s 1st Rank
With dreams, whatever part touches your heart, that’s the part you want. The universe is providing these personal and archetypal myths in the perfect formulation for your awakening.
Dreams help us because we can’t control them. The gold is wherever you are.
—John Tarrant, Sunday Talk given on December 5, 2021
There is another point of view; it goes something like this:
When you really step into the now, when you really meet today, all the ideas about should have, could have, would have, disappear, and we‘re all participating in this universe.
There’s just the flow of things in the mind, and there’s not a lot of other arrangement around them happening.
I suppose the moonlight is beautiful, but it’s not even beautiful moonlight, although there might be an Ah! quality.
—John Tarrant, Dharma Talk given on retreat in October 2011
Tess unleashes demons: Demons abound, and they can be helpful!
We have a protective psychic immune system—what triggers a response? Demons tend to employ certainty and cultivate a life-or-death field of response.
What are they protecting?
—Tess Beasley, Sunday Talk given on March 20, 2020
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