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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 29, 2021

Ceremonies: Long Readings for Afternoon: Yongjia Xuanjue’s Song of Enlightenment

PZI Cantor & Musicians

…this is the great enlightenment of the Tathagata. Transience, emptiness, and enlightenment— These are the ultimate truths of Buddhism; keeping and teaching them is true sangha devotion. If you don’t…

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Audio May 24, 2022

Enlightenment & Jam – Shopping for a Rhinoceros

John Tarrant

…could not say. What is enlightenment? A happiness in just this. The universe is always approaching us—let it in. Usually, in pre-enlightenment we notice something is going on but then…

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Audio May 23, 2022

Rhinoceros Shopping – Jam & Enlightenment

John Tarrant

…could not say. What is enlightenment? A happiness in just this. The universe is always approaching us—let it in. Usually in pre-enlightenment we notice something is going on, but the…

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Article May 6, 2021

Enlightenment Is Something We Do Together

John Tarrant

Enlightenment Is Something We Do Together Article by John Tarrant Published in Lion’s Roar magazine February 18, 2014 There’s a romantic idea of enlightenment as a solitary and heroic act,…

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Article September 8, 2021

Let Me Count the Ways

John Tarrant

…being made. In so many ways, says John Tarrant, love is like enlightenment. It teaches us how to live down a level, to follow instructions that come from deep inside….

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Text October 22, 2020
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Text September 17, 2019

The Nature of Practice

John Tarrant

…thing. So at first they were marketed as gadgets. You put your practice, enlightenment in here, press the button, and when it’s toasted, enlightenment will pop out [laughter] and you…

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Article May 7, 2021

Sudden Awakening

John Tarrant

…I do it because consciousness, koan work, and enlightenment are all social events. And as an artist of the koan world, I like to collect enlightenment stories. It’s interesting to…

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Text November 15, 2017

Unicorns of Happiness

John Tarrant

…a nice enlightenment to go with my espresso please.” The obvious problem with the Get the Loot approach is that loot doesn’t last. My really cool linen jacket from last…

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Article November 15, 2017

The Power of Koan Practice

John Tarrant

…trust in whatever forces had brought the student to the point of asking, and any question was treated as being about enlightenment, whether the student was aware of it or…

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Article September 8, 2021

The Paradox of Happiness

John Tarrant

…Loot are: “Get the Girl” and “Get the Prince.” More subtle variations are “Get the Spiritual Transformation” and “Get the Psychological Adjustment to a Difficult Childhood”—”I’ll take a nice enlightenment

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Text August 13, 2021

Enter Here, Step Through

John Tarrant

…stopping yet. So just notice, try noticing. And like—you need to do nothing to prove your worth! You need to do nothing to be worthy of enlightenment. You need to…

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Text September 23, 2021

Awakenings of Linji & the Great Chan Teachers

John Tarrant

…something by his effort. And that’s something to notice and to know about yourself too. One of the things I like about Chan and Zen is that enlightenment is something…

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Text September 11, 2020
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Audio April 30, 2021

Self and Ox Forgotten

Jon Joseph

…me, this eighth picture is about great inclusiveness. At PZI we say that any small bit of enlightenment is all of enlightenment. Any small piece of seeing the nature (kensho…

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Text November 13, 2019

Dongshan’s Five Ranks: Poem 4

John Tarrant

…this wonderful – this is marketing for enlightenment, right? Wonderful, big enlightenment experience and now I’ll be serene. Au contraire [laughter]. So that’s an interesting thing, that there is a…

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Text August 25, 2020

You Know Nothing (of Zen) – The Woman at the Inn

John Tarrant

…us—because if enlightenment were not in that territory, we’d already be there, right? If it were the same as walking to the corner store, we would have gone there. Walking…

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Text May 8, 2020

The Method of Zen

John Tarrant

…to be satisfied with such trifling gains. Now you must devote yourself to post-Satori training. That’s a mere enlightenment experience. Anyone who really wants to become a Buddha must keep…

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Audio August 23, 2022
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Video September 12, 2019

About Enlightenment

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill at Summer Sesshin 2019 – Talks about enlightenment on July 27th….

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Text October 8, 2020

6 The Moon Sets At Midnight – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

…bigger in my mind. I’ve noticed that people’s enlightenment experiences also get bigger with the telling. Editing and adjusting is everywhere. Some people have an aversion to President Obama. But…

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Dharma Theme November 4, 2021
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Article September 14, 2021

1, 2, 3, 4, Rhinoceros

John Tarrant

…that narrative about koans. Meanwhile, one of the few markers of enlightenment that everybody seems to agree upon is that there’s a kind of joy when you are free. It…

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 30, 2021

Ceremonies: Long Readings for Afternoon: Relying on Mind – Sengcan

PZI Cantor & Musicians

…you want to enter the One Vehicle, don’t disdain the six senses. Not disdaining the six senses, that’s enlightenment itself.   Since things aren’t different in essence, it’s stupid to…

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 30, 2021

Ceremonies: Long Readings for Afternoon: Beginner’s Mind – Shunryu Suzuki

PZI Cantor & Musicians

…ordinary, everyday life itself is enlightenment. If you do not lose yourself, then even though you have difficulty, there is actually no problem whatsoever. When your life is always a…

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Sutra Book & Ceremonies October 30, 2021

Sutra Book: The Great Heart Sutra – Spoken

PZI Cantor & Musicians

…a word that distinguishes this kind of wisdom as the highest form: transcendent wisdom, the wisdom that leads to enlightenment. Various translations include, “perfection,” “that which has gone beyond,” and…

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Text July 27, 2020

The Heart Sutra

John Tarrant

…past, present, and future also take refuge in Prajnaparamita, realizing unexcelled, perfect enlightenment. Here, then, is the great mantra of Prajnaparamita, the mantra of great magic, the unexcelled mantra, the…

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Bio October 8, 2020

Full Bio: John Tarrant Roshi

John Tarrant, Pacific Zen Institute

…in Human Sciences and English Literature. He later earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook Institute in San Francisco. He wrote his doctoral thesis on “The Design of Enlightenment in…

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Text September 17, 2019

Soaking in the Bath, Releases the Light

John Tarrant

…children of the Buddha. We’ve become the children of enlightenment. There are a few things, to go through the bits of the koan… I want to start with… the most…

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Text May 8, 2020

The Heart Sutra and Koans

John Tarrant

…know “gate, gate, paragate,” is good enough. Or if you want to repeat – whatever it is – the word “enlightenment” appears in the Heart Sutra, so just “light, light,”…

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