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The Nature of Practice

John Tarrant

…there’s a koan: not knowing is most intimate. Over and over again we hear this and we say it to ourselves and then we say oh, that’s right. Not knowing

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Text May 15, 2021

Every Day Is a Good Day

John Tarrant

…it’s so great, that’s why we like it. That’s what’s saving for us. That’s why the good day is so intimately tied with the notknowing. Notknowing is most intimate because…

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Text September 11, 2020
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Audio November 1, 2021

Fall Sesshin 2021: Not Knowing & the Mysterious, Ungraspable World

Eduardo Fuentes

KOAN: Dizang asked Fayan, “Where are you going from here?” Fayan said, “I’m on pilgrimage.” “What sort of thing is pilgrimage?” “I don’t know.” “Not knowing is most intimate.” Fayan…

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Video June 26, 2017

Not Knowing Is Most Intimate

John Tarrant

Using the koans Not Knowing is Most Intimate and Taking the Form of Guan Yin Find Shelter for the Homeless Person, John Tarrant talks about the intimacy that comes when…

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Audio April 8, 2020

Not Knowing Is Most Intimate

Sarah Bender

PZI Zen Online Audio: Sarah Bender Roshi reflects on the intimacy of not knowing, the nearness of all of us in this dreamy emergent time. Wandering and not knowing are…

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Text October 8, 2020

8 I Don’t Know – The Zenosaurus Course in Koans

John Tarrant

Not knowing is something the mind often dreads. It’s easy to dread not knowing. As a child whenever the teacher asked something I would say “I know, I know” and…

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Audio April 28, 2020
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Video June 26, 2019
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Audio December 28, 2021
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Video January 12, 2020
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Text September 18, 2019

Goblins Q & A

John Tarrant

…on. Not because it’s a desperate last-ditch attempt, but because you can actually rely on it. If you’re relying on your non-knowing, your notknowing, you’re not relying on a false…

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Text September 23, 2021

Awakenings of Linji & the Great Chan Teachers

John Tarrant

…been talking about “not knowing is intimate.” And you can tell, Oh, teaching knowing is not as good as teaching not knowing. Because the whole universe can pour in and…

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Audio June 4, 2021

Free & Easy Wandering Series: Knock on Any Door

Allison Atwill, Tess Beasley

…of not knowing. The Blue Cliff Record: An ancient and marvelous collection from over a thousand years ago in China, originally collected by [Chan Ancestor] Xuedou. Shortly thereafter, another Chinese…

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Text September 18, 2019

Ordinary Mind Q & A

John Tarrant

…that is more intimate even though the content you’re sharing is it’s not intimate. That’s that thing about again, give me the reaching, give me what’s alive, so part of…

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Text October 12, 2021
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Text August 23, 2020

Predicament Koans – John Tarrant 2013

John Tarrant

…than any human being can know! You can feel there is no compassion in that knowing. Knowing is a kind of tyranny, and doesn’t allow the wisdom of your own…

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Text November 13, 2019

Dongshan’s Five Ranks: Poem 4

John Tarrant

…it, the question asked at a really personal kind of intimate level is, if it is for you, then it’s for you. And if you’re going to have your life,…

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Text November 15, 2017

Unicorns of Happiness

John Tarrant

…sage replied. Another Chinese master said, “Not knowing is most intimate.” The simplest happiness meditation I know goes like this. The Meditation Itself For this meditation you can be sitting,…

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Text October 8, 2020

13 No – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

…have to return to knowing things and assessing your value and skill, and working off the nice map you bought along the way. When you feel as if you are…

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Text November 15, 2017

Return to the (Political) World

John Tarrant

…ways that I might find painful. 3. Meditation helps; knowing you are on a path helps. Another general conclusion or observation was that if I meditated for a couple of…

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Text August 14, 2020

Spirit of Love, Joy & Play in Koans

John Tarrant

…because, sort of, the fiction of being—of knowing, the knowing thing—“I know, I’m John, I’m disappointed, I always do this mistake”, or whatever I do… “I’m smart, I’m impressive, or…

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Text February 5, 2021
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Article September 16, 2021

Return to the (Political) World

John Tarrant

…ways that I might find painful. Meditation helps; knowing you are on a path helps. Another general conclusion or observation was that if I meditated for a couple of hours…

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Article July 22, 2021

Surprises on the Way: Article by John Tarrant

John Tarrant

…all navigation is probably uncertainty: tolerating not knowing makes it possible to find your way. Not knowing means embracing what is not known rather than fighting with yourself over it….

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Article September 13, 2021

Placebo, Chronic Fatigue & Dormitive Principles

John Tarrant

not knowing, a domain in which it can go on moving toward understanding. Another Zen saying goes, Not knowing is the most intimate. —John Tarrant Link to original article: Placebo,…

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Text July 31, 2020

Disorderly Karmic Consciousness

John Tarrant

…the difficulty and pain of the mind comes from we’d rather fight with things than have not knowing. And not knowing is kind of on our side. So this is…

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Article September 13, 2021

Meet the Blue Dragon

John Tarrant

…on Our Spaceship Uncertainty: It runs through pretty much everything. There is no foundation to stand on. Not knowing: This is what uncertainty tastes and feels like. It means that…

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Text September 1, 2020
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