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Text May 8, 2020

The Method of Zen

John Tarrant

koans that I had been working on – 25:00 all those venomous catspores ?? that I had been working on were now penetrated completely – right to their roots they…

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Article November 15, 2017

The Power of Koan Practice

John Tarrant

…time, a tyranny perpetrated by Zen masters. . . Well, you get the idea—about koans, opinions differ. If it turns out that koans suit you or—to put it in more…

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Text September 18, 2019

Working With Koans

John Tarrant

…you truly love, and must do. Another way to think of working with a koan is that it’s like going on a date. You have to pay attention, bring flowers,…

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Text October 8, 2020

13 No – The Zenosaurus Course In Koans

John Tarrant

…that time was to teach only koans and nothing but koans and to develop new ways of teaching them, ways that might fit Western culture. Along those lines many possibilities…

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Text November 30, 2022

Ikkyu’s Well & The Miscellaneous Koans

John Tarrant

…real terrain is the vastness, and the strip of white silk. Working with koans David Weinstein, this morning gave a talk about his koan path through the Miscellaneous Koans. And…

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Article September 14, 2021

1, 2, 3, 4, Rhinoceros

John Tarrant

…your book is “Zen Koans to Bring You Joy,” but our understanding is that koans are a way to frustrate the rational mind. Shouldn’t the subtitle be “Zen Koans to…

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Text November 13, 2019

The Story of the Well Painting

Allison Atwill

…eye, a kind of movement in the corner of my eye, and I just ignored it, because I was working. So I was working, working, then I see it again….

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Text May 8, 2020

The Heart Sutra and Koans

John Tarrant

And so, I would like to say a couple of things about the Heart Sutra in the context of its relationship to koans and what koans are, and pursue that…

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Text September 17, 2019

The Nature of Practice

John Tarrant

…gifts that might come. So that would be one thing. And that sense that with a koan you’re actually in a relationship, then – you know koans were first marketed…

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Text September 17, 2019

Straight Down the Road of 99 Curves

John Tarrant

…say about koans… there’s a way in which certain koans come into you, seem to come into you, and then they do things to you that you hadn’t necessarily agreed…

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Article May 7, 2021

Sudden Awakening

John Tarrant

…regained consciousness, my eyes opened, and as they did, I found that the unsolvable and impenetrable koans I had been working on—all those pointed cat’s paws—were completely penetrated. Right to…

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Text November 15, 2017

Meditation as a Basis for Healing

John Tarrant

koans, which is one of the most reliable ways of going deep. This I discuss koans fairly extensively elsewhere, including on this site in Working With Koans, A Koan Starter…

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Text October 12, 2021
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Text October 8, 2020

2 When Cold & Heat Visit – The Zenosaurus Course in koans

John Tarrant

…to walk through your life. Koans are often given in one on one situations; I learned them that way. This course is a Zen 2.0 experiment in working with koans

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Bio October 8, 2020

Full Bio: John Tarrant Roshi

John Tarrant, Pacific Zen Institute

…Koan Zen” and for twenty years was a Jungian psychotherapist working on dream analysis at the same time as he developed his teaching of koans. Tarrant’s first Buddhist studies, in…

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Text September 17, 2019

Dongshan’s Five Ranks: Poem 1

John Tarrant

…old Chinese poet, and koans and poems were always, poems, koans, koans, poems, they’re always somewhat intertwined in their history. And so often poems were used as koans and vice…

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Text August 13, 2021

Enter Here, Step Through

John Tarrant

Listen to original audio John: Here we are in the middle of sesshin, and—and what? It’s grand. Even without words, it’s grand. So we’re working with this old poem, an…

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Dharma Theme November 4, 2021
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Text March 2, 2021

Koans in Your Life

John Tarrant

…lot of jokes around it. Hakuin, the great medieval Japanese master, he thought there were eight koans that were extremely difficult to pass through—hard to pass through koans—and he kind…

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Text August 25, 2020

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

John Tarrant

John: Tonight I’d like to show a completely different approach to koans. I’ll do it by reading a story that most of you are familiar with. Yesterday we talked about…

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Text November 13, 2019

10,000 Things

Rachel Boughton

…is probably, if you’re going to look for a father of koans, if you’re going to settle on one person, he might be it. And he’s this – I’ve had…

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Text September 18, 2020
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