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The Coin Lost in the River (MK64)


The coin lost in the river is found in the river.

—PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 64


Dharma Theme October 25, 2023
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Dharma Theme July 26, 2023
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Dharma Theme November 4, 2021
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Text October 8, 2020

11 The Coin Lost in the River – The Zenosaurus Course in Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus Curriculum 11: This koan offers offers the chance of finding that there is a home in traveling, in the smell of toast, the chill of the morning air and even in the feeling of being far from home.

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Text September 18, 2019

Lost And Found

John Tarrant

The practice part of it is that it doesn’t matter if you think you lost the coin and start to be unhappy about life. That is another theory. And it doesn’t matter how many times that theory rises. Even that theory is the coin. A koan practice means that you go back to the river over and over again and you can trust that process.

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Article November 24, 2017

How to Practice Zen Koans

John Tarrant

A koan is a little healing story, a conversation, an image, a fragment of a song. It’s something to keep you company, whatever you are doing. There’s a tradition of koan study to transform your heart and the way you move in the world. Article by John Tarrant published in Lion’s Roar magazine, March 2016 and September 2018.

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