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Text November 15, 2017

Starter Kit for the Koan “No”

John Tarrant

A monk once asked Master Joshu, “Has a dog the Buddha Nature or not?” Joshu said, “No!”

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Text November 15, 2017

The Moon Sets at Midnight

John Tarrant

We have such a passion to know and to be certain but, in practice, much of what we think of as knowledge is just untested thoughts. As the Heart Sutra says, even thoughts are empty, and if we are willing not to know, willing to walk through life without believing every thought that rises, then we’ll find a path out of suffering.

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Text November 15, 2017

The Power of Koan Practice

John Tarrant

Those who have used koans have described them as a poetic technology for bringing about awakening, a painful but effective gate into the consciousness of the Buddha, an easy method of integrating awakening into everyday life, the most frustrating thing they have ever done, an appalling waste of time, a tyranny perpetrated by Zen masters… Well, you get the idea — about koans, opinions differ.

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Text November 15, 2017

Unicorns of Happiness

John Tarrant

Everyone knows happiness is A Good Thing, more desirable than say, vacuum cleaners or eye shadow. The founding fathers of the United States offered happiness as part of a mission statement for a people coming together in a nation, encouraging you to pursue, and perhaps to go so far as to chase, harry, hunt down, subdue and corral happiness. Even the Dalai Lama has said that happiness is the point of Buddhism.

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Text November 15, 2017

What Do You Want?

John Tarrant

How can you tell what’s genuine and what you really want? Sometimes we want things from a rather superficial place, or the part of ourselves that wants them doesn’t seem to have our best interests at heart. The question “What do I want?” goes to the core of meditation practice.

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Text September 18, 2017

After the Funeral

John Tarrant

Poem by John Tarrant Roshi. 1980.

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Text September 18, 2017

Han Shan

John Tarrant

Poem by John Tarrant Roshi. 1992.

250 Words
Text September 18, 2017

Hula Dancers

John Tarrant

Poem by John Tarrant Roshi. 1979.

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Text September 18, 2017

Iraq in the heart

John Tarrant

Poem by John Tarrant Roshi. 2003.

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Text September 18, 2017

Memoria

John Tarrant

Poem by John Tarrant Roshi. 1985.

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Text September 18, 2017

Poverty

John Tarrant

Poem by John Tarrant Roshi. 1991.

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Text October 13, 2011

Moonlight on the Path

John Tarrant

One of the places I think this really appears for me that I find interesting is, if I take that koan view of there’s not really a ground for this, it’s all coming up out of the vastness, it appears like the moonlight, it’s just there. I didn’t make it appear.

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