Not Knowing Is Most Intimate (MK62)

Audio April 28, 2020

‘Not Knowing Is Most Intimate’ – Book of Serenity

John Tarrant

John Tarrant at Fall Sesshin 2019 – Being lost or between places is a fundamental human predicament. Being lost delivers you to yourself with an unknown outcomes. The teacher takes away the student’s need to know what’s unfolding on his pilgrimage. Zen likes predicaments as signs that things want to change.

53' 7"
Audio April 8, 2020

‘Not Knowing is Most Intimate’ – Zen Online – Recorded April 3

Sarah Bender

Zoom Zen – 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 allies now. As recorded Friday, April 3rd, includes: Sarah’s intro & Dharma talk, silent meditation segments and sharing.

91' 1"
Video January 12, 2020

Delight in the Chaos of Life – Not Knowing

John Tarrant

Uncertainty allows us to enter life more fully. Zen likes predicaments. The koans are allies in this. The unexpected questions are often those that help the most. All the strategies defend against life – ‘Become more lost’ – a zen entreaty.

52' 35"
Video January 11, 2020

Linji’s Enlightenment & the Awakenings of Great Chan Teachers

John Tarrant

John revisits the awakenings and koans of the great teachers, among them Yunmen and his teachings. In the layered quality of the teachings there is a common thread in our lineage: we are all in it together, all held by this great path, we put ourselves in the vessel and see what happens. Each of us holds a piece of the story. Trust the piece you hold.

35' 46"
Video June 26, 2019
38' 20"
Video February 3, 2019
34' 10"
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 we turn toward vulnerability and no longer need to defend against life.

25' 7"