Yang-Shans Mind & Environment

Text July 31, 2020

Disorderly Karmic Consciousness

John Tarrant

One of the great causes of suffering is that we think we‘re supposed to explain it all and there’s supposed to be some foundation to rely on. I can find something to rest on that’s true. I can find a narrow me. I got here this way. Any time you’re defensive, notice you’re explaining who you are and what you are – and then we can’t learn. There’s not anything wrong with defending yourself. But we do notice that we build this narrative. We’re all trying to get back to the old narrative – or let’s start a ‘new normal’ and accept that. And we don’t know. Much of 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. 

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Audio April 26, 2020

‘Disorderly karmic consciousness’ Meditation & Talk Recorded April 26

John Tarrant

PZI Zen Online: Our ‘disorderly karmic consciousness’. John Tarrant, Roshi on ‘the mind at midnight’ explaining our experience even though we have: ‘No foundation to rely on!’ Koans stop our insistent minds. With an image, or a predicament they allow for a pause, a gate. As recorded April 26th.

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