2014 January Sesshin

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Text September 17, 2019

Stop the War

John Tarrant

And so the certain categories of koans are designed to help us see the implications. We’ve been playing with a few this week, and the one I’d like to do today is “Stop the war.” It’s kind of succinct. Cut it out! Stop the war, or can you stop the war?

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Text September 17, 2019

Straight Down the Road of 99 Curves

John Tarrant

Everybody probably has a road that would come to mind. I remember getting a bus in Tasmania and driving through the west coast mountains to a mining town where I was going to work, get a job, and how the snow was coming down and the bus would just go around this really narrow road like that, and there are certain parts of the world that have truly alarming narrow mountain roads with truly alarming drivers and very ancient buses.

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Text September 17, 2019

The Storehouse of Treasures – Rising From Stillness Retreat

John Tarrant

So I would like to talk tonight a bit about what I’ve been noticing about the journey we’re on together in the ship of sesshin, and then to talk some about this koan the storehouse of treasures, and then we’ll see what happens then.

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Text September 17, 2019

Trapped In a Stone Grave – Rising From Stillness Retreat

John Tarrant

And so you go out to the cemetery and you find your family vault. It looks a little bit overgrown; you haven’t been there for a long time. But you’ve got a key and you put it in and you pull the big stone door and it opens, just like that. It’s great. So you walk in just to kind of pay your respects; you haven’t been here for ages. And a sudden gust of wind….

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Video June 18, 2019

Abiding Nowhere, the Heart-Mind Comes Forth

Rachel Boughton

A Zen ancestor was gathering wood and heard a line being recited that struck him. “What was that again?” he asked. “Oh, it was just something I heard up north in a temple.” So he went to study up north. January 19, 2014.

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Video June 2, 2019

Abiding with Koans, the Mind Comes Forth

Rachel Boughton

Rachel Boughton, Director of the PZI Santa Rosa Center, how-to talk on working with zen koans.

A Zen ancestor was gathering wood and heard a line being recited that struck him. “What was that again?” he asked. “Oh, it was just something I heard up north in a temple.” So he went to study up north.

34' 55"
Video July 6, 2017

The Mind Arises From Nowhere in Particular

David Weinstein

David furthers our investigation of the mind meditating with the koan, “Abiding nowhere the mind comes forth.” The mind arising from nowhere in particular, our thoughts arising from nowhere in particular and disappearing into nowhere in particular. January 21, 2014.

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Video July 6, 2017

Stop the War

John Tarrant

“John had us work with a series of miscellaneous Koans during retreat. Stop the war was one of my favorite talks. Looking at how I/we are at war within ourselves and how that internal war becomes a battle with those around us. A cold war or a war of words, fists or weapons. By practicing meditation we can mediate a truce with our fears.” January 22, 2014.

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Video July 6, 2017

Stop the Fire Across the River

Allison Atwill

Allison presents a talk on another miscellaneous Koan, “Stop the fire across the river.” Just like stopping the war within ourselves, where does the fire arise within and what form does it take. Passion, anger, demons, delusions all taking form within us.

Allison demonstrates the possibility of working with the fire of anger through humor and diligent practice and attention to what flares up within the body. January 22, 2014.

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Video July 6, 2017

The Storehouse of Treasure

John Tarrant

John Tarrant Roshi completes our week long sesshin retreat with the miscellaneous koan, “the storehouse of treasure opens by itself, you can take them and use them any way you wish.” January 23, 2014.

After the talk we did a writing exercise with these questions, “what storehouse treasure is closed to you, what is a problem that is not resolved and what is a treasure?

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