2016 Summer retreat

Text August 25, 2020

Hosting the Life You Have

John Tarrant

Rilke said, “Life is always right.” Whatever I think about that saying, this is the life I have, and I can’t have another life. And really, fundamentally I don’t want another one, because this one is so rich and compelling, no matter what’s going down right now.

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Audio December 4, 2019
72' 33"
Audio December 4, 2019

The Nature of Practice

John Tarrant

In practice you are traveling, you are on a path. It is different from a plan because you are on uncertain turf. Practice also has more love in it because you are moving in the dark in a positive way. The koan is like the dog that follows you around with a bowl – it foils your serious plans.

72' 21"
Audio December 4, 2019

The Brightness of the Blockage

Allison Atwill

The experience of being blocked; a major or minor imprisonment and of help arriving from unexpected sources.

54' 30"
Audio December 4, 2019

That Solitary Brightness is You

John Tarrant

A discovery that all the Linji koans we are working with during the retreat are variants on: ‘There’s Nothing I Dislike’. They all appear from this core. The solitary brightness with no fixed shape or form is yours. If you ‘Only don’t object’, or exclude the reality, the brightness is there.

54' 9"
Audio December 3, 2019

There’s Nothing I Dislike!

John Tarrant

The construction of a “me: and the positive experience of losing it. The strategies of “me” allow the universe to come in and establish our true place in it. There is nothing to dislike. When the world comes to meet us we realize there is only this.

82' 2"
Audio December 3, 2019

Who Are you Anyway?

John Tarrant

John inquires – Who are we anyway? Linji’s words about how the perspective of not knowing eliminates dislike. John asks – When did you become a you? How did you know?

69' 8"
Audio December 3, 2019

Hosting the Life You Have

John Tarrant

“We’d give anything for the life we have,” says poet Tony Hoagland. Take the role of host wherever you are; no special undertakings are necessary.

49' 36"
Text September 17, 2019

10,000 Things

Rachel Boughton

I like having a roomful of things and a roomful of people. So my plan for this talk is to say a little bit of some of the things I’ve
been thinking about as I sit with this koan, and talk a little bit about retreat, and then to have some time for conversation and questions and observations.

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Text September 17, 2019

Loving This Life

John Tarrant

June 2016 Retreat – You might have noticed that we started out with music and then saying a
koan. The koan is from the great old Chinese Master Lin-ji Yixuan and it’s
not so important what – When something confronts you, don’t believe it.

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Video June 3, 2019
27' 41"
Video January 20, 2018

The Notion of Practice

John Tarrant

John Tarrant gives a talk at the 2016 Summer retreat.

60' 46"
Video August 30, 2017
33' 24"
Video August 30, 2017

Just Act Ordinary

Rachel Boughton

Rachel Boughton gives a talk on Monday morning of the summer retreat. 2016.

26' 47"
Video August 30, 2017

Unmaking Through Retreat

John Tarrant

John Tarrant gives a talk on Sunday evening of the summer retreat. June 2016.

13' 11"