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Text November 24, 2017

A Beautiful Mistake

John Tarrant

“We all have the urge to be better people, and behind all our self-improvement there is a profound impulse. Self-improvement is a gateway, the first step in a quest, a clue to a deeper life. The most beautiful form of the beautiful life is inner freedom, the awakening taught in the ancient spiritual traditions.” Published Shambhala Sun Magazine, September 2013.

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Text November 24, 2017

How to Welcome the End of the World

John Tarrant

“How to meet the times we are in is a real question, and everybody feels the force of it. It is an ancient question. It comes with being human.” Published in Lion’s Roar, January 2016.

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Text November 24, 2017

How to Practice Zen Koans

John Tarrant

“A koan is a little healing story, a conversation, an image, a fragment of a song. It’s something to keep you company, whatever you are doing. There’s a tradition of koan study to transform your heart and the way you move in the world.” March 2016.

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Text November 15, 2017

Meeting the Inconceivable

John Tarrant

You might think of consciousness as a lamp, making a cone of light on the surface of a desk. Outside the yellow circle everything is dark and unknown. The usual way of approaching things is to try to extend the yellow circle into the darkness. Or perhaps to drag objects in from the dark. That is conceivable. This meditation takes things the other way. n.d.

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Text November 15, 2017

Return to the (Political) World

John Tarrant

In the last of the famed ox-herding pictures, the disciple returns to the world with open, helping hands. That includes, says Zen teacher John Tarrant, the messy, neurotic, imperfect world of politics, the very place where the bodhisattva way is practiced and our realization is put on the line. Originally published in Shambhala Sun Magazine, May 2006.

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The Power of Koan Practice

John Tarrant

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