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Video June 7, 2019

It’s Alive, It’s Alive

John Tarrant

John Tarrant presents a dharma talk at the Winter 2011 Bare Bones Sesshin on the experimental nature of PZI koan practice, and being “alive.” January, 2011.

54' 17"
Video June 7, 2019

The Continuous Flowing Nature of the Mind

John Tarrant

The Zen Koan for summer sesshin was “Who Is Hearing?” The talk by John Tarrant and ensuing conversation regards the nature of the mind, and aspects of practice. June 22, 2011.

35' 15"
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"
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

A Koan Starter Kit

John Tarrant

“Working with a koan can make the world more transparent and alive and at the same time shift your consciousness in small and large ways. It’s a work of art as well as a spiritual method and intended to be useful in your life and contribute to your happiness.”

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Text November 15, 2017

Hindrances and Gates

John Tarrant

“In meditation whatever arises in the mind or in your life is the gate. . . . The hindrances are the gates; when they appear, it might be an indication that meditation is going well.” n.d.

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Text November 15, 2017

Starter Kit for the Koan NO

John Tarrant

A monk once asked Master Joshu, “Has a dog the Buddha Nature or not?” Joshu said, “No!”

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Text November 15, 2017

The Power of Koan Practice

John Tarrant

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Video July 20, 2017

Allison Atwill’s Art Talk, Part 1

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill discusses her art and its relationship to koan practice. Part 1. 2010.

6' 56"
Video July 20, 2017

Allison Atwill’s Art Talk, Part 2

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill discusses her art and its relationship to koan practice. Part 2. 2010.

8' 16"
Video July 20, 2017

Allison Atwill’s Art Talk, Part 6

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill discusses her art and its relationship to koan practice. Part 6. 2010.

4' 35"
Video July 20, 2017

Allison Atwill’s Art Talk, Part 5

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill discusses her art and its relationship to koan practice. Part 5. 2010.

8' 54"
Video July 20, 2017

Allison Atwill’s Art Talk, Part 4

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill discusses her art and its relationship to koan practice. Part 4.

4' 25"
Video July 6, 2017

The Question of the Tail

David Weinstein

David Weinstein Roshi continues the conversation during retreat regarding the ancient Koan about the buffalo passing through a lattice window. How can the buffalo get through the lattice window all but the tail? What is it that is difficult for me to let in? Can we be compassionate with ourselves when we find the place on our life where there is a no trespassing sign?

23' 52"
Video July 6, 2017

The True Person of No Rank

John Tarrant

John opens the evening with the koan “The True Person of No Rank.” It goes something like this: “There is a true person of no rank who comes and goes from the portals of your face.” Who is that person of no rank?

Linji was a great teacher and the ancestor of most of the koan lines of Zen and this is a koan of his. It has been used since ancient times as a meditation both for beginners and advanced students.

Probably the best way to work with it is to play with it. Don’t rank how you are doing. Just let it keep you company, like an animal would. You forget about it, but every time you look, there it is! And after a while it doesn’t go away. October 17, 2013.

31' 11"
Video July 6, 2017

The Stone Grave

John Tarrant

On the second day of Bare Bones retreat John brings to light the many ways in which we find ourselves in
situations where we feel hopelessly trapped. Often we are not even aware that we are living in the stone crypt because the door has closed and we can’t remember how to find out way out. Working with a koan might just be the way to open the door. January 20, 2014.

31' 8"
Video July 6, 2017

Go Straight Down a Road with 99 Curves

John Tarrant

This sesshin John introduced a series of miscellaneous koans, the first being, “How do you go straight down a road with 99 curves?” February 12, 2014.

33' 50"
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.

43' 52"
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.

55' 23"
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?

58' 42"

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