Poet- John Tarrant

Audio March 12, 2021

Beautiful Blossoms, Everything Changing: Unfavorable Winds Blew the Ship off Course!

John Tarrant

We have to travel into the dark to find the treasure—the hidden jewels of practice. The difficulty we would like to avoid is the gate. Sappho said: “Enter the way, enter here.” Meditation is the container, the alembic of change. Poems and music during meditation from Michael Wilding. Ryan McCoy sings the vows. PZI Zen Online, as recorded March 7, 2021.

71' 18"
Audio March 8, 2021

Beautiful Blossoms, Everything Changing: Refuge & the Bodhisattva Path

John Tarrant

Deshan is determined to prove his scholarly certainty. He encounters two teachers who help him see the light. John talks about refuge; What is it? Why take refuge? What is the rakusu? PZI’s approach – working with refuge vows as koans. Zen ultimately rests in mystery and uncertainty. Linji says, “Have confidence in the light always working inside you.” Music with Jordan McConnell. As recorded Feb. 28th, 2021.

73' 21"

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Poem February 26, 2021

The Names and Shapes of Things

John Tarrant

Bandicoots, wombats, and numbats surely do look as you would expect anything with such a name might, and there’s something wondrous about that. Musings and poem on how the world appears from silence, John Tarrant Roshi.

298 Words
Audio February 4, 2021

Handing Things on in the Dark: Friendship

John Tarrant

Zen is about meetings, the courage to meet and be a friend. Even the gnarly bits of friendship are part of it, the mystery of connection. You don’t have to be good at love—better to be in it. In the field of connectedness we discover things we can’t discover on our own. Audio excerpt from Sunday with John Tarrant, Handing Things on in the Dark, PZI Zen Online. As recorded Jan. 31, 2021. 18 minutes.

17' 38"