Poetry

Audio August 23, 2022

Love, Meditation & the Red Thread

John Tarrant

There is a marvelous living side-by-side when we show each other the greatest possible trust—not trying to rush away the feeling of the eternal, together. John Tarrant’s complete Sunday session audio from July 17, 2022.

78' 53"
Video July 29, 2022

Love, Meditation & the Red Thread

John Tarrant

There is a marvelous living side-by-side when we show each other the greatest possible trust—not trying to rush away the feeling of the eternal, together. John Tarrant’s complete Sunday session from July 17, 2022.

78' 51"
Video July 1, 2022

Zen Luminaries: An Intention to Connect – with Naomi Shihab Nye

Jon Joseph

In a Zen Luminaries Series conversation with Jon Joseph, Ms. Nye reads her prose-poem, Gate A4, and recounts a synchronous meeting at an airport gate while waiting on a delayed flight. Recorded June 27, 2022. 7 minutes.

7' 41"
Audio May 12, 2022

Mother’s Day – The Valley Spirit Who Never Dies

John Tarrant

What is it like to be a mother? There are many rituals of participation with the Great Mother, the ancient Goddess. In Daoism, she is the Valley Spirit who never dies. In Chan/Zen, the Mother, the Valley Deep, brings the whole realm of feeling. Recorded on Mother’s Day, May 8th, 2022.

67' 46"
Audio May 8, 2022

John Tarrant Reads His Poem: Healing Paths

John Tarrant

John Tarrant reads his poem, composed spontaneously in response to a training exercise with a group of Integrative Medicine doctors. Each practitioner was asked to describe healing, and this “is what came out of me.” Excerpt from Zen & Poetry, a Sunday Talk on May 1st, 2022.

1' 8"
Audio May 7, 2022

Zen Is Poetry

John Tarrant

Koans and poetry tumble over each other. Good poetry has an objective quality and is related to koanville in that way. It does not try to persuade or recruit. Not knowing always supports us—you are always in the jeweled net. Music for meditation and the four vows with Jordan McConnell and Amaryllis Fletcher. Participants create poetry from a few momentary observations. Poems by John Tarrant and others.

71' 18"
Audio April 4, 2022

Zen Luminaries: Following the Red Thread – Hosho Peter Coyote’s Poetry, Life & Teaching

Jon Joseph

A great meandering conversation bookended with Hosho Peter’s poems and reminiscences: It was in the late 1960s when Peter first met poet Gary Snyder, a meeting that forever changed his life. Emulating Snyder, he began a regular Zen meditation practice, later joining the San Francisco Zen Center. A conversation with Jon Joseph. March 28th, 2022.

114' 4"
Audio September 30, 2021

Animal Heart Mind

John Tarrant

With all the crises of our time lined up, like a caravan demanding our attention, what if the moments of beauty, friendship and peace are the real, important moments? Animal koans are really about you, and the question, What is it like to have a self? Poem and haiku readings from John, Issa, William Merwynn, Walt Whitman, Christopher Smart, & PZI friends Jeanne Foster and Adam Walsh. Music from Jordan McConnell.

63' 43"
Text October 8, 2020

Dream Creatures – The Zenosaurus Course on Koans

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus: Dreams play an essential part in the current of life—while I’m not paying attention, my dreams turn the lumps, details, and meetings of the day into art, giving them depth and a warm amber light.

677 Words
Text October 8, 2020

2 Zenosaurus: Transparent Poems 2, Transparent Poems & Poems that are Journals

John Tarrant

Zenosaurus: Through poems like this I keep an erratic journal of the thoughts that I don’t quite understand—the thoughts outside my usual thoughts. They don’t have a punch line.

779 Words
Text September 18, 2017

After the Funeral

John Tarrant

Poem by John Tarrant Roshi. 1980.

27 Words
Text September 18, 2017

Han Shan

John Tarrant

Poem by John Tarrant Roshi. 1992.

250 Words
Text September 18, 2017

Hula Dancers

John Tarrant

Poem by John Tarrant Roshi. 1979.

110 Words
Text September 18, 2017

Iraq in the heart

John Tarrant

Poem by John Tarrant Roshi. 2003.

374 Words
Text September 18, 2017

Memoria

John Tarrant

Poem by John Tarrant Roshi. 1985.

230 Words
Text September 18, 2017

Poverty

John Tarrant

Poem by John Tarrant Roshi. 1991.

57 Words