tanaka ryohei - persimmons

Caring for Life

By John Tarrant, December 2017. The creative moment appears inside the things of the world. When we stop grabbing at things, they seem to approach us and our connection with them is something we feel and know.

How to Practice Zen Koans

By John Tarrant, in Lion’s Roar (2016).

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.

Meditation Basics for a Time of Tyranny – A dharma talk with John Tarrant

January 2, 2017

In the wake of the recent U.S. election, John Tarrant offered a dharma talk on impossible situations at the Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center. We meditated with the koan:

A woman raised a goose in a bottle. When the goose had grown, she wanted to get it out without harming the goose or breaking the bottle. How do you get the goose out of the bottle?

You can watch the video here.

The Power of Koan Practice

By John Tarrant, in Shambhala Sun (2003).

If it turns out that koans suit you or — to put it in more koan-like language — if koans choose you, then they are a help in living with less fear and more happiness in a quite individual way.

Working with Koans

A talk by John Tarrant, at Summer Sesshin 2004

“A koan is a piece of old wisdom in a very concise form. I think of it as a vial of ancient light.”

How to Welcome the End of the World

An article by John Tarrant, in Lion’s Roar (November 2016)

Ten Zen pointers on the practice of welcoming.