John Tarrant is in Knoxville as resident Zen teacher at the Big Ears Music Festival, leading meditation and listening workshops. In this hourlong interview on WUOT Knoxville, John sits down to talk about his work with koans with Todd Steed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”