There’s a romantic idea of enlightenment as a solitary and heroic act, but even if you’re off by yourself in a cave, you are still part of a culture, and it’s observable that some cultures are more friendly to discovery than others. Building a culture has been an ongoing and repeated task of Buddhism since the time of the Buddha.
Our deepest and most beautiful wish is to become a better person. Just follow the wanting itself, says Zen teacher John Tarrant. That is the gate.
John Tarrant discovered that not knowing is the best—and maybe the only possible—response to suffering.
Daniel Kahneman’s bestselling Thinking, Fast and Slow is a gallery of the built-in biases and strategies of the mind, John Tarrant says.
It was his first kiss, a moment when no one was running the show and no calculations were being made. In so many ways, says John Tarrant, love is like enlightenment. It teaches us how to live down a level, to follow instructions that come from deep inside.
John Tarrant, Roshi, remembers a giant of Zen in the West and pioneer of Buddhist activism.
A review of the The Red Book by C.G. Jung – reviewed by John Tarrant.
Roshi John Tarrant takes a look at the example of a woman and her mother, exploring bitterness in their relationship.
John Tarrant looks at the ambiguous power of the mind over the body with the examples of chronic fatigue and the placebo effect.
John Tarrant introduces a modern Bodhisattva of Compassion, as found in Mike Leigh’s latest film, Happy-Go-Lucky.