John Tarrant demystifies Zen koan practice. Yes, it’s paradoxical, poetic, and totally personal. And so is life.
Zen teacher John Tarrant offers seven guidelines for taking advantage of life’s crises and surprises
It is natural to look for the things you want outside of where you are now. That is the whole point of a journey. Yet this moment is all anyone has.
A mysterious beast captures your attention. Is it distracting you or calling you? It can be hard to tell, says Zen teacher John Tarrant, what’s distraction and what could have real meaning for your life. Either way, there’s no going back.
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.
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.
Roshi John Tarrant takes a look at the example of a woman and her mother, exploring bitterness in their relationship.