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  1. John Tarrant - Method of Decision


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    "Not deciding it is or isn't, do you have the courage to be at peace with this? Everyone wants to leave the endless changes, but when we finish bending and fitting our lives we come back…

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    • John Tarrant - Serenity on Fire


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      "Two swords are crossed, there's no way to retreat; you're a lotus in the fire, you can't help it - you're determined to go higher." John talks about the concept of…

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      • Happiness, a Talk by John Tarrant


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        This is a talk about happiness given by John Tarrant at a retreat of the Pacific Zen Institute, July 2010. Grateful? Support the teachers and the teachings by making a donation to Pacific Zen…

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        • John Tarrant Roshi presents "It's Alive, It's Alive" at the Winter Bare Bones Sesshin 2011


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          John Tarrant Roshi presents a dharma talk at the Winter Sesshin on the experimental nature of PZI koan practice being "Alive".

        • John Tarrant - Mirror of Reality


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          "You find yourself to be an old woman, and you're sleeping late. But just as you wake up, an ancient mirror is right there, and you see your own face clearly. Try not to lose sight of it…

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          • John Tarrant Roshi,"Abiding Nowhere, the Heart-Mind Comes Forth." 1-19-14


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            It's part of a legend about the 6th Zen ancestor who was gathering wood and heard this line being recited and it struck him. "What was that again? Say that again." Oh, it was just something…

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            • John Tarrant Roshi "Goblins" June 23, 2011


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              Roshi John Tarrant's presents a dharma talk about the mind "Goblins" during Summer Sesshin retreat. This talk is a lively dialogue between the students and teacher. Enjoy! Grateful?…

            • John Tarrant Roshi "The Continuous Flowing Nature of the Mind" Summer Sesshin 6-22-11


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              The Zen Koan for Summer Sesshin was "Who Is Hearing?". The talk by John and ensuing conversation was on the nature of the mind and aspects of practice. Enjoy!

            • John Tarrant Roshi,"Stop the War," 1-22-14


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              John had us work with a series of miscellaneous Koans during retreat. Stop the war was one of my favorite talks. Looking at how I/we are at war within ourselves and how that internal war becomes a…

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              • John Tarrant Roshi "Go Straight Down a Road with 99 Curves," 2-12-14


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                This sesshin John introduced a series of miscellaneous koans. The first being,"How do you go straight down a road with 99 curves?

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                • John Tarrant, Roshi


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                  John Tarrant Roshi presenting at Summer Sesshin 2010 on "Linji's Blockhead"

                • John Tarrant Roshi, "What Is This", July 12, 2013


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                  The retreat at the Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael Ca. was a wonderful exploration of the koan "What Is This". In a manner of awe or wonder rather than the way of snark...what it this!…

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