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May 25, 2018—May 27, 2018

John Tarrant: Attention Is the Most Basic Form of Love: A Workshop on the Creative Stories of Zen

The storehouse of treasures opens by itself, you can take them and use them any way you wish. —Zen koan

Zen koans are little stories that are gateways to intimacy with your own life. They bring warmth, humor, and a surprising creativity to the spiritual path. John Tarrant likes to work with koans when teaching because they can reveal the luminous quality of everyday things.

In this workshop, we will dive into the great questions of who we are and why we are here. You will learn meditations that will follow you around like a good dog or a friend. These meditations will always be there when you need them. There will be teaching sessions, sitting meditation, exercises in embodiment, walking meditation, poetry, conversation, and writing. Through these activities and practices, people will make discoveries and their lives will open up.
No previous knowledge of Zen or even meditation is required.


John Tarrant is an author and Zen teacher with a Ph.D. in psychology. He taught Zen in a classical way for 15 years and then developed new ways of teaching for beginners and advanced students. He directs Pacific Zen Institute and trains teachers in Northern California.

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