John Tarrant, Roshi
Director of the Pacific Zen Institute.
“I’m interested in Zen as a way that transforms the mind. This makes me an innovator. I studied and taught Zen in a classical manner for about 15 years before developing new ways of introducing koans that even people with no experience of meditation can find useful.” – John Tarrant
tarrantworks is John’s personal site. Articles, poems and event designs are here.zenosaurus is his blog and primer on how to work with koans in a way that is actually meant to change your life.Books: Bring Me The Rhinoceros — and Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life (This is a calling card for our approach to Zen) and The Light Inside the Dark: Zen, Soul & the Spiritual Life (This is an integration of Zen and western approaches, especially art, Jungian work and the imagination) Link for Dana donation
David Weinstein, Roshi
Director of the Rockridge Meditation Community.
“After practicing Zen traditionally first in Hawaii and then Japan, when John Tarrant and I reconnected and the question ‘What is the koan in your life?’ emerged, it was like starting over and sinking deeper at the same time. Though I had practiced meditation for over a decade, it was only with that question about what it is in my life, that the integration of my practice into my life began. With that integration came the feeling that koan practice opens the possibility of living life as a work of art.” – David
David is available for members to have conversations about koan meditation practice twice a month on alternate Saturdays.