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Meditation and Creativity Imagining a Doorway

For everyone.

Explore your heart and mind, the sources of both awakening and art, in a retreat that combines poetry, koans, meditation, and writing. John Tarrant describes koans as “little healing stories that follow you around the way a good dog would and change you when you touch them.”

The principles John introduces in this program include

  • Creativity and meditation are about your life today
  • Inside every life is a hidden doorway; your current predicament or challenge is that doorway
  • Everything known rests on the unknown and appears out of vast space. Beauty is the visible touch of emptiness in the world.

Learn to establish a practice of creativity as meditation. No previous meditation experience is needed, just curiosity about where your creativity comes from and where it might lead.

Recommended reading John Tarrant, Bring Me the Rhinoceros: And Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life.  

Note Bring a notebook or sketch pad, and wear comfortable clothes for meditation.


Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
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Program Theme
All Creative Expression


John Tarrant, Roshi, directs Pacific Zen Institute, which is devoted to koans, the arts, and awakening in the midst of American life. He is the author of...

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