I’m interested in Zen as a way that transforms the mind. 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. This makes me an innovator. I’m not so interested in Zen as a set of rules and procedures. My experiments have led me to trust people more than once I did, and to teach people to trust their own moves. They seem find freedom more natural than I had imagined.

For a couple of decades I did Jungian dream work and I have a PhD in psychology. I helped design the pioneering mind-body curriculum in Integrative Medicine at The University of Arizona at Tucson and at Duke Integrative Medicine. Tarrantworks is my personal website. I’m the Director of Pacific Zen Insitute.

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).

John give a talk at the Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center on the first Monday of most months which are livestreamed. You can also see his talk on Vimeo.

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