Well Being Retreat Center - Event
John Tarrant, Roshi
"An Open Mind Retreat: The Story of the Buddha
is Your Story in Tennessee"
with John Tarrant, Roshi
December 10 - 13, 2020
(Registration Form is at bottom of this Page)
John Tarrant, Roshi, zen master and founder of Pacific Zen Institute will be at Well Being Retreat Center for a unique Open Mind Retreat. This is a rare opportunity to experience this retreat in the South East. Through a shorter 4-day retreat, modern ways to approach ancient practices and stories (“koan” meditation) and guided inquiry into your experience,
Open Mind Retreats are accessible to all. This Open Mind Retreat will be grounded in the ancient story of the Buddha’s awakening as a way to explore how each of us lives this story of awakening in our own unique and radiant way. Although the origin of some of the practices and approaches are in a zen Buddhist tradition, no particular spiritual background or meditation practice is needed.
We’ll celebrate the time of the Buddha’s awakening in a forest in early December in a place of valleys, mountains, and flowing water.
The Buddha’s story is your story. A prince who seemingly had everything was raised inside an illusion and struggled to become free. It was a time when spirits intervened in human lives, a queen became pregnant in a dream, and died in childbirth, the king, his father, went mad with grief and a dragon as old as the universe helped the prince. The prince wandered through wild places seeking wisdom until one night, sitting under a banyan tree, his mind finally awakened to a peace and understanding that is available to everyone -- including whoever is reading this now
The Buddha looked up and saw the morning star and awakened.
He cried out, “Now at last I see that all beings have the nature of the Tathagata.
Only their delusions and attachments keep them from realizing this.”
The Buddha’s story is a profound part of the human legacy and it continues down to the present in our lives and discoveries.
The Retreat Program
Pacific Zen Institute's Open Mind retreats come out of our impulse to make a Zen retreat that is native to American culture.
There will be sitting meditation, koans, teachings, walking in the woods, poetry, conversation, time to write and draw. Attention is the most basic form of love, as it deepens, discoveries and openings appear.
This is a retreat that people find has a powerful effect on their lives and their understanding, both of the practice of the inner life and of the world of work and personal interaction. It has a schedule that makes it work well for those who would like to bring a partner or a friend. No particular background in spiritual practice is required.
John Tarrant, Roshi taught Zen in a traditional Japanese manner for about 15 years and then developed new ways to teach people who had no previous experience of Zen koans or even of meditation. John has a PhD in psychology and is the author of Bring Me The Rhinoceros & Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life, and The Light Inside the Dark: Zen, Soul, & the Spiritual Life. He directs Pacific Zen Institute. He has a special interest in leadership and in creativity.
About John Tarrant
John Tarrant, Roshi taught Zen in a traditional Japanese manner for about 15 years and then developed new ways to teach people who had no previous experience of Zen koans or even of meditation. John has a PhD in psychology and for many years had a practice in Jungian dream work. He helped design and develop the pioneering Art of Medicine curriculum for the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, developed the leadership program for physicians and executives at Duke Integrative Medicine, and designed a mind-body-arts curriculum for the large medical residency system at Duke Health. He is the author of Bring Me The Rhinoceros & Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life, and The Light Inside the Dark: Zen, Soul, & the Spiritual Life. He directs Pacific Zen Institute. He has a special interest in leadership and in creativity.
Located in the gorgeous foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this rural, scenic retreat center is made up of 160 acres of natural woods and valleys surrounded by two and a half miles of the Powell River. The land is furnished with a range of lodgings, from well appointed private cabins to camping. Bordered by one of the most biologically diverse rivers in a temperate climate anywhere in the world, you will enjoy an environment full of natural wonder. It is quiet enough that you can hear a deer rustling across the river, an owl calling a mile away, hear the breeze coming from across the valley, and watch eagles soar from ridge to ridge.
Meals are freshly prepared flavorful, mostly gluten free and nutritious.
Registration for December 10 - 13, 2020 Open Mind Retreat
with John Tarrant
Register for this event with Well Being Retreat Center using the online form below.
Pictures of Cabins and Cabinettes are shown here. Accommodations (tuition, lodging, meals and snacks) for this 3-night retreat range from $415 to $660, depending on the lodging selected. Meals will be vegetarian, freshly prepared, and mostly gluten-free.
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