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Bring Me the Rhinoceros is an unusual guide to happiness and a can opener for your thinking. For fifteen hundred years, Zen koans have been passed down through generations of masters, usually in private encounters between teacher and student. This book deftly retells fourteen traditional koans, which are partly paradoxical questions dangerous to your beliefs and partly treasure boxes of ancient wisdom. Koans show that you don' t have to impress people or change into an improved, more polished version of yourself. Instead you can find happiness by unbuilding, unmaking, throwing overboard, and generally subverting unhappiness. John Tarrant brings the heart of the koan tradition out into the open, reminding us that the old wisdom remains as vital as ever, a deep resource available to anyone in any place or time.

Here' s a book to crack the happiness code if ever there was one. Forget about self-improvement, five-point plans, and inspirational seminars that you can' t remember a word of a week later. Tarrant' s is the fix that fixes nothing because there is nothing to fix. Your life is a koan, a deep question whose answer you are already living-- this is the true inspiration, and Tarrant delivers. — Roger Housden, author of the Ten Poems series

Every life is full of koans, and yet you can' t learn from a book how to understand them. You need someone to put you in the right frame of mind to see the puzzles and paradoxes of your experience. With intelligence, humor, and steady, deep reflection, John Tarrant does this as no one has done it before. This book could take you to a different and important level ofexperience. — Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul

Bring Me the Rhinoceros is one of the best books ever written about Zen. But it is more than that: it is a book of Zen, pointing us to reality by its own fluent and witty example. John Tarrant has the rare ability to enter the minds of the ancient Zen masters as they do their amazing pirouettes upon the void and, with a few vivid touches, to illuminate our lives with their sayings. — Stephen Mitchell, author of Gilgamesh: A New English Version

This book' s straightforward honesty, clear writing, and destabilizing insight have a profound effect. John Tarrant does indeed bring on the rhinoceros and a host of other powerful but invisible creatures, ready to run us down when we refuse to acknowledge the fierce, awkward, and beautiful world we inhabit — David Whyte, author of Crossing the Unknown Sea

John Tarrant' s talent for telling these classic Zen tales transforms them magically into a song in which, as you read, the words disappear as the music continues to echo in your mind and make you happy. Mysteriously, like koans. — Sylvia Boorstein, author of Pay Attention, for Goodness' Sake

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Koans are carriers of important and optimistic messages. In this work, Tarrant opens each chapter with a koan--some are as brief as a few sentences, others as long as a page or two--then offers wonderful insights into its lessons about finding peace and joy in every moment.

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Bring Me the Rhinoceros is an unusual guide to happiness and a can opener for your thinking. For fifteen hundred years, Zen koans have been passed down through generations of masters, usually in private encounters between teacher and student. This book deftly retells more than a dozen traditional koans, which are partly paradoxical questions dangerous to your beliefs and partly treasure boxes of ancient wisdom. Koans show that you don’t have to impress people or change into an improved, more polished version of yourself. Instead you can find happiness by unbuilding, unmaking, throwing overboard, and generally subverting unhappiness. John Tarrant brings the heart of the koan tradition out into the open, reminding us that the old wisdom remains as vital as ever, a deep resource available to anyone in any place or time.

About the Author

A Zen teacher who has studied koans for thirty years, John Tarrant directs the Pacific Zen Institute, a venture in meditation and the arts, and teaches culture change in organizations. He is the author of several books, including The Light Inside the Dark. He lives among the vineyards near Santa Rosa, California.

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Wanita, January 29, 2012 (view all comments by Wanita)
This book has been the source of major transformation for me! It has provided the insight, the hope and the means to see where I was stuck...without being overwhelmed.
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This book has been the source of major transformation for me! It has provided the insight, the hope and the means to see where I was stuck...without being overwhelmed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590306185
Author:
Tarrant, John
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications
Subject:
Zen
Subject:
Buddhism - Zen
Subject:
Koan
Subject:
Zen buddhism
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.6 x 5.5 x 0.6 in 0.5 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Koans are carriers of important and optimistic messages. In this work, Tarrant opens each chapter with a koan--some are as brief as a few sentences, others as long as a page or two--then offers wonderful insights into its lessons about finding peace and joy in every moment.
"Synopsis" by , Bring Me the Rhinoceros is an unusual guide to happiness and a can opener for your thinking. For fifteen hundred years, Zen koans have been passed down through generations of masters, usually in private encounters between teacher and student. This book deftly retells more than a dozen traditional koans, which are partly paradoxical questions dangerous to your beliefs and partly treasure boxes of ancient wisdom. Koans show that you don’t have to impress people or change into an improved, more polished version of yourself. Instead you can find happiness by unbuilding, unmaking, throwing overboard, and generally subverting unhappiness. John Tarrant brings the heart of the koan tradition out into the open, reminding us that the old wisdom remains as vital as ever, a deep resource available to anyone in any place or time.
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