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Try smiling at the morning birds while in the grip of profound grief. The effort of just turning up the corners of your lips is enough to send you back to the oblivion of sleep. Escape, John Tarrant tells us, is not the answer; neither is just getting over it. In a lyrical fusion of Jungian psychology and Zen Buddhism, Zen teacher Tarrant narrates the human descent into darkness and, through meditative living, the subsequent ascent to the light. Like a nonfiction version of Dante's Divine Comedy, Tarrant acts as our guide on a journey through myths and stories, crushing experience, and heroic drama, into the maws of despair and out again into the light of compassionate living. Coming face to face with our interior troubles is the catalyst, Tarrant says, for liberating ourselves into the moment. But Tarrant is no glib optimist. The ascent can be as treacherous as the fall and demands constant attention. Second to none in modern Zen literature, Tarrant will bring you smiling into the light, even if it takes a trip through hell to do it. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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To accept Tarrant's invitation to search for "the light inside the dark" is to become swept up in a torrent of evocative and lyrical images which move seamlessly from the mythology of ancient Greece through the humorous asceticism of Zen masters to the passionate pain of modern psychotherapeutic patients. Tarrant, director of a Zen training group called the California Diamond Sangha, shows us how, through the Zen path, our souls can find insight and relief. Like Zen koans, Tarrant's stories of Zen students and his psychotherapy patients draw attention to questions we barely sense in ourselves. Tarrant's Haiku-like style relies on the juxtaposition of opposites, like light and dark, drawn from our day-to-day fears and joys, our nightly terrors and morning doubts, and the rich cultural myths of Eastern and Western religions. Tarrant's book is at once an intimate story of one man's struggle for meaning and a guide to the joys of the spiritual journey.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (November 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060931116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060931117
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Tarrant's writing is accessible and clear.
Janice L Benham
Tarrant's blend of Eastern and Western myths, depth psychology, and religeon make this one of the most dense, thought provoking, and awakening books I've ever read.
Dave Tropeano
If you read it, his big fish will swallow you whole, like Jonah, and you will come out a different man or woman.
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Messenger on January 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Tarrant's book is a masterwork. For those experiencing loss, depression, despair, or just plain frustration by the uncertainty, confusion or slowness of their spiritual search, Tarrant's book is sure to bring hope and new understanding. He is sure to remind you, as he did me, that the experience of living life, whatever happens, is the reason we are here. THIS IS WHERE THE ACTION IS. While we may be pulled upward to the Creator, we've also got things to learn here and passing through the dark is the great teacher of how to find Spirit and evolve. Learning to control your attention is the key. But this book will do more than make you UNDERSTAND that; it will make you FEEL it right down to your toenails! Tarrant speaks from his heart here! His prose sparkles like poetry and fine, aged wine. In his foreward, Tarrant reports dreaming that this book was a large fish. If you read it, his big fish will swallow you whole, like Jonah, and you will come out a different man or woman.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By B. Hynum on September 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
It doesn't get much better than this. i read a paragraph or 2 a day -- that's all i needed to get a wonderful hit of Zen/Jung. Took months. If you could articulately elaborate as a Zen master on Jung's quote "Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious;" and as a Jungian analyst on Kornfield's quote "Enlightenment is intimacy with all things," it would sound like Tarrant (imho). Reading this book moved my thorough practice to an entirely different level. Caveat: i don't consider it a beginner's book; _A Gradual Awakening_ or _Seeking the Heart of Wisdom_ would be better starters. Then after 5 years of practice, _The Light Inside the Darkness_ would probably act as a rap on the shoulder with bamboo or Rinzai shout. i think the discipline of the practice needs attention first (a la _Breath by Breath_ by Larry Rosenberg (discipline w/ a sense of humor) or _The Heart of Buddhist Meditation_ by Nyanaponika Thera (detailed, serious read), later comes the poetry.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Frank MacEowen on December 31, 2002
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The modern world has marginalized and anesthetized the deep, dark, inward turning process of the Dark Night of the Soul. John Tarrant revitalizes the descent into the underworld as the sacred journey that it is. Top notch writing.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 1999
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The Light Inside the Dark is an astonishing book. It should be read with patience and an open ,ready mind, or perhaps not at all. Like a poem, it is not an attempt to explain, or argue, or discuss, but to evoke. In a rich mixture of images, metaphors, myths, and stories, it probes every crack and crevice of the psyche, looking for enough purchase so that it may break open a gaping hole-- not so that it may swoop in, but that it might liberate a torrent of emotion and insight trapped within. Perhaps its most important service is to show by example, rather plead by treatise, that the solution to our suffering lies not in running away or building all manner of psychic and material fortresses, but in plunging into the darkness and learning that we have the strength to survive, and even to flourish. I am thankful for this gift.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dave Tropeano on February 14, 2002
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I would expect that this book is heavy going to many readers. Tarrant's blend of Eastern and Western myths, depth psychology, and religeon make this one of the most dense, thought provoking, and awakening books I've ever read.
With literary flair, Tarrant maps out the path of the Hero and the Everyman toward a more evolved self.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Armen on May 15, 2005
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This is one of the most poetic, thoughtful and deeply soulful books I have read in many, many years. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Mr. Tarrant interweaves Zen Buddhism with the traditions of depth psychology into a pattern that is breath-taking. I have read this book numerous times, and I find myself turning to it again and again.

Thank you, Mr. Tarrant.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Zentao on October 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
Between Eastern and Western spirituality. I enjoyed reading the book, simply because of the authors' tone. In the past I have read another of Tarrant's books and enjoyed it; this effort did not let me down.

This is an excellent attempt to bridge the gap between the emotional journey one encounters in daily life with spiritual journey through meditation. He does an excellent job trying to weave together some spiritual themes with the deeper realizations one encounters on the journey inside.

I have read it a couple of times and did notice more on the second try. I suspect that starting fresh on the book without all of the other books clouding my mind would probably make it even a better experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John on August 3, 2009
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This book is beautifully written, and provides support for the hardest times of our lives and those we love. It is the spiritual book I most often recommend to others, and I have purchased and given away numerous copies. Highly recommended.

I'll add that although John Tarrant is a Zen teacher, I am not a practitioner of Zen nor a Buddhist and have enjoyed the book greatly.
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