Refuge in Awakening, Shelter from the Storm – A Retreat with Rachel Boughton Roshi

Saturday September 21, 10am – 4pm
SRCZC
Santa Rosa, CA

It’s both a personal journey, where new understandings can appear, and a chance to feel a deep affection for what’s happening now.  And you are invited to participate in a refuge ceremony at the end of the afternoon for two PZI members who have come to take the 16 vows. It’s a happy occasion and a good thing to share with other people.

COMMUNITY NIGHT: Gliding Into the Waste-Bin with David Weinstein 

WEDNESDAY, Sept.18th, 7-9pm: 
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

To be able to find our life in the midst of the rubbish and sludge is not to ‘make do’ with a bad situation, but to glide along like that snail.

Beyond Mind, Beyond ‘Buddha’ with David Longerbeam

SUNDAY, Sept. 22nd, 9:30am-12pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

Words such as “Buddha”, “Mind”, “Tao” can be polestars in our practice, and as objects of devotion.
But does that hinder our noticing and appreciating the cool wind blowing in from the screen door and the sound of crickets?

Emptying to Be Full with David Weinstein 

WEDNESDAY, Sept.11th 7-9pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

When the impulse to name is resisted, what the self is has infinite possibilities. The infinite selves have access to infinite possibilities to respond to the moment as it is arising, which is another way of describing freedom.

Can I be Separated from Myself? with Corey Hitchcock

SUNDAY, Sept. 15th, 9:30am-12pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

When are we separated from ourselves? How do we know? If so, what has to happen before we can rejoin ourselves?

The Precious Fullness of the Empty Field with David Weinstein 

WEDNESDAY, Sept.4th 7-9pm:
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

The field that Hongzhi is talking about in the quote, is what he calls the empty field and the fact that it has no boundaries and is beyond direction speaks to the emptiness of it, though, it is not barren, it is full of everything, including cypress trees and cakes, and everything in it is precious.

The Blaze of Original Light with David Weinstein

SUNDAY, Sept. 8th, 9:30am-12pm 
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

I was interested to see that Hongzhi said that the habits get exhausted not that we get exhausted, it reminded me that the thought that we are a self is one of the habits that gets exhausted.

NEW! Online Booking for Conversations on your Meditation Practice with David Weinstein

SATURDAY: Sept. 28th 2019
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

Sept. 28th – Individual Conversations on your Meditation Practice
with David Weinstein. Online booking for Sat. now available.

Leaping With Your Total Body with David Longerbeam

WEDNESDAY, Aug.28th 7-9pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

I am not a fan, to say the least, of leaping off high places.  I learned this when a young boy, after climbing up onto a ledge to jump into a lake, only to stand there frozen for what seemed like an eternity before finally throwing myself into the void …

Every Bowl Needs Washing with David Weinstein

SUNDAY, Sept. 1st, 9:30am-12pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

When a newly arrived member of the community approached Zhaozhou after the morning meal and asked for instruction. Zhaozhou asked if he had eaten and he said yes. Responding without laboring Zhaozhou told him to wash his bowls.