“Fuzzy-Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy-Wuzzy had no hair, Fuzzy-Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?”

While sitting with the Rockridge Meditation Community recently, one of the regular members, whom I hadn’t seen for a few weeks, came in sporting a new beard. As I saw him coming in through the front door, I didn’t know who he was. Then as he moved down the hallway past my line of vision, I recognized him by the way he moved. I also recognized that the name associated with him was not associated with him having a beard, and at that, the Fuzzy Wuzzy nursery rhyme popped into my meditation.

What also popped in was the recognition that this nursery rhyme is in harmony with the first line of the Tao te Ching, which says, “The Tao that can be named is not the eternal Tao.” We name the world and change our experience of it, we name ourselves and do the same. When a child is taught the name of a bird, it will never see that bird again. What happens when we have the freedom to not name?

The Urban Retreat format is a user friendly, easily approachable way of participating in a meditation retreat. Starting at 9:30 we will have three 25 minute periods of meditation with a break in between each. Then we will explore the ‘random meditation’ of having tea and conversation together before comparing field notes about our experience with a koan about naming. Then we will have a two hour break for lunch, bring your own or explore one of the fine restaurants in Rockridge and in the afternoon we will meditate with aother koan about naming and have a conversation about what that was like, ending at 5:00 pm.

The retreat will be limited to 16 people to preserve an intimate atmosphere for sharing deeply what arises in meditation.

Fee: $65. for members & $85. for non-members

Registrar: Vickie Miller vickieix8@gmail.com

 @ Rockridge Meditation Community: 5463 College Ave. Oakland, CA 94618

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