Most Certainly! Not Two –  with Jon Joseph

WEDNESDAY May 22nd, 7-9pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

The True Ch’ien referred to in the above koan, is a longer folk tale of a young woman, who runs away from home with her childhood friend, has a family, and returns after six years to apologize for eloping, only to find that her spirit laid comatose in her bed all these years. 

Perfect Balance  with David Weinstein

SUNDAY May 26th, 9:30am-12pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

.. in Taoist practice, mid-step is considered to be the most powerful position. Standing on one foot, balanced, we are more stable than with both feet firmly planted on the ground.

Pumkinifciation with David Weinstein

SUNDAY May 19th, 9:30am-12pm 
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

To meet someone ‘face-to-face’ is the apotheosis of meeting someone, the quintessence of meeting. It is not uncommon for those practicing meditation to elevate the condition of meeting face-to-face to the equivalent of divine status.

Face to Face In Innocence & Freedom with David Weinstein

WEDNESDAY May 15th, Community Night! 7-9pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

In Chan/Zen, ‘meeting the ancestor face to face’, is to meet the other and ourselves with the innocence and freedom of an infant.

Not My Hair! with Corey Hitchcock

WEDNESDAY May 8th, 7-9pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

I relished the beauty of moonlight quivering reflectively on the surface of the water above. But the blown-hair sword would not leave me alone. It was insistent. I had to include it. It was searing, severing, terrifying. A sword that sharp implied an execution.

Guishan’s Gift & Always (Always) Receiving with Cindy Marteney

SUNDAY May 12th, 9:30am-12pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

What is it to receive? And, when is our receiving most vibrant and without habits of deflection or weird flashes of unworthiness or indebtedness?

Koans to Save your Life – Live on Youtube 7-9pm with John Tarrant

Tonight -MONDAY May 6, 2019 7-9pm
SRCZC
Santa Rosa, CA

Dharma talk on Youtube tonight- Koans are like divinations, or Yi King readings, or friends who show up to help you see your own face and your own life. In the koan world, there is no moment of your life that is not true and real.

Losing Face with David Weinstein

WEDNESDAY May 1st, 7-9pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

One of the worst things that can happen to someone in Chinese culture is to “lose” face, as a Chinese idiom goes, “People can’t live without face, trees can’t live without bark.” 

Saving Face with David Weinstein

SUNDAY May 5th, 9:30am-12pm 
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

What if not being able to be put back together was not a bad thing? It felt reminiscent of the way my meditation practice can disassemble my concepts and ideas and how that is a good thing. I like the association of the rhyme with the overthrow of the monarchy. It reminds me of the way my koan practice overthrows the “monarchy” of my ego.

Urban Retreat – Waitlisted: Gestating the Spiritual Embryo – Meditation & The Creative Process

June 1 2019 9-5
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

Urban Retreat Wait listed – Taoists use the metaphor of the Spiritual Embryo in reference to an energy that is not matter or emptiness, yet is both material and empty at the same time.