The Dream Within the Dream with David Weinstein

WEDNESDAY, Community Night: July 17th 7-9pm 
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

Dreams are a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, like koans, like us. Inquiring into the dream that we are, provides the opportunity to appreciate that even when we awaken from our dream

Was Zhuangzi A Butterfly Or A Dung Beetle? with Jack Calvert

SUNDAY July 21st, 9:30am-12pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

It occurred to me that if people unable to attend the retreat were hanging out with the same koan as we were in the retreat, the benefits might be amplified.

Fuzzy Wuzzy & the Habit of Naming – An Urban Retreat with David Weinstein

Sat.  Sept. 14th, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

Urban Retreat Sept 14th- This nursery rhyme was 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. What happens when we have the freedom to not name?

In This Dream Everything Matters with David Weinstein

WEDNESDAY, July 10th 7-9pm 
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

This quote from the Diamond Sutra could easily be interpreted as, ‘If it is all a dream, then nothing really matters.’ What feels closer to what is true is: If it is all a dream, then everything matters.

A Celebration of Great Fear with David Weinstein

SUNDAY July 14th, 9:30am-12pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

My rational mind went to work trying to reorient, trying to come to terms with great fear being associated with vastness and calm.

Sharing the Unfurling with David Weinstein

WEDNESDAY, July 3rd 7-9pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

I don’t like something that’s ‘inevitable’. It feels like determinism, or predestination. Don’t I have any say in what happens? Who laid out this inevitable plan anyways? Which is to say, I have a problem with not being in control.

Mara’s Questions & the Earth’s Touch with Corey Hitchcock

SUNDAY July 7th, 9:30am-12pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

I have noticed that there are unexpected gifts and caregivers when the sky is very dark – just like the grass cutter offering him the matt of clean new-cut grass to sit on, and the woman who prepared the rice milk with love and joy. Certain gifts emerge from the debris flow of change and offer themselves.

Arranging Myself with D Allen

WEDNESDAY, June 26th 7-9pm: Koan
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

And I wondered who calls me to do this cleaning up and arranging myself. Who keeps calling me home, clearly and without cease, regardless of falls and losses, and even in deep, dark and perhaps very tangled places? 

The Earth Has My Back with Corey Hitchcock

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

I feel the earth responding to Shakyamuni in this koan. In the story flowers fall and all manner of signs appear to signal the earth’s affirmation. When the going gets rough, and I feel particularly alone, the earth has my back! But no, it is closer in than that, the earth is my back.

Perfectionism: Cultivating Integrity? Community Night with David Weinstein

WEDNESDAY, June 19th Community Night 7-9pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

In talking about integrity Zhuangzi says that it cannot be cultivated any more than a mountain can cultivate being a mountain, or the ocean can cultivate being the ocean.