Transforming Dragons Riding the Wind with David Weinstein

SUNDAY Aug. 11th, 9:30am-12pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

In the Tao te Ching the music of earth is said to be produced by the spontaneity of the wind. The music of heaven is the music of silence. The Dragon traverses between heaven and earth as freely as the wind and clouds it rides, not needing to ask permission or explain.

The Scaffolding of Delusion with D Allen

WEDNESDAY, July 31st 7-9pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

A few days ago on a meditation retreat I was walking along the path with a friend who suddenly yelled, “D, you just stepped on a snake!”  I jumped back, saw a small rattlesnake coiling up into strike position

What Bridge? with Corey Hitchcock

SUNDAY Aug. 4th, 9:30am-12pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

I had had a turbulent couple of months dealing with changes in important relationships and was feeling a little road weary. I was holding fast to whatever I could, fearful of more change. Never a healthy stance, but there you have it.

One Way or Another, We’re All In the Dark with Jonathan Meyers

WEDNESDAY, July 24th 7-9pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

Next on my calendar was a float in an isolation tank.  Not something I do every day. Or ever, really. Let me assure you, it’s dark in there. 

Was Zhuangzi A Butterfly Or A Dung Beetle? with Jack Calvert, Part 2

SUNDAY July 28th, 9:30am-12pm
Rockridge Meditation Community
Oakland, CA

As part of my own exploration, as I’m writing this, the question comes to me is: I wonder what Zhuangzi’s reaction would have been if he had dreamt that he was a dung beetle?

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.