An Online Urban Retreat with David Weinstein – Zoom Zen

SATURDAY, April 25th 2020
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
@ Rockridge Meditation Community

When Xuefeng was the cook at Deshan’s place, Deshan came down to eat before the meal signal had sounded. Xuefeng asked him where he was going and Deshan turned around and returned to his room, without saying a word. Later Xuefeng was told that the teacher, Deshan, didn’t know the ‘Last word’ of Zen.

We probably all know somebody who’s an annoying know it all. The person who always has to
have the last word. In some ways we are all that annoying person. We think we know it
all…about ourselves. How is it that Xuefeng was told by another student that their teacher
didn’t know what the last word of Zen was? How was it that Xuefeng believed it?

We will be exploring the journey of Xuefeng and ourselves, from thinking his teacher didn’t know the last
word was to responding this way to a question about his teacher:

Xuefeng was asked, “When
you visited your teacher, what was it that you attained that put an end to your search?”
Xuefeng said, “I went with empty hands and I returned with empty hands.”

If only we could live our lives more with empty hands.

Knowing what the last word of Zen is can help with that.

The Urban Retreat format is a user friendly, easily approachable way of participating in a meditation retreat. Starting at 2:00 we will meditate and then share our field notes about the experience with the koan and then meditate some more with a companion koan and after that once again share our experiences ending at 4:30, a little long for a zoom meeting, but, it’s a retreat.

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The retreat will be via Zoom. Links will be provided before the event.

Fee: $30.members & $45.non-members
Registrar: Vickie Miller –
Note: Free weekend parking at the Rockridge BART Station 3 blocks North of RMC Center

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