An ONLINE Urban Retreat with David Weinstein – held via ZOOM
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 9:30 we will meditate and then compare field notes about our experience with the koan. Then we will meditate again, hang out with another related koan and have a Zoom conversation about our experience, ending at 12:00 pm. We are working this all out.
The retreat will be limited to 16 people to preserve an intimate atmosphere for sharing deeply what arises in meditation.
Fee: $65.members & $85.non-members
Registrar: Vickie Miller – Vickieix8@Gmail.com
Note: Free weekend parking at the Rockridge BART Station 3 blocks North of RMC Center