WEDNESDAY May 25th, 7 - 9pm, Speech & Silence - Transcending all Dualities - with David Weinstein, Roshi
Someone asked, “Speech and silence are concerned with equality and differentiation. How can I transcend equality and differentiation?”
They were answered: 'I always think of Capistrano in March, the swallows winging their way home.
We share an essential unity with each other and all things and yet we are unique, different and individual. How do we navigate that? The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao, but we have to say something. This koan invites us to explore what it would be like to respond to the call of the world from a place that transcends all dualities.
SATURDAY, May 27th, 8am - 10:30am
Individual Conversations with David Weinstein, Roshi on your meditation practice.
No experience necessary. People will be invited in for a conversation in the order in which they arrive.
For those who can't make it on Saturdays, it is possible to schedule appointments with David at other times of the week.
Dana gratefully accepted.
MEMORIAL DAY, SUNDAY, May 28th, 9:30am - 12pm, The Seamless Fabric of Life & Death - with David Weinstein, Roshi
A student asked their teacher, 'What should I do after you die?
The teacher said, 'Build me a seamless tomb.'
The student asked, 'How do you build a seamless tomb?'
The teacher was silent for a long time.
It is Memorial Day weekend, a time to think of those who lost their lives in conflicts. Also a time to reflect on life and death in general. When someone we care about dies, it can feel as impossible a situation as building something with no seams. How can you build something without joining one thing to another? The loss of a loved one feels anything but seamless, more like a rip in the fabric of the world as we know it. The silence of the teacher's response opens the space for the possibility that life and death are one seamless fabric.
What's Coming Up
"Koan meditation is a way of showing up for your own life.
The ancient wisdom of Zen koans tells how to make room in your life for the unaccountable. You don’t have to worry your way through a predicament; it’s more like when you hear music and your body just dances. Koans are a great treasure that anyone can bring to life. They can show how to be at home in the universe including your own skin and situation. You sit or work or talk and don’t add anything to it. You don’t criticize anything your mind offers. You don’t need to assess or improve the moment. And if you are criticizing the moment or your own state of mind, you don’t criticize that. In that way compassion appears. That way you show up for your own life."
— John Tarrant Roshi, Director and Founder of Pacific Zen Institute