TWO NEW 2016 PZI RETREATS
A Retreat with John Tarrant
The Amazing Life of Buddha
Friday-Saturday, December 9th and 10th
Friday evening, 7:30–9:30pm and Saturday 10am–4:30pm
Preparing for the Holidays and the New Year.
We are all Buddha by nature – Hakuin
This is our yearly, much–loved investigation into the Buddha’s life as your own.
THIS WEEK at RMC Regular Sittings
WEDNESDAY Dec. 7th, 7 - 9pm, Fierce Blessings
with Corey Hitchcock
The wind blows hard through the pines.
It blows from the beginning of an endless past.
Listen! You've heard everything.
There has been a strong wind blowing lately - first one way, then the other, then back again. It is difficult to walk a straight path on a windy day. But there is a certain excitement that comes of leaning into it whichever way it is blowing. In the middle of a fierce wind there can be a quiet center.
Once on a windy afternoon, just after a storm, I balanced tentatively on a steep hillside above the ocean. Suddenly a Red-tailed hawk circled me at close range, shrieking. I could see every feather on her breast and her shadow criss-crossed the sun. I felt a talon of fear and raised my hand to protect my face. Then suddenly she was gone, and I watched her race away at breakneck speed. I laughed out loud. I had thought she meant to attack but she'd just given me a fierce blessing. Let's listen to the wind, let it blow and see what it is made of.
A Wonderful Holiday Gift- Support PZI
Pacific Zen Institute presents an exclusive DVD offer Scenes from an extraordinary retreat with two Zen masters, and a chance to support our ongoing work.
In Autumn 2012, Zen koan masters John Tarrant and Joan Sutherland came together to converse about The Blue Cliff Record, the first great collection of koans, now almost 1,000 years old. It’s a text filled with stories that change you.We are thrilled to be able to offer this DVD record of the event—a chance to witness their collaboration in a set of live conversations about Zen, koans, and enlightenment.
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UPCOMING PZI-RMC SOLSTICE RETREAT
Saturday December 17, 2016 - 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
An all-day Winter Solstice Silent Meditation Retreat
Koan: The moon sets at midnight, I walk alone through the town
Led by Illana Berger
Rockridge Meditation Community
The winter solstice is a natural time of retreat. Bears move into hibernation, trees pull their energy deep into their roots, and indigenous cultures dive into the dream world. Connect more deeply with yourself and the world around you in this day of silent meditation. These are dark times in so many different ways. Winter Solstice invites us to embrace the darkness as the source of everything – fertile, full of possibility and with its own radiance.
Solstice means “to stand still.” This day will provide you time and experiences to connect with the stillness within you, just when the earth itself pauses to turn in a new direction. Inner reflection will be balanced with walking and guided meditation throughout the day.
Let’s sit together and experience the whole universe moving through us as the darkest time of the year moves toward us.
- Registration is requested.
- There is no cost, only a request for dana (suggested donation $25)
If you have any questions, please contact Illana Berger
PZI 's Long Winter Retreat
Who Am I? Am I the Wind & the Stars? with John Tarrant & friends
January 16 – 22, 2017 Santa Sabina, San Rafael, CA
Who am I? is the most basic question, the original koan. It touches the heart of what we wonder about, since everything we know comes down to our senses, thoughts, and feelings.
This meditation retreat is a time to take a deep dive into silence and stillness and wonder.
We will make discoveries, old beliefs and sufferings will shift. Come and join us.
– John Tarrant
THIS WEEK at RMC
SUNDAY, Dec. 11th, 9:30am - 12pm, Transmuting Human Poisons - with David Weinstein, Roshi
'There's a poisonous snake on the path.'
Etymologically, the word 'poison' means 'magical potion'. The 'magic' of running into a 'poisonous snake' on the path of our meditation practice, on the path of our lives, is that we are transformed by it. There is an Indian myth that peacocks can swallow poisonous snakes without coming to harm and transmute the poison into a healing nectar.
In the Tibetan tradition, people aspiring to awakening are likened to peacocks. It is said that peacocks have beautiful tail feathers because they eat poison. Similarly, those who seek awakening transmute the human 'poisons' of greed, hatred and ignorance and it brings out the colors of being alive.