MONDAY NIGHT KOAN CIRCLE is Back!
Join Jamie Kissinger & Cindy Marteney
Third Monday of six beginning July 11th - August 15th,
7 - 8:30pm
Jamie Kissinger & Cindy Marteney will be holding a small koan group on Monday nights to explore the transformative possibilities of koans. In this six-week series we will have a chance to work with koans together in an ongoing way – we'll hang out with each koan for a week, and come together on Monday evenings to meditate, drink tea, and share our discoveries. There will be an email list for those who wish to stay in touch during the week.
Participation: You are encouraged to join us for all six weeks if you can, but all are welcome to drop in – no registration is required.
Dates: The group begins July 11th and runs for six consecutive Monday evenings.
The dates are: July 11th - August 15th
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Rockridge Meditation Community, 5463 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618
Fees: We suggest a donation of $5 - $20 per meeting,
to help support Pacific Zen Institute.
To be included on the email list, and/ or for more information/ questions about the group, contact Jamie Kissinger: firstname.lastname@example.org / (510) 715-5224
COMMUNITY NIGHT - WEDNESDAY July 27th, 7 - 9pm,Coming to a Fork in the Road? Take it! with David Weinstein, Roshi
'The great way is not difficult, just don't pick and choose.'
Yogi Berra's version of this was 'If you come to a fork in the road, take it.' But how do you do that? How do you not get caught up in evaluating this and that? We climb the hill of rational thinking, hoping to see further down each of the possibilities, but can't see far enough. Perhaps we toss a coin, consult the I-Ching or some other form of divination for advice. But, there is only one person to consult, the same one who is at the heart of every koan...you.
SUNDAY, July 31th, 9:30am - 12pm, Loosening Your Grip -with David Weinstein, Rosh
'The great way is not difficult, just don't seek clarity.'
Clarity is a function of our rational, discriminating mind. It's very useful for some, but not all things. This koan invites us to release our grip on certainty. If we are able to do so, we can experience a spacious generosity right here in the present moment. Letting go of our grip on clarity takes courage. That courage is supported by a trust that is nurtured each time we are able, even for a moment, to loosen our grip on clarity and notice the freedom we experience when we do.
Introduction to Koan Meditation
with David Weinstein, Sunday,
July 31st, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Zen koan meditation is a tradition that has been held somewhat under wraps. Although koans, which are often the record of interchanges between teachers and students, are readily available, the sharing of similar interchanges between contemporary practitioners and their teachers have not been shared. It is ironic that Koan practice should generate a veil of mystery around it. Koans deal with things as ordinary as, 'To eat when hungry and sleep when tired.' Sounds simple, something we do all the time. But do we really? Koan practice invites us to investigate our assumptions about that, and everything else. In so doing, we become more intimate with who we are.
Bringing aspects of koan practice out from behind closed doors has made koan practice accessible to a wider range of people, which in turn has brought creativity and innovation into how we practice with koans. Koan practice is conversational, between ourselves and the koan, each other and most importantly, a deep conversation with ourselves.
This class is an opportunity to taste koan practice. A chance to ask questions, meditate a bit and have a conversation. It is also a chance to check out the culture of innovation and inquiry we are nurturing.
AUDIO from John Tarrant's talk SUNDAY July 10th @ RMC
last week was a hard one
This is an iPhone audio recording of a talk at Rockridge last Sunday if you want to hear.
'A student asks: When times of great difficulty visit us, how should we meet them?The teacher says: Welcome!'
The quality isn't great (iPhone) so a lot of the distortion is simply there to stay. But Odin our video guy did his best and cleaned it up.
tarrantworks.com pacificzen.org Uncertainty.club (the Zen & Arts magazine)Bring Me The Rhinoceros, & Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your LifeThe Light Inside the Dark: Zen, Soul, & The Spiritual Life
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