WEDNESDAY August 24th, 7 - 9pm, One Gains, One Loses - with Jon Joseph, Roshi
Fa-yen took the high seat before the mid-day meal to preach to his community. Raising his hand, he pointed to the blinds. Two monks went and rolled them up in the same manner. Fa-yen said, ‘One gains, one loses.’
~ Gateless Barrier, Case 26
Two pieces of news: One friend gains and the other friend loses. The teachings tell us, from the very first, there is nothing to gain and nothing to lose in all the universe. And that point is not so hard to see when the stakes are small, like when you drop your sandwich on the floor or hear a favorite love song.
But how about when the game is at its most precious?
SATURDAY, Aug. 27th,
8am - 10:30am
Individual Conversations with David Weinstein, Roshi on your
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.
SUNDAY, August 28th,
9:30am - 12pm,
The Way of Fire -
with Jamie Kissinger
An old legend about salamanders tells of their special ability to stay cool and live inside the fire. On Sunday we'll cool off with a fire koan, and explore fire's archetypal, transformational reverberations.
We'll also talk about the Buddhist parable of the burning house, and what it's like to begin a meditation practice. Come take a dip!
Xuefeng said to the assembly, “All buddhas in the three worlds turn the dharma wheel in the fire.”
Xuansha said, “When the fire expounds dharma to all buddhas in the three worlds, they stand and listen.”
Introduction to Koan Meditation with David Weinstein
Sunday, Aug. 28th, 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.
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