Rachel Boughton visits RMC this Sunday morning, April 23rd, for meditation, tea & conversation - 9:30 am- 12pm
WEDNESDAY, Apr. 19th - 7-9pm,
Official vs Unofficial Entry Points -
with Corey Hitchcock
Officially not even a needle will go through it.
Unofficially you can drive a semi through it.
Wow. A semi? Really?
Sometimes when I am in 'not even a needle' mode, thinking I can not possibly make a move, I am rigidity itself. No way out. And then, horn blaring, wheels screeching, here comes a completely unexpected semi full of all my objections to reality. And pow it slams through!
A friend of mine escorting an elderly native medicine man over a tricky desert landscape got a serious blowout. When the dust settled, they were headlong down a steep ditch in a very unlikely place for help to arrive. My friend was devastated, head in hands. He felt he had failed his mission of care and safety. They could die. He could already see their bleached bones being discovered.
The elderly medicine man just pulled himself up to the center of the road and called back to him, 'Watch this.'
After a bit of a wait, over the ridge in a cloud of road dust, the biggest tow truck he had ever seen appeared with a bunch of jovial guys anxious to help out.
What magic was afoot there I am unsure. But we have that shape shifting ability at our disposal too.
IT'S OFFICIAL David's RMC REtreat is open for registration!
Ordinary Mind Is The Way:
An Urban Retreat on Exalting the Ordinary
with David Weinstein, Roshi May 19-21, 2017
RMC College Ave. Oakland, CA
Pigeons are a pretty ordinary sight in the urban environment, yet they are incredibly complex and intelligent creatures. The Urban Retreat format is designed with an eye toward the integration of our ordinary lives and meditation practice.
It is an opportunity to discover amazing things about the ordinary, amazing things about our ordinary selves.
Pigeons are one of only a small number of species to pass the ‘mirror test’ of self-recognition, they can also recognize letters of the alphabet and even distinguish different humans in a photograph. They mate for life and both female and male pigeons share responsibility of caring for and raising their young. Both sexes take turns incubating the eggs and both feed the chicks ‘pigeon milk’ – a special secretion which both sexes produce. More
Registrar & Scholarships
John Williamson, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mysterious Paths: A Summer Weeklong Retreat
With John Tarrant & Friends
July 16-23, 2017
Mt. Madonna Center
This is a meditation retreat for discovering how to navigate in a world with few familiar landmarks; it is seven days along the deepest path.
Zen is a mystery school—we enter the mystery to be transformed. The transformation is through the life we already have, toast and heartbreak. We notice our kitchen loves us. The gate is not knowing. We don’t try to explain life, or defend against it, we enter it deeply, we don’t make ourselves certain.
For more information contact: Jan Black, Registrar