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July Recess:
No Sunday Zen in July! Enjoy a July recess. We’ll see you again in August

August 4 Sunday Zen: With John Tarrant & Friends

August 8–11 Open Mind Retreat: With John Tarrant, Allison Atwill, & Tess Beasley

August 12 Zen Luminaries: Robert Hass in Conversation with Jon Joseph & Friends


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TUESDAY ZEN with David Weinstein: What Is Your Original Face?

July 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – $10


Quickly, without thinking good or evil,
what is your original face before your
parents were born?

—Gateless Barrier Case 23

That word “quickly” quickly got my attention. Some translations don’t have it but most do, which is interesting. That it has survived all this time as part of the koan speaks to me about the importance of “quickly.” I was reminded that according to Buddhist teachings there are sixty-four thought moments in the snap of a finger. Huineng is encouraging us to be quicker than that.

I recently saw an article about a skydiver who became the first person to break the sound barrier while skydiving, going faster than the speed of sound. Huineng is urging us to go faster than the speed of thought, to break the thought barrier.

Check it out, how quickly do ideas about good or bad, this or that, self or other come to mind?

The other thing that came along as I was keeping company with this koan was part of last week’s koan, specifically the part that asks,“What are you?”

Original face feels like a fitting response.

Join us Tuesday.

—David Weinstein

David Weinstein Roshi


COME JOIN US on Tuesdays for koan meditation, dharma talk and conversation.
Register to participate. All are welcome.

David Weinstein Roshi, Director of Rockridge Meditation Community



July 16
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – $10
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David Weinstein Roshi
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