April 13, 2010

Rob Weinberg died peacefully early Sunday morning, April 11th, at home in Berkeley with his wife, Linda Barnett beside him. He had been cared for by Linda while a patient in hospice since leaving the hospital in February.

A Cremation Ceremony will be held at Fernwood in Mill Valley next Tuesday. A Funeral Service will be the following day at Fernwood at 10 a.m.. Rob's ashes will be scattered at Tassajara sometime in the future.

Rob recommitted himself to the Buddha's Precepts at a Jukai Ceremony at his home on March 21, 2010. He received the name KoYu, which means Great Cause.

After obtaining his master's degree at Berkeley, Rob worked for the past 20 years in the cause of education in ecology at Berkeley and at the education center at Crissy Field in San Francisco, establishing computer information regarding education in global warming and climate change. His volunteer work on a portal web site which he helped establish and maintain is regarded as one of the most important national educational tools for students and teachers on the subject of climate change. www.climatechangeeducation.org

Earlier in his life, after participating in Zen practice with Kobun Roshi at Haiku Zendo and Bodhi, Rob helped build the new zendo at Tassajara from April to September, 1978. He then lived and practiced at Green Gulch from 1978 until the Fall of 1981, when he entered Tassajara and stayed for six practice periods until the Fall of 1984. A few years later he and Linda Barnett were married at a sunrise ceremony on Mt. Tamalpais, one of their favorite places.

Rob had celebrated his 60th birthday on February 25. He was immensely grateful for the encouragement he received from the cards people sent or the well wishes and prayers sent his way during the time of illness. He never lost his humor and he stepped with incredible grace through his final days.