Apr 122016
 

For those joining us this Saturday, April 16th, for our 3rd Saturday of the month Upaya Sangha of Tucson meeting, we will meet from 10:00 am to noon, and our meeting will include brief sutra chanting, participant check-in, announcements, sitting meditation (Zazen), and a brief tea break. After this, as Sensei Al is away on pilgrimage in Japan, Linda Drake will play a dharma talk recorded at Upaya Zen Center in 2015 entitled “Prajna Paramita: Most Intimate.” The speakers, Norman & Kathie Fischer, share provocative thoughts about the Heart Sutra and discuss the relationship among emptiness, wisdom, and compassion.

If this is your first time to join us, we meet at Tucson Community Meditation Center (TCMC), 1231 E. Edison St., one block south of Grant, just west of Mountain, on the north side of the street. We meet the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. There are plenty of zafus (meditation cushions) and chairs.

Parking reminder: It’s important to the future of TCMC to observe mindful parking by not parking on the same block as the Center and by leaving an empty parking space in front of the homes on the neighboring blocks. Please reserve TCMC driveway parking for people who cannot walk far.

Please help us to accommodate our members who are chemically sensitive to fragrances or other scented products. Thank you for not wearing perfume, aftershave, or similar products.

For other sangha reminders, announcements, and recorded dharma talks, please see our sangha website <http://www.upayatucson.org>

Thanks.

Apr 032016
 

Upaya Sangha of Tucson is holding a half-day retreat, also called a zazenkai, at Tucson Community Meditation Center, or TCMC, on April 30. This event will start at 7:45 am and run until about 12:30 pm.

What is Zazenkai?

Zazenkai can be translated as “to come together for meditation.” It offers a less intensive opportunity to deepen practice than, say, a retreat or sesshin. It will consist of alternating sessions of chanting, zazen (seated meditation), and kinhin (walking meditation). Expect zazen sessions to be roughly 30 minutes.

(An opportunity for “dokusan,” private interview, will be optionally available with our Sensei.)

To reserve a space, please fill out the registration form.

Plan to arrive promptly by 7:45 am. A brief orientation will precede the event. This will cover the necessary details to make the event go smoothly (minor logistics, outline timeline, information about dokusan, secret to enlightenment, etc.).

What to bring?

TCMC has chairs & cushions (zafu/zabuton, seiza-benchs) available for use. If you wish to have a different setup for meditation, feel free to bring your own from home. You may wish to bring a blanket or scarf to ensure comfort if you find TCMC drafty. You may also want to bring a water bottle.

Parking reminder: It’s important to the future of TCMC to observe mindful parking by not parking on the same block as the Center and by leaving an empty parking space in front of the homes on the neighboring blocks. Please reserve TCMC driveway parking for people who cannot walk far.