Nov 302016
 

For those joining us this Saturday, December 3rd, for our 1st 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, sitting meditation (Zazen), participant check-in, announcements, and a brief tea break. After this, since Sensei Al will be in the Rohatsu Sesshin at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, Mike Carson will provide a talk and discussion on “Nonviolence and Right Activism in a Hyperpoliticized Age.”

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.

Also, please don’t forget to regularly check the Community Page of this Sangha Website  for new announcements.

Thanks.

Nov 302016
 

The Seven Factors of Awakening

Lectures by Thanissaro Bhikkhu and Joseph Goldstein

January 12th, 2017 through May 25, 2017

In this five-month course, we will contemplate and discuss lectures offered by Thanissaro Bhikkhu and Joseph Goldstein, two accomplished scholar-practitioners.  This study will be profitable to those who have a solid grounding in basic Buddhist doctrine.   You will be listening to audio presentations and completing a study guide prior to each of our meetings.

The Seven Factors of Awakening are mental factors which, when cultivated, serve as the basis for liberation, the release from greed, aversion, and delusion.  Thanissaro Bhikkhu and Joseph Goldstein draw from their readings of the Pali Canon in addition to reflecting on their own experiences.  It’s hoped that through this study you will get a grasp on how to bring onto the path the Buddha’s instructions from these early texts.

REQUIREMENTS:  A computer with CD player, an email address or a cooperative friend with same

FEE:  $22.00 (the cost of materials, postage, and TCMC space use contribution)

No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

To Register: Mail a $22.00 check, made payable to Upaya Sangha, to Christine Johnson at 4145 N. Stone Ave., #102; Tucson, AZ 85705-8807. Include, in addition to your name, your postal address & email address & telephone number.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  December 29, 2016

WHEN:  10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.  The  2nd  and 4th  Thursdays of January, February, March, April, and May, beginning on Thursday, January 12th.

LOCATION: Tucson Community Meditation Center;  1231 E. Edison  Tucson, AZ.  The Center is one block S. of Grant and 2 houses W. of Mountain Ave.

CONTACT: Christine Johnson;  christine-johnson@cox.net ;  520-207-8718

PARKING:  It is 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. Thank you!

Nov 302016
 

Our sangha will hold a silent half-day Zazenkai (meditation intensive) on New Year’s Eve (12/31/16), from 8:00 am to noon, at TCMC. Sensei Al will begin the morning with a brief Zen service, and this will be followed by alternating periods of sitting (Zazen) and walking (Kinhin) meditation. Opportunities for brief Dokusan (individual meetings with Sensei Al) will be provided, though not mandatory. Plenty of meditation cushions and chairs will be available. No registration is necessary. Please plan on arriving no later than 7:45 am, so that we can begin promptly. Noble silence will be maintained throughout the morning.

Nov 152016
 

For those joining us this Saturday, November 19th, 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, sitting meditation (Zazen), participant check-in, announcements, and a brief tea break. After this, Sensei Al will facilitate a dialog on “So what do we do now?

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.

Also, for those who might have missed previous announcements, David Loy will be presenting an evening lecture on November 18th and day-long workshop Sunday, November 20th . Please see the attached flyer for information on the events and registration.

Thanks.