Dec 272017
 

Upaya Sangha of Tucson is holding a half-day silent retreat, also called a zazenkai, at Tucson Community Meditation Center (TCMC) on Saturday, December 30. TCMC is located at 1231 E. Edison St., one block south of Grant, just west of Mountain, on the north side of the street. This Zazenkai will start at 7:45 am and will end promptly at noon.

What is Zazenkai?

Zazenkai can be translated as “to come together for meditation.” It offers an opportunity to deepen practice that is less intensive than several day retreats 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, an optional brief private interview focused on practice, will be available with our Sensei.)

No registration is necessary

Plan to arrive promptly by 7:45 am and remain in noble silence throughout the morning. A brief orientation will precede the first practice period. This will cover the necessary details to make the event go smoothly (minor logistics, schedule, information about dokusan, etc.).

What to bring?

TCMC has chairs & cushions (zafu/zabuton, seiza benches) 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. 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.

Dec 272017
 

Dear Sangha friends:

As many of you know, our sangha is collaborating with various university programs and community groups to bring Roshi Zoketsu Norman Fischer to Tucson, February 16-17, 2018.

Roshi Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Author of more than twenty-five books of poetry and nonfiction, Fischer has also published articles, essays, and poems in a wide variety of publications.  He served as director and co-abbot of Green Gulch Farm Zen Center from 1981-2000, and as co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center from 1995–2000.  During his abbacy, Fischer supported the research, drafting and formal institution of a women’s lineage chant, alongside the traditional men’s lineage chant, during services. Later he supported the drafting of an official women’s lineage paper—the first female lineage document in the history of any major world religion—which traces the line of women practitioners from the Buddha’s time to the present and recognizes the important historical role of the Zen women ancestors.  During these years, working with others, he founded Zen Hospice Project, whose board he chaired for 20 years.  He has presented work and given talks and lectures on meditation and mediation, in venues ranging from The Oprah Winfrey Show to corporate boardrooms to abbeys and Buddhist sanghas around the world.

Fischer founded the Everyday Zen Foundation in 2000, a network of Buddhist practice group and related projects in Canada, the United States and Mexico that combines in-person lectures, dharma talks, and sitting meditation with online resources http://www.everydayzen.org/.  Among his  best known works are Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up; Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong; Sailing Home: Using Homer’s Odyssey to Navigate Life’s Perils  and Pitfalls, and Opening to You:  Zen-Inspired Translation of the Psalms.

 

Roshi Zoketsu Norman Fischer Public Events Schedule

 

February 16-17, 2018

Free except as indicated

 

Friday, February 16:

 

3:30-4:30 p.m., colloquium, East Asian Studies / Buddhist Studies, Copper Room, UA Student Union. No registration required.

 

7 p.m., Reading, UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen Street, Tucson.  No registration required

 

Saturday, February 17

 

9:30-11:30 a.m.—Creative writing workshop and discussion, Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation (TOMF), 3182 N. Swan Road.  Open to the public. $20 suggested dana, cash/check at the door.  No one turned away for lack of funds.  Free to UA students with ID.  Preregistration required:  tucsonupayasangha@gmail.com.

 

1:30-4:30 p.m.—Upaya Sangha meditation sit and dharma talk, TOMF.  Open to the public, $20 suggested dana, cash/check at the door.  No one turned away for lack of funds. Free to UA students with ID.  Preregistration required: tucsonupayasangha@gmail.com.

 

7:30 p.m. Reading, POG (Poetry Organizing Group of Tucson), with Tenney Nathanson, Steinfeld Warehouse, 101 W. Sixth Street.  $5 admission, $3 students. No registration required.

 

Dec 112017
 

Dear friends,

For those joining us this Saturday, December 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, sitting meditation (Zazen), participant check-in, announcements, and a brief tea break. After this, Sensei Al will provide a dharma talk and discussion entitled, “Knowing More than We can Say: Honoring the Wisdom of Non-Conscious Processes.”

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 our Sangha Website (see link to Web address below) for new announcements.

 

Thanks.