Feb 122018

Upaya Sangha of Tucson is co-sponsoring (with The University of Arizona Department of Religious Studies) a special conversation with bell hooks.

Event Details:

Date: Friday, March 16

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Location: Poetry Center Rubel Room

Title: “Feminism, Buddhism, and Liberation”

Free! More detail on registration process to follow.

Esteemed scholar and author bell hooks will engage in a conversation with Buddhist Studies professor Rae Erin Dachille on a range of topics related to Buddhism, feminism, and spirituality. The conversation will include reflections on questions of identity, community, interdependence, love, and social justice. The audience will have the opportunity to engage in this lively conversation.

About the Speakers

bell hooks is an acclaimed intellectual, feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist, and writer. hooks has authored over three dozen books and has published works that span several genres, including cultural criticism, personal memoirs, poetry collections, and children’s books. Her writings cover topics of gender, race, class, spirituality, teaching, and the significance of media in contemporary culture.

Born Gloria Jean Watkins in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, bell hooks adopted the pen name of her maternal great-grandmother, a woman known for speaking her mind. hooks received her B.A. from Stanford University, her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her books include, Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, Rock My Soul: Black People and Self-Esteem, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics, Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, Where We Stand: Class Matters, and We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity.
Rae Erin Dachille is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. Dr. Dachille holds a Ph.D. in in Buddhist Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and specializes in Tibetan Buddhism. Her research examines the religious and artistic traditions of Himalayan Buddhism, with a focus on representations of the body in art, ritual, philosophy, and medicine in Tibetan and Sanskrit sources. At the University of Arizona Dr. Dachille teaches courses on Tibetan Buddhism; Tantric Buddhism; Buddhism, Medicine and Healing; Buddhism, Gender, and Women; and Religious Studies Theories and Methods.

Feb 122018

Dear friends,


For those joining us this Saturday, February 17th, for our 3rd Saturday of the month Upaya Sangha of Tucson meeting, we will meet from 10:00 am to 11:00, and our meeting will provide an opportunity for sitting meditation (Zazen). Because Sensei Al will be co-hosting the Roshi Norman Fischer morning writing workshop, there will be no liturgy, dharma talk or discussion on Feb. 17th. Andy Lenards has generously agreed to preside for the meeting. The meeting will end at 11:00 am (rather than noon), so that anyone registered for the Roshi Norman Fischer Saturday afternoon dharma event can get to Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation (venue for the event) on time.


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.