Oct 042018
 

Dear friends,

For those joining us this Saturday, October 6th, 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 away, Christine Johnson has graciously offered to facilitate a dharma discussion on Ajahn Amaro’s “Between Arhat and Bodhisattva.” If you wish to read Ajahn Amaro’s article on this topic, see https://www.lionsroar.com/between-arhat-and-bodhisattva/ .

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.

Sep 172018
 

Dear Friends:

 

On the morning of Saturday, September 29th, Upaya Sangha of Tucson will hold a Jukai ceremony at TCMC for seven candidates from our sangha who have been studying and preparing during the past year. Sensei Al’s dharma brother, Zen priest and Sensei Joshin Brian Byrnes of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, will be here to serve as Kaishi (preceptor officient). Jukai is a compound Japanese word: Ju meaning “to receive” and kai meaning “the precepts.” This rite of passage marks a candidate’s formal entry into the Soto Zen tradition. During the ceremony, the seven candidates will make a public commitment to upholding the 16 Zen precepts. Each will also receive their new dharma names, signed and temple-stamped rakusu (bib-like small Zen robe) that they sewed, and their hand-written lineage charts of male and female Zen ancestors in the Soto tradition.

 

Sangha participants are welcome to attend and observe the Jukai ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 am. It will be preceded by a period of meditation practice, beginning at 9:00 am, ending at 9:45. Those planning on observing should please arrive at TCMC by 8:45 am, so that everyone is seated by the start of meditation practice at 9:00 am. Please let Sensei Al kaszniak@email.arizona.edu know if you will attend, so that adequate cushions and chairs can be set up..

 

If you plan on attending, please plan on wearing modest and preferably dark clothing: Samue or lay robes are appropriate if you own them, but definitely not required.

 

After the ceremony, the Kligman family will generously provide “finger-food” luncheon at TCMC. Please let Sensei Al kaszniak@email.arizona.edu  know if you will be able to stay for the food, so that he can give an accurate count to the Kligmans.

 

Following the ceremony and luncheon, we will hold our regular fifth Saturday Zazenkai (meditation practice intensive) from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, led by Sensei Al. Brief orientation and instruction will be provided by Sensei at the start, so please plan on being at your chair or cushion promptly by 1:00 pm. You need not attend the Jukai ceremony in order to participate in the Zazenkai.

 

We will hold the Jukai ceremony and Zazenkai 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. 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 those with chemical sensitivities: Please note that some incense will be offered as part of the morning Jukai ceremony.

 

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

 

Thanks, and warmest regards.

Sep 102018
 

Dear friends,

 

For those joining us this Saturday, September 15th, 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 offer a dharma talk entitled “Attentional Bias, Equanimity, and Freedom.”

 

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.

Aug 282018
 

Dear friends,

 

For those joining us this Saturday, September 1st, 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, Sensei Al will offer a dharma talk entitled “Running on Empty: Hakuin’s Burnout and the Redemption of Nothing Special.”

 

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.

Aug 142018
 

Dear friends,

 

For those joining us this Saturday, August 18th, 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 offer a dharma talk entitled “Loving Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity: The Brahmaviharas are Not Pollyannaish.”

 

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.

Jul 312018
 

Dear friends,

For those joining us this Saturday, August 4th, 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, Sensei Al will offer a dharma talk entitled “Simulating Our World: A Constructivist Perspective on Awakening.”

 

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.

Jul 162018
 

Dear friends,

 

For those joining us this Saturday, July 21st, 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 offer a dharma talk entitled “No Fear.”

 

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.

Jul 022018
 

Dear friends,

 

For those joining us this Saturday, July 7th, 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, Sensei Al will offer a dharma talk entitled “Protecting the Children and Voyagers: Reflections on Jizo Bodhisattva and The Present Moral Crisis.”

 

There will also be a Sangha Steering Committee meeting immediately following at noon. Sangha participants are welcome to stay and observe the meeting.

 

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.

Jun 242018
 

COMPASSION AT THE EDGE
A Revolutionary Method for Benefitting Others without Burning Out

Taught by Roshi Joan Halifax

Guest Teachers: Sensei Al Genkai Kaszniak, Cynda Rushton, and Tony Back

Offered by Prajna Studios, a division of  Shambhala Publications

https://courses.shambhala.com/compassion-at-the-edge/?utm_source=bm23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=COMPASSION+AT+THE+EDGE&utm_content=Do+you+feel+emotionally+burnt+out?&utm_campaign=JH276+-+Sell+2&_bta_tid=21217238545476419892366705730812089629539013561435627834285841844947703506100854016566202137704300409865&_bta_c=4drhhd4y6pkk6emboxuh7kusoalql

Jun 222018
 

Upaya Sangha of Tucson is holding a half-day silent retreat, also called a zazenkai, at Tucson Community Meditation Center (TCMC) on Saturday, June 30th. 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 sanzen, 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.

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.