Feb 122019
 

Dear friends,

 

For those joining us this Saturday, February 16th, for our third 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, guest teacher Sensei Linda Lehrhaupt, Ph.D. will facilitate a dharma discussion.

 

Sensei Lehrhaupt teaches Zen within the White Plum lineage founded by Taizan Maezumi, Roshi. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for mindfulness Based Approaches, one of the largest professional training institutes of its kind in Europe. Sensei Lehrhaupt has lived in Germany since 1983.

 

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.

Jan 282019
 

Dear friends,

 

For those joining us this Saturday, February 2nd, for our first 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 on Craving, Insufficiency, and Our Mistaken Sense of Self.

 

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.

Thanks.

 

Jan 142019
 

Dear friends,

 

For those joining us this Saturday, January 19th, for our third 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 on The Fear of Caring.

 

Immediately after the sangha meeting, there will be a quarterly meeting of the Upaya Sangha of Tucson Steering Committee. Sangha participants are welcome to stay and observe.

 

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.

 

Jan 012019
 

Dear friends,

 

For those joining us this Saturday, January 5th, for our first 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 on Beginning Again.

 

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.

 

Dec 212018
 

Dear Friends:

Upaya Sangha of Tucson is holding a full-day silent meditation retreat, also called a zazenkai, at Tucson Community Meditation Center (TCMC) on Saturday, December 29th. 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 4:00 pm.

What is Zazenkai?

Zazenkai offers an opportunity to deepen practice that is less intensive than a several day retreat or sesshin. It will consist of alternating sessions of zazen (seated meditation), and kinhin (walking meditation). Expect zazen sessions to be roughly 25 minutes. There will be a brief period of chanting, and a morning dharma talk on “Wholehearted Practice” will also be offered by Sensei Al. There will be brief silent morning and afternoon tea breaks, and a one-hour silent lunch break mid-day. Please plan on bringing your own lunch.

Opportunity for 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 day. 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 interviews, etc.).

If you are unable to attend for the entire day, it is permissible to attend for a half day. If you plan on attending for only the morning, please arrive at 7:45 am and depart at noon. If you plan on attending for only the afternoon, please arrive at 12:45 pm, departing at the end of the zazenkai at 4:00 pm. Anyone arriving late should sit in silence in the entry area, joining the rest of the group during the next kinhin (walking meditation) period.

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. Please wear darkly colored, modest clothing. Meditation robes or samue may also be worn.

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 participants 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 Website for new announcements.

Thanks and Warmest Regards.

Dec 112018
 

Dear friends,

 

For those joining us this Saturday, December 15, for our third 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 interview special guest David Loy, Zen teacher, scholar, and widely published author, about his recent work in ecodharma and other topics.

 

After our sangha meeting, we will have an end-of-year potluck lunch with David. Bring a small dish to share if you are able, but not everyone needs to bring something.

 

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.

 

Nov 122018
 

Dear friends,

 

For those joining us this Saturday, November 17th, for our third 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 on “Practicing Zazen: On Opening the Hand of Thought.”

 

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.

 

Oct 302018
 

Dear friends,

 

For those joining us this Saturday, November 3rd, for our first 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 on Cultivating the Components of Skillful 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.

 

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.

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.