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.

Description:
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.

 

Thanks.

Jan 302018
 

Dear friends,

For those joining us this Saturday, February 3rd, for our 1st Saturday of the month Upaya Sangha of Tucson meeting, we will meet from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, and our meeting will include brief sutra chanting, sitting meditation (Zazen), participant check-in, announcements, and a brief tea break. After this, instead of the usual dharma talk and discussion, we will be holding a Sangha-wide Community Meeting. Please also note that we will adjourn at 1:00 pm, rather than our usual noon adjournment.

At the November 7, 2015 First Upaya Sangha of Tucson Community Meeting, we together built a list of activities that we would like to see happen. What follows are two lists. The first lists activities that particular named Sangha members or the Steering Committee agreed to initiate or to coordinate. The second listing is of activities that were suggested and which no one offered to initiate or to coordinate.

We will go through the first list first, asking those named and present on February 3rd to talk about how things developed or did not. You will then have an opportunity, if you wish, to offer your time and energy to their efforts. If you are one of those individuals named and cannot make the February 3rd Community meeting and would like to update everyone, please email your report to Christine at christine-johnson@cox.net by Friday, February 2nd.

After reviewing the first of the lists, we will then go on to discuss the second. Please look this 2nd short list over. Would you like to offer your time and energy to either of the proposed? If so please come prepared to make your pitch (i.e., how you would make it happen, either on your own or with another or others, and when you would expect to make it happen). Or if you cannot make it on the 3rd but would like to offer, please email your pitch to christine-johnson@cox.net by Friday, February 2nd.

1st list:
Meet more frequently than the first and third Saturdays:
Steering Committee
Occasional daylong retreats:
Joe Montani & Andy Lenards
Meditation hikes:
Mike Carson & Kirk Alexander
Engaged Buddhist action:
Pamela Brant for “global warming” brainstorm/discussion
Sensei Al Kaszniak for contemplative traditions & social justice work at U of A.
Individual Sangha member support (for example, ‘Helping Hands’):
MaryEllen Beaurain, Sylvie Stevenson, & Louise Levy
Print and/or e-directory of Sangha participants:
Sylvie Stevenson & Bill Thompson
Enhanced website functions; moderated/un-moderated?:
Bill Thompson & Guy Scharf
Host guest speakers who would “challenge our status quo”:
Mary Ellen Beaurain for the Steering Committee, Tim Clark & Charles Simons

2nd list
More directed educational and structured social activities (for example, games, calligraphy, potluck meals)
Assistance to ill individuals (modeled on Santa Fe Metta Council)

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 162018
 

Dear friends,

For those joining us this Saturday, January 20th, 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, “Wisdom Beyond Wisdom: Boundlessness and Nonviolence.”

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 022018
 

Dear friends,

For those joining us this Saturday, January 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, Sensei Al will provide a dharma talk and discussion entitled, “Reflections on Not Trying So Hard.”

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 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.

 

Sunday Feb 18

1-4 p.m.- Sky Island Zen-sponsored Meditation, dharma talk, Q and A, in collaboration with and hosted by Zen Desert Sangha at 3226 N Martin Av. Suggested dana $20 at the door. No preregistration 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.

Nov 272017
 

For those joining us this Saturday, December 2nd 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 recovering from surgery, Andy Lenards has graciously offered to play a dharma talk given by Sensei Genzan Quennell at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, entitled, “The Poetics of Pilgrimage.”

 

Sensei Genzan had just returned from a pilgrimage in Japan with Roshi Joan Halifax. He begins his discussion of pilgrimage by presenting a scroll which features a depiction of Bodhidharma, who made a pilgrimage from India into China. He then turns to koan Case 20 from the Book of Serenity, which in reference to the meaning of pilgrimage, contains the famous teaching, “not knowing is most intimate.” He also discusses the haiku poet Santōka Taneda, and ends by recounting his visit to a Shingon temple in Japan and telling some other stories from his trip.

 

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 142017
 

For those joining us this Saturday, November 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, “Awakening, Teachings, and the Path of Practice.

 

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.