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.

Nov 012017
 

For those joining us this Saturday, November 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, “The Significance of Sangha: Attachment, Ostriches, and Friends Along the Path.

 

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 292017
 

Beatrice Lewis (Freeman) of Oro Valley, AZ, late of West Newton, MA passed away peacefully at home with family near on October 24, 2017 at 83 years of age. The cherished wife of the late Harold B. Lewis, she was devoted mother of Shara Lewis & her husband Phillips Ruben, Adam Lewis & the lateLeiko Lumiere, and Ian Lewis & his wife Meredith Ida. She was also the loving sister of Ivor Freeman and his wife Barbara Freeman, and the beloved grandmother of Ilana, Annika, Zachary, Noah and Leonardo. The epitome of lifelong learner, Beatrice was an art teacher, mosaic book author, design consultant, marketing director, hospice volunteer, reiki master practitioner, bead artist, grief support group leader, and more.  She received her M.Ed. from Harvard and her Ph.D. from MIT in Urban and Regional Studies.  She was enthusiastic, optimistic, caring, witty, curious, and dedicated to family and community.  A sparkling soul, she was beloved by all who knew her and connected deeply with so many people, even those who only met her briefly. Funeral services will be at the Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 475 Washington Street, Canton, MA on Sunday, October 29 at 12 Noon EST.  The chapel service can be viewed live at at 12 Noon EST on Sunday October 29 at this link: http://distantlink.com/stanetskymemorial.html

Cards to the family can be mailed to 11 Chester Street, Newton MA.  Donations in Beatrice’s memory may be donated to:

Casa de la Luz Hospice at www.casafoundation.org,
VNACare Hospice at www.https://vnacare.org/donors, or
Sustainable Harvest International at www.sustainableharvest.org.

Oct 172017
 

For those joining us this Saturday, October 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, “On the Intimate Marriage of Wisdom and 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 this Sangha Website for new announcements.

Thanks.