The Community page is where sangha members can post self-organizing sangha participant activities such as hikes, picnics, outings, etc. These activities are not initiated nor officially sponsored by Upaya Sangha of Tucson LLC.
If you would like to post an event, please send an email to Sensei Al Genkai Kaszniak with the title, event description, date of the event, where to meet, how to contact you, etc.
Bill Thompson’s Art & Poetry
Click here to see Bill Thompson’s art and read his poetry.
New Weekly Meditation Opportunity
Sangha participant and long-time Zen practitioner, Merrill Collett has graciously volunteered to hold a group meditation practice session from 5:30 – 6:45 pm each Thursday at the new TCMC building (1147 N. Howard).
Merrill began practicing at Berkeley Zen Center in 1989 and received the precepts from Abbot Sojun Mel Weitsman Roshi two years later. Following that he lived at San Francisco Zen Center and at its Tassajara monastery for eight years. During this time he worked as a hospice volunteer and wrote the book At Home With Dying, a Zen Hospice Approach (Shambhala, 1991). In addition, he has sat retreats with the One Drop Zen Community (Rinzai) on Whidbey Island in Washington, Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon, Upaya Zen Center in New Mexico, and Wat Suan Mok Phalaram in Thailand.
New Meditation Center Looking for Teachers & Scheduling Manager
Kintsugi Yoga and Meditation Center is looking for teachers and a scheduling manager. Many possibilities, considering conditions. The center will open between Jan and Mar 2020. Location is 1234 E. 16th St. Contact Tim Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two New Support Groups
Starting in November at TCMC
Starting in November, TCMC will offer two new practitioner-oriented interactive support groups on the first Sunday: one for cancer support, the other for grief support.
- SANTIKARA Grief Support is open to anyone dealing with grief and loss of any kind, whether current or from time past. Santikara will meet every first Sunday of the month for 90 minutes, from 12:30pm-2:00pm, just after the Sitting Together program. Each meeting will start and end with a few minutes of silent meditation. “Santikara” means “soothing” in Pali.
- SARANA Cancer Support is open to anyone dealing with, or affected by, cancer, at any time, for any reason. Dealing with a life-threatening illness, especially cancer, is a physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually complex, traumatic situation. Everyone involved needs support, but it’s not always easy to find. especially in a spiritually supportive environment. It can be helpful being with people who “get it,” people with whom no one needs to explain anything. And hearing the differing perspectives of those in the room can be eye-opening. Sarana will meet on the first Sunday of each month, from 2:30pm – 4pm, starting and ending with a few minutes of silent meditation. Sarana is a Pali word for “refuge” or “shelter.”
Neither of these groups will have an agenda, except what each person brings to the group. We’ll have basic guidelines, which we’ll review at the beginning of each meeting, and a facilitator to keep things on track, but that is the extent of any formal structure.
Facilitator: Steve Ross, MA, LMFT (CA)
Need Help in Finding a House in Arizona (Tucson or Flagstaff) to Hold 2020 Buddhist Election Retreat
If you have a lead on a house in or near Tucson or Flagstaff, please email Stan Dewey (email@example.com or Ed Herzog firstname.lastname@example.org) and be sure to type “House in Arizona” on the subject line.
If you’d like to help us find a house, please consider the following:
Our goal is to find a house with 3+ bedrooms, for 18 days:
• Move-in day, Sunday October 18, 2020
• Retreat duration Monday, October 19 through Tuesday November 3
• Move-out day Wednesday November 4, 2020
Qualities of Ideal House:
• Good kitchen: sink, stove/oven, refrigerator. Food storage. Place for coffee/tea/water. Counter space.
• Dining room. Seating for 12-18 at one or more tables.
• Room we can use as a meditation space (zendo) for about 12+ folks.
• Sleeping spaces: bedrooms, living room, couches, (zendo).
• At least two bathrooms, at least one with a shower.
• Yard suitable for a couple of tents.
• On-street parking for up to 8 cars.
It is also helpful if there are satellite sleeping spaces nearby: for example, hotels and guest bedrooms in sympathetic homes, church basements, etc. Often the host family vacates the house, but occasionally has lived in it with us, in fewer rooms.
An ideal location would be close to local Democratic headquarters.
Possibilities may include:
• Farmhouses; Empty houses in foreclosure; Houses for rent; Summer houses; Live-work warehouse spaces; empty houses that are for sale or will shortly be brought to market; Community facilities; And so on . . .
People who might offer us leads for houses may be: Local Buddhists; Local Democratic party; Swing Left, Indivisible, Emily’s List, or other progressive organizations; Faith groups, including Unitarian, Quaker, etc.; Real estate agents, banks; Arts groups; Friends of friends . . .
Sangha Care Support Volunteers
While there are many resources both for hire and formal volunteer programs through Neighbors Care Alliances across Tucson (contact Pima Council on Aging 790-7262), a few of our regular sangha participants have offered their limited availability to help their fellow sangha participants if something unexpected arises where they need some additional help which might include a friendly visit or phone call, assistance with errands, meal delivery, etc. Please send an email to <email@example.com> with questions or requests. We might be able to help you either find existing community resources or do a little limited assistance. Take care.
Upaya Hiking Club
Our Sangha has initiated a hiking club. We will meet on the 3rd Sunday morning of each month, October through April. The hikes will last about 2 hours, with about 30 minutes dedicated to silent walking, or seated meditation if we find a nice spot to sit. Please check the Upaya calendar or contact Dawn Messer at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 520-975-4839 for location and exact meeting time.
Finding Goodness in Everyone: Volunteer Opportunity at Tucson State Prison
My name is Marge Houy, and am currently teaching a new 10-session course in the minimum security unit at the Tucson State Prison on S. Wilmot Road. Because it has been so well received by the participants and prison staff, I am seeking additional volunteers so that the course can be offered to more inmates. The course, called The Path of Freedom, was developed by a former federal prison inmate and teaches participants emotional intelligence skills, including self-awareness, self-control and social awareness.
This course is different from others taught in prisons because it also includes meditation training, which is the bedrock for learning the other skills. This course is currently being taught in prisons and jails in other states including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Washington State, and Arizona. I have taught this course in Massachusetts and now in Arizona. It is hard to describe how appreciative the participants are for the course materials and how personally gratifying it is to work with this under-served population.
I am interested in meeting with anyone who may be interested in learning more about the content of the course, the teacher training process, the nature of ongoing support provided to teachers. More information about the Path of Freedom course can be found on the Prison Mindfulness Institute’s website at https://www.prisonmindfulness.org/projects/path-of-freedom/. Please note that there is a $295 tuition fee for the 6-week on-line training with scholarships available for up to half the cost.
Please RSVP to Marge.email@example.com