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.


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UA Center for Buddhist Studies Shakuhachi Performance (Part of Lingyin Buddhist Lectures Series)

Guest Artist Lecture-Performance by Shawn Head: “The Shakuhachi Flute”

Monday, October 28, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

Holsclaw Hall, UA Fred Fox School of Music, southeast corner of Park and Speedway

Free admission, open to the public

The UA Center for Buddhist Studies and the American Culture and Ideas Initiative present Shakuhachi Master Shawn Head. This free-admission guest presentation will take place on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall.

The Shakuhachi flute is an instrument that originated in the Hangzhou region of China. Master Shakuhachi player Shawn Head discusses the history of Shakuhachi, its relationship to Zen Buddhism, as well as providing live examples of how the instrument works.

About the Presenter/Performer:
Shawn Renzoh Head is at the forefront of Japanese traditional music and its expansion into the western world. At age 18, he became the youngest non-Japanese Shakuhachi Shihan (master) in history. In 2019, Shawn received the distinct honor of becoming an OSS 大将軍 Tai Shogun, given to him for his work in traditional Japanese music by Ronald Watt 9th Dan Shotokan Karate and Order of the Rising Sun (Japan’s top civilian award). Head earned a bachelor’s degree in composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is currently based in Houston, Texas.

This project has been made possible by the Lingyin Temple via the Center for Buddhist Studies in the College of Humanities and donors to the American Culture and Ideas Initiative at the Fred Fox School of Music.

Center for Buddhist Studies

College of Humanities
The University of Arizona


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 <> 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 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  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.


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