Community

 

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.

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Bill Thompson’s Art & Poetry

Click here to see Bill Thompson’s art and read his poetry.

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New Announcements:

 

Robert Thurman to Give Free Talk at UA on Thursday, April 26

Robert Thurman, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Religious Studies at Columbia University will be giving a talk on ethics and world crisis at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 26. The talk is free and will be held in room N120 of the Environment and Natural Resources 2 Building at the UA, 1064 East Lowell Street.

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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.houy@gmail.com

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New Book Club Forming for 2018

This book club will start in 2018 with the topic focus on: “Shamanism, Zen Buddhism, and Deep Ecology – The Early Writings of Roshi Joan Halifax”. (It may take the entire year to complete this topic!)

The initial book club meeting will be March 17 and will cover chapter one of Roshi Joan’s book, The Fruitful Darkness, at Rincon Market at 12:30 to 2 pm. Also more info will be emailed to those who have “signed up” but others are welcome to join this social/educational monthly event.

Interested persons can contact Evan Kligman directly thru his email at: <agewell100@gmail.com>  or leave a phone message on 520-405-5696.

The recommended reading list for 2018 will be Roshi Joan’s 3 books related to shamanism in this order:

The Fruitful Darkness
Shaman: The Wounded Healer
Shamanic Voices: A Survey of Visionary Narratives

All 3 books are still available on Amazon. (One or more may be out of print, but available used).

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Interested in More Regular Longer Sitting Opportunities?

If you are interested in more regular longer (e.g., half-day or full-day) meditation opportunities, and have the space to host a sitting session in your home, please contact Val Mustain <gmustain@cox.net>

 

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