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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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.


Wanted: Furnished house or condo, 2 bd,2 ba, for 2-3 months in January – Mid. March, 2020 (rent, sublet, or house-sit)

I am retiring from my RN job in Boston in Dec of this year and plan to return to Tucson in January 2020 to volunteer for 2-3 months with No More Deaths and the Tucson Samaritans. I am looking to rent, sublet or house-sit with 2 friends from New England.

Furnished house or condo, 2 bedroom, 2 baths, off street parking, close to downtown, with wi-fi. January-mid March 2020.
Any leads, please contact Mary Ann Kopydlowski (friend of sangha member Lynda Gordon) at
cell 857-719-1436


Wanted: 4 bd, 2 ba home in quiet, safe neighborhood.

Dear Dharma Friends, Steve Ross and Sen Talley are house-hunting. We need 2 bedrooms and two other rooms for office space and a meditation room, plus the usual kitchen, family room, and a dining room and or “living” room would be nice. Sen would like a space for Reiki or Acupressure clients. Not looking for pools, cavernous spaces, or uninsulated slump block walls. Older homes that have gone through a remodel would be great. If anyone comes across something, please let us know: Steve (520) 909-9639 (cell), (520) 825-2009 (land line), Sen: (575) 921-1755, Many thanks!

And by the way, my sweet older home (on the historical register, so taxes are low) will go on the market at some point as well, so if anybody needs a 2bd, 2 full bath home with great older fixtures, concrete floors, plaster walls, an AZ room, lovely front yard and a huge back yard, we’ve got just the ticket for you. You can see photos from the previous owner on-line: 3825 E. Calle Guaymas, Tucson, 85716 and I can create a website with current photos if there’s any interest.

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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