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 Announcements:


Sensei Al Teaching in Two May Upaya Zen Center (Santa Fe) Programs:

May 5 – 12
BEING WITH DYING: Professional Training for Clinicians in Compassionate Care of the Seriously Ill and Dying
Taught by Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD; Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN; Anthony Back, MD; Alfred Kaszniak, PhD; Ben Daitz, MD; Holly Yang, MD; Sensei Joshin Byrnes; Jan Jahner, CHPN; Rev. Corinna Chung; Donna Kwilosz, PhD; Mary Taylor. Application required. 52.75 CMEs for physicians, 54 CNEs for nurses, 54 CEUs for counselors, therapists, and social workers

May 18 – 21
ZEN BRAIN: Mind, Brain, Social Perspectives of Views, Values, Ethics with John Dunne, PhD; Evan Thompson, PhD; Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD; Richard Davidson, PhD; Alfred Kaszniak, PhD; Rhonda V. Magee, JD/MA; John Paul Lederach, PhD; Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, FAAN

We have a few spaces left at this acclaimed program. 15 CEUs for counselors, therapists, and social workers
To register by phone, contact Roberta at 505-986-8518 ext. 112 or

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Public Talk and Workshop on Yogacara Teachings:

Ben Connelly, a Soto Zen teacher from the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, will be visiting Tucson and delivering a public talk on the Yogacara teachings in his new book “Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara: a practitioner’s guide” as well conduct a workshop the following day.

Talk details (see attached PDF flyer also)

Friday, May 12, 2017, 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Zen Desert Sangha

3226 N Martin Avenue (Near the corner of Fort Lowell and Campbell)
Suggested donation $10 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds
He will also conduct a workshop titled “Yogacara and engaged compassion:

Awareness of emotion and interdependence”. This workshop will focus on key teachings from Yogacara: how to live a life of engaged compassion by cultivating mindfulness of emotions and inter-dependence. The workshop will involve meditation, teachings, and dialogue and will explore how these teachings are powerful methods for personal and social healing.
Workshop details (see attached PDF flyer also)
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1 pm – 4 pm

Sky Island Zen

4002 E 4th street (southeast corner of Longfellow)

Park along Longfellow or along the park

Suggested donation $25

Please RSVP Mary or Manoj in the contacts at the end of this message to save a spot as space is limited
About Vasubandhu
In fourth-century India, one of the great geniuses of Buddhism, Vasubandhu, sought to reconcile the diverse ideas and forms of Buddhism practised at the time and effectively integrated into a single Yogacara system, which continues to have great influence in modern Tibetan and Zen Buddhism.
About Ben Connelly
Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He teaches at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center. Ben is also a professional musician and teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Copies of the book can be purchased here

Richard Laue
Shozan Mary Koopman
Manoj Saranathan


Shelly Hubman to Offer Mindfulness-Based Online Resilient Healthcare Provider Webinar

Webinar Opens May 1st; $295 Registration Fee; Information and Registration at:


bell hooks speaking at Center for Creative Photography

bell hooks will be speaking at the University of Arizona in the Center for Creative Photography auditorium (first floor) on 27 April from 5:30-7pm.  The event is not yet up on the Center’s website but should be soon.


Shauna Shapiro TEDx talk and Workshop

Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., a distinguished mindfulness researcher and teacher (and former graduate student who worked with Sensei several years ago, has a new TEDx talk

Shauna will also be in Tucson, offering a workshop with Kristen Neff, Ph.D., May 6-7, 2017, on The Science of Mindfulness and Compassion:

Information and registration are at



We offer compensation for your participation and there is free parking outside the lab. If interested, please contact us at (520)-621-5721 or

Hi Dharma friends, the information above is about a study on meditation and cognition being done at the UA with subjects who meditate and are 50 years old or more. They’ll require two visits to the lab, and there is a small stipend ($25) to sweeten the pot, but just the fact they they’re doing this was motivation enough for me. Please pass it on if you know others who’d like to participate.

Wishing you well,


Steve Ross, M.A., L.M.F.T.(CA)
Mindful Counseling & Consulting
(520) 825-2009


October Bhutan Retreat-Pilgrimage  <>

Though many of our sangha community know of the upcoming 2017 Bhutan retreat, themed: “Nurturing Bodhichitta in Times of Challenge”, the following link is to the actual itinerary.


The 2nd link is a 6-minute video collage, sharing the visual delight of October 2016 Retreat Week and Pilgrimage.


An evening with environmental advocate, philosopher, and award-winning author Kathleen Dean Moore, Ph.D

Friday, April 28, 2017 –
7:00pm to 8:30pm
UA Environment and Natural Resources 2 (ENR2)
1064 E. Lowell Street Tucson, AZ 85719
United States
See map: Google Maps

Climate change may be an economic and technological problem. But fundamentally, it is a moral problem, and it calls for a moral response. In this talk, Dr. Moore, author of Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change, and co-editor of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, takes on the essential questions:

Why is it wrong to wreck the world? What is our obligation to the future? What is the transformative power of moral resolve? How can clear thinking stand against the lies and illogic that batter the chances for positive change? And always this: What stories and ideas will lift people who deeply care, inspiring them to move forward with clarity and moral courage?

Panel discussion to follow, featuring Alison Hawthorne Deming and Tracey Osborne.
This event is free and open to the public.
Parking at 6th Street Garage adjacent to ENR2, or SunLink Streetcar stop at University Blvd.


Buddha Journey in India

15 days, 14 nights tour

March 5th to 20th, 2017 (other flexible dates also available)

$2,350 USD per person (based on double occupancy). Individual, small or large groups welcome.

Contact Bradley Stroup: Phone 520-345-7696; email:



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 <>