Aug 122014

For those joining us this Saturday, August 16th for our 3rd Saturday of the month Upaya Sangha of Tucson meeting, we will meet from 10:00 am to noon, and our meeting will include brief sutra chanting, participant check-in, announcements, sitting meditation (Zazen), and a brief tea break. After this, Sensei Al Genkai Kaszniak will give a dharma talk entitled, “Imagining Ananda: An Homage to the Original Bodhisattva.” Ananda was the Buddha’s first cousin, his devoted personal attendant, and, due to his extraordinary memory, the person responsible for preserving the Buddha’s teachings. Ananda’s story provides us with the opportunity for reflection on a life of service to others in our own place and time.

If this is your first time to join us, we meet at Tucson Community Meditation Center (TCMC), 1231 East Edison St., one block south of Grant, just west of Mountain, on the north side of the street. We meet the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. There are plenty of zafus (meditation cushions) and chairs.

Also, we are pleased and grateful to announce that Upaya Sangha of Tucson now has a beautiful website with lots of information for those interested. A deep bow of gratitude to Bill Thompson and Guy Scharf for so generously creating this resource for us.

Parking reminder: It’s important to the future of TCMC to observe mindful parking by not parking on the same block as the Center and by leaving an empty parking space in front of the homes on the neighboring blocks. Please reserve TCMC driveway parking for people who cannot walk far. Thanks!

Aug 092014

The Upaya Sangha of Tucson is pleased to offer a discussion group beginning on Wednesday, September 3rd, on a series of recorded lectures by Stephen Batchelor, offered at a “Secular Buddhist Retreat,” July of 2013, at Gaia House, Devon England.

This discussion group will meet the first and third Wednesdays, in seven sessions over fourteen weeks, beginning September 3rd. Continue reading »