Dec 222014

The Upaya Sangha is pleased to offer a discussion group beginning on Wednesday, February 11th. We will study a series of recorded lectures titled “Revealing Nagarjuna” that was offered by John Dunne at Upaya Zen Center in July of 2013.

We will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays for eight sessions over 16 weeks. The course will engage those of you who have a solid grasp of the fundamental teachings of the Buddha. In this recorded series of lectures, John Dunne articulates the yogin and scholar Nagarjuna’s philosophy which elucidates the nature of emptiness. Dunne approaches Nagarjuna’s reasoning in the context of contemporary Buddhist practice claiming that such reasoning offers one a tool to open one’s mind to seeing things “as they truly are” in “order to end suffering”. Dunne speaks to: interdependence and compassion; experiencing emptiness in one’s practice; the nature of not-knowing, non-thought and luminosity.

For a course overview see:

For John’s detailed bio see:

Prior to each meeting, you will listen to Dunne’s lecture and work through a study guide. Audio of the lecture series, including suggested reading for reference, will be provided to you on a disc.

If you would like more information on the course content or have a question, please email or call her at 520-207-8718.

Requirements: A computer and email address or a cooperative friend with same
Meeting time: 10:00 AM to 11:30AM
Meeting dates: The eight Wednesdays of:
February 11th April 8th
February 25th April 22nd
March 11th May 13th
March 25th May 27th
Location: Tucson Community Meditation Center, Back Room
Fee: $15.00 at cost (TCMC use fee, disc and mailing)
Registration Deadline: January 13th, 2015

To register, please make your check payable to “Upaya Sangha of Tucson” and mail your check, along with your postal address, email address and telephone number to Christine Johnson, 4145 N. Stone Ave., #102, Tucson, AZ 85705

Dec 162014

For those joining us this Saturday, December 20 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, “Liberation: The Simplicity of Coming to Our Senses.”

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.

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!