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Upaya Sangha of Tucson is holding a half-day retreat, also called a zazenkai, at Tucson Community Meditation Center, or TCMC, on April 30. This event will start at 7:45 am and run until about 12:30 pm.

What is Zazenkai?

Zazenkai can be translated as “to come together for meditation.” It offers a less intensive opportunity to deepen practice than, say, a retreat or sesshin. It will consist of alternating sessions of chanting, zazen (seated meditation), and kinhin (walking meditation). Expect zazen sessions to be roughly 30 minutes.

(An opportunity for “dokusan,” private interview, will be optionally available with our Sensei.)

To reserve a space, please fill out the registration form.

Plan to arrive promptly by 7:45 am. A brief orientation will precede the event. This will cover the necessary details to make the event go smoothly (minor logistics, outline timeline, information about dokusan, secret to enlightenment, etc.).

What to bring?

TCMC has chairs & cushions (zafu/zabuton, seiza-benchs) available for use. If you wish to have a different setup for meditation, feel free to bring your own from home. You may wish to bring a blanket or scarf to ensure comfort if you find TCMC drafty. You may also want to bring a water bottle.

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.