Nov 182021
 

Upaya Sangha of Tucson Winter-Spring 2022 Study Group
“Awareness” in Three Dharma Traditions

January through May, 2022

From the early Buddhist teachings, on through later commentarial traditions, and into the present, what liberating awareness is and is not, is pointed out through a multiplicity of means. We will discuss “awareness” as taught by multiple practitioners representing three dharma lineages: Zen; Mahamudra; Theravada.

You will be completing a study guide in advance of each meeting. The talks will be provided to you in three formats: audio-video (via web links); audio (via web links); print (delivered by postal mail). Zen: Roshi Joan Halifax, Roshi Enkyo O’Hara, Sensei Kaz Tanahashi, Professor Steven Heine, Sensei Al Kaszniak. Mahamudra: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Theravadin: Bhikkhu Analayo, Ajahn Amaro.

LOCATION: Whether we will meet at TCMC, masked with amplification, or meet via Zoom, is still undecided. If one of those venues is a deal breaker for you, please note this with your registration. If the unwanted venue is the one we choose, your check will be returned, with our regrets.

WHEN: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Beginning on Thursday, January 13th, meeting the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of January through May.

REQUIREMENTS: A computer with an internet connection and an email address or a  cooperative friend with same.

FEE: $30.00 (the cost of materials, postage, and possible TCMC space use contribution). No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

TO REGISTER: Mail a $30.00 check, made payable to Upaya Sangha, to Christine Johnson at 3900 N Sabino Canyon Rd., #3513, Tucson, AZ 85750-2137. With your check, include 1) your postal address 2) email address 3) telephone number.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Monday, December 27, 2o21

Dec 222020
 

Upaya Sangha of Tucson Winter-Spring 2021 Study Group
The Island:  An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbana

Ajahn Pasanno & Ajahn Amaro
January through April, 2021

In this eight-week course, we will study selected chapters from The Island: An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbana with commentary on the text offered by Ajahn Amaro in 2017. We will meet on Zoom, January through April on the 2nd and 4th Thursday mornings, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

In addition to the Pali Canon, the authors draw on the words of contemporary adepts, verses from classical literature, and texts of
Northern Buddhism, making the Buddha’s instructions on liberation accessible to careful readers.

Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Pasanno’s lucid and evocative commentaries are characterized by Ajahn Sumedho as “…pointing to nibbana, pointing out that nibbana is a reality that each one of us can know for ourselves – once we recognize non-attachment, once we realize the reality of non-grasping.”

This course will engage those of you who have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of the dharma. Prior to our meetings, following on your having completed the reading, you will then listen to Ajahn Amaro’s commentary and complete a study guide addressing points both from The Island and the commentary.

Audio of the lectures will be provided to you on a disc or you may listen to the lectures online.

REQUIREMENTS:  A copy of The Island: An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbana; a computer and email address or a cooperative friend with same.

TO REGISTER: Mail a $25.00 check, made payable to TCMC, to Christine Johnson at 3900 N Sabino Canyon Rd., #3513, Tucson, AZ 85750-2137.

Include, in addition to your name, your postal address, email address & telephone number.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  January 1, 2021

WHEN:  10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
The 2nd and 4th Thursdays of: Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr., 2021.

REQUESTED DONATION: $25.00 which is to be offered to TCMC to offset ongoing operating expenses. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

CONTACT: Christine Johnson;  johnson-manz@comcast.net;  520-207-8718

Jul 152020
 


Norman Fischer

Norman Fischer


Upaya Sangha of Tucson
Fall-Winter, 2020 Study Group

Training in Compassion:
Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong

by Norman Fischer
www.normanfischer.org

Norman Fischer offers both Illuminating commentary and pithy counsel on bringing greed, aversion and ignorance to the path through ‘Lojong’. Lojong, or mind training, originated with the Bengali practitioner Atiśa Dīpankara Śrījñāna. (982–1054). Fischer’s commentary applies Zen wisdom to this training for anyone who wishes to be focused rather than scattered, generous rather than stingy, and kind rather than thoughtless.

We will be meeting in eight sessions, 10:00 to 11:30 AM, the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of September, October,
November & December via Zoom.

Intending to minimize the impediments of teleconferencing, making this platform work for us, we will be departing from our prior study group format; the discussion will be actively facilitated. The intention is to enjoy fruitful conversations by our each taking responsibility for cultivating the caring communication practices well defned in ‘Insight Dialogue’.

Before our frst meeting on September 3rd listen to Gregory Kramer’s lectures on Insight Dialogue principals (Pause; Relax; Open; Trust Emergence; Listen Deeply; Speak the Truth) at: www.gregorykramer.org/insight-dialogue/


REQUIREMENTS: Copy of Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong; a computer and an email address or friend with same.

WHEN: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of September, October, November, December; 10:00 – 11:30 AM
A Zoom link will be provided prior to each meeting.

COST: $25.00 check, payable to TCMC , which is to go towards TCMC overhead..  No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

REGISTRATION: Mail a $25.00 check, made payable to TCMC, to Christine Johnson at 3900 N Sabino Canyon., #3513; Tucson, AZ 85750. Include, in addition to your name, your email address & telephone number.

DEADLINE: Friday, August 14, 2020

CONTACT: Christine Johnson; johnson-manz@comcast.net; 520-207-8718 (no text), 520-245-0296 (voice/no text).

Jul 192019
 


The desire for liberation, a liberation that is marked by peace, entangles with the desire that binds, a bondage that is marked by dissatisfaction. Through insight one distinguishes the desire that liberates from the desire that binds. Through cultivating such insight, one then gains certainty in what is to be abandoned and what is to be cultivated.

In this collection of lectures Thanissaro Bhikkhu elucidates dharma from the early Canon on the Buddha’s instructions to his disciples on how to distinguish skillful desire from unskillful desire, pointing out the means to unbinding, that is, the means to a liberation that is marked by peace.

Over the eight meetings in this four-month course, you will be listening to audio presentations, studying the supporting texts, and completing a study guide prior to each of our meetings.


REQUIREMENTS: A computer with CD player, an email address or a cooperative friend with same

FEE: $25.00 (the cost of materials, postage, and TCMC space use contribution).
No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

TO REGISTER: Mail a $25.00 check, made payable to Upaya Sangha, to Christine Johnson at 4145 N. Stone Ave., #102; Tucson, AZ 85705-8807. Include, in addition to your name, your postal address & email address & telephone number.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: August 14, 2019

WHEN: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Beginning on Thursday, September 5th, the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of September, October, November & December.

LOCATION: Tucson Community Meditation Center; 1231 E. Edison Tucson, AZ. The Center is one block S. of Grant and 2 houses W. of Mountain Ave.

CONTACT: Christine Johnson; christine-johnson@cox.net ; 520-207-8718 (no text)

PARKING: It is 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. Thank you!

Nov 232018
 

Upaya Sangha of Tucson Winter-Spring 2019 Study Group
Older and Wiser: Classical Buddhist Teachings on Aging, Sickness, and Death

Mu Soeng, Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia, Andrew Olendzki
January through April, 2019

Participation will be profitable for dharma practitioners now into old age;it will be profitable for dharma practitioners who expect to arrive at old age;
it will be profitable for dharma practitioners, young or old, who wish to die well.

While Older and Wiser: Classical Buddhist Teachings on Aging, Sickness, and Death is easy reading, discussion of the material may not always give up easy answers.  The authors Mu Soeng, Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia, Andrew Olendzki, practice in the Korean Zen, Thai Forest (Theravada) and early Buddhist (Theravada) traditions, respectively.

The book is organized topically, with each author offering commentary and concludes with questions for readers’ contemplation.  We’ll be discussing such concerns as:

A shift in focus
using the opportunity that aging affords to turn towards spiritual goals

Reflections on one’s actions
distinguishing between the virtue of remorse and obstacle of regret

Pleasures
knowing diminished sensual pleasure and pleasure that is freedom from want

Mental fabrication
discerning the distinctions between pain and reactivity to pain

Clarity of mind
recognizing clarity that is independent of a weakened, decrepit or dying body

Letting loved ones go
offering uncomplicated care and companionship to dying loved ones

Taking one’s own life
thinking through the complex interplay of intention and transgression

Mourning
Enjoying liberation from within conditions rather than liberation from conditions

REQUIREMENTS:  A copy of Older and Wiser:  Classical Buddhist Teachings on Aging, Sickness, and Death; a computer and email address or a cooperative friend with same.

FEE: $10.00 (the cost of materials and TCMC space use contribution).  No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

TO REGISTER: Mail a $10.00 check, made payable to Upaya Sangha, to Christine Johnson at 4145 N. Stone Ave., #102 Tucson, AZ 85705-8807.  Include, in addition to your name, your postal address, email address & telephone number.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  December 27, 2018

WHEN:  10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.  The 2nd and 4th Thursdays of Jan., Feb, Mar., Apr, of 2019

LOCATION: Tucson Community Meditation Center;  1231 E. Edison  Tucson, AZ.  The Center is one block S. of Grant and 2 houses W. of Mountain Ave.

PARKING:  It is 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. Thank you.

CONTACT: Christine Johnson;  christine-johnson@cox.net;  520-207-8718

 

Jul 232018
 

Upaya Sangha of Tucson Fall-Winter, 2018 Study Group
The Island:  An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbana

Ajahn Pasanno & Ajahn Amaro
September through December, 2018

In this eight-week course, we will study selected chapters from The Island: An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbana with commentary on the text offered by Ajahn Amaro in 2017.   We will meet September through December on the 1st and 3rd Thursday mornings, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

This anthology was composed following requests by western Insight and Theravadin practitioners for teachings on nibbana.   In addition to the Pali Canon, the authors draw on the words of contemporary adepts, verses from classical literature and from the texts of Northern Buddhism, making the Buddha’s instructions on liberation accessible to careful readers.

Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Pasanno’s lucid and evocative commentaries are characterized by Ajahn Sumedho as  “…pointing to nibbana, pointing out that nibbana is a reality that each one of us can know for ourselves – once we recognize non-attachment, once we realize the reality of non-grasping.”

This course will engage those of you who have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of the Buddhadharma.  Prior to our meetings, following on the reading, you will listen to the recorded sessions and complete a study guide addressing points both from The Island and Ajahn Amaro’s commentaries.

Audio of the lectures will be provided to you on a disc.

REQUIREMENTS:  A copy of The Island: An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbana; a computer and email address or a cooperative friend with same.

FEE: $18.00 (the cost of materials and TCMC space use contribution).  No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

TO REGISTER: Mail a $18.00 check, made payable to Upaya Sangha, to Christine Johnson at 4145 N. Stone Ave., #102 Tucson, AZ 85705-8807.  Include, in addition to your name, your postal address, email address & telephone number.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  August 20, 2018

WHEN:  10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.  The first and third Thursdays of September, October, November, and December 2018.

LOCATION: Tucson Community Meditation Center;  1231 E. Edison  Tucson, AZ.  The Center is one block S. of Grant and 2 houses W. of Mountain Ave.

PARKING:  It is 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. Thank you.

CONTACT: Christine Johnson;  christine-johnson@cox.net;  520-207-8718

Nov 172017
 

Upaya Sangha of Tucson Study Group
Altered Traits:  Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your  Mind, Brain & Body
January 11, 2018 through April 26, 2018

Over this eight-session course, we will discuss authors Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson’s new book, Altered Traits:  Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your  Mind, Brain & Body. You will be completing a study guide prior to our discussions, the 2nd  & 4th Thursdays, January – April; 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

Goleman and Davidson, both practitioners, write from the point of view of contemplative science as well as from their own experiences.  They include a generous selection of anecdotes. The authors write that We aim to shift the conversation with a radical reinterpretation of what the actual benefits of meditation are – and are not – and what the true aim of practice has always been.

Sensei Al Genkai Kaszniak will be participating in our discussions, providing us with clarifications as needed, and likely too, sharing stories of his own experiences in a long career in neuro and contemplative science.

REQUIREMENTS:  A computer with an email address or a cooperative friend with same.

FEE:  $12.00 (at cost) in addition to the book, in multiple formats online, with five hard copies in the Pima Co. Library system.  No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

TO REGISTER: Mail a $12.00 check, made payable to Upaya Sangha, to Christine Johnson at 4145 N. Stone Ave., #102; Tucson, AZ 85705-8807.  Include, in addition to your name, your postal address, email address & telephone number.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  December 27, 2017

WHEN:  10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.  Beginning on Thursday, January 11st, the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of January, February, March, & April

LOCATION: Tucson Community Meditation Center;  1231 E. Edison  Tucson, AZ.  The Center is one block S. of Grant and 2 houses W. of Mountain Ave.

CONTACT: Christine Johnson;  christine-johnson@cox.net;  520-207-8718

PARKING:  It is 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. Thank you.

Jul 262017
 
Stephen Batchelor

www.stephenbatchelor.org/ index.php/ en/ stephen/ biography

Upaya Sangha of TucsonStudy Group

A Son (Zen) Retreat:  “What is This?”
Stephen Batchelor

Is there something beyond or behind what we experience through our sense faculties? Is there something to be known that is other than what is seen, heard, sensed and cognized?  Over the course of eight meetings, we’ll discuss Stephen Batchelor’s evocative presentations on the nature of emptiness.  The conversations will be framed in the context of what is to be known, what is to be abandoned, what is to be realized, and what is to be practiced.

This course will engage those of you who have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of the Buddhadharma.  Prior to our meetings, you will listen to the recorded sessions and work through a study guide.

Audio of the lectures will be provided to you on a disc.

REQUIREMENTS:  A computer and email address or a cooperative friend with same.

WHEN:
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
The 1st and 3rd Thursdays of:
Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec., 2017LOCATION: Tucson Community Meditation Center;  1231 E. Edison  Tucson, AZ

DIRECTIONS: One block S. of Grant and 2 houses W. of Mountain Ave.

To Register: Mail a $18.00 check, made payable to Upaya Sangha, to Christine Johnson at 4145 N. Stone Ave., #102; Tucson, AZ 85705-8807.

Include, in addition to your name, your postal address, email address & telephone number.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  August 21, 2017

FEE:  $18.00 (the cost of materials and TCMC space use contribution).  No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. CONTACT: Christine Johnson
christine-johnson@cox.net
520-207-8718
PARKING:
It is 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. Thank you!
Jul 292015
 

Upaya Sangha is offering an eight-session course, beginning this September, during which we will discuss the March, 2015 presentations by Stephen Batchelor & Roshi Joan Halifax, hosted by the Upaya Zen Center. The program is titled Being Completely Human: A Retreat on Secular Buddhism and Beyond. You can find the audio at: https://www.upaya.org/2015/04/being-completely-human-series-all-12-parts/

We will meet the 1st & 3rd Thursdays mornings of September through December, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Tucson Community Meditation Center (TCMC).

Batchelor’s presentation on the Four Noble Tasks (aka Four Noble Truths) coupled with Roshi Halifax’s evocative commentary on the Four Great Vows, frame their discussions with each other and with the participants. Conversation roves wonderfully into ancient and contemporary issues to include: the upaya of vow; dogma; ritual; the ethic of risk; awareness and non-reactivity; the accomplishment of stream-entry; the near enemies to compassion, equanimity, benevolence, and sympathetic joy; secular Buddhism vis a vis Zen Buddhism.

The course will engage those of you who have a solid grasp of the fundamentals of the Buddhadharma. Prior to our meetings, you will listen to the recorded sessions and work through a study guide.

Audio of the Retreat on Secular Buddhism will be provided to you on a disc.

REQUIREMENTS: A computer and email address or a cooperative friend with same

WHEN:
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
The 1st and 3rd Thursdays of:
Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec., 2015

LOCATION: Tucson Community Meditation Center; 1231 E. Edison, Tucson, AZ

TO REGISTER: Mail a $15.00 check, made payable to Upaya Sangha, to Christine Johnson at 4145 N. Stone Ave., #102; Tucson, AZ 85705-8807. Include, in addition to your name, your postal address, email address & telephone number.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: August 25, 2015

Any questions? email or call Christine Johnson at christine-johnson@cox.net or 520-207-8718