The Community page is where sangha members can post self-organizing sangha participant activities such as hikes, picnics, outings, other practice opportunities, resources, 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.
Dharma Discussion Group
This peer-led group meets twice a month to promote engaged practice and Dharma discussion in an informal, friendly, and contemplative atmosphere. We meet at 10am on the 1st and 3rd Thursday morning of each month, via zoom. We are currently focusing our discussions on the Eight Fold Path, spending one month on each of the eight factors. We have regular members who are lifelong practitioners, as well as those new to Buddhism. All are welcome! For more information, please contact Dawn Messer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outdoor Meditation/Hiking Club
To provide an opportunity for our members to explore eco-dharma by practicing in a natural setting, our Sangha has initiated an outdoor meditation club. We meet periodically to go on a walk or hike, with about 30 minutes dedicated to silent walking or seated meditation. Please check contact Dawn Messer at email@example.com for more information about location and exact meeting times.
Anti-Racism & Dharma Resources Submitted by Upaya Sangha of Tucson Participants
Angel Kyodo Williams (2000). Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace. New York: Penguin Compass.
Angel Kyodo Williams & Lama Rod Owens (2016). Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
Zenju Earghlyn Manuel (2015). The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender. Boston: Wisdom Publications.
Hilda Gutierrez Baldoquin (Ed.) (2004). Dharma, Color, and Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press.
Resmaa Menakem (2017). My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. Las Vegas, NV: Central Recovery Press.
Tricycle, Jan 31, 2017 presient article “Teachings for Uncertain Times” by Wendy Joan Bittlecombe Asgar. It presents a video series with 13 Buddhist teachers of color. I especially love the Feb. 6 one by Mona Chopra: a METTA MEDITATION for BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Aspen Ideas Festival <https://www.aspenideas.org/articles/aspen-ideas-festival-2020-schedule?fbrefresh=1593194111>
21-Day Equity Building Habit Challenge <https://www.eddiemoorejr.com/21daychallenge>
James Baldwin’s fiercely true (1965) UK speech why Black Lives Matter. The subjugated and the master: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbj0oZYucKs>
James Baldwin’s talk before the National Press Club (1986) about distorted myths and the truth of our interdependence (CSPAN). During Q&A at 40 minutes into this, James Baldwin gets to the heart of it.
Land Loss and Black America <https://theconversation.com/land-loss-has-plagued-black-america-since-emancipation-is-it-time-to-look-again-at-black-commons-and-collective-ownership-140514 utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20June%2018%202020%20-%201654815923%20UPDATED&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20June%2018%202020%20-%201654815923%20UPDATED+Version+B+CID_b0f697ba9778dd1d4339d644b7c6fc0f&utm_source=campaign_monitor_us&utm_term=might%20address%20this%20vestige%20of%20slavery>
Two New Support Groups at TCMC
Note: Now Being Offered Online:
TCMC is now offering two practitioner-oriented interactive support groups, meeting on the first Sunday: one for cancer support, the other for grief support.
- SARANA Cancer Support is open to anyone dealing with, or affected by, cancer, at any time, for any reason. Dealing with a life-threatening illness, especially cancer, is a physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually complex, traumatic situation. Everyone involved needs support, but it’s not always easy to find. especially in a spiritually supportive environment. It can be helpful being with people who “get it,” people with whom no one needs to explain anything. And hearing the differing perspectives of those in the room can be eye-opening. Sarana will meet on the first Sunday of each month, from 12:30pm-1:30pm, just after the Sitting Together program. Each meeting will start and end with a few minutes of silent meditation. Sarana is a Pali word for “refuge” or “shelter.”
- SANTIKARA Grief Support is open to anyone dealing with grief and loss of any kind, whether current or from time past. Santikara will meet every first Sunday of the month for 90 minutes, from 2:30pm-3:30pm. Each meeting will start and end with a few minutes of silent meditation. “Santikara” means “soothing” in Pali.
Neither of these groups will have an agenda, except what each person brings to the group. We’ll have basic guidelines, which we’ll review at the beginning of each meeting, and a facilitator to keep things on track, but that is the extent of any formal structure.
Sangha Care Support Volunteers
While there are many resources both for hire and formal volunteer programs through Neighbors Care Alliances across Tucson (contact Pima Council on Aging 790-7262), a few of our regular sangha participants have offered their limited availability to help their fellow sangha participants if something unexpected arises where they need some additional help which might include a friendly visit or phone call, assistance with errands, meal delivery, etc. Please send an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> with questions or requests. We might be able to help you either find existing community resources or do a little limited assistance. Take care.
Finding Goodness in Everyone: Volunteer Opportunity at Tucson State Prison
My name is Marge Houy, and am currently teaching a new 10-session course in the minimum security unit at the Tucson State Prison on S. Wilmot Road. Because it has been so well received by the participants and prison staff, I am seeking additional volunteers so that the course can be offered to more inmates. The course, called The Path of Freedom, was developed by a former federal prison inmate and teaches participants emotional intelligence skills, including self-awareness, self-control and social awareness.
This course is different from others taught in prisons because it also includes meditation training, which is the bedrock for learning the other skills. This course is currently being taught in prisons and jails in other states including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Washington State, and Arizona. I have taught this course in Massachusetts and now in Arizona. It is hard to describe how appreciative the participants are for the course materials and how personally gratifying it is to work with this under-served population.
I am interested in meeting with anyone who may be interested in learning more about the content of the course, the teacher training process, the nature of ongoing support provided to teachers. More information about the Path of Freedom course can be found on the Prison Mindfulness Institute’s website at https://www.prisonmindfulness.org/projects/path-of-freedom/. Please note that there is a $295 tuition fee for the 6-week on-line training with scholarships available for up to half the cost.
Please RSVP to Marge.email@example.com