upcoming events

Upcoming events at Zen Desert Sangha

 

Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

Women Teachers in Our Lineage and in Chinese Chan - Session #3

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, this three-week class will take place on Nov 9, 16 & 30.

Each session will include a talk, Q&A, and discussion. Participants are requested to attend all three sessions if possible. $5 dana per class requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

No advance notice is necessary -- just come and learn.

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Dec
16
6:00 AM06:00

Winter Solstice Zazenkai

This one day retreat, open to both new and seasoned practitioners, offers an intensive opportunity for meditation practice guided by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey. As with our regular weekly practice periods, seated meditation alternates with walking meditation, along with sutras and opportunity to meet individual with the teacher in dokusan. Both breakfast and lunch meals are included. 

Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Joann Schultz, 520-490-9474 or joannsaz@gmail.com.  Cost is $35 for ZDS members and $40 for non-members. (Financial assistance is available on request.) Payment of a $15 deposit confirms your registration, and can be mailed to Zen Desert Sangha, P.O. Box 44122, Tucson, AZ 85733-4122 -- or drop a check or cash into the black donation box on the wall at the zendo at 3226 N. Martin Ave. Please contact Joann so that she adds your name to the list.

Please note that zazenkai registration closes on the Wednesday before the zazenkai. If you have registered and then find you are unable to attend, please cancel by Wednesday prior to the event. If you cancel after Wednesday (or simply do not attend), ZDS will collect the $15 deposit. This is so that we can manage food and other planning.

The zazenkai will replace the normal Saturday morning sit and sutra service at ZDS. Dan will deliver a dharma talk at 2:30 pm followed. Visitors are welcome at attend. To do so, arrive around 2:20 and wait in the carpeted room to be ushered into the zendo.

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Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Women Teachers in Our Lineage and in Chinese Chan - Session #2

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, this three-week class will take place on Nov 9, 16 & 30.

Each session will include a talk, Q&A, and discussion. Participants are requested to attend all three sessions if possible. $5 dana per class requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

No advance notice is necessary -- just come and learn.

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Nov
11
7:30 AM07:30

Autumn Temple Cleaning Day

Saturday, November 11 from 7:30-11:00 am is our seasonal morning of "consciousness of place" at Zen Desert Sangha. The morning includes zazen, breakfast, and samu (work practice) to care for our zendo and gardens.

All members and friends of ZDS and Singing Bird Sangha are encouraged to participate; friends and family are welcome.  The schedule for the morning on that day will be:

  • 7:30-8:30 am - zazen (meditation)
  • 8:30 - breakfast provided by ZDS
  • 9:00-11:00 - work projects
  • 11:00 - closing ceremony

Feel free to come to the sit in your work clothes. There will be a range of indoor and outdoor tasks to suit all ages and abilities. Tools and materials will be provided, but work gloves are helpful if you have them.

  Please come – many hands make light work!
Questions? 520/319-6260 or zds@zendesertsangha.org

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Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Women Teachers in Our Lineage and in Chinese Chan - Session #1

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, this three-week class will take place on Nov 9, 16 & 30.

Each session will include a talk, Q&A, and discussion. Participants are requested to attend all three sessions if possible. $5 dana per class requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

No advance notice is necessary -- just come and learn.

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Nov
4
6:00 AM06:00

Zazenkai

This one day retreat, open to both new and seasoned practitioners, offers an intensive opportunity for meditation practice guided by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey. As with our regular weekly practice periods, seated meditation alternates with walking meditation, along with sutras and opportunity to meet individual with the teacher in dokusan. Both breakfast and lunch meals are included. 

Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Joann Schultz, 520-490-9474 or joannsaz@gmail.com.  Cost is $35 for ZDS members and $40 for non-members. (Financial assistance is available on request.) Payment of a $15 deposit confirms your registration, and can be mailed to Zen Desert Sangha, P.O. Box 44122, Tucson, AZ 85733-4122 -- or drop a check or cash into the black donation box on the wall at the zendo at 3226 N. Martin Ave. Please contact Joann so that she adds your name to the list.

Please note that zazenkai registration closes on the Wednesday before the zazenkai. If you have registered and then find you are unable to attend, please cancel by Wednesday prior to the event. If you cancel after Wednesday (or simply do not attend), ZDS will collect the $15 deposit. This is so that we can manage food and other planning.

The zazenkai will replace the normal Saturday morning sit and sutra service at ZDS. Dan will deliver a dharma talk at 2:30 pm followed. Visitors are welcome at attend. To do so, arrive around 2:20 and wait in the carpeted room to be ushered into the zendo.

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Oct
14
11:00 AM11:00

Book & Author Event at ZDS

Join us for a talk by Joanne Cacciatore, PhD, author of the recently-published book, Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief.

An ordained priest in the Zen Garland Order, Joanne has both a very personal and a professional relationship with traumatic grief. She is an associate professor at Arizona State University and director of the Graduate Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement program there. She is also the founder of the MISS Foundation, dedicated to providingsupport to families experiencing the death of a child, where she directs family services and clinical education programs. 

There event is free and open to the public. The book, published by Wisdom Publications, will be available for sale and signing.

 

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Oct
7
6:00 AM06:00

Zazenkai

This one day retreat, open to both new and seasoned practitioners, offers an intensive opportunity for meditation practice guided by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey. As with our regular weekly practice periods, seated meditation alternates with walking meditation, along with sutras and opportunity to meet individual with the teacher in dokusan. Both breakfast and lunch meals are included. 

Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Joann Schultz, 520-490-9474 or joannsaz@gmail.com.  Cost is $35 for ZDS members and $40 for non-members. (Financial assistance is available on request.) Payment of a $15 deposit confirms your registration, and can be mailed to Zen Desert Sangha, P.O. Box 44122, Tucson, AZ 85733-4122 -- or drop a check or cash into the black donation box on the wall at the zendo at 3226 N. Martin Ave. Please contact Joann so that she adds your name to the list.

Please note that zazenkai registration closes on the Wednesday before the zazenkai. If you have registered and then find you are unable to attend, please cancel by Wednesday prior to the event. If you cancel after Wednesday (or simply do not attend), ZDS will collect the $15 deposit. This is so that we can manage food and other planning.

The zazenkai will replace the normal Saturday morning sit and sutra service at ZDS. Dan will deliver a dharma talk at 2:30 pm followed. Visitors are welcome at attend. To do so, arrive around 2:20 and wait in the carpeted room to be ushered into the zendo.

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Sep
8
to Sep 10

A weekend of events with Henry Shukman

co-sponsored by the University of Arizona Center for Buddhist Studies,
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Humanities Program,
Upaya Sangha of Tucson and Zen Desert Sangha 

Henry Shukman (Ryu’un-ken) is an Associate Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage, a Zen school dedicated to lay practice. He is also a writer and poet who has published eight books to date, of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. He writes regularly for Tricycle, The New York Times and other publications, and his most recent book is the poetry collection, Archangel.

Friday, Sep 8, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Poetry Reading and Talk: Zen and Poetry

Free, no registration needed.
Location: Ada Pierce McCormick Building, University of Arizona, 1402 E. First St. (Note: there is a resident cat; he will be in a separate room)

Saturday, Sep 9, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Workshop: Zen in the New Century including meditation and discussion

Suggested donation: $30
Pre-registration to reserve a space: tucsonupayasangha@gmail.com
Location: Ada Pierce McCormick Building, University of Arizona, 1402 E. First St.
(Note: there is a resident cat; he will be in a separate room)

Sunday, Sep 10, 7:00-11:00 am
Meditation (7 – 9 am); Talk & discussion (9:30 – 11 am)  

Free; no registration needed
Location: Zen Desert Sangha, 3226 N. Martin Ave

Please note that only the Saturday workshop "Zen in the New Century" requires registration.  If you wish to attend the Saturday workshop, please make sure to register early, as the venue can only accommodate 50 people.  

Questions? Contact tucsonupayasangha@gmail.com

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Jun
3
6:00 AM06:00

Summer Zazenkai

This one day retreat, open to both new and seasoned practitioners, offers an intensive opportunity for meditation practice guided by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey. As with our regular weekly practice periods, seated meditation alternates with walking meditation, along with sutras and opportunity to meet individual with the teacher in dokusan. Both breakfast and lunch meals are included. 

Pre-registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Joann Schultz, 520-490-9474 or joannsaz@gmail.com.  Cost is $35 for ZDS members and $40 for non-members. (Financial assistance is available on request.) Payment of a $15 deposit confirms your registration, and can be mailed to Zen Desert Sangha, P.O. Box 44122, Tucson, AZ 85733-4122 -- or drop a check or cash into the black donation box on the wall at the zendo at 3226 N. Martin Ave. Please contact Joann so that she adds your name to the list.

Please note that zazenkai registration closes on the Wednesday before the zazenkai. If you have registered and then find you are unable to attend, please cancel by Wednesday prior to the event. If you cancel after Wednesday (or simply do not attend), ZDS will collect the $15 deposit. This is so that we can manage food and other planning.

The zazenkai will replace the normal Saturday morning sit and sutra service at ZDS. Dan will deliver a dharma talk at 2:30 pm followed. Visitors are welcome at attend. To do so, arrive around 2:20 and wait in the carpeted room to be ushered into the zendo.

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May
12
7:00 PM19:00

Talk by Ben Connelly @ ZDS: Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara

Ben Connelly, a Soto Zen teacher from the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, will deliver a public talk on the Yogacara teachings from his new book, Inside Vasubandhu's Yogacara. The book is a practical, down-to-earth guide to Vasubandhu's classic work "Thirty Verses of Consciousness-Only" that can transform modern life and change how you see the world. Connelly's warm and wise voice shows us how we can apply its ancient insights to our own modern lives, to create a life of engaged peace, harmony, compassion, and joy. A donation of $10 is suggested, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Ben also will be offering a workshop entitled "Yogacara and engaged compassion: Awareness of emotion and interdependence" on Sat, May 13 from 1-4 pm at Sky Island Zen. Click here for additional information.  Suggested donation is $25; please contact Shozan Mary Koopman at skyislandzen@gmail.com to reserve your space.

Ben's book is available here: www.wisdompubs.org/book/inside-vasubandhus-yogacara

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Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Three Week Class - Session #3

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, this three-week class on April 13, 20 & 27 will explore the Chan classic Shodoka: Song on Realizing the Tao written by Young-chia Hsuan-ch’e during the Tan’g dynasty and still revered today by Mahayana Buddhists today.

Each session will include a talk, Q&A, and discussion. Participants are requested to attend all three sessions if possible. $5 dana per class requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

No advance notice is necessary -- just come and learn.

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Apr
22
3:00 PM15:00

Teisho

As part of the weekend sesshin at ZDS, Dan Dorsey Roshi will deliver a teisho (dharma talk) at 3 pm which is freely open to the public. To attend, arrive no later that 2:45 pm and wait quietly in the carpeted room to be ushered into the zendo.

After the teisho, you are welcome to join in the zazen practice period up until the dinner break.

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Apr
22
to Apr 23

Spring Sesshin at Zen Desert Sangha

This extended practice period, open to both new and seasoned practitioners, offers an intensive opportunity for meditation practice guided by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey.

The sesshin will begin at 6 am on Saturday 4/22 and run through noon on Sunday 4/23. A sample schedule can be seen here. Participants can either return home to sleep or make arrangements to "camp out" at the zendo. All meals will be provided.

For those unable to attend the entire weekend, briefer "zazenkai style" participation from 6 am - 3 pm on Saturday can be elected.

Pre-registration by 4/18/17 is required. The cost for the full sesshin is $85 for ZDS members/$95 for non-members; to attend only on Saturday from 6-3, the cost is $40 for members/$45 for non-members. Financial assistance is available upon request.

For questions or to reserve a space, contact Joann Schultz at joannsaz@gmail.com or 520-490-9474.

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Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Three Week Class - Session #2

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, this three-week class on April 13, 20 & 27 will explore the Chan classic Shodoka: Song on Realizing the Tao written by Young-chia Hsuan-ch’e during the Tan’g dynasty and still revered today by Mahayana Buddhists today.

Each session will include a talk, Q&A, and discussion. Participants are requested to attend all three sessions if possible. $5 dana per class requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

No advance notice is necessary -- just come and learn.

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Apr
15
10:45 AM10:45

People Circle Meeting

Circle meetings are an opportunity for those who sit at ZDS to participate in the care and development of our sangha. Everyone is encouraged to become involved in at least one Circle: PeoplePractice, or Place. Meetings are open discussions; just come.

The People Circle focuses on cultivation of community at ZDS. Co-facilitators of the People Circle are Evan Casler-Martin and Joann Schultz. Contact them if you'd like additional information.

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Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Three Week Class - Session #1

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, this three-week class on April 13, 20 & 27 will explore the Chan classic Shodoka: Song on Realizing the Tao written by Young-chia Hsuan-ch’e during the Tan’g dynasty and still revered today by Mahayana Buddhists today.

Each session will include a talk, Q&A, and discussion. Participants are requested to attend all three sessions if possible. $5 dana per class requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

No advance notice is necessary -- just come and learn.

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Apr
1
11:00 AM11:00

Memorial service for Norm "Mick" Meader

On February 10, longtime ZDS member and dear sangha friend Mick Meader died at age 65More about Mick's life is here. We will be holding a Buddhist ceremony in Mick's memory on Saturday, April 1 at 11 am at at ZDS. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments and a sharing circle. All who knew and loved Mick are welcome.

May you rest in deepest samādhi.

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Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

ZDS Potluck & Movie Night!

Please join us for another
Potluck & Movie Night @ Zen Desert Sangha
Friday, March 31 @ 6:00 pm potluck / 7:00 pm film

The film: Into Great Silence (Part II)

In this contemplative documentary from filmmaker Philip Gröning, the Grande Chartreuse monastery opens its doors to the public -- for the first time since being founded by St. Bruno in 1084 -- to offer an intimate look at a lifestyle rarely experienced by those outside the brotherhood. 

Located in the remote regions of the French Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is the top monastery of the Carthusian order. In this documentary, the lives of the pious monks are captured on film as director Groening adapts to their ascetic lifestyle for six months and captures their daily life without the intrusion of voice-over, musical score, interviews, or archival footage.

(Note: The first half of this film was shown in February; we will be showing the second half this evening.)

          Bring a dish to share & beverage of your choice.
Open to all - family and friends are very welcome!


Questions? (520) 319-6260 or zds@zendesertsangha.org

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Mar
30
7:03 PM19:03

Exploring the Tao Te Ching

Join us for three Thursday evening discussions on the Tao Te Ching, on Thursday, March 16, 23 & 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at ZDS. Each discussion is independent of the others so you can come to one or another.  The first Thursday will have a short commentary of the Tao and its background to get us started. Please feel free to bring nibbles if you wish. 

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Mar
23
6:30 PM18:30

Exploring the Tao Te Ching

Join us for three Thursday evening discussions on the Tao Te Ching, on Thursday, March 16, 23 & 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at ZDS. Each discussion is independent of the others so you can come to one or another.  The first Thursday will have a short commentary of the Tao and its background to get us started. Please feel free to bring nibbles if you wish. 

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