upcoming events

Upcoming events at Zen Desert Sangha

 

Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Exploring the 16 Zen Bodhisattva Precepts - Session I

The root of Buddhist practice in the world is ethical conduct, and it is supported through our practice of Zazen on the cushion and by working with the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts.

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, this four-week workshop on November 1, 8, 15 & 29 is an opportunity to personally explore the Zen Buddhist precepts through reflective writing and group discussion.  This is an experiential series where each participant will work with the precepts, uncovering his or her own understanding and meaning.

Some Zen students choose to deepen their relationship with the precepts by formally "receiving the precepts" in the ceremony of Jukai or some people who have taken the precepts already may want to re-examine their original precepts. People who have received the Precepts wear a rakusu during zazen, the black bib-like garment that is a miniaturized version of the Buddha's robe, the robe of liberation. For those who might be interested, Dan will explain how one might further pursue the process of jukai, and he will be offering the ceremony at the end of retreats and other times during this next year. Taking this class does not require you to participate in any ceremony; it is for anyone who is interested in the precepts on a more experiential level. 

Participants are requested to attend all four 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
3
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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Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Exploring the 16 Zen Bodhisattva Precepts - Session II

The root of Buddhist practice in the world is ethical conduct, and it is supported through our practice of Zazen on the cushion and by working with the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts.

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, this four-week workshop on November 1, 8, 15 & 29 is an opportunity to personally explore the Zen Buddhist precepts through reflective writing and group discussion.  This is an experiential series where each participant will work with the precepts, uncovering his or her own understanding and meaning.

Some Zen students choose to deepen their relationship with the precepts by formally "receiving the precepts" in the ceremony of Jukai or some people who have taken the precepts already may want to re-examine their original precepts. People who have received the Precepts wear a rakusu during zazen, the black bib-like garment that is a miniaturized version of the Buddha's robe, the robe of liberation. For those who might be interested, Dan will explain how one might further pursue the process of jukai, and he will be offering the ceremony at the end of retreats and other times during this next year. Taking this class does not require you to participate in any ceremony; it is for anyone who is interested in the precepts on a more experiential level. 

Participants are requested to attend all four 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
15
7:00 PM19:00

Exploring the 16 Zen Bodhisattva Precepts - Session III

The root of Buddhist practice in the world is ethical conduct, and it is supported through our practice of Zazen on the cushion and by working with the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts.

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, this four-week workshop on November 1, 8, 15 & 29 is an opportunity to personally explore the Zen Buddhist precepts through reflective writing and group discussion.  This is an experiential series where each participant will work with the precepts, uncovering his or her own understanding and meaning.

Some Zen students choose to deepen their relationship with the precepts by formally "receiving the precepts" in the ceremony of Jukai or some people who have taken the precepts already may want to re-examine their original precepts. People who have received the Precepts wear a rakusu during zazen, the black bib-like garment that is a miniaturized version of the Buddha's robe, the robe of liberation. For those who might be interested, Dan will explain how one might further pursue the process of jukai, and he will be offering the ceremony at the end of retreats and other times during this next year. Taking this class does not require you to participate in any ceremony; it is for anyone who is interested in the precepts on a more experiential level. 

Participants are requested to attend all four 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
29
7:00 PM19:00

Exploring the 16 Zen Bodhisattva Precepts - Session IV

The root of Buddhist practice in the world is ethical conduct, and it is supported through our practice of Zazen on the cushion and by working with the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts.

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, this four-week workshop on November 1, 8, 15 & 29 is an opportunity to personally explore the Zen Buddhist precepts through reflective writing and group discussion.  This is an experiential series where each participant will work with the precepts, uncovering his or her own understanding and meaning.

Some Zen students choose to deepen their relationship with the precepts by formally "receiving the precepts" in the ceremony of Jukai or some people who have taken the precepts already may want to re-examine their original precepts. People who have received the Precepts wear a rakusu during zazen, the black bib-like garment that is a miniaturized version of the Buddha's robe, the robe of liberation. For those who might be interested, Dan will explain how one might further pursue the process of jukai, and he will be offering the ceremony at the end of retreats and other times during this next year. Taking this class does not require you to participate in any ceremony; it is for anyone who is interested in the precepts on a more experiential level. 

Participants are requested to attend all four 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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Sep
22
6:00 AM06:00

Early Autumn 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 Ralph Hurd, 520-244-9738 or rwhurd1@cox.net.  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 Ralph so that he 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
19
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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May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Three Week Class - Session #3

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, this three-week class on April 19, 26 & May 3 will explore Sangha – One of the Three Treasures in Zen.

In the first class we will trace how the original Sangha formed around the Buddha and study the challenges and opportunities it presented in India.

The second class will trace the evolution of the Sangha as it spread northward into China, Japan, and Korea, and then to the West.

The third class will open a discussion about our own Sangha as it relates to other Sanghas in the United States, and also a discussion of our own current state of Sangha relations, and what we can do to make them better now, as well as plan for the future of Zen Desert Sangha. 

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
26
7:00 PM19:00

Three Week Class - Session #2

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, this three-week class on April 19, 26 & May 3 will explore Sangha – One of the Three Treasures in Zen.

In the first class we will trace how the original Sangha formed around the Buddha and study the challenges and opportunities it presented in India.

The second class will trace the evolution of the Sangha as it spread northward into China, Japan, and Korea, and then to the West.

The third class will open a discussion about our own Sangha as it relates to other Sanghas in the United States, and also a discussion of our own current state of Sangha relations, and what we can do to make them better now, as well as plan for the future of Zen Desert Sangha. 

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
19
7:00 PM19:00

Three Week Class - Session #1

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, this three-week class on April 19, 26 & May 3 will explore Sangha – One of the Three Treasures in Zen.

In the first class we will trace how the original Sangha formed around the Buddha and study the challenges and opportunities it presented in India.

The second class will trace the evolution of the Sangha as it spread northward into China, Japan, and Korea, and then to the West.

The third class will open a discussion about our own Sangha as it relates to other Sanghas in the United States, and also a discussion of our own current state of Sangha relations, and what we can do to make them better now, as well as plan for the future of Zen Desert Sangha. 

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
7
7:30 AM07:30

Spring Temple Cleaning Day

Saturday, April 7 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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Mar
31
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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An Evening with Zen Teacher, Author, and Storyteller Rafe Martin
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with Zen Teacher, Author, and Storyteller Rafe Martin

Rafe Martin, founding teacher of Endless Path Zendo, a Diamond Sangha temple in Rochester, NY, has been practicing Zen since 1970. A disciple of Philip Kapleau Roshi, after Kapleau Roshi’s retirement, he practiced for several years with Robert Aitken Roshi. He received Dharma transmission from Danan Henry Roshi, founding teacher of the Zen Center of Denver, a Kapleau lineage teacher and a Diamond Sangha Dharma master.
 
Rafe is also an award-winning author and storyteller, and a recipient of the Empire State Award. He is in Tucson to speak at the Tucson Book Festival. His most recent book is Before Buddha Was Buddha: Learning from the Jataka Tales, from Wisdom Publications.
 
Rafe has given talks at Zen and Dharma centers around the country. His writings have appeared in Parabola, Tricycle, Mountain Record, Zen Bow, Blind Donkey, and Buddhadharma. Given his background, he tends to work with myth and story and their deep relation to Zen practice.
 
Rafe will be joining us at ZDS on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. We will be sitting from 6:30 PM until 7:00 PM, and then Rafe will give a talk and entertain Q&A from participants. The evening will end at 8:00 PM.

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Feb
16
to Feb 18

Community events with Visiting Teacher Norman Fischer

Zoketsu Norman Fischer is an American poet, writer, and Soto Zen priest, teaching and practicing in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. He is a Dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman, from whom he received Dharma transmission in 1988. Norman served as co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center from 1995–2000, after which he founded the Everyday Zen Foundation.

Norman will be in Tucson Feb 16-18 and will participate in a number community events sponsored by various Buddhist and arts groups.

Friday, February 16

  • 3:30-4:30 p.m., colloquium, East Asian Studies / Buddhist Studies, Copper Room, UA Student Union.
  • 7 p.m., Reading, UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen Street, Tucson

 Saturday, February 17

  •  9:30-11:30 a.m.-Creative writing workshop and discussion, Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation (TOMF), 3182 N. Swan Road. Open to the public $20 suggested dana, cash/check at the door.    Free to UA students with ID.  Preregistration required:  tucsonupayasangha@gmail.com.
  • 1:30-4:30 p.m.—Upaya Sangha meditation sit and dharma talk, TOMF.  Open to the public, $20 suggested dana, cash/check at the door. Free to UA students with ID. Preregistration required: tucsonupayasangha@gmail.com.
  • 7:30 p.m. Reading, POG (Poetry Organizing Group of Tucson), with Tenney Nathanson, Steinfeld Warehouse, 101 W. Sixth Street.  $5 admission, $3 students

Sunday Feb 18  

  •  1-4 p.m. Sky Island Zen sponsored Meditation, dharma talk, Q&A, hosted by Zen Desert Sangha at 3226 N Martin Av.   Suggested dana $20 at the door. No preregistration.
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Jan
27
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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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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Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

Holiday/Winter Solstice Song, Poetry, and Storytelling Circle

Come join us for this alternative celebration of the holidays and winter solstice by bringing a song, poem, story, or short reading to share. We'll be doing non-traditional Christmas songs like 'Fairy Tale of New York' and 'Christmas in Prison'. Traditional holiday songs and humor are welcome also. Bring a snack to share; we'll start the sharing circle soon after. Family and friends are welcome!

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