upcoming events

Upcoming events at Zen Desert Sangha

 

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.

Jun
24
10:45 am10:45

Sat Morning Tea with Teacher

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, an open discussion about practice or a short talk on a practice topic followed by discussion. All are welcome to attend. Bring your questions and dilemmas!

 


May
24
8:00 pm20:00

Wed Evening Tea with a Teacher

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, an open discussion about practice or a short talk on a practice topic followed by discussion. All are welcome to attend.

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

May
6
10:45 am10:45

Sat Morning Tea with Teacher

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, an open discussion about practice or a short talk on a practice topic followed by discussion. All are welcome to attend. Bring your questions and dilemmas!

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.

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.

Apr
22
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.

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.

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.

Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

Three Week Class - Session #1

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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.

Apr
1
11:00 am11:00

Memorial service for Norm "Mick" Meader

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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.

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

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. 

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. 

Mar
22
8:00 pm20:00

Wed Evening Tea with a Teacher

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, an open discussion about practice or a short talk on a practice topic followed by discussion. All are welcome to attend.

Mar
16
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. 

Feb
25
10:45 am10:45

Place 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 Place Circle focuses on our physical space at ZDS -- preserving and enhancing the buildings, gardens, and land that the sangha owns, uses and shares.

Co-facilitators are Kim Howell and Greg Anderson.

Feb
18
6:00 am06:00

Late Winter Zazenkai @ ZDS

This one day retreat, held in deep silence and open to both new and seasoned practitioners, offers an intensive opportunity for meditation practice under the guidance of our resident teacher, Dan Dorsey. Both breakfast and lunch meals are included.

The zazenkai will be limited to 24 participants, and pre-registration is required. The cost, including meals, is $35 for ZDS members and $45 for non-members. (Financial assistance is available; just ask. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.)

To register or for more information, contact Joann Schultz at joannsaz@gmail.com or 520-490-9474. 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 near the kitchen in the zendo at 3226 N. Martin Ave. In all cases, please contact Joann so that your name is added to the list.

Please join us in this day of deep practice in the heart of sangha.

Feb
11
11:00 am11:00

ZDS Board of Directors retreat

This is a time of reflection, discussion, and rejuvenation for members of the ZDS board and Circle facilitators. Those interested in possibly taking on those roles are also welcome. For details, call Joann at 520-490-9474.

Jan
12
6:30 pm18:30

Reclaiming the Kitchen: A Thursday Night Conversation in Three Parts

How is the way we approach food a vehicle for zen practice? What does this mean in practical terms, both at the zendo and at home? We'll explore this together we dive deep into Dōgen Zenji's brilliant short essay "Instructions to the Cook" written in 1237.

Join us on Jan 12, 19 & 26 from 6:30-7:30 pm at ZDS. The text we'll use is available by clicking here.

This free form discussion is open to everyone who's interested. Please read the first four pages prior to the first session if you can.

Jan
7
10:45 am10:45

Practice 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 Practice Circle focuses on our ritual space at ZDS -- deepening practice and ritual consistent with Diamond Sangha traditions; organizing zazenkais/sesshins; cultivating samu; and creating practice-related learning opportunities (classes, library, etc.)

Co-facilitators are Patty Kelley and Richard Park.

Dec
31
6:30 pm18:30

New Year's Eve Ceremony at ZDS

We will start with a Tea Service then have two round of zazen/kinhin followed by an abbreviated chanting service and short reading.  We will conclude the evening with the traditional 108 rings on the densho and a New Year's toast. All are welcome.

Dec
3
10:30 am10:30

Newcomers Orientation

A brief introduction to Zen practice and the rituals used at Zen Desert Sangha. Open to anyone interested. No pre-registration required -- just show up.

Nov
19
10:45 am10:45

Sat Morning Tea with a Teacher

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, an open discussion about practice or a short talk on a practice topic followed by discussion. All are welcome to attend.

Nov
17
7:00 pm19:00

The Noble Eightfold Path (Part III)

Led by ZDS Resident Teacher Dan Dorsey, this three-week class will explore The Noble Eightfold Path, the fourth of Buddha's Four Noble Truths.

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.