upcoming events

Upcoming events at Zen Desert Sangha

 

Feb
24
6:00 pm18:00

ZDS Potluck & Movie Night!

Please join us for another
Potluck & Movie Night @ Zen Desert Sangha
Friday, February 24 @ 6:00 pm potluck / 7:00 pm film

The film: Into Great Silence (Part I)

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: due to the 162-minute length of the film, we will be showing just the first 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

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.

Apr
1
11:00 am11:00

Memorial service for Norm "Mick" Meader

  • Zen Desert Sangha

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.


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
14
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!

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
14
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.

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.

Nov
10
7:00 pm19:00

The Noble Eightfold Path (Part II)

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.

Nov
9
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.

Nov
5
Nov 6

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 11/5 and run through noon on Sunday 11/6. 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 10/31/16 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.

Nov
3
7:00 pm19:00

The Noble Eightfold Path (Part I)

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.

Oct
29
10:45 am10:45

ZDS Annual Members Meeting

The ZDS Annual Meeting is a time to reflect on where we've been, consider where we want to go, and elect a board of directors to lead the sangha for the coming year. 

Details to be announced.

Oct
27
6:30 pm18:30

Thursday Evening Book Group at ZDS

An open discussion group at ZDS focused on the book Nothing Holy About It by Tim Burkett, Guiding Teacher of the Minnesota Zen Mediation Center.

Facilitated by Ralph Herd & Ron Johnson, the group will meet from 6:30-7:30 pm on Thursdays for six weeks. All are welcome to attend. No need to register; just come!

Oct
22
7:30 am07:30

Autumn Temple Cleaning Day

Saturday, October 22 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

Oct
20
6:30 pm18:30

Thursday Evening Book Group at ZDS

An open discussion group at ZDS focused on the book Nothing Holy About It by Tim Burkett, Guiding Teacher of the Minnesota Zen Mediation Center.

Facilitated by Ralph Herd & Ron Johnson, the group will meet from 6:30-7:30 pm on Thursdays for six weeks. All are welcome to attend. No need to register; just come!

Oct
13
6:30 pm18:30

Thursday Evening Book Group at ZDS

An open discussion group at ZDS focused on the book Nothing Holy About It by Tim Burkett, Guiding Teacher of the Minnesota Zen Mediation Center.

Facilitated by Ralph Herd & Ron Johnson, the group will meet from 6:30-7:30 pm on Thursdays for six weeks. All are welcome to attend. No need to register; just come!

Oct
9
9:00 am09:00

Discussion with Henry Shukman

We will have one more session with Henry that is open to all. We will sit zazen at 8:00 am, followed at 8:30 by a Q&A period, ending no later the 10:00 am. Please come!

Oct
8
6:00 am06:00

Zazenkai with visiting teacher Henry Shukman @ ZDS

ZDS is pleased to be hosting Henry Shukman, resident teacher at Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, in Tucson on the weekend of October 7-9. 

Henry Shukman (Ryu’un-ken) is resident teacher at Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe.  He is an Associate Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage.  He has trained primarily with Joan Rieck Roshi, Zen teacher John Gaynor, Ruben Habito Roshi, and now continues his training under the guidance of Yamada Ryoun Roshi, current abbot of Sanbo Zen.  More information about Henry is available at the MCZC website:
 https://www.mountaincloud.org/about/henry-shukman/

Registrations are now being accepted for a zazenkai led by Henry on Saturday, Oct 8 from 6:00 am - 3:30 pm at ZDS. This one day retreat, open to both new and seasoned practitioners, offers an intensive opportunity for meditation practice. Both breakfast and lunch meals are included. 

The zazenkai will be limited to 24 participants, and pre-registration is required. ZDS members who register by 9/15 will have first priority; after that date, any remaining places will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The cost, including meals, is $45 for ZDS members and $55 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 inside the zendo at 3226 N. Martin Ave. Please contact Joann so that your name is added to the list.
 

There will be a number of other opportunities to meet and interact with Henry that are open to all, with no cost or advance registration. Please join us for any or all of the following:

  • Henry's dharma talk  at 10:30 am on Saturday is open to the public. Please arrive by 10:20 and wait in the library area to be ushered into the zendo.
  • At the conclusion of the zazenkai at 3:30 pm on Saturday, there will be time for informal tea and conversation. If you wish to participate and zazenkai is still in progress, please wait quietly in the fireplace room or outside on the patio until participants emerge from the zendo. 
  • At 5:30 pm on Saturday there will be a potluck supper at the home of Helen Amerongen.  Please RSVP to Helen at 243-3402 or  hamerongen@yahoo.com to get directions.
  • On Sunday 10/9 at ZDS, we will have one more session with Henry that is open to all. Breakfast will be available at 9 am, followed by zazen at 9:30, followed at 10:00 by a Q&A period, ending no later the 11:30 am. Please come!

 

Oct
6
6:30 pm18:30

Thursday Evening Book Group at ZDS

An open discussion group at ZDS focused on the book Nothing Holy About It by Tim Burkett, Guiding Teacher of the Minnesota Zen Mediation Center.

Facilitated by Ralph Herd & Ron Johnson, the group will meet from 6:30-7:30 pm on Thursdays for six weeks. All are welcome to attend. No need to register; just come!

Oct
5
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.

Oct
1
10:30 am10:30

Newcomers Introduction

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.

Sep
29
6:30 pm18:30

Thursday Evening Book Group at ZDS

An open discussion group at ZDS focused on the book Nothing Holy About It by Tim Burkett, Guiding Teacher of the Minnesota Zen Mediation Center.

Facilitated by Ralph Herd & Ron Johnson, the group will meet from 6:30-7:30 pm on Thursdays for six weeks. All are welcome to attend. No need to register; just come!