upcoming events

Upcoming events at Zen Desert Sangha

 

Nov
2
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 Martin Munro at (520) 319‐6260 or zds@zendesertsangha.org.  Cost is $35 for ZDS members and $45 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 Martin 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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Oct
5
7:30 AM07:30

Autumn Temple Cleaning Day

Saturday, October 5 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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Sep
21
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 $45 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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Aug
31
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 Dan Dorsey.

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May
25
to May 26

Zazenkai/Sesshin

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 and run through 12 noon on Sunday. Participants can either return home to sleep or “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. Breakfast and lunch meals are included.

The teisho (formal talk by the teacher) is at 3 pm on Saturday, and is open to all, not just the retreat participants. Arrive ten to fifteen minutes early and wait in the outer room; when the time comes for the talk someone will show you where to sit in the zendo.

The weekend will be limited to 24 participants, and pre-registration is required. The cost for Saturday only is $35 for ZDS members and $45 for non-members; full weekend is $55 for members and $65 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 us at zds@zendesertsangha.org or leave a message at (520) 319‐6260. Payment of a $15 deposit confirms your registration, and can be mailed to ZDS, 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 us so that your name is added to the list.

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Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Ben Connelly @ ZDS: Book Talk and Signing

We are delighted to once again welcome Ben Connelly to Tucson. Ben is a Soto Zen teacher at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He also teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts including police and corporate training, correctional facilities, and addiction recovery and wellness groups.

On Friday evening, Ben will talk about his latest book, Mindfulness and Intimacy. The book is a practical guide about how mindfulness and intimacy can together enrich our empathetic engagement with ourselves and the world around us—with our values, with the environment, and with the people in our lives — in order to lead to a truly engaged, compassionate, and joy-filled life. A donation of $10 at the door is suggested, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Ben also will be offering a workshop on Saturday, April 27 from 1-4 pm at The Little Chapel Library at 1401 E 1st Street.  Suggested donation is $20. Limited seating; please email skyislandzen@gmail.com to reserve your space.

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Apr
6
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 $45 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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Mar
30
7:30 AM07:30

Spring Temple Cleaning Day

Saturday, March 30 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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Feb
16
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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