upcoming events

Upcoming events at Zen Desert Sangha

 


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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Dec
22
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 individually with the teacher in dokusan. Both breakfast and lunch -- simple vegetarian meals -- are included. 

To attend, you must pre-register prior to noon on Wednesday 12/19. The cost is $35 for members; $45 for non-members. To register or for more information, contact Joann at joannsaz@gmail.com or 520-490-9474. 

Dan will deliver a dharma talk at 2:30 pm on Saturday which everyone is 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
7:00 PM19:00

Solstice 2018: "Bring on the Night"

Join us for a festive evening to welcome in the winter season, hosted by sangha members Richard & Pam Park. Please bring your poems, your songs, your instruments, yourselves to this celebration of the darkest time of the year. Tea and dessert will be provided - feel free to bring other food and beverage offerings to share. 

Family and friends are welcome!

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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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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
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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