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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:

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!


Earlier Event: October 6
Thursday Evening Book Group at ZDS
Later Event: October 9
Discussion with Henry Shukman