Nourishing the Heart  - a daylong
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

Nourishing the Heart - a daylong

Metta, Loving kindness, is often likened to a gentle rain that falls on all things everywhere, excluding nothing.


How do we nourish this beautiful quality of heart?

How do we include ourselves in this field of kindness?

What are the conditions that support opening the heart?


Come join local Insight Meditation of Tucson teachers, Terry Magee, to explore these questions and to take refuge in a nourishing day of practice. The day will consist of sitting and walking meditation, loving kindness practice, mindful inquiry, Q&A, and Dharma teaching. Bring whatever sitting gear supports you and please bring your lunch to offer continuity of practice. You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share. A refrigerator and a microwave will be available.  

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teachers offered at the end of the daylong.

Contact: Terry or David at insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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Insight Meditation Sitting Group
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Insight Meditation Sitting Group

The Insight Meditation Sitting Group is an on-going Thursday night class, offering continuity of practice within the support of a community of like-minded people.  The intention is to bring these valuable teachings of the Buddha into practical applications to our daily lives.  

This drop-in class is open to those new to practice as well as those with an established mindfulness practice.

The evening includes a 35 minute sit, a dharma talk, and discussion or interactive exercises. 

Dana - The teachings of the Buddha are a priceless gift which are offered freely. No one is ever turned away for inability to pay. We invite you to consider dana, generosity, as part of our practice together, and to give what you can to support this dharma service.

New to Meditation

David Bornstein will be happy to meet with you  before the Thursday night class from 5:45-6:15 for meditation instructions and to explore any questions that you may have about Insight Meditation.  Simply email us at insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897 and we will set up a time. We look forward to meeting you!      

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Insight Meditation Fundamentals - a six week class
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Insight Meditation Fundamentals - a six week class

  • 931 N 5th Ave. Tucson, AZ 85705 (map)
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There’s a good chance you’ve noticed the groundswell of interest in meditation. The number of physicians, therapists, corporations, and schools recommending and offering meditation continues to rise.

Why?

Neuroscientific research has verified that regular meditation can decrease feelings of stress, reactivity, and anxiety, while improving focus, emotional regulation, and overall happiness. There can be very real impact on attention, productivity, and the quality of relationships.

This introductory six-week course is both experiential and informational. You will learn the techniques and benefits of Insight Meditation. The clear, simple instructions in mindfulness of breathing, body sensations, feelings, thoughts, and loving-kindness are designed to support you in establishing a regular meditation practice, or strengthening an existing one.

Insight Meditation Fundamentals is suitable for new and experienced meditators seeking a solid foundation for practice.

To learn more click here.

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Practice Period 2018
Sep
13
to Sep 22

Practice Period 2018

  • 931 N 5th Ave Tucson, AZ (map)
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IMT teachers Terry Magee and David Bornstein invite you to participate in a non-residential practice period for nine days in September.

It will be a period of intentional Sangha-wide commitment to integrating Insight practice into our daily lives and routines. You choose from a menu of practices to commit to during this time. We encourage you to find a balance between challenging yourself and treating yourself with kindness, an attitude Joseph Goldstein calls “gentle rigor.”

You will have the support of Terry and David every day via Zoom, plus your choice of dharma talks on the theme of embodiment, plus an opportunity to meet in a practice
discussion group.

Dharma Theme: 1st Foundation of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of the Body

For more information and to register go to the menu at the top of the page and click on Practice Period 2018.

 

 

 

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Making Friends with the Body   Daylong
Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

Making Friends with the Body Daylong

  • 931 North 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
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What can bring a sense of well-being, safety, and ease as we hold what arises in the body.

At times as we practice the First Foundation of Mindfulness, the Mindfulness of Body, it may be difficult to be present in the body, which may include meditating on the breath. This may be due to the challenges of recovering from an injury, managing an illness, or living with an unresolved trauma. There are ways of cultivating mindfulness that can support us in holding these experiences. By building the momentum of awareness in the places that are neutral or pleasant in the body, we can come home to a more embodied presence. It is possible to build our capacity to hold whatever manifests with more ease and equanimity, creating more stability and resilience in the mind and body.

Come join local Insight Meditation of Tucson teachers, Terry Magee and David Bornstein, for a nourishing day of practice. The day will consist of sitting and walking meditation, mindful inquiry, Q&A, and Dharma teaching. Bring whatever sitting gear supports you and please bring your lunch to offer continuity of practice. You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share. A refrigerator and a microwave will be available.  

When:  Saturday, Aug 11, 2018

Time:  9:00-4:00   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teachers offered at the end of the daylong.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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Knowing the Body in the Body - a daylong
Jul
14
9:00 AM09:00

Knowing the Body in the Body - a daylong

  • 931 North 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
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"There is one thing monks, that cultivated and regularly practiced,... leads to happiness here and now,..... to realizing deliverance by wisdom and the fruition of holiness: it is mindfulness of the body."
~ The Buddha

The ability to be mindful of the body is a fundamental practice and is the First Foundation in the Direct Path to Realization.

We often relate to our bodies through concepts of liking, disliking, evaluating, comparing and judging our bodies. But the Buddha asks us to come into a different relation with the body, to know the body in the body.

Along with Insight Meditation teacher Terry Magee, we are delighted to have Ellen Melamed, a certified Alexander Technique teacher, bring her skills to lead us in exploring more deeply the experience of sitting, as well the embodied experience of walking meditation. To learn more about Ellen and the Alexander Technique click on the following link. http://ellensalexandertec.wixsite.com/tucson-az/about-us

The day will consist of sitting and walking meditation, mindful inquiry, Q&A, and Dharma teaching. Bring whatever sitting gear supports you and please bring your lunch to offer continuity of practice. You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share. A refrigerator and a microwave will be available.  

When:  Saturday, July 14, 2018

Time:  9:00-4:00   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teachers offered at the end of the daylong.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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Being with What's Here - a daylong led by David Bornstein
Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Being with What's Here - a daylong led by David Bornstein

  • 931 North 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
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"Between the stimulus and the response there is a space. And in that space is our power and our freedom." 
                                       ~ Viktor Frankl

The Buddha spoke of the 10,000 joys, and the 10,000 sorrows that are part of every human life. Naturally, most of us try to maximize what we like and minimize what we don't, and while the Buddhist path doesn't specifically discourage this strategy, it teaches that true happiness is found elsewhere.

The Buddha taught that our deepest suffering results from clinging to what we enjoy, pushing away what we don't, and numbing out to the rest. The very simple and direct practice of noticing the pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral aspect of each moment begins to disrupt our deep patterns of reactivity. How might your life change if you could more easily rest in this moment, just as it is?

Come join local Insight Meditation of Tucson teacher, David Bornstein for  a day of practice. The day will consist of sitting and walking meditation, an inquiry process, Q&A, and Dharma teaching. Bring whatever sitting gear supports you and please bring your lunch to offer continuity of practice. You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share. A refrigerator and a microwave will be available.  

When:  Saturday, June 9, 2018

Time:  9:00-4:00   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teacher offered at the end of the daylong.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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Nourishing Calm When Your House is Full a daylong led by David Bornstein
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Nourishing Calm When Your House is Full a daylong led by David Bornstein

"This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival."
                                      ~ Rumi

Our days and minds are full, and the biological "negativity bias" of the brain can leave us believing that most of the time we feel tired, or irritated, restless, worried, overwhelmed. In the daily deluge of news, information, and responsibilities it can be hard to find even a few moments of calm. And yet this is precisely what the Buddha invited us to do. 

Unsurprisingly, the Buddha instructed us to get to know the Hindrances––the normal difficult human energies of Desire, Aversion, Sloth & Torpor, Restlessness & Worry, and Doubt. But he also said "when the hindrances are absent in you, know that they are absent in you." When we look closely, we see that the busy-ness of our minds is not solid or impenetrable. In truth, there are moments of calm and stillness in and amongst all the unwanted "arrivals" like worry, regret, restlessness, etc. Experiencing these moments directly––taking them in––can help us relate to all of life's visitors with more wisdom and ease.

Come join local Insight Meditation of Tucson teacher, David Bornstein for  a day of practice. The day will consist of sitting and walking meditation, an inquiry process, Q&A, and Dharma teaching. Bring whatever sitting gear supports you and please bring your lunch to offer continuity of practice. You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share. A refrigerator and a microwave will be available.  

When:  Saturday, May 19, 2018

Time:  9:00-4:00   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teachers offered at the end of the daylong.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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Insight Meditation 101 Class a 5-Week Course led by David Bornstein
May
7
6:30 PM18:30

Insight Meditation 101 Class a 5-Week Course led by David Bornstein

  • 931 North 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
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“There is a wealth of meaning and nuance in the experience of mindfulness that can enrich our lives in unimagined ways.” 
                                                                  ~  Joseph Goldstein

There’s a good chance you’ve noticed the groundswell of interest in meditation. The number of physicians, therapists, corporations, and schools recommending meditation continues to rise. Why?

Regular meditation has been shown to improve immune function, focus, and overall happiness, while decreasing cortisol levels, blood pressure, and anxiety. Recent research even suggests that meditation slows the aging process and promotes longer life.

This 5-week course will focus on the foundations of Insight Meditation, including techniques, benefits, and origin. You will be guided in Mindfulness of Body and Breath, Emotions, and Thoughts, as well as cultivating Loving Kindness for one’s self and others. The clear, simple instructions will support you in establishing a regular meditation practice.

Insight Meditation 101 is suitable for new and experienced meditators looking for a solid
foundation for practice.

Cost: $95 - $150 Sliding Scale (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

Days and Time: Mondays 6:30-8:00pm, 5/07, 5/14, 5/21/ 6/04, and 6/11, plus one daylong session 9am-4pm on Saturday, 6/09

Location: Pima Friends’ Meeting House

931 N. Fifth Ave., Tucson AZ, 85705 (1.5 blocks south of Speedway)

Register: Email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com

David Bornstein, MSW, discovered Insight Meditation in 1997. He has worked with many
sought-after western Buddhist teachers, and his time in intensive meditation retreat totals over six months. In May 2016 David graduated from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center two-year Dedicated Practitioner’s Program, and in May of last year he began the Sounds True two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program led by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.

David began teaching meditation at Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort in 2006, has presented regularly at the UA Arthritis Center, and in 2014 was invited by Spirit Rock founding teacher Anna Douglas to begin teaching for Insight Meditation Tucson.

Insight Meditation Tucson was founded in 2011, and is a collective of teachers and practitioners dedicated to the awakening of wisdom and compassion through the practice and study of Insight Meditation. We are committed to the deepening of individual practice and growth of a spiritual community.

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Resting in Restlessness  a daylong led by David Bornstein
Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

Resting in Restlessness a daylong led by David Bornstein

  • 931 North 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
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“Restlessness and worry are like water when it is stirred up by the wind.”
– Joseph Goldstein

Maybe you’ve noticed that your mind has a mind of its own: You decide you’re not going to let your friend’s success bother you anymore, but you can’t stop comparing yourself to her; You resolve not to worry so much, but you’re up at night worrying; You sit down for a quiet meditation, but your mind is anything but quiet.

Meet restlessness.

During this day of Dharma teaching and practice, we will explore the Buddha’s advice on how to meet this challenging mind state, namely with openness and curiosity; to observe the ripples in the water instead of cursing the wind. Our freedom comes not from solving the problem of having a busy mind, but from resting in the restlessness that is right here. The class will consist of sitting and walking meditation, an interactive process, Q&A, and Dharma teaching. Bring whatever sitting gear supports you.

You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share!

When:  Saturday, November 14, 2018

Time:  9:00 am -4:00 pm   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teacher offered at the end of the class.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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Insight Practice in Difficult Times a non-residential retreat
Mar
9
to Mar 11

Insight Practice in Difficult Times a non-residential retreat

  • 1231 East Edison Street Tucson, AZ, 85719 United States (map)
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"All religions and Spiritual traditions begin with the cry "Help!'"
                                                          ~ William James

Over the last year, we have seen a palpable increase in anger, confusion, and anxiety within our Sangha and larger community. Indeed, for many of us, the current environment of divisiveness, rancor, fear, and inequity might feel unprecedented. Yet, for nearly 26 centuries the teachings of the Buddha have helped countless souls navigate the ills of their times with more wisdom and ease.

In this two day non-residential retreat, we will explore the suffering of our reactivity, and discover in the Buddha's teaching other ways of responding. Specifically, the cultivation of wholesome attitudes and states of mind which are rooted in the clear-seeing of mindfulness. Practicing with others in difficult times provides fertile ground for insight, camaraderie, and the discovery of collective wisdom. The retreat will consist of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, contemplative inquiry, and Q&A.

Please bring your lunch and snacks to share if you like. A refrigerator and microwave will be available for you.

WHEN:
Friday, Mar 9, 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday, Mar 10, 9:30-5:00
Sunday, Mar 11, 9:30-4:00

LOCATION:  Tucson Community Meditation Center,  
1231 E. Edison Tucson, AZ

DIRECTIONS: one block S. of Grant and 2 houses W. of Mountain Ave.

PARKING GUIDELINES:  It is important to the future of TCMC to observe mindful parking by not parking on the same block as the Center and by leaving an empty parking space in front of the homes on the neighboring blocks. Please reserve TCMC driveway parking for people who cannot walk far. Thank you!

COST:  $45 for the weekend, $5 for Friday only
            at the door $55 and $7 for Friday only
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

DANA: The cost covers TCMC expenses only. The teachings of the Buddha are a priceless gift which are offered freely. No one is ever turned away for inability to pay. We invite you to consider dana, generosity, as part of our practice together, and to give what you can to support this dharma service. A bowl will be made available for offering dana for the teachers at the end of the retreat.

TO REGISTER: Please complete the online registration CLICK HERE
(This will direct you to the TCMC online registration form where you will be offered the option of paying the retreat fee through a secured TCMC paypal account or mail in a check.)

CONTACT:  insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or 520-477-1897

TEACHERS:  Terry Magee has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1995, studying with Anna Douglas, Carol Wilson, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and other Insight Meditation teachers. Since 2006, she has been teaching as a Community Dharma Leader under the mentorship of Anna Douglas, co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the founder of Insight Meditation Tucson. For over 10 years, Terry has been practicing and facilitating Contemplative Inquiry. She offers a weekly Thursday night meditation sitting group and co-leads a monthly daylong for Insight Meditation Tucson.  

David Bornstein, MSW began meditating in 1997 and has worked with many sought-after western Buddhist meditation teachers including Larry Rosenberg, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Anna Douglas. His time in intensive meditation retreat totals nearly six months, and in May 2016 he graduated from Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s two-year Dedicated Practitioner’s Program and is currently enrolled in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program created by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. He teaches for Insight Meditation Tucson. 

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A Day of Simplicity - Daylong
Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

A Day of Simplicity - Daylong

  • 931 North 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
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"Do you make regular visits to yourself?"
                                         ~ Rumi

Complicated. Frenzied. Over-Scheduled. Multi-Everything. Perhaps these words describe how your life feels. The commitments of life push and pull us in many directions. Add to this the myriad distractions that call to our attention, and we may feel a need to slow down, pare down, sit down.

The Buddhist practice of Insight Meditation helps to simplify where we place our energy. In describing meditation, Buddhist nun Ayya Santacitta said, “The simplicity of being a body, letting go of thoughts of everything else. An invitation to simply sitting and letting go. Knowing that you’re breathing in when you’re breathing in, and knowing that you’re breathing out when you are breathing out.”

In this day of practice, we will use the Buddha’s teaching on the First Foundation of Mindfulness––Mindfulness of the Body––as a way to simplify our meditation practice. Through guided meditation, teachings, and mindful inquiry, we will see the effect of letting go of complexity, and simply and directly feeling the body that is always here.

Bring whatever sitting gear supports you and please bring your lunch to offer continuity of practice. You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share. A refrigerator and a microwave will be available.  

When:  Saturday, February 24, 2017

Time:  9:00-4:00   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teachers offered at the end of the daylong.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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The Final Great Adventure: Preparing to Die - 4 class series
Feb
17
9:30 AM09:30

The Final Great Adventure: Preparing to Die - 4 class series

One day...

the student asked her teacher, “When should I prepare for my death?”

The teacher replied, “Oh, you don’t have to worry about that until the day before you die.”

The student was perplexed. “But I don’t know when that will be.”

“Exactly!” replied the teacher.


It’s never too soon to contemplate our mortality. We will die, but we cannot say when, or perhaps even how. But we can consciously prepare for the inevitable moment. We can prepare ourselves - spiritually, emotionally, and practically. This can go a long way to diminishing our fear of death, while helping those around us as well. In this class series, Anna will highlight a number of time-honored spiritual practices, attitudes, and  practicalities that we can work with now that will ease our relationship with death. 

For all ages.

When:  Four Saturdays
   9:30am - 12:30pm:
     January 6
     January 20
     February 3
     February 17

Where:  St. Francis in the Foothills
     4625 E River Rd
     Tucson, AZ 85718

Cost:  $175 for all four classes
     $50 per individual class

     Make check payable to Anna Douglas

Register:  Mail payment along with your name, phone number, and email to:
     Martha Auslander
     3758 N Crest Ranch Dr
     Tucson, AZ 85719

Registrar Contact:  marthaa@cox.net
     520- 429-1865

Anna Douglas, Ph.D.
one of the founding teachers of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California, and a member of its Teachers Council. She has taught classes and retreats in the Insight Meditation tradition nationwide for 30 years. She has a background in psychology and the arts, and offers ongoing psycho- spiritual mentoring for students. Most recently she has offered classes and retreats for those 55 and over who wish to explore the spiritual opportunities of aging, illness, and dying. She divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sonoran desert of Arizona.

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Meeting Obstacles with Kindness led by David Bornstein
Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Meeting Obstacles with Kindness led by David Bornstein

  • 931 North 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
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The Buddha taught, quite radically, that the root of our suffering lies not in the arising of
difficulty (inevitable in life), but in how we relate to difficulty when it does arise. This shift in understanding creates space for a total transformation of how we experience our own lives. As part of our exploration of the Five Hindrances––the classic Buddhist teaching about Craving, Aversion, Restlessness, Sloth & Torpor, and Doubt––we devote this day of practice to shifting our attitude toward these difficult energies. Through guided meditation, teachings, and mindful inquiry, we will practice relating to unwanted experiences with an attitude of loving-kindness.

Bring whatever sitting gear supports you and please bring your lunch to offer continuity of practice. You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share. A refrigerator and a microwave will be available.  

When:  Saturday, February 24, 2017

Time:  9:00-4:00   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teachers offered at the end of the daylong.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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Awakening Individually and Collectively in a Time of Need
Jan
26
9:30 AM09:30

Awakening Individually and Collectively in a Time of Need

  • Tucson Community Meditation Center (map)
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How do we combine depth of spiritual practice with engaging in the larger world, responding to the major challenges and crises of our times? In this daylong retreat, we will combine periods of silent practice, helping us to quiet our minds, deepen insight, and  open our hearts, with exploration of the connection between inner and outer transformation through group and interactive practices, including several developed by the beloved teacher and activist, Joanna Macy, short talks, and discussion.

Recognizing that there are phases of more inner work and more outer engagement, and very personal ways of navigating this balance, Donald will help us clarify a number of themes related to engaged practice, such as: seeing the world with dharma eyes; working with wise speech and cultivating empathy in the midst of differences and conflicts; opening to difficult emotions and working with reactivity; and connecting with the vision of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the “beloved community.”

WHEN:  Friday, January 26, 2018
     9:30am - 4:30pm

WHERE:  Tucson Community Meditation Center
     1231 E. Edison St
     Tucson, AZ 85719

PARKING:  Please be mindful to not park on the same block as TCMC. For those who have challenges walking, you are invited to pull into the circle driveway in front of the house.

COST:  $20 plus Donation for the teacher

TO REGISTER:  CLICK HERE

CONTACT:  Terry Magee
     insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com
     520-477-1897

BIO:  Donald Rothberg, Ph.D.
is a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock in northern California, has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice, the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy, and trauma work. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook Graduate School, he currently writes and teaches classes, groups, and retreats on meditation, transforming the judgmental mind, mindful communication, working skillfully with conflict, and socially engaged Buddhism. He has helped to guide a number of six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality, both Buddhist-based and interfaith—through Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Saybrook, and Spirit Rock. He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves
and the World, and is working on Transforming the Judgmental Mind.

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Loving-Kindness: Welcoming the Unwelcome   - a daylong
Dec
16
9:00 AM09:00

Loving-Kindness: Welcoming the Unwelcome - a daylong

  • 931 North 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
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At this time of year, messages about kindness, good will and generosity are all around us. Yet most of us feel stressed, burned out, and overwhelmed. Making matters worse is the wish that we didn’t feel that way.

Join David Bornstein in this day of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma teachings, and contemplative inquiry. We will explore how the Buddha's lessons on Loving Kindness act as an antidote to wishing things were different than they are. Loving-Kindness practice naturally softens the mind, and opens the heart; the very things we may be wishing for.

Bring whatever sitting gear supports you and please bring your lunch to offer continuity of practice. You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share. A refrigerator and a microwave will be available.  

When:  Saturday, December 16, 2017

Time:  9:00-4:00   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teachers offered at the end of the daylong.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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Older & Wiser - 8 week class series
Dec
2
9:30 AM09:30

Older & Wiser - 8 week class series

with Spirit Rock teacher Anna Douglas, Ph.D.

Transform your experience of aging with insight meditation.

It is well documented that there are many changes of the body and brain with aging. The good news is that the practice of mindfulness offsets many of these changes and gives us a different experience of aging, characterized by increased contentment as well as the wisdom of years. The teachings of the insight meditation tradition offer a rich trove of  practices and resources to help us gain confidence in meeting this new stage of life. We may discover a change in our priorities, with less compulsion to achieve, a keener awareness of the preciousness of life, gratitude for what is here and now, and compassion for our shared humanity.

The class will include instructions in mindfulness, wisdom teachings, experiential exercises, and group discussion. We will look at the latest research revealing the beneficial effects of meditation on the functioning of the body and the brain, and learn to apply this knowledge in our practice.

DATES:  Eight Saturdays

  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2
  • January 6
  • January 20
  • February 3
  • February 17

TIME:  9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The first four classes will focus on the issues of aging; the last four classes will focus on issues of illness and dying. We encourage sequential attendance. All ages welcome.

COST:

$340 for all eight classes
$175 for four classes
$50 for individual classes

LOCATION: 

St. Francis in the Foothills
4625 E. River Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85718

TO REGISTER: Mail payment, checks payable to Anna Douglas, along with your name, phone number, and mail to:

Martha Auslander
3758 N. Crest Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85719

REGISTRAR:  marthaa@cox.net
CONTACT:  520-429-1865

This is an Insight Meditation Tucson program.
 

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Dana: Circle of Generosity
Nov
25
9:00 AM09:00

Dana: Circle of Generosity

  • 931 North 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
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"For the goal of the path is the ending of greed, hate, and delusion, and the cultivation of generosity directly weakens greed and hate, while facilitating that flexibility of mind that allows for the eradication of delusion."
~ Bhikku Bodhi


How does generosity open and purify the heart and mind?
How might generosity brighten and energize us?
How does generosity connect us?

The practice of dana, of generosity, is known as one of the adornments of the heart and mind. The giving of dana is beautiful. The receiving of dana is beautiful. There can be a joy in the mutuality of giving and receiving where one cannot tell the difference between the giver and the receiver. This circle of generosity can easily be broken, naturally revealing to us where and how we hold on, either as the giver or as the receiver. We can also begin to experience the uplifting qualities of generosity, and touch the freedom of letting go in the sharing.

Come join Terry Magee in this half day of practice. The class will consist of sitting and walking meditation, an interactive process, Q&A, and Dharma teaching. Bring whatever sitting gear supports you.

You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share!

When:  Saturday, November 25, 2017

Time:  9:00 am -1:00 pm   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teacher offered at the end of the class.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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Closed for Thanksgiving
Nov
23
6:30 PM18:30

Closed for Thanksgiving

Due to the holiday, the Insight Meditation Tucson sitting group will not meet on November 23, but will resume the following Thursday, November 30, from 6:30-8:00 pm.

We, at Insight Meditation Tucson, bow In deep gratitude for your practice and wish to thank you for sharing the Dharma with us.

May our practice be for the benefit and well-being of all beings everywhere.

Blessings,
Anna, Terry, and David

 

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Letting Go  - a day of practice
Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Letting Go - a day of practice

  • 931 North 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
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When most humans reach the end of life and reflect––whenever that is––we don’t usually ask, “Did I get enough done?” or “How well did I craft my emails?” or “How do I look lying in this bed?” The questions tend to be “Did I love well?” or “Did I learn to let go?” In the words of Jack Kornfield, “If we have not learned to do so, we suffer greatly, and when we get to the end of our life, we may have what is called a crash course.”

In practicing Insight Meditation, we come to see that loving and letting go can be the same thing. The simple technique of noticing and allowing has been called bringing a loving awareness to the present moment. Clearly seeing what is happening and accepting it, empowers us to let go of the wish for something else.

Come join local Insight Meditation of Tucson teacher, David Bornstein, in this day of practice, you will have many opportunities to meet your present-time experience with loving awareness. The day will consist of sitting and walking meditation, an exploration, Q&A, and Dharma teaching. Bring whatever sitting gear supports you and please bring your lunch to offer continuity of practice. You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share. A refrigerator and a microwave will be available.  

When:  Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time:  9:00-4:00   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teachers offered at the end of the daylong.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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Insight Meditation 101 -  5 week class series
Oct
16
9:30 AM09:30

Insight Meditation 101 - 5 week class series

with Insight Meditation Tucson teacher, David Bornstein, MSW

There’s a good chance you’ve noticed the groundswell of interest in meditation. The number of physicians, therapists, corporations, and schools recommending meditation continues to rise.

Why?

Regular meditation has been shown to improve immune function, focus, and overall happiness, while decreasing cortisol levels, blood pressure, and anxiety. Recent research even suggests that meditation slows the aging process and promotes longer life. 

This 5-week course will focus on the foundations of Insight Meditation, including techniques, benefits, and origin. You will be guided in Mindfulness of Body and Breath, Emotions, and Thoughts, as well as cultivating Loving Kindness for one’s self and others. The clear, simple instructions will support you in establishing a regular meditation practice.

There is a wealth of meaning and nuance in the experience of mindfulness that can enrich our lives in unimagined ways. - Joseph Goldstein

When: Monday mornings
10/09, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/06
9:30-11:30 am

plus Saturday 11/04 9am - 4pm

Cost: Sliding Scale $75-$125   No one will be turned away for lack of funds

To Register and to address any questions: contact David at  insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com

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What is Enough?   - a day of exploration
Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

What is Enough? - a day of exploration

  • 931 North 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
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Where genuine needs can be satisfied, greed tells us that there isn't enough.

What are the forces that move us out of the present moment, grasping for an imaginary happiness, demanding more, something better, something different?

Come join local Insight Meditation of Tucson teachers, Terry Magee and David Bornstein for a day of exploration:  What is Enough? The day will consist of sitting and walking meditation, mindful inquiry, Q&A, and Dharma teaching. Bring whatever sitting gear supports you and please bring your lunch to offer continuity of practice. You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share. A refrigerator and a microwave will be available.  

When:  Saturday, Sept 23, 2017

Time:  9:00-4:00   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teachers offered at the end of the daylong.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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Suffering's No Fun . But is it bad?
Aug
19
9:00 AM09:00

Suffering's No Fun . But is it bad?

  • 931 North 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
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"I teach only two things: suffering and the end of suffering."
                                                      The Buddha

Moving away from difficulty is a normal human reaction. However, while our usual strategies of distancing, fixing, and distracting might bring short-term relief, they offer little to move us toward deeper happiness and peace.

Lucky for us the Buddha left behind simple instructions to follow, a path that leads to the end of suffering. And that path moves us gently through––not around––the tough stuff. This alone brings us greater understanding, and into a wiser relationship with the inevitable challenges of our lives.

In this daylong retreat we will discuss and practice how to be with difficulties in ways that might even lead us to feeling grateful that they came.

When:  Saturday, Aug 19, 2017

Time:  9:00-4:00   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teachers offered at the end of the daylong.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

 

 

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A Day of Nourishing Practice
Jul
22
9:00 AM09:00

A Day of Nourishing Practice

  • 931 North 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
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How do you meet the ups and downs of daily life?
What supports you when you find yourself caught in difficult sensations, thoughts and emotions?  
How can you create more resilience in the heart and mind? 


This Saturday we will be exploring practices of tuning into pleasant and neutral sensations as a way to expand the awareness and grow the container that can hold this experience and bring more balance to the mind. Come join local Insight Meditation of Tucson teachers, Terry Magee and David Bornstein, for a gentle day of teachings and practices. The day will consist of sitting and walking meditation, an interactive process, Q&A, and Dharma teaching. Bring whatever sitting gear supports you and please bring your lunch to offer continuity of practice. You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share. A refrigerator and a microwave will be available.  

When:  Saturday, July 22, 2017

Time:  9:00-4:00   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teachers offered at the end of the daylong.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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A Day of Practice
Jun
24
9:00 AM09:00

A Day of Practice

Come join local Insight Meditation of Tucson teachers, David Bornstein and Terry Magee, for ADay of Practice.. The day will consist of sitting and walking meditation, an inquiry process, Q&A, and Dharma teaching. Bring whatever sitting gear supports you and please bring your lunch to offer continuity of practice. You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share. A refrigerator and a microwave will be available.  

When:  Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time:  9:00-4:00   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teachers offered at the end of the daylong.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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Skillful Attitude
May
27
9:00 AM09:00

Skillful Attitude

  • 931 North 5th Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
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"Right attitude allows you to accept, acknowledge, and observe whatever is happening – whether pleasant or unpleasant – in a relaxed and alert way."  ~ Sayadaw U Tejaniya

The way that we meet this moment matters. The relationship we have to what is arising in our sense gates and our thinking has an affect. 

What  attitude do you bring to meditation?

Come join local Insight Meditation of Tucson teachers, Terry Magee and David Bornstein, for a gentle day of teachings and practices. The day will consist of sitting and walking meditation, an inquiry process, Q&A, and Dharma teaching. Bring whatever sitting gear supports you and please bring your lunch to offer continuity of practice. You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share. A refrigerator and a microwave will be available.  

When:  Saturday, May 27, 2017

Time:  9:00-4:00   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teachers offered at the end of the daylong.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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Mindfulness Meditation 101  A Five-Week Class in the Foothills
May
2
6:30 PM18:30

Mindfulness Meditation 101 A Five-Week Class in the Foothills

There’s a good chance you’ve noticed the recent groundswell of interest in mindfulness practices in the West. The number of physicians, therapists, corporations, and schools recommending and offering mindfulness meditation continues to rise.

Why?

Neuroscientific research of the last 40 years has demonstrated the very same benefits from meditation that monastic and lay practitioners have experienced for themselves for nearly 26 centuries. Regular meditation has been shown to decrease feelings of stress, overwhelm, and anxiety, while improving focus, sleep, and overall happiness. There can be very real impact on productivity, focus, and the quality of relationships. This introductory five-week course is both experiential and informational, and in it you will learn the origins, benefits, and techniques of mindfulness meditation. The clear, simple instructions and guidance will support you in establishing a regular meditation practice. Mindfulness Meditation 101 is suitable for new and experienced meditators looking for a solid foundation for practice.

There is a wealth of meaning and nuance in the experience of mindfulness that can enrich our lives in unimagined ways. - Joseph Goldstein

When: Tuesdays 4/25, 5/02, 5/09, 5/16, 5/23 6:30-8:30 pm, plus Saturday 5/20 9am - 4pm

Cost Sliding Scale: $75-$125   No one will be turned away for lack of funds

Register: Email inquiries to insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com

David Bornstein, MSW began meditating in 1997 and has worked with many sought-after western Buddhist meditation teachers including Larry Rosenberg, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Anna Douglas. His time in intensive meditation retreat totals nearly six months, and in May 2016 he graduated from Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s two-year Dedicated Practitioner’s Program. David began teaching meditaton at Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort in 2006, has presented in the UA Arthritis Center’s annual conference since 2014, and later that year was invited by Anna Douglas to teach for Insight Meditation Tucson.

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Daylong Two-Thirds Enlightened is Enough
Apr
22
9:00 AM09:00

Daylong Two-Thirds Enlightened is Enough

Two-Thirds Enlightened is Enough

The freedom from suffering spoken of in the 3rd Noble Truth may be considered in three ways: (1) The immediate cessation of suffering right in the moment when we meet our experience with more skillful awareness; (2) The gradual, steady, and validating reduction of suffering that comes over time as we walk the path; (3) The final uprooting of ignorance and craving, the total destruction of greed, hatred, and confusion, Nirvana.

While the last of these can seem unrelatable and impossibly far off, the first two can be experienced right here and now. And encountering these tangible moments of freedom can energize our practice with encouragement, optimism, and confidence. In this day of practice we will explore immediate and gradual liberation as integral parts of the path toward full awakening.

Come join local Insight Meditation of Tucson teachers, David Bornstein an Terry Magee, for a day of teachings and practices. The day will consist of sitting and walking meditation, inquiry process, Q&A, and Dharma teaching. Bring whatever sitting gear supports you and please bring your lunch to offer continuity of practice. You are welcome to bring a snack or tea to share. A refrigerator and a microwave will be available.  

When:  Saturday, April 22, 2017

Time:  9:00-4:00   

Location: Pima Friend's Meeting House
931 N 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Parking is available in back lot, along 1st St west of 5th Ave or along 5th Ave between 1st and Speedway. Be mindful of parking permit signs.

Cost: Donation to the teachers offered at the end of the daylong.

To Register Please email insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or call 520-477-1897.

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Awakening and Forgetting Daylong
Mar
25
9:30 AM09:30

Awakening and Forgetting Daylong

  • 1231 East Edison Street Tucson, AZ, 85719 United States (map)
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Student: “What is the most important thing?”
Teacher: “To remember the most important thing.”

The moment we begin a meditation practice we are challenged by the power of the distracted mind. This is the “first insight” of mindfulness – that the mind wantonly and persistently keeps leaving the chosen object of our attention. Only when we continue to practice, do we become familiar with our capacity to remember and to see clearly into present experience. This is called training the mind. It is what sets us on the path of awakening.

The capacity to remember is the “super power” of the practitioner, but it doesn’t happen reliably without conscious practice. What are the practices which lessen our tendency to be lost and confused? What are the sneaky obstacles to remembering? In this day of practice, we will identify those patterns that ensnare us in forgetfulness as well as the qualities of heart/mind that set us firmly on the path of awakening.

TCMC FEE: $20   PLUS DONATION for the Teacher
*No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

TO REGISTER: Please complete the online registration CLICK HERE.

CONTACT: insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com   520-477-1897

LOCATION: Tucson Community Meditation Center
                    1231 E. Edison Tucson, AZ
DIRECTIONS: One block S. of Grant and 2 houses W. of Mountain Ave.

PARKING GUIDELINES:  It is important to the future of TCMC to observe mindful parking by not parking on the same block as the Center and by leaving an empty parking space in front of the homes on the neighboring blocks. Please reserve TCMC driveway parking for people who cannot walk far. Thank you!

TEACHER:  Anna Douglas, Ph.D., is one of the founding teachers of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and a member of the Teaching Council, and the founder and guiding teacher of Insight Meditation Tucson. She has taught classes and retreats in the Insight Meditation tradition nationwide for over 30 years. She has a background in psychology and the arts, and offers ongoing psycho-spiritual mentoring for students. Most recently she has offered classes and retreats for those 55 and over who wish to explore the spiritual opportunities of aging, illness, and dying. She divides her time between the San Francisco Bay area and the Sonoran desert of Arizona. insightmeditationtucson.org

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Things Should be Different Daylong
Feb
25
9:00 AM09:00

Things Should be Different Daylong

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Things Should Be Different Than They Are.

True or False?

a day of contemplative inquiry

How often do we not like what is happening? The traffic is heavy and we are in a hurry. Our bodies cannot do what they use to. Someone we love dies. In an attempt to relieve our suffering we are constantly trying to fix what we do not like, but the Buddha offers another possibility. In the Second Noble Truth we are invited to look more deeply, to investigate the underlying cause of suffering, attachment. During this day of practice you will have an opportunity to explore your attachment to the view that things should be different than they are. We will investigate using an embodied mindfulness practice and an inquiry process inspired by Byron Katie. By slowing down and directly experiencing how the belief operates in the mind and body, we can discern for ourselves what brings suffering and where true peace lies. From this place we can engage in the world with more wisdom and compassion.

The day will consist of silent sitting and walking meditation, Contemplative Inquiry, a Dharma talk and Q&A.

Please bring your lunch and snacks to share if you like. A refrigerator and microwave will be available for you.

LOCATION:  tucson Community Meditation Center,  1231 E. Edison Tucson, AZ

DIRECTIONS: one block S. of Grant and 2 houses W. of Mountain Ave.

PARKING GUIDELINES:  It is important to the future of TCMC to observe mindful parking by not parking on the same block as the Center and by leaving an empty parking space in front of the homes on the neighboring blocks. Please reserve TCMC driveway parking for people who cannot walk far. Thank you!

COST:  $20 for TCMC plus donation for the teacher                                                                             * no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

TO REGISTER: Please complete the online registration HERE.

CONTACT:  insightmeditationtucson@gmail.com or 520-477-1897

TEACHER:  Terry Magee has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1995, studying with Anna Douglas, Carol Wilson, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and other Insight Meditation teachers. Since 2006, she has been teaching as a Community Dharma Leader under the mentorship of Anna Douglas, co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the founder of Insight Meditation Tucson. For over 10 years, Terry has been practicing and facilitating Contemplative Inquiry. She offers a weekly Thursday night meditation sitting group and co-leads a monthly daylong for Insight Meditation Tucson.  

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