Teachers Who Teach at TCMC

Listed in Alphabetical Order by First Name


Blake Picture Blake Barton Blake Barton: has practiced, and studied meditation and the Buddhist path since 2001. He has attended numerous 10 day retreats with Shinzen Young,  Culadasa and other meditation teachers. Blake completed an intensive 4 year teacher training class with Dharma Treasure, and is completing the first level Unified Mindfulness training program.  For 22 years he has practiced voluntary simplicity, which allowed him to retire early and dedicate his life to spiritual practice and service.
Bonnie Picture Bonnie Colby Bonnie Colby: is grateful for 4 decades of training in western & eastern meditative practices. A UA professor, Bonnie became intrigued with meditation’s effects through her work on cross-cultural water and environmental conflicts. Bonnie has taught meditation for 18 years, offering classes for University of Arizona Campus Health, Medical School and Honors College, Tucson Community Meditation Center, and professional conferences. Dr. Colby focuses on practices that assist in nervous system regulation and has a background in restorative movement. She is certified in Dr. Porges’ Safe & Sound Protocol and is a trauma-informed meditation teacher, with extensive training from the Institute of Applied Meditation, Unified Mindfulness and other organizations. She lives in Tucson with her husband, Ted
Chuong Picture Chuong Tran Chuong Tran:  For 20 years I was a student of meditation in my home country, Viet-Nam, where I practiced the Mahayana form.I found my way to Mary McWhorther’s garage which was the first TCMC sangha.  I have been practicing Vipassana meditation ever since.  In 1999, I helped Mary run monthly workshops for beginners. In 2000, I lead some TCMC classes, and in 2001, I started the weekly Wednesday night Metta (Lovingkindness) class.   Shinzen Young is my main teacher.
Hayward Fox Picture Hayward Fox Ph.D. Hayward Fox Ph.D.:  is a psychotherapist who, over the past forty years, has conducted over 60,000 interviews with people discussing their personal concerns and interests. What makes him an extraordinary teacher is his ability to meld his psychotherapy and meditative practices -- “two wings of the same bird” -- and provide a gentle, intuitive and safe presence. He responds to our intention to be free of inhibiting patterns and to recognize our authentic nature.
Kaishin Picture Kaishin Ashley Kaishin (Blake) Ashley: has been a student of Shinzen Young since 2001. He has a website at magnanimousmind.com and can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lhasha Picture Lhasha Tizer Lhasha Tizer, MS - has been studying, practicing and teaching mindfulness meditation and Buddhist Studies for over 35 years. She is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader Program through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is a teacher of Insight Meditation, and has been teaching at Tucson Community Meditation Center since 2000. She studies with various Insight Meditation teachers including: James Baraz, Gina Sharpe, Thanissara, and Eugene Cash. Her guiding vision is to offer compassion and wisdom for all. Her web site is: www.themindfulnesspath.com
Nick Picture Nick Van Kleeck Nick Van Kleeck - has practiced meditation since 1987, first in the Zen tradition with Robert Aitken and John Tarrant, and later with Vipassana teachers including Gil Fronsdahl.  His related interests include inquiry as practiced in the Diamond Approach and Somatic Experiencing. He has studied with Culadasa since 2010
Sanjay Picture Sanjay Manchanda Sanjay Manchanda: has been a meditation teacher and spiritually oriented counselor for over twenty-five years. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a Master’s in Psychology. He has a private practice in Transpersonal Counseling, Jungian and Body based psychotherapy, and Neurofeedback. He also leads meditation groups and retreats. Sanjay’s teaching draws from different traditions such as Non-Dual Hinduism, Yoga, Sufism, Buddhism, Western Psychology and Neuroscience.  He emphasizes the process of awakening from the small self to the True Self, and the embodied expression of this awakening as the qualities of love and wisdom.
Shelly Picture Upasika Shelly Hubman Shelly Hubman: has been practicing meditation for over 20 years. She has studied with Geshe Tsulga, Santikaro, Tsultrim Allione, and Culadasa. She is also a member of the Dharma Treasure teacher training class.
Shinzen Picture Shinzen Young Shinzen Young: became fascinated with Asian culture while a teenager in Los Angeles. Later he enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Eventually, he went to Asia and did extensive training in each of the three major Buddhist traditions: Vajrayana, Zen and Vipassana. Upon returning to the United States, his academic interests shifted to the burgeoning dialogue between Eastern meditation and Western science. Shinzen is known for his innovative “interactive, algorithmic approach” to mindfulness, a system specifically designed for use in pain management, recovery support, and as an adjunct to psychotherapy.
Terry Picture Terry Magee Terry Magee: has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1995, studying under Anna Douglas, Phillip Moffitt, Carol Wilson and other Insight Meditation teachers. Since 2006, she has been teaching as a Community Dharma Leader under the mentorship of Anna Douglas, founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Tucson. Terry leads an ongoing Thursday night Insight Meditation Sitting Group.


Current Board

President - Ted Weinert

Treasurer - Linda Bacon

Secretary - Jacob Kavkewitz

Member at large - John Ward

Executive Director (not a Board Member) - Blake Barton


Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes from previous board meetings can be found here.


For General Information and Questions

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(520) 775-1625

The TCMC mailing address is: 1147 N Howard Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716

Directions to TCMC can be found Here


Tucson Community Meditation Center (TCMC) was originally founded in the early 1980's, and we have steadily grown and served the Tucson community ever since.  We partner with several local meditation teachers to provide classes, retreats and silent meditation sessions.  We also invite out of town teachers to lead retreats in Tucson.


To contact TCMC go here

Mission Statement

TCMC is committed to providing a community that nurtures and supports the teaching and continuing practice of meditation and mindfulness in daily life. TCMC provides opportunities for anyone to learn and practice meditation from both local and visiting teachers. We also provide library resources, social events, as well as both residential and non-residential meditation retreats. We are a non-sectarian organization and anyone with an interest in meditation is welcome.

Parking Guidelines

Mindful parking is very crucial to the future or TCMC.  Our Parking Guidelines are here

Board of Directors

TCMC is governed by an elected Board of Directors. Please go to the  Board of Directors page to see the Board meeting minutes, financial reports and policies.





1147 N. Howard Blvd. - one block east of the Loft Cinema, just north of Speedway Blvd., on the west side of Howard (look for the blue awning).

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