Classic Sunday Morning Sits - In-person
TCMC has resumed the classic silent sits that we conducted for years. This is a great opportunity to sit together in-person again.
Only on the 2nd, 4th and 5th (if applicable) Sundays of the month, the in-person sits at TCMC will start at 8:30 am with a 25 minute silent sit followed by a 5 minute break. There will then be a 30 silent sit that starts at 9:00 am. You may arrive at 8:25 or 8:55. If you would like a longer sit, you can sit through the break resulting in a 60 minute sit. You are also invited to stay and visit after the sit. We hope you will join us to come together in community once again.
On the first Sunday of each month we will have the Sitting Together program in-person with longer periods of sitting and walking meditation that will go from 8:30 am to 12:15 pm at TCMC. More Information
On the third Sunday of the month, Lhasha Tizer will be leading the Moving Into Stillness daylong retreat from 9:30am - 2:00pm in-person at TCMC. More Information
At this time, masks and social distancing are required, and we ask you not to attend if you are sick with COVID like symptoms. COVID vaccinations are required. The first time you attend, you will be asked to sign an agreement to follow the safety protocols.
Donations are gratefully accepted to help support TCMC. If you prefer to donate online you may do so Here
Meditating in Community with Blake Barton ongoing drop-in class
Due to COVID-19 this ongoing class will be meeting online using Zoom conferencing software.
Meditation can help us find more happiness and tranquility in life. The purpose of this ongoing class is to create a community of meditators to support each other along the meditative path. Each class will begin with 30-40 minutes of guided meditation exploring a wide variety of mindfulness meditation techniques. The guided meditation will have ample periods of silence to deepen your practice. This class is suited for beginners through advanced meditators.
Following a break, there will be a short talk on a meditation or mindfulness related topic. There will then be a period of Q&A and discussion. The discussion will allow for optional check-ins where you will have the opportunity to share your meditation experiences, challenges and wins.
You will be given optional meditation or mindfulness challenges and homework to increase your motivation and understanding. For example, meditate at least 5 minutes per day for the next week.
You may also schedule a one-on-one meditation interview with Blake to talk about your meditation practice.
August 1st - No class vacation
August 8th - No class vacation
August 15th - How Karma Works
August 22nd - Establishing a Regular Meditation practice
August 29th - Inclining the Mind Towards Joy
When: Monday Evenings from 6:30 - 7:45 PM
Donations: This class and TCMC are supported by your generous donations. Even though we are meeting online we still have a building mortgage, utilities and insurance. The suggested donation is $5-10 per class or $20-40 per month. You may make a donation via PayPal or credit card Here. You may donate via Venmo using this ID: @TCMC-Donate No one one will be turned away due to inability to pay.
Blake Barton - has been regularly practicing meditation for 18 years, and has been teaching meditation since 2012. He completed the 3 year Dharma Treasure, in-depth, meditation teacher training program. He is also in the process of completing the level one unified mindfulness teacher training program created by Shinzen Young. He has a lifelong interest in fitness, nutrition, simple living, meditation, wellness, and health
TCMC is offering two new practitioner-oriented interactive support groups: one for cancer support, the other for grief support.
SARANA Cancer Support is open to anyone dealing with, or affected by, cancer, at any time, for any reason. Dealing with a life-threatening illness, especially cancer, is a physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually complex, traumatic situation. Everyone involved needs support, but it's not always easy to find. especially in a spiritually supportive environment. It can be helpful being with people who "get it," people with whom no one needs to explain anything. And hearing the differing perspectives of those in the room can be eye-opening. Sarana will meet on the first Sunday of each month, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm, just after the Sitting Together program. Each meeting will start and end with a few minutes of silent meditation. Sarana is a Pali word for "refuge" or "shelter."
SANTIKARA Grief Support is open to anyone dealing with grief and loss of any kind, whether current or from time past. Santikara will meet every first Sunday of the month for 90 minutes, from 2:30pm-3:30pm. Each meeting will start and end with a few minutes of silent meditation. "Santikara" means "soothing" in Pali.
Neither of these groups will have an agenda, except what each person brings to the group. We'll have basic guidelines, which we'll review at the beginning of each meeting, and a facilitator to keep things on track, but that is the extent of any formal structure.
Facilitator contact information:
Nick Van Kleeck
Befriending Oneself Through Mindfulness and Meditation - A Compassionate, Body-Centered Approach to Happiness - taught by Nick Van Kleeck
Due to the coronavirus this class will be meeting online using Zoom conferencing software.
In this class, you will learn to relax your body, settle your mind and trust the inherent wisdom within you through meditation and other mindfulness techniques.
By bringing a gentle awareness to your experience, you can discover your innate capacity for freedom and awaken a natural openness and generosity of spirit.
The class consists of a 30-45 minute guided meditation followed by teaching and/or discussion. About half the time we will break into smaller groups to give everyone a chance to participate in discussion. Participation in the discussion section is always optional; you are welcome to leave after the meditation if you prefer.
When: Thursday Evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 PM
This class and Tucson Community Meditation Center (TCMC) is supported by your generous donations. Even though we are currently meeting online we have mortgage, utilities, and insurance expenses.
Suggested Donation: $3-5 per class (sliding scale based on your financial situation) - No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. To make a donation via PayPal or credit card please go here
or you may donate via Venmo using this ID: @TCMC-Donate
Nick Van Kleeck - has been meditating for over 30 years. His teachers include Gil Fronsdal, Upasaka Culadasa, Steve Hoskinson (Somatic Experiencing), Deane Shank (the Diamond Approach) and Robert Aitken.
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