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Blake Barton

Meditating in Community with Blake Barton will begin on January 3rd 2022

This class will be offering a 30 day meditation challenge starting on January 3rd. Should you decided to participate, you will commit to meditating at least 5 minutes per day through Feb. 3rd. You can optionally choose to be held accountable to help you complete the challenge.

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 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. 

January 2022 Topics
Jan. 3rd - 30 day meditation challenge and tips for establishing a regular meditation practice
Jan. 10th - Role of spiritual friends and teachers on the path
Jan. 17th - Exploring different meditation styles part 1
Jan. 24th - Exploring different meditation styles part 2
Jan. 31st - Finding your seat - improving your meditation posture

When: Monday Evenings from 6:30 - 7:45 PM

Donations: This class and TCMC are supported by your generous donations. 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.

Registration: To register, email Blake at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will then receive the Zoom link for the current month. For security reasons the Zoom link will change each month

Contact: Blake Barton -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 520-775-1626
 
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:
Steve Ross, MA, LMFT (CA): (520) 825-2009 or
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Sen Talley: 520.989.3347 or
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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 Tuscon 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.

Please go here for instructions for joining a Zoom class

The Zoom meeting invitation is below.

If you are having issues getting signed in contact Nick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will help you figure it out.

Thursday night class
        Every week on Thursday at 6:30 PM
       
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This 4 week class series starts on Jan. 11th, 2022. It is highly encouraged that you attend all four classes for maximum benefit.

Please register for the class HERE to receive the Zoom link.

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Back Yard

About Chuong Tran:
 For 20 years I was a student of meditation in my home country, Viet-Nam, where I practiced the Mahayana form.  This was interrupted when I moved to the United States in 1991, which led to a state of depression.  Fortunately, 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.  My spiritual life has also been influenced by Eric Kolvig, Thich Nhat Hanh, Steven Smith and Sharon Salzberg.  This led to positive approach to my own practice and mentoring.

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Back Yard

Lovingkindness and Mindfulness 6:30-7:30 PM

 


"Like a spring that flows naturally in the wilderness, True Love streams forth from the unfixated mind and body. "

 The three skill sets which help us to experience this Present moment are : "Concentration – Clarity – Equanimity ".

Each month, we will work with a different sense gate or a combination of sense gates, in motion or stillness with variety of techniques to enrich our daily life practice.

The class consists of guided meditations, and discussion.

 This approach to meditation is based on " The Five Ways " of Shinzen Young, which encourages the practice of creativity and Love.

 All are welcome .