Empty Mountain Sangha
Meditation Community in Tucson, Arizona
dharma - yoga - meditation - mindfulness - sangha - buddhism
Welcome to the website for the Empty Mountain Sangha, a consensually organized, open community, under the practice direction of Poep Sa Frank Jude Boccio, the Guiding Teacher and founder.
We hope the site can provide you with helpful, usable information, and we extend our sincere invitation for you to join us for practice or for any of our community events.
Day Of Mindfulness, October 19.
Join us for Day Of Mindfulness at the Movement Shala located at 435 E 9th St Tucson, AZ 85705. MAP
“We hate it when our friends become successful,” sang Morrissey, singer-songwriter and former leader of The Smiths. And while “hate” may be overstating the issue, the dark and not-so-secret fact remains that rather than being happy for a friend’s good fortune, we often feel envy and jealousy. We even take a guilty delight in others’ misfortune. Your prurient delight in Jennifer Anniston’s relationship troubles or Lindsey Lohan’s run-in with the law notwithstanding, this isn’t a modern phenomenon. Over 2,000 years ago, both Patanjali and the Buddha taught the practice of mudita as an antidote to the feeling that your happiness is threatened or diminished by the happiness of others. Mudita, the third of the brahmaviharas, or yogic teachings on love, is the ability to take active delight in others’ good fortune or good deeds.
Our Day of Mindfulness this time around will offer practices and teachings that encourage our heart to open to the joys of others as our joy. Mudita, often called "sympathetic joy," is simply the ability to feel and share in the joy of others. If we can do this, we increase the opportunities to be joyful, rather than being caught in our own self-centered vacuum. Join Michelle Marks and myself as we engage in asana, meditation and deep relaxation, sensitizing ourselves to the joy that is available in our lives now, even now, just as they are.
You are welcome to join us for the 8 AM start by 7:55 AM or you may join us at 9:30 AM. If you arrive before 9:30, please wait silently outside till the door opens.
Due to space limitations, Pre-Registration and Pre-Payment are required. The $15.00 fee goes to rent and the Empty Mountain Retreat Scholarship Fund.
DANA for the teachers will be gratefully accepted at the Day of Mindfulness.