Regularly Scheduled Services
Each Sunday we offer important teachings from current and past spiritual teachers in the Buddhist tradition. When we do not have a visiting instructor, we read articles, listen to CD’s and watch videos that inspire us in all aspects of our spiritual practice. During the week, we offer silent meditation. Come join us!
There will be a sangha member present to unlock the center before the meditation period begins. The meditation periods will be timed, and the bell will be rung three times at the beginning and once at the end. You may come late or leave early as needed for any sitting. Just enter and leave quietly, please.
Tubac Meditation Center Schedule
5:00–5:30 pm – Newcomer and Visitor Orientation
5:30–6:15 pm – Meditation
Wednesday: 7:00-8:00 am – Meditation
Friday: 5:30–6:15 pm – Meditation
The Sunday Morning Schedule includes:
8:30-8:45 am – Sutra Recitation
8:45-9:20 am – Silent Meditation
9:20-9:50 am – Group Study and Discussion
9:50-10:00 am – Closing Meditation
Tubac Buddhist Meditation Center Etiquette
We are providing these etiquette guidelines for our community members who are new to Buddhism and would like to know the appropriate behavior when visiting the Center. Buddhist Centers have certain social conventions and a body language meant to convey a sense of composure, grace, and respect that help to support the spiritual practice. As well as promoting harmony and grace within the community, the forms of etiquette we use are also a means of training ourselves in mindfulness, loving-kindness, and awareness in everyday social interactions with others.
Punctuality shows respect. When late arrival is unavoidable, however, please enter the Meditation Hall slowly and quietly. Also please be aware of closing the outer door quietly.
2. Noble Silence
Noble Silence begins upon arrival at the Center’s outside entrance, and continues in the Meditation Hall. Some practitioners may wish to avoid eye contact as well. This instructs the mind to soften and quiet itself and reminds us that we are in a place of quiet self-reflection. We request that you refrain from conversation, because it helps reduce the mind’s day-to-day thinking and activity and is essential for meditation. We request that post-meditation socializing be done outside the building. We ask that you leave your cell phones at home or in your car, or if you must have them with you, please make sure that they are turned off or on vibrate only.
3. Removing Shoes
Shoes should be removed and placed on the shoe rack before entering the Meditation Hall. This symbolic act shows respect, but more importantly allows us to actively remove ourselves from the everyday world. By doing so, we are honoring our own potential to achieve a state of equanimity for the benefit of all sentient beings.
4. Perfumes and Colognes
Please refrain from wearing perfumes or colognes as some people are allergic or sensitive to fragrances.
5. Standing during meditation to relieve discomfort is acceptable.
If there are special needs of any kind, please let someone know. Noble Silence can be interrupted by tapping the Sit Leader (or another Sangha member) on the shoulder and stepping outside with them to speak quietly. In colder months it can be helpful to bring socks or slippers.
6. Do not worry, however, about making a mistake and offending anyone.
This center is open to everyone and we want you to be comfortable. Please come with a respectful attitude and you are always welcome.
7. Supporting the Center.
Dana means generosity in the Pali language (one similar to the language spoken by the Buddha.) The Tubac Buddhist Meditation Center is entirely supported through voluntary contributions. A Dana Bowl is placed on the stand in the outer room to the right as you enter the Meditation Room. 100% of all contributions are used for the rent, utilities, and other expenses of running the Center.