UA Center for Buddhist Studies Spring 2023 lecture series starts on January 30

[Spring 2023] Center for Buddhist Studies Lecture Series “See schedule below. Please subscribe to our email list or social media for more information and updates. To receive a link to the webinar, please sign up for our email list here: If you are already on our list of “Lectures and Academic Research,” you will receive the link soon.

Jan. 30 (Monday)John Johnston, Independent Scholar Topic: Manpukuji – Views from Inside the Main Temple of the Obaku School of Zen

Feb. 13 (Monday)Robert Sharf, UC Berkeley Topic: Thinking Through Zen Kōans

Feb. 14 (Tuesday)Elizabeth Sharf, Independent Scholar Topic: How to Read Ingen’s Portraits

Feb. 21 (Tuesday)Paul Berry, Details TBA

March 13 (Monday)Marcus Bingenheimer, Temple University Topic: A network perspective on the two stages of the late Ming revival of Chinese Buddhism

March 27 (Monday)Harald Conrad, University of Sheffield Topic: A Collector’s Reflection on the Appreciation, Understanding and Authentication of Ōbaku Zen Calligraphy

April, TBA Chia-lin Pao Tao, University of Arizona Topic: Teaching Buddhism through Calligraphy: Three Masters

Sponsored by Wanfu Temple in Fuqing, Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou, Pu Yin Education Center, and”

To check schedule and location for each lecture, go to:
(2) Center for Buddhist Studies | Tucson AZ | Facebook

The Spirit of Haiku workshop at Yume Japanese Gardens on January 29, 2023

  • Sunday, January 29, 2023
  • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson (map)

“Haiku is the definition of brevity. Elegant due to its compactness of expression, its typically unrhymed versus only take up a few lines and a handful of syllables. As you can imagine, every single word counts. Revolving around seasonal topics and nature but often holding double meanings, these poems are a pleasure not only to read and understand, but also to try your hand at writing.

Our haiku writing walk is a time to observe, reflect on, and collect perceptions and
images both of nature and life which are used in the appreciation and creation of
haiku, the iconic Japanese short poem.

Led by award-winning haiku poet Yukihiro Ibuki and Yume Cultural Director
Paul Amiel, this two-hour workshop will discuss the history, form, and aesthetics of haiku, followed by time in the Gardens to gather personal images and impressions (along with gentle Japanese music) which we will share afterwards in an informal time together.”

Sunday, January 29 at 1pm.
$20/ $10 Members

Space is limited. Please reserve your spot!

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Shakuhachi workshop & concert at San Pedro Chapel on January 21 by Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos

” Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos is a teacher, performer, and maker of the shakuhachi based out of the Sunshine Coast of BC, Canada. Born and trained in Japan in the classical zen shakuhachi tradition. Alcvin is a genre-bridging artist who is also a composer and multi-instrumentalist (shamisen, shinobue, shinkin). Alcvin is also a recording artist with several CDs of traditional and contemporary music to his name. He has performed nationally and internationally, and has shared the stage with many distinguished musicians and artists of various disciplines including dance, theatre, painting, poetry, sculpture, and fashion. Alcvin lives on the Sunshine Coast of BC where he teaches and makes precision jinashi shakuhachi flutes, and leads the Shakuhachi Roots Pilgrimage to Japan every few years. Alcvin also creates unique, hand-made shakuhachi-inspired jewellery made from bamboo roots which he harvests from Japan and the Sunshine Coast of Canada. 
Shakuhachi Solo Concert 
In the historical intimate San Pedro Chapel, on the outskirts of Tucson, Alcvin will guide you in a sonic journey with the mysterious tone colours meditative sound of the shakuhachi Japanese bamboo flute. Silence and sound weave together with to create visceral and transcendent melodic structures for the inner mind to express spirit. Alcvin is a master player and maker of this revered flute and will be offering a solo performance of traditional and original shakuhachi sonic sutras based on the Shakuhachi Roots Pilgrimages to Japan.
CDs, flutes, and Alcvin’s unique Sunroot Bamboo and Crystal pendants will be for sale as well. 
Doors: 6:30 Start: 7:00 Tickets: $25 in advance $30 at the door 
(PayPal at:


Fundamental Shakuhachi Geometrics Workshop 
This workshop will focus on a meditative approach to blowing and the application of various geometric forms and patterns that make up the basic sonic structures in the practice of shakuhachi flute playing. Alcvin will guide you through various exercises that will help you enjoy the process of improving your shakuhachi practice. Alcvin will be handing out PDFs of the workshop for future reference. What to bring: 
Please bring your shakuhachi and a full bottle of water. 
Date: Saturday, Jan. 21 Start: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Tickets: $100 in advance (PayPal at:”

Alcvin Ryūzen Ramos
          Bamboo-In Shakuhachi & Related Arts

TaikoMIND workshops at Rhythm Industry Performance Factory on Jan 19 and 22

TaikoMIND Workshop

“TaikoMIND is a great alternative for people who can’t commit to a series of AART classes, but want to try taiko drumming.  TaikoMIND is a 90-minute workshop that provides hands-on, playful, energetic fun.  Participants walk away with the experience of playing taiko drums,  bringing mindfulness to everyday activities, and the thrill of being part of an ensemble.   There’s nothing quiet about this mindful experience!The suggested sliding scale is $15-$25…but open to any contribution that feels right and is not prohibitive.  All are welcome!There is a minimum required number of participants, so please register via email with”

Upcoming TaikoMIND Workshop dates: January 19, 1:00-2:30 pm  (register by 1/16) and January 22, 2:00-3:30 pm  (register by 1/22)

Workshops are at Odaiko Sonora’s home, Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 S Tyndall Ave. (north of E. 22nd St.) in Tucson

Curious Conversation about taiko at Fox Tucson Theatre on January 24

Tuesday, January 24 at 1:00pm “Learn about this powerful form of performance
art and how it has carved out a home in the Sonoran Desert for the past two
The conversation will happen at the theatre and on Zoom, with someone who has
consistently been at the heart of Taiko in Tucson.  
Fox Theatre is at 17 W. Congress St., Tucson

Anyone who has seen a Taiko performance knows what a powerful, visceral
experience it is.  It is for good reason that this form of Japanese ensemble
drumming has become popular across the world, even carving out a home for
itself in Southern Arizona for the past two decades!  Taiko groups have played
on the Fox Theatre’s stage for years now, including the upcoming performance
by hugely influential San Jose Taiko on  February 2, 2023.  Join us at the Fox
or on Zoom for a fascinating conversation about Taiko and how it came to Arizona,
with someone who has consistently been at the heart of Taiko in Tucson. 
Please register above.

Karen Falkenstrom is co-founder and Director of Odaiko Sonora. She has
studied with numerous taiko masters, including Fox artists Shidara and San Jose
Taiko. Karen is a member of Jodaiko and the North American Kasuga Onigumi 
international groups. A 37-year veteran of nonprofit arts, Karen’s honors include
YWCA Woman on the Move (2008), Pan Asian Community Alliance Woman of
the Year, the prestigious Arizona Arts Award (2009), Tucson Pima Arts and
Business “Lumie,” (2014), and a 2015 ACA Artist Research & Development Grant.
Karen is Odaiko Sonora’s lead drum builder, honored this year through a 
Southwest Folklife Alliance Master/Apprentice Fellowship.”
This event will be both in person and on Zoom