Ben Connolly will be here this weekend! 2 events open to the public.

BOOK EVENT- Friday April 26th, 7:30 PM

Zen Desert Sangha 3226 N Martin Av

$10 suggested dana at the door


WORKSHOP-Saturday April 27th, 1-4 PM

Ada Pierce McCormick Building, Library

1401 E 1st St     $20 (suggested donation) Early arrival best for parking. Limited parking on site, but parking is free on the street and garages on Saturday.

Mindfulness and Intimacy, Ben Connolly’s latest book

Go beyond mere mindfulness—and deepen your connection to your self, the people in your life, and the world around you.

Mindfulness is an ancient and powerful practice of awareness and nonjudgmental discernment that can help us ground ourselves in the present moment, with the world and our lives just as they are. But there’s a risk: by focusing our attention on something (or someone), we might always see it as something other, as separate from ourselves. To close this distance, mindfulness has traditionally been paired with a focus on intimacy, community, and interdependence. In this book, Ben Connelly shows us how to bring these two practices together—bringing warm hearts to our clear seeing. Helpful meditations and exercises show how mindfulness and intimacy can together enrich our empathetic engagement with ourselves and the world around us—with our values, with the environment, and with the people in our lives, in all their distinct manifestations of race and religion, sexuality and gender, culture and class—and lead to a truly engaged, compassionate, and joy-filled life.

Bio  Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He also teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts including police and corporate training, correctional facilities, and addiction recovery and wellness groups. Ben is based at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center and travels to teach across the United States. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


“Zen teaches that ‘enlightenment is Intimacy with all things.’ Ben Connelly beautifully articulates that a worthwhile spiritual practice—a worthwhile journey through all our triumphs and travails; indeed, a worthwhile human life—is cultivating an intimacy with all things.”—Larry Yang, author of Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community

“Our true heart’s desire is connection: intimacy. Yet our minds and hearts are often focused on what separates us from other people and the rest of creation. In this clear and helpful book Zen teacher Ben Connelly presents twenty-seven aspects of our life that, through the practice of mindfulness, can become fertile fields for dissolving our sense of alienation and deepening our experience of interdependence and intimacy.”—Jan Chozen Bays, author of How to Train a Wild Elephant.




Saturday mornings 

We are now sitting at Little Chapel of all Nations at 8:15 am, on the U of A campus.  Door opens at 8AM.

1401 E 1st St, 8571 on the NE corner at Highland Av. Dedicated, free parking on site. Please text your license plate number to the provided number on signs.



Dharma book study group

Tues nights, starting again April 30th

5:30 door opens, 5:45 sit, 6:10 dharma book discussion. Join us anytime.

7500 N Calle Sin Envida, Brookdale Community Center, Activities Room


Sky Island Zen is in the lineage of  Everyday Zen, founded by Zoketsu Norman Fischer. We are in the Soto Zen lineage through San Francisco Zen Center and  back to Dogen Zenji. Our guiding teacher is Hoka Chris Fortin, founding priest is Shozan Mary Koopman,  and Head of Doan Ryo is Dai Marie Olson.

We meet regularly on Saturday mornings at 8:15 AM for zazen and service (gate opens at 8:00), and on Monday  evenings  at 5:45 for meditation and a dharma dialogue (door opens at 5:30). Click here for a full schedule and directions.


The mission of Sky Island Zen is to offer a place to practice together, whether you are a first time or long-term practitioner. We offer weekly meditations, service and a book study class. All are welcome.

Email us at or find us on Facebook here.

Mailing address:

2561 W Ruthann Dr., Tucson, AZ 85713.

We are a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization