The mission of Sky Island Zen is to offer a place for us to share the dharma and practice together in the Soto Zen tradition. Whether this is your first time to sit or you have practiced for years, we welcome everyone. You do not need to be a Zen student or even Buddhist. If you are new to zazen (sitting meditation), just do what others are doing and we will be happy to talk to you afterwards and answer any questions you may have. Or if you prefer, send an email in advance with any questions or to arrange for instructions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shozan Mary Koopman
Mary has been practicing Zen for 25+ years, studying with Everyday Zen founder Norman Fischer. In 2012, she began to prepare for priesthood and was ordained by Chris Fortin in June 2014. She has been an RN for 40 years, the last 20 mostly working in hospice. Once ordained and wishing to start a sangha here in Tucson in the Soto Zen lineage, she founded Sky Island Zen. Mary and Marie where introduced to one another by Norman as both are Everyday Zen students and livein Tucson. They now have studied together for many years and together they are work to create a place for practice in an open and welcoming way that supports the growth of each of us as well as the sangha, a provide a place for study with the focus on how to take the teachings into our lives and bring our lives into our practice.