Book Discussion Group

Our book discussion group is a peer-moderated reading and discussion group. Discussions are informed by the reading material, but all are welcome and can benefit from and contribute meaningfully to the discussion without reading the material. No comments or directions of inquiry are "banned".

Meditation before discussion is open to all, but not required...as is having a slice of pizza with the group after the discussion at Fellini's in Candler Park.

Currently Reading


Throughout our lives we long to love ourselves more deeply and find a greater sense of connection with others. Our fear of intimacy—both with others and with ourselves—creates feelings of pain and longing. But these feelings can also awaken in us the desire for freedom and the willingness to take up the spiritual path. 

In this inspiring book, Sharon Salzberg, one of America's leading spiritual teachers, shows us how the Buddhist path of lovingkindness can help us discover the radiant, joyful heart within each of us. This practice of lovingkindness is revolutionary because it has the power to radically change our lives, helping us cultivate true happiness in ourselves and genuine compassion for others. The Buddha described the nature of such a spiritual path as "the liberation of the heart, which is love." The author draws on simple Buddhist teachings, wisdom stories from various traditions, guided meditation practices, and her own experience from twenty-five years of practice and teaching to illustrate how each one of us can cultivate love, compassion, joy, and equanimity—the four "heavenly abodes" of traditional Buddhism.



Reading Schedule for Current Book

DATE PAGES
5/24Overview of Book - we will be beginning the book, discussing the preface, structure, and our goals, and deciding how to approach our reading.
5/31To be determined
6/7To be determined
6/14To be determined
6/21To be determined
6/28To be determined
7/5To be determined
7/12To be determined

Schedule

 7:15 pm   Open, setup 
 7:30   Meditation
 8:30   Book Discussion
 9:30   Afters at a local restaurant


Upcoming Books

We regularly poll the group to determine the book selection. Selections range throughout the Buddhist Book spectrum. Upcoming books are:
  • Bankei Zen - Peter Haskell (previously we attributed to Yosheda Hakeda, but he was editor)
  • The Way of Tenderness:  Awakening through Race, Sexuality and Gender - Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
  • Listening to the Heart: A comtemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism - Kittisaro and Thanissara
  • Fear:  Essential wisdom for getting through the storm by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Complete Enlightenment Sutra: comments on the CE Sutra by Ch'an Master Sheng-yen
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