Wednesday Reading Group

Weekly on Zoom from 8:00PM to 9:30PM

with Gareth Young

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After 30 minutes of meditation to settle in, the reading group discussion begins at 8:30. The purpose of the discussion is making the dharma relevant to the ordinary lives of the participants, so the focus of conversation tends to be practical rather than intellectual. It is far more important to bring sincerity and openness to the discussion than to have read the book!

The discussions are open to all and will both benefit and benefit from seasoned practitioners, those new to Buddhisms, and those at all levels of experience in between. Feel free to join at any time during the meditation period or just for the discussion starting at 8:30PM.

Currently Reading

A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Ajahn Chah

Jack Kornfield/Peter Brieter

Achaan Chah spent many years walking and meditating in the forest monastery of Wat Ba Pong, engaging in the uncomplicated and disciplined Buddhist practice called dhudanga. A Still Forest Pool reflects the quiet, intensive, and joyous practice of the forest monks of Thailand. Achaan Chah's humble words, compiled by two Westerners who are former ordained monks, awaken the spirit of inquiry, wonderment, understanding, and deep inner peace.

Attachment, according to Achaan Chah, causes all suffering. Understanding the impermanent, insecure, and selfless nature of life is the message he offers for human happiness and realization. To vividly grasp the meaning of attachment leads us to a new place of practice - the path of balance, the Middle Path.

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Reading Schedule for Current Book

The schedule below is approximate and updated every few weeks. Please contact Gareth Young if you would like an update on where we currently are. And please feel free to join anytime, regardless of whether you have read (or even own!) a copy of the current book. You will likely find you are not the only attendee who is not up to date with the book.

DATE PAGES
July 6, 20222
Beginning a new book! A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Ajahn Chah: Jack Kornfield/Peter Brieter. Overview and deciding approach.
July 13, 2022

"A Still Forest Pool" - knitial section.

July 20, 2022

August 17, 2022

"A Still Forest Pool" cont.

Continue "A Still Forest Pool"  Start with p. 105 "Part V, Lessons in the forest"  We will read 20-30 pages.



Schedule

8:00 to 8:30         Meditation

8:30 to 9:30         Book Discussion

Upcoming Books

The group regularly engages in a democratic peer selection process to determine upcoming books. Selections range throughout the Buddhist Book spectrum. Upcoming (in the order we anticipate reading) are:

  • Black and Buddhist: Yetunde and Giles
  • Udana (Pali canon): Transl. Thanissaro
  • The Eight-Fold Path: Various women Zen teachers, Ed: Jikyo Cheryl Wolfer (Ch 1: Shodo Spring)
  • The Stories of the Lotus Sutra: Gene Reeves
  • World as Lover, World as Self: Joanna Macy
  • Berry Kerzin: Nagarjuna's Wisdom: A Practitioner's Guide to the Middle Way
  • One Dharma: Joseph Goldstein
  • Dhammapada: Transl. Gil Fronsdal
  • Karma: What it Is and Why it Matters: Traleg Kyabgon
  • With Each and Every Breath: Thanissaro
  • Receiving the Marrow:  Teachings on Dogen by Soto Zen Women Priests: Various women Zen teachers, Ed: Eido Frances Carney
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