Wednesday Reading Group

The reading 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 is joining the group for late dinner and/or drinks at a local restaurant.

Currently Reading

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

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Reading Schedule for Current Book

1/6/2021 Start "Mindfulness and Intimacy" by Ben Connelly - Determine Schedule
"Mindfulness and Intimacy" - Chapters 1 - 3
"Mindfulness and Intimacy" - Chapters 4 - 6
"Mindfulness and Intimacy" - Chapters 7 - 9
 2/3"Mindfulness and Intimacy" - Chapters 10 - 12
 2/10"Mindfulness and Intimacy" - Chapters 13 - 15
 2/17"Mindfulness and Intimacy" - Chapters 16 - 18
 2/24"Mindfulness and Intimacy" - Chapters 19 - 21
 3/3 "Mindfulness and Intimacy" - Chapters 22 - 24
 3/10 "Mindfulness and Intimacy" - Chapters 25 - 27
 3/17 "Mindfulness and Intimacy" - Special Guest Ben Connelly! [Tentative]
 3/24 Start "The Heart Sutra" by Kazuaki Tanahashi


7:30         Meditation

8:30         Book Discussion

9:30         Community and Food/Drinks at a Local Restaurant

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:

  • The Heart Sutra by Kazuaki Tanahashi
  • Standing at the Edge by Joan Halifax
  • EcoDharma (Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis) by David Loy
  • Wisdom Rising by Lama Tsultrim Allione
  • Mindfulness of Breathing: A Practice Guide and Translations by Bikkhu Analayo
  • Training in Tenderness: Buddhist Teachings on Tsewa, the Radical Openness of Heart That Can Change the World by Dzigar Kongtrul
  • The First Free Women: Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns by Matty Weingast and Bhikkhuni Anandabodhi
  • Awakening the Heart: Essential Buddhist Teachings and Commentaries by Thich Nhat Hanh
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