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

Awakening the Heart: Essential Buddhist Teachings and Commentaries by Thich Nhat Hanh

A comprehensive, single-volume collection of the Buddha’s key sutras, translated with contemporary commentary by an internationally known Zen master
An essential companion to Thich Nhat Hanh’s bestselling collection of meditation and mindfulness practices, 
Happiness, this book captures the heart of Buddhist wisdom and Thich Nhat Hanh’s unique talent to make the Buddha’s teachings accessible and applicable to our daily lives and times. This is a wonderful gift for anyone looking to deepen their practice and understanding of the teachings, as well as a unique resource to understand the fundamentals of Buddhism from its source.

With a new introduction and updated commentary, 
Awakening of the Heart contains the following sutras:

• Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra
• Diamond Sutra
• Sutra on Full Awareness of Breathing
• Sutra on The Four Establishments of Mindfulness
• Sutra on The Better Way to Catch A Snake
• Sutra on The Better Way to Live Alone
• Sutra on The Eight Realizations of The Great Beings
• Discourse on Happiness
• Teachings on the Middle Way

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Reading Schedule for Current Book

4/06/2022122 - 142
4/13/2022143 - 170
4/20/2022 171 - 215
4/27/2022216 - 258


259 - 282

5/18/2022 Start the Diamond Sutra p.317, read through "signlessness " p.350


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:

  • A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Ajahn Chah: Jack Kornfield/Peter Brieter
  • 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 Practitioners 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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