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

"Racism is a heart disease," writes Ruth King, "and it's curable." Exploring a crucial topic seldom addressed in meditation instruction, this revered teacher takes to her pen to shine a compassionate, provocative, and practical light into a deeply neglected and world-changing domain profoundly relevant to all of us.

With Mindful of Race, Ruth King offers:

Tend first to our suffering, listen to what it is trying to teach us, and direct its energies most effectively for change.

Here, she invites us to explore ourselves as racial beings, the dynamics of oppression, and our role in racism

Drawing on her expertise as a meditation teacher and diversity consultant, King helps readers of all backgrounds examine with fresh eyes the complexity of racial identity and the dynamics of oppression. She offers guided instructions on how to work with our own role in the story of race and shows us how to cultivate a culture of care to come to a place of greater clarity and compassion.

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Reading Schedule for Current Book

Commence Reading Ruth King - "Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out"
5/29 "Mindful of Race" Chapters 1 - 4
6/5 "Mindful of Race" Chapters 5 - 8
6/12 "Mindful of Race" Chapters 9 - Section 2 Summary
"Mindful of Race" Chapters 11 - 12
"Mindful of Race" Chapters 13 - 14
"Mindful of Race" Chapters 15 - 16
"Mindful of Race" Chapters 17 - End
7/17 Commence Reading  Pema Chodron - "No Time to Lose"


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:
    • Pema Chodron - No Time to Lose
    • Walpole Rahula - What the Buddha Taught
    • Zenju Earthlyn Manuel - Sanctuary:  A meditation on Home, Homelessness and Belonging
    • Richard Hanson - Buddha's Brain
    • Thubten Chodron - Open Heart, Clear Mind: An Introduction to the Buddha's Teachings
    • Robert Thurman - Anger
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