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

Bhikkhu Analayo offers an inspiring biography of the Buddha from the viewpoint of his meditative development and practice, based on combining extracts from the early discourses with his own commentary.

The focus is on the Buddha as a meditator, so this is a life story offering inspiration and guidance for readers who are also meditators.

Bhikkhu Analayo covers the period up to the Buddha's awakening and from the awakening to the Buddha's final Nirvana. Following this, he explores recollections of the Buddha, a topic that in one way or another underlies all the chapters. Each of the twenty-four chapters concludes with suggestions for meditative practice or conduct.

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Reading Schedule for Current Book

Analayo: Meditator's Life of the Buddha - Preliminary Reflections and Decide Approach
 3/13 "Meditator's Life of the Buddha" Chapters 1 - 3
 3/20 "Meditator's Life of the Buddha" Chapters 4 - 6
 3/27 "Meditator's Life of the Buddha" Chapters 7 - 9
"Meditator's Life of the Buddha" Chapters 10 - 12
"Meditator's Life of the Buddha" Chapters 13 - 15
"Meditator's Life of the Buddha" Chapters 16 - 18
CLOSED - Therese Fitzgerald Retreat
5/1"Meditator's Life of the Buddha" Chapters 19 - 21
 5/15"Meditator's Life of the Buddha" Chapters 22 - end
Commence Reading Ruth King - "Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out"


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:
  • Ruth King - Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out
  • 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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