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

Currently Reading


Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine

by Lama Tsultrim Allione

Through her own story of loss and spiritual seeking, paired with mandala meditations and rituals, bestselling author of Feeding Your Demons Lama Tsultrium Allione teaches you how to embody the enlightened, fierce power of the sacred feminine—the tantric dakinis.

Ordained as one of the first Western Buddhist nuns and recognized as a reincarnation of a renowned eleventh century Tibetan yogini, Lama Tsultrim nonetheless yearned to become a mother, ultimately renouncing her vows so she could marry and have children. When she subsequently lost a child to SIDS, she found courage again in female Buddhist role models, and discovered a way to transform her pain into a path forward. Through Lama Tsultrim’s story of loss and spiritual seeking, paired with her many years of expertise in mandala meditation, you will learn how to strengthen yourself by following this experiential journey to Tantric Buddhist practice.

The mandala was developed as a tool for spiritual transformation, and as you harness its power, it can serve as a guide to wholeness. With knowledge of the mandala of the five dakinis (female Buddhist deities who embody wisdom), you’ll understand how to embrace the distinct energies of your own nature.

In Wisdom Rising, Lama Tsultrim shares from a deep trove of personal experiences as well as decades of sacred knowledge to invite you to explore an ancient yet accessible path to the ability to shift your emotional challenges into empowerment. Her unique perspective on female strength and enlightenment will guide you as you restore your inner spirit, leading you toward the change you aspire to create in the world..

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Reading Schedule for Current Book

DATE PAGES
8/11

Introduction and Part1

8/18

 Chapters 4 and 5 

8/25  Chapters 6 and 7
9/1   Chapters 8 and 9 
9/8  Chapters 10 and11
9/15  Chapters 12 and 13
9/22 Chapters 14, 15 and 16
9/29  Closing thoughts


Schedule

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:

  • 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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