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

Black & Buddhist

Edited by Pamela Ayo Yetunde and Cheryl A. Giles

What does it mean to be Black and Buddhist? In this powerful collection of writings, African American teachers from all the major Buddhist traditions tell their stories of how race and Buddhist practice have intersected in their lives. The resulting explorations display not only the promise of Buddhist teachings to empower those facing racial discrimination but also the way that Black Buddhist voices are enriching the Dharma for all practitioners. As the first anthology comprised solely of writings by African-descended Buddhist practitioners, this book is an important contribution to the development of the Dharma in the West.

Leading African American Buddhist teachers offer lessons on racism, resilience, spiritual freedom, and the possibility of a truly representative American Buddhism. With contributions by Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, Cheryl A. Giles, Gyōzan Royce Andrew Johnson, Ruth King, Kamilah Majied, Lama Rod Owens, Lama Dawa Tarchin Phillips, Sebene Selassie, and Pamela Ayo Yetunde.

This book is a Gold Nautilus Book Award Winner

Buy the Book on Amazon

Reading Schedule for Current Book

The schedule below is approximate and updated every few weeks. Please contact Gareth Young if you would like an update on where we currently are. And please feel free to join anytime, regardless of whether you have read (or even own!) a copy of the current book. You will likely find you are not the only attendee who is not up to date with the book.


October 26, 2022

November 2, 2022

November 9, 2022

Chapter 6: From Butcher to Zen Priest

Chapter 7: On Being Lailah's Daughter

Chapter 8-9: Wholeness is No Trifling Matter and Conclusion

November 16, 2022

Discussion with "Black and Buddhist" co-editor, Pamela Ayo Yetunde

 November 23, 2022
Thanksgiving Break
 November 30, 2022
Begin reading "Udana" (Pali canon): Transl. Thanissaro


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:

  • 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 Practitioner's 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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