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

This practical introduction to Buddhism focuses on the application of Buddhist psychology to modern life.

Thubten Chodron, an American Buddhist nun, presents the basic points of this path for understanding ourselves and improving the quality of our lives.

In a straightforward style and with warmth and humor, Chodron gives us the fundamental points of the Buddha's teaching on transforming habitual attitudes and realizing our full human potential.


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Reading Schedule for Current Book

DATE PAGES
3/18
Commence Reading Thubten Chodron - Open Heart, Clear Mind: An Introduction to the Buddha's Teachings
 3/25 "Open Heart, Clear Mind": Introduction through II.4. Managing Anger
4/1
 "Open Heart, Clear Mind": II.5. Closed Mindedness through II.9 The Culprit
 4/8 "Open Heart, Clear Mind": Section III Our Current Situation
 4/15 "Open Heart, Clear Mind": Section IV Our Potential for Growth
 4/22 "Open Heart, Clear Mind": V.1. The Four Noble Truths through V.4. Nutritional Altruism
 4/29  "Open Heart, Clear Mind": V.5. Wisdom Realizing Reality through V.7. Taking Refuge
5/6
 "Open Heart, Clear Mind": Section VI. History and Traditions
5/13
  "Open Heart, Clear Mind": Section VII. Compassion in Action through end (plus recap)
5/20
 Commence Reading Robert Thurman - Anger


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:
  • Robert Thurman - Anger
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