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

Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis

by David Loy

How can we respond urgently and effectively to the ecological crisis—and stay sane doing it?

This landmark work is simultaneously a manifesto, a blueprint, a call to action, and a deep comfort for troubling times. David R. Loy masterfully lays out the principles and perspectives of Ecodharma—a Buddhist response to our ecological predicament, introducing a new term for a new development of the Buddhist tradition.

This book emphasizes the three aspects of Ecodharma:
  • practicing in the natural world,
  • exploring the ecological implications of Buddhist teachings,
  • and embodying that understanding in the eco-activism that is needed today.

Within these pages, you’ll discover the powerful ways Buddhism can inspire us to heal the world we share. Offering a compelling framework and practical spiritual resources, Loy outlines the Ecosattva Path, a path of liberation and salvation for all beings and the world itself.

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Reading Schedule for Current Book

DATE PAGES
6/9/2021

Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis by David Loy - Determine Schedule

6/16

 Chapter 1 - Is Climate Change the Problem?

6/23 Chapter 2 - Is the Eco-Crisis Also a Buddhist Crisis?
6/30  Chapter 3 - What Are We Overlooking?
7/7 Chapter 4 - Is It the Same Problem?
7/14 Chapter 5 What If It's Too Late?
7/21  Chapter 6 - What Shall We Do?
7/28 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:

  • Wisdom Rising by Lama Tsultrim Allione
  • 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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