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

The mind contains the seeds of its own awakening―seeds that we can cultivate to bring forth the fruits of a life lived consciously. With Mindfulness, Joseph Goldstein shares the wisdom of his four decades of teaching and practice in a book that will serve as a lifelong companion for anyone committed to mindful living and the realization of inner freedom. Goldstein’s source teaching is the Satipa??hana Sutta, the Buddha’s legendary discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness that became the basis for the many types of Vipassana (or insight meditation) found today. Exquisite in detail yet wholly accessible and relevant for the modern student, Mindfulness takes us through a profound study of:

• Mindfulness of body, including the breath, postures, activities, and physical characteristics
• Mindfulness of feelings―how the experience of our sense perceptions influences our inner and outer worlds
• Mindfulness of mind―learning to recognize skillful and unskillful states of mind and thought
• Mindfulness of dhammas (or categories of experience), including the Five Hindrances, the Six Sense Spheres, and the Seven Factors of Awakening

"There is a wealth of meaning and nuance in the experience of mindfulness that can enrich our lives in unimagined ways," writes Goldstein. In Mindfulness

you have the tools to mine these riches for yourself.


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Reading Schedule for Current Book

DATE PAGES
6/3
 Commence Reading "Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening" by Joseph Goldstein
6/10"Mindfulness" - Section I: The Four Qualities of Mind
6/17
"Mindfulness" - schedule to be determined by group
6/24"Mindfulness" - schedule to be determined by group
7/1"Mindfulness" - Chapters 11-12 (Feelings)
 7/8"Mindfulness" - Chapters 13-14 (Mind)
 7/15"Mindfulness" - schedule to be determined by group
 7/22"Mindfulness" - schedule to be determined by group
 7/29"Mindfulness" - schedule to be determined by group
 Thereafter"Mindfulness" - schedule to be determined by group


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: A Practical Guide to Awakening by Joseph Goldstein
  • Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger by Lama Rod Owens
  • Women of the Way by Sallie Tisdale
  • Mindfulness & Intimacy by Ben Connelly
  • The Heart Sutra by Kazuaki Tanahashi
  • Standing at the Edge by Joan Halifax
  • EcoDharma (Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis) by David Loy
  • 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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