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

Currently Reading

Over the years, Pema Chödrön's books have offered readers an exciting new way of living: developing fearlessness, generosity, and compassion in all aspects of their lives. In No Time to Lose Pema invites readers to venture further along the path of the "bodhisattva warrior," explaining in depth how we can awaken the softness of our hearts and develop true confidence amid the challenges of daily living.

Pema reveals the traditional Buddhist teachings that guide her own life: those of The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara), a text written by the eighth-century sage Shantideva. This treasured Buddhist work is remarkably relevant for our times, describing the steps we can take to cultivate courage, caring, and joy—the keys to healing ourselves and our troubled world. Pema offers us a highly practical and engaging commentary on this essential text, explaining how its profound teachings can be applied to our daily lives.

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Reading Schedule for Current Book

Commence Reading  Pema Chodron - "No Time to Lose" - Determine Schedule
7/24 "No Time to Lose" - Developing a Clear Intention
"No Time to Lose" - Preparing the Ground
8/7 "No Time to Lose" - Transcending Hesitation
"No Time to Lose" - Using Our Intelligence
"No Time to Lose" - The Three Disciplines
"No Time to Lose" - Working With Anger
"No Time to Lose" - Specific Situations for Practicing Patience
 9/11"No Time to Lose" - Enthusiasm
CLOSED for NAACP Remembrance and Reconciliation Interfaith Service
 9/25"No Time to Lose" - Heartbreak with Samsara
 10/2"No Time to Lose" - Dissolving the Barriers
"No Time to Lose" - Dedication
 10/16 Commence Reading Walpole Rahula - What the Buddha Taught


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:
    • Walpole Rahula - What the Buddha Taught
    • Zenju Earthlyn Manuel - Sanctuary:  A meditation on Home, Homelessness and Belonging
    • Richard Hanson - Buddha's Brain
    • Thubten Chodron - Open Heart, Clear Mind: An Introduction to the Buddha's Teachings
    • Robert Thurman - Anger
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