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


Sanctuary: A Meditation on Home, Homelessness, and Belonging examines the interface between inner and outer sanctuary, and the ways they affect one another.

“Sanctuary” is the home we can return to when our lives are under threat, where we can face what's difficult to love, and have a place where we can truly say, “I am home”—and spiritual teachers often emphasize sanctuary’s inner dimensions, that “our true home” is within. “Homelessness,” in turn, can be viewed as a forced experience or one in which there is a spiritual void in being or feeling home.

Drawing from her life as a Zen Buddhist priest whose ancestors labored as slaves in Louisiana, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel explores the tension between oppression—based on race, religion, ability, class, orientation, gender, and other “ghosts of slavery”—and finding home within our own hearts. Through intimate personal stories and deep reflection, Manuel helps us see the moment when the unacknowledged surfaces as “the time we have been practicing for,” the epiphany when we can investigate the true source what has been troubling us. This insightful book about home and homelessness, sanctuary and refuge offers inspiration, encouragement, and a clear-eyed view of cultivating a spiritual path in challenging times.

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Reading Schedule for Current Book

DATE PAGES
 12/25 CLOSED for Christmas
 1/1/2020 CLOSED for New Years Day
1/8
Commence Reading Zenju Earthlyn Manuel - Sanctuary:  A Meditation on Home, Homelessness and Belonging
1/15 Sanctuary:  A Meditation on Home, Homelessness and Belonging Ch 2-3
1/22
Sanctuary:  A Meditation on Home, Homelessness and Belonging Ch 4-5
1/29
Sanctuary:  A Meditation on Home, Homelessness and Belonging Ch 6-7
2/5
Sanctuary:  A Meditation on Home, Homelessness and Belonging Ch 8 and Conclusion
2/12
Commence Reading Richard Hanson - Buddha's Brain


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:
  • 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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