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

This indispensable volume is a lucid and faithful account of the Buddha’s teachings. “For years,” says the Journal of the Buddhist Society, “the newcomer to Buddhism has lacked a simple and reliable introduction to the complexities of the subject. Dr. Rahula’s What the Buddha Taught fills the need as only could be done by one having a firm grasp of the vast material to be sifted. It is a model of what a book should be that is addressed first of all to ‘the educated and intelligent reader.’ Authoritative and clear, logical and sober, this study is as comprehensive as it is masterly.”
This edition contains a selection of illustrative texts from the Suttas and the Dhammapada (specially translated by the author), sixteen illustrations, and a bibliography, glossary, and index.
“[Rahula’s] succinct, clear overview of Buddhist concepts has never been surpassed. It is the standard.” —Library Journal

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Reading Schedule for Current Book

 Commence Reading Walpole Rahula - What the Buddha Taught
10/30 "What the Buddha Taught" - Chapter I
"What the Buddha Taught" - Chapter II
"What the Buddha Taught" - Chapter III
"What the Buddha Taught" - Chapter IV
"What the Buddha Taught" - Chapter V
"What the Buddha Taught" - Chapter VI
"What the Buddha Taught" - Chapter VII
 12/18"What the Buddha Taught" - Chapter VIII
CLOSED for Christmas
 1/1/2020CLOSED for New Years Day
 1/8 Commence Reading Zenju Earthlyn Manuel - Sanctuary:  A Meditation on Home, Homelessness and Belonging


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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