Wednesday Reading Group

  • 25 Jan 2023
  • 23 Apr 2025
  • 117 sessions
  • 25 Jan 2023, 8:00 PM 9:30 PM (EST)
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  • Zoom

Wednesday Reading Group

(Zoom Only)

The Reading Group has been meeting for well over a decade and continues to bring forward and discuss books expressing an extremely wide range of Buddhist views and interests (intentionally texts representing diverse traditions, races, gender orientations, etc). The conversation is about making the dharma real in our lives. We meet on our regular Zoom link (click here) at 8:00 on Wednesday evenings and sit together for 30 minutes, after which our book discussion runs for an hour from 8:30 to 9:30.

Many join the group at 8:30 after the sitting period, and it is common for attendees to not have read (and even not to own!) the book we're reading, so please don't let this be a barrier to your own attendance. The book serves as a point of departure...and if the conversation interests you in the text, you can buy it and start to catch up before the next week's conversation.

The discussion is facilitated by one of the regular senior attendees, often Gareth, to help keep the conversation smooth and ensure that all are included and heard as they wish.

Currently Reading

The Dhammapada is the most widely read Buddhist scripture in existence, enjoyed by both Buddhists and non-Buddhists. This classic text of teaching verses from the earliest period of Buddhism in India conveys the philosophical and practical foundations of the Buddhist tradition. The text presents two distinct goals for leading a spiritual life: the first is attaining happiness in this life (or in future lives); the second goal is the achievement of spiritual liberation, freedom, absolute peace. Many of the key themes of the verses are presented in dichotomies or pairs, that describe the difference between what leads to desirable outcomes and what does not.

(Note: A new "Second Edition" of this book was published in October 2023. While there are some differences between the two, the introduction, etc, are substantially unchanged, and the two texts are very similar. You can happily work with either version. The translation choices that result in differences are among the elements we are discussing.)

 Dates

Topic/Material

 Feb 28th  Dhammapada Ch. 22-23
 Mar 6th  Dhammapada Ch. 24-25
 Mar 13th  Dhammapada Ch. 26 and recap
 Mar 20th  Karma: Traleg Kyabgon - initial discussion
 Mar 27th  Karma - schedule determined on Mar 20th

Future Books

The group periodically undertakes a selection process of identifying future books of interest and submitting for a group vote to identify those of broad interest. Books currently selected and to be read and discussed by the group, in upcoming order, are:

  • With Each and Every Breath: Thanissaro
  • Receiving the Marrow: Teachings on Dogen by Soto Zen Women Priests: Various women Zen teachers, Ed: Eido Frances Carney
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