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

“Written in words so intimate, calm, kind, and immediate, this extraordinary book feels like a message from our very own heart….Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most important voices of our time, and we have never needed to listen to him more than now.”
—Sogyal Rinpoche

Fear is destructive, a pervasive problem we all face. Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet, scholar,  peace activist, and one of the foremost spiritual leaders in the world—a gifted teacher who was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr.—Thich Nhat Hanh has written a powerful and practical strategic guide to overcoming our debilitating uncertainties and personal terrors. The New York Times said Hanh, “ranks second only to the Dalai Lama” as the Buddhist leader with the most influence in the West. In Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting through the Storm, Hanh explores the origins of our fears, illuminating a path to finding peace and freedom from anxiety and offering powerful tools to help us eradicate it from our lives
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Reading Schedule for Current Book

Listening to the Heart: A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism - Kittisaro and Thanissara
4/4 Review and Anticipate our New Book: "Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm"
4/11 "Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm" through page 28
4/18 "Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm" through page 70
 4/25 CLOSED for Therese Fitzgerald Retreat
5/2"Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm" through page 114
5/9 "Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm" through page 164
"Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm" week 6 (if needed!)







Open, setup


Book Discussion

Afters at a Local Restaurant

Upcoming Books

We regularly poll the group to determine the book selection. Selections range throughout the Buddhist Book spectrum. Upcoming books (in the order we anticipate reading them) are:
  • "Unlearning the Basics" by Rishi Sativahari
  • "The Heart of the Universe: A Commentary on the Heart Sutra" by Mu Soeng
  • "Buddha's Life and Message Through Feminine Eyes" by Thanissara
  • "Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection" by Sharon Saltzberg
  • "The Buddha's Teachings on Prosperity: At Home, At Work, In The World" by Bhikku Basnagoda Rahula
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