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

We are finishing up Bankei Zen through Sept 6, which has been a great book! We will be moving on to The Way of Tenderness on September 13, which we expect will lead to some really interesting conversations.

Here's a little about the book:

“What does liberation mean when I have incarnated in a particular body, with a particular shape, color, and sex?”

In The Way of Tenderness, Zen priest Zenju Earthlyn Manuel brings Buddhist philosophies of emptiness and appearance to bear on race, sexuality, and gender, using wisdom forged through personal experience and practice to rethink problems of identity and privilege.

Manuel brings her own experiences as a lesbian black woman into conversation with Buddhism to square our ultimately empty nature with superficial perspectives of everyday life. Her hard-won insights reveal that dry wisdom alone is not sufficient to heal the wounds of the marginalized; an effective practice must embrace the tenderness found where conventional reality and emptiness intersect. Only warmth and compassion can cure hatred and heal the damage it wreaks within us.

This is a book that will teach us all.

Review or buy the book at Amazon

Reading Schedule for Current Book

8/30 Bankei Zen: Hogo (Instructions), From the Gyogo Ryakki, and Poems
9/6 Bankei Zen: Letters, "Words and Deeds", and Wrap Up
9/13  Overview of "The Way of Tenderness" and discussion of how we want to approach the reading.
9/20 Commence reading "The Way of Tenderness"
9/27 READING GROUP CANCELLED - Group Trip to Tara 4 to watch "Walk With Me"
10/4"The Way of Tenderness"
10/11"The Way of Tenderness"
10/18 "The Way of Tenderness" - Multiplicity in Oneness
 10/25"The Way of Tenderness" - Body as Nature
 11/1"The Way of Tenderness" - There Are No Monsters
 11/8 Review and Anticipate our New Book: "Listening to the Heart"


 7:15 pm   Open, setup 
 7:30   Meditation
 8:30   Book Discussion
 9:30   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 are:
  • Listening to the Heart: A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism - Kittisaro and Thanissara
  • Fear:  Essential wisdom for getting through the storm by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Complete Enlightenment Sutra: comments on the CE Sutra by Ch'an Master Sheng-yen
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