Most Sundays following meditation and chant service (except the first Sunday of the month), we enjoy tea and refreshments and informal dialog on a Buddhist teaching. The text is a springboard for exploring our living practice. You do not have to have read the book to participate, but it helps! Selections may be read aloud to bring everyone on to the same page before discussion. All are welcome.
Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong, by Norman Fischer, offers a unique cross-ferilization of a contemporary American Zen priest and poet on an ancient Tibetan practice. “Mind-training,” called “lojong” in Tibetan, centers on a collection of short, pithy slogans that evoke Buddhist insight and cultivate compassion by challenging our self-centered habits. Fischer provides commentary informed by his forty years as a Zen priest and his own practice of lojong.
July 23 – Introduction and Chapter 1, “Resolve to Begin”
July 30 – Chapter 2, “Train in Empathy and Compassion: Part 1: Absolute Compassion,” pages 9 – 16
August 13 – Chapter 2, “Train in Empathy and Compassion: Part 1: Absolute Compassion,” pages 17 – 27
August 20 – Chapter 3, “Train in Empathy and Compassion: Part 2: Relative Compassion,” pages 29 – 39