Sunday Book Discussion

book coverMost 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.

Current Book

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.

September 24 – Chapter 5, “Make Practice You Whole Life,” pages 63 – 80

October 8 – Chapter 6, “Assess and Extend,” pages 81 – 93

October 15 – Chapter 7, “The Discipline of Relationship,” pages 95 – 110

October 22 – Chapter 7, “The Discipline of Relationship,” pages 111 – 123

October 29 – “Living with Ease in a Crazy World,” pages 125 – 136

November 12 – “Living with Ease in a Crazy World,” pages 137 – 146