This is a non-denominational book club, but mostly draw on books that could be called "Modern Buddhism". Just like any other book club, we are reading down a list of books on the topic of Buddhism and we discuss them at restaurants and cafe's near Takoma Park.

How Much to Read

For a discussion that everyone can enjoy, attendees are required to read at least half the book or the corresponding historical text if available.

You don't need to be self identifying Buddhist to participate and the organizer will not pressure you to "join the club." If you would like to mention your favorite local buddhist group, you still must read the book to attend. All community announcements will be held to the end of the meetup. *Proselytizing, even if you are being nice about it, is off topic.*

Upcoming Book List (as of Nov-2013)

* (see calendar)

Already Read (general type of Buddhism in [brackets]

1 Thich Nhat Han - Making Space  [Vietnamese Zen]
2 Buddha Standard Time - Surya Das [Vajrayana]
3 The Buddha's Brain [Secular Buddhism]
4 Bringing Home the Dharma, Kornfield [Theravada/Mindfulness]
5 Mindfulness in Plain English - Gunaratana [Theravada/Mindfulness] 
6 Dharma Punx, Levine -[Punk rock Zen]
7 Mindful Eating, Jan Chozen Bays - [mindfulness movement]
8 The Spirt of the Buddha, Batchlor [Korean Zen]
9 A Mindful Nation, Congressman Tim Ryan [Secular Mindfulness]
10 Star Spangled Buddha, Jeff Ourvan [SGI/Vajrajana/Zen]
11 The Great Compassion, Phelps [multi-denomination]
12 Not About Being Good, Subhadramati [Triratna]
13 Foundations of Buddhism, Gethin [Academic Buddhism]
14 Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist, Batchelor [Secular Buddhism]
15 Essential Chan, Guo [Chinese Zen]
16 Let Go, Batchelor [Korean Zen]
17 When Things Fall Apart, Chodran [Shambhala]
18 Running with the Mind of Meditation, Mipham [Shambhala]
19 Sit Down and Shut Up, Warner [Punk Rock Zen]
20 "Basic Buddhist Teachings" Wallis- [Academic/Secular Buddhism]
21 Buddhist Scriptures, Lopez- [Original text+ academic commentary]
22 "River of Fire, River of Water" Unno- [Shin/Pure Land]
23 Waking the Buddha, Strand [SGI/Nichiren]
24 3 Bowls, Farrey [Zen]
25 The Buddha Walks into the Office, Rinzler [Shambhala]

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