Please join us for our next meeting of Dharma Readers on Sunday April 21st. We have a lot going on!
We have finished Thich Nhat Hanh's book "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy and Liberation." We will not actually be discussing a book, but will continue wtih the theme we left off on during the last meeting, Dependent Origination. We will have a podcast or other media presentation (to be determined) on the subject, with discussion afterward.
We're also having a potluck! Bring whatever you like to share. Please indicate on the dish if it has meat, as some members are vegetarians.
We need to choose our next Dharma Readers selection. The books you suggested are listed below. You can vote for one under the tab that says "More", click on "Polls", then click on "Which book would you like as our next Dharma Readers selection?" Or just click the link: http://www.meetup.com/DharmaReaders/polls/795662/
As always, new people are always welcome. We look forward to meeting you!
"No Self No Problem" by Anam Thubten
No Self, No Problem is about how to realize the ultimate meaning of life in each moment by dissolving all notions of ego identity. It asks that spiritual seekers wake up to their true nature, which is already enlightened. Based on the Buddhist wisdom tradition, this easy-to-read book discusses in simple but profound and inspiring language how we can live a life full of love, satisfaction, and happiness. Anam Thubten, an accomplished Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher, speaks with clarity, humor, and refreshing honesty as he shares his own spiritual journey. With profound knowledge and insight into the human condition, he illuminates the path to enlightenment for those willing to go to the heart of the matter.
"Fidelity; Creating a Loving Relationship that Lasts" by Thich Nhat Hanh
What does healthy intimacy look like? How we do we keep the energy and passion alive in long-term relationships? What practices can help us forgive our partner when he or she has hurt us? How can we get a new relationship off to a strong and stable start? What do we do if we feel restless in a relationship or attracted to someone outside of our partner? These are just some of the questions Zen master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh has been asked by practitioners and readers alike. Deeply moved by the suffering that can be caused by these issues, he offers concrete guidance in his first ever writings on intimacy and healthy sexuality.
Fidelity guides the reader to an understanding about how we can maintain our relationships; keep them fresh, and accepting and loving our partner for who they are. Fidelity gives concrete advice on how to stay attentive and nourishing of each other amidst the many responsibilities and pressures of daily life. Readers will learn how to foster open communication, dealing with anger and other strong emotions, learning to forgive, and practicing gratitude and appreciation.