A friendly, open-ended discussion group centered on a chosen text for study and reflection. Everyone is welcome. Our goals are simply to maintain a supportive conversation, exchange thoughts and share insights, and to explore and gain a deeper understanding of the Buddhist tradition.
The texts we will use can be found online and will be linked here and posted in discussion forum. That way members will be able to read and/or print them out before our meeting, allowing us to prepare thoughts, questions, etc., for a deeper discussion. Prior reading, however, is not necessary; everyone is welcome regardless.
For this month we will continue what he had planned to discuss the previous month, the Platform Sutra of Hui-neng. Since going over the entire text is not tenable, chapter 6 'On Repentance' seems as good a selection as any to discuss. The Platform Sutra is a classic work in Chinese Zen; there are many translations available. I will be using Thomas Cleary's version; unfortunately I can't find it available to read online. But here in the links below are a couple translations of the sixth chapter. Feel free to find others.