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Satchitananda: Philosophy and Spiritual Book Talk and Lunch Potluck: Part 2

  • Sep 20, 2009 · 12:00 PM

Second Event: This will be the second book talk, but I will reiterate the first: I have been having some great philosophical and spiritual conversations with people about the books that they have been reading and felt it would be a good idea to host a philosophy/spiritual book talk. Having spent much of my now completed post-graduate work in education on spiritual leadership, I miss this type of meaningful conversation that is truly meant for everyone.
It is especially nice to have some cross-gender conversation as my experiences have shown that we learn from each other from various vantage points (age, gender, experience, etc.). This event would look something like this (please read all of the details before signing up. As well, the first tenant of being enlightened spiritually is to commit word to action--rsvp). 1. Please bring one book with an "excerpt" from it that is of interest for you to discuss (15 minutes). Indicate this book in advance in your rsvp, so that anyone else reading it might bring it along as a reference. We will not be doing a full book talk on any one piece as this is more to be a smorgasborg of book references of interest to you. For example, I am going to excerpt Chondron's book (2001) The Places That Scare You, in this second book talk and reference the specific section on Four Limitless Qualities in Buddhist practice. It is very rich and profound read that I will overview very quickly before digging into one section of it. If you are new to this type of reading, please come along and be a listener, and your input will be welcomed in the discussion. Please let me re-iterate that this is not an opportunity to espouse the merit of one religion, philosophy, spiritual viewpoint over another, or to convert people into a belief system. Rather, it is an opportunity to share intellectual responses to the literature of some great philosophical avatars of the ages. 2. Bring one lunch dish to share (enough for a handful of people). There is no need for you to bring food to feed the full group, as a few dishes meant for a few will feed the full group. I'll provide the utensils, table ware, and punch. 3. Depending on the size of the group, we will start out as a full group, and perhaps break into smaller groups to discuss the literature, but will see what will happen. Again, it would be nice to have a mix of people, so I will close the attendance when I see some balance of age and gender. I don't want to mandate a mix, but will feel this out as registration occurs. 4. I'll send out the address the day before the event to those who have committed to attending. It will be a home location so that it is quiet and is able to facilitate this type of conversation. I would ask that people stay to hear everyone share, as we need as many listeners as we do speakers, and would anticipate that this will take approximately 2 to 2.5 hours. I feel confident that this second event will draw us into some interesting conversation that we don't always have time for in our work and personal lives. Welcome.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed listening to everyone's views and was enlighten by the sharing of books I never heard of.

    September 21, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    A very friendly environment to confess your beliefs about the philosophy of existence.

    September 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    very well organized, great conversation with diverse group of people. Exactly what I was hoping for!!! Can't wait for the next one.!!! Thanks Shelly.

    September 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great experience, and thanks for being so open in your discussions. It takes great courage to admit opinions, and weakness, as well as strength.

    September 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was so courageous of the group who participated to speak so openly and authentically about their books and their own experiences in relation to the books. I was so impressed by the group's generosity of expression and conversation. Thanks for coming. I enjoyed this very much. I'll host another one in November or December at my home. In the meantime, Phil has indicated that he will host a couple somewhere, and I may attend should I be able to in between trips.

    September 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    great group of people and a great hostess.. thanks Shelly.
    I learned alot

    September 20, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cell reference 620 4537. I won't be on the computer past tonight. See you soon.

    September 18, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please let us know your book and potluck item. Thanks.
    SR

    September 18, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone. I have now forwarded the address, and look forward to seeing you all.

    September 18, 2009

  • Brian

    I almost forgot about this: Living in Process by Anne Wilson Schaef with some tandori wings!

    September 18, 2009

  • Phil S.

    My book will be a spiritual Hindu book and my dish will be rice.

    September 18, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please indicate the book and food item that you will share. Thanks! As well, I'll post the address the day before.

    July 27, 2009

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