We will have our normal practice, which includes meditation, recitation of the precepts, and chanting. We will also have a dharma talk on, and a discussion of, the book The Heart of the Buddha's Teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh. This is the second of the three practices in which we'll be studying this book.
A description of Heart of the Buddha's Teachings says this:
In The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, ... Thich Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddha’s teachings are accessible and applicable to our daily lives. With poetry and clarity, Nhat Hanh imparts comforting wisdom about the nature of suffering and its role in creating compassion, love, and joy – all qualities of enlightenment. Covering such significant teachings as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Three Doors of Liberation, the Three Dharma Seals, and the Seven Factors of Awakening, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching is a radiant beacon on Buddhist thought for the initiated and uninitiated alike.
We will cover this book over three practices. The dates, chapters and subjects we'll cover are:
11/9/2019 Part 1 (The Four Noble Truths)
11/16/2019 Part 2 (The Noble Eightfold Path)
12/7/2019 Parts 3 & 4 (Other basic Buddhist teachings & discourses)