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Book Discussion Group: "Nothing Special" by Charlotte Joko Beck

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  • Atlanta Soto Zen Center

    1167 Zonolite Place Northeast, Atlanta, GA (map)

    33.805069 -84.341400

  • Look for the sign that says 'Atlanta Soto Zen Center'

  • Please join us for a 25 minute period of meditation followed by an informal discussion until 9:00 pm. Starting October 10th we began discussing the Zen book "Nothing Special" by Charlotte Joko Beck. 

    We are going to read and discuss roughly about one or two chapters per week.  It would be preferable to read the chapters early in the week before the discussion.  This will allow time to observe how the weekly reading influences your life and practice, which is primarily what we will be discussing.   

    The only prerequisite for this discussion group is that you have attended at least one of our 'Introduction to Zen' classes on Wednesday evenings or have some basic understanding of Zen.

    Chapters

    Oct. 10, 2016 p. 3-10 Whirlpool and Stagnant Waters

    Oct. 17, 2016 p. 10-17 The Cocoon of Pain

    Oct. 24, 2016 p. 17-24 Sysyphus and the Burden of Life

    Oct. 31, 2016 p. 24-31 Respondning to Pressure

    Nov. 7, 2016 p. 31-45 The Baseboard, Sacrafice and Victims

    Nov. 14th p. 45-57 The Promise that is Never Kept, Justice

    Nov. 21st p. 57-67 The Talk That Nobody Wants to Hear

    Nov. 28th p. 67-71 The Eye of the Hurricane

    Dec. 5 p. 75-84 Can Anything Hurt Us?

    Dec. 12th p. 84-93 The Subject-Object Problem

    Dec. 19th p. 93-103 Integration, The Tomato Fighters

    Dec. 20th~Jan 1st Holiday Break (no book club)

    Jan. 2nd, 2017 p. [masked] Do Not Judge

    Jan. 9th, 2017 p. [masked] Preparing the Ground, Experiences and Experiencing

    Jan. 16th p. [masked] (MLK Jr Day), Icy Couch

    Jan. 23rd, 2017 p. [masked] Melting Ice Cubes

    Jan. 30th, 2017 p. [masked] The Paradox of Awareness

    Feb. 6th, 2017 p. [masked] Coming to Our Senses

    Feb. 13th, 2017 p. [masked] Attention Means Attention, False Generalization

    Feb. 20th, 2017 p. [masked] Listening to the Body, The Six Stages of Practice

    Feb. 27th, 2017 p. [masked] Curiosity and Obsession

    Mar. 6th, 2017 p. [masked] Transformation, The Natural Man

    Mar. 13th, 2017 p. [masked] The Fall, The Sound of the Dove--& A Critical Voice

    Mar. 20th, 2017 p. [masked] Joy, Chaos and Wonder

    Mar. 27th, 2017 p. [masked] From Dharma to No Dharma

    April 3rd, 2017 p. [masked] Dorothy and the Locked Door

    April 10th, 2017 p[masked] Wandering in the Desert, Practice is Giving

    Please let us know if you have any questions.



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  • TOM P
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    ...likes the zen saying: “Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind” ;-)

  • Bryan
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