Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Future readings: "Instructions to the Cook" and "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism."


In the Tuesday night group, we decided to pick two more books so that people could be reading ahead once they finished the current selection, "Buddhism Without Beliefs", set to be discussed on March 15th.  So, the April selection will be Bernie Glassman's  (Tetsugen Roshi's) book, "Instructions to the Cook", which brings us into touch with socially engaged Buddhism in America against the framework of Dogen Zenji's classic work by the same name.  For May we will read Chogam Trungpa Rinpoche's book, "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism", which addresses the tendency to use spirituality as just one more thing to accomplish, to achieve, to attain. 

As a note to those in the group:  Musho Sensei suggested to me that rather than discussing a book on only one evening, it might make more sense to discuss sections of each book each week during the month it is assigned.  It would change the nature of the Tuesday night group a bit, but it would also bring more depth to the discussions and more focus, while incentivizing everyone to be up to speed on the reading each week.  Please consider this suggestion for next week's meeting. 

Gassho to all for coming. 


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