Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Next book--Red Pine, "The Heart Sutra"

We discussed Chogam Trungpa's Myth of Freedom last night.  Of course, you can't really discuss a book with that many valuable insights in one evening.  So we had a discussion inspired by a small part of that book.  This experience suggests to me that in the future, we should spend more than one evening on a book, perhaps using it to tee up discussions for several weeks.

The next book we will read is The Heart Sutra by Red Pine.  We will discuss it first on June 21st.  This is a lovely book, one filled with interesting scholarship for those interested in the evolution of Chan and Buddhism in China, and critical discussion of the essence of Zen.