Monthly Archives: March 2017

Mar. 26-April 1

“Most people, myself included, want to get some benefit from something. But in Buddhism, what we’re actually trying to do is to become released from the suffering that comes from wanting to get something.”

-Mark Unno

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Describe methods you’ve successfully used to avoid becoming engaged/carried away by thoughts whether on the cushion or off.

Mar. 19-25

“Unlike a subject like, say, carpentry, where we learn from the experience of those who have gone before us, meditation is defined by spontaneity, by not knowing.”
-Barry Evans

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What does it mean to “awaken,” and are there different depths, or levels, of awakening?

Mar. 12-18

“The more we can truly accept who we are, all the way to the point of becoming one with it, the more we give the precepts a chance to manifest naturally.”

-Roshi Nancy Mujo Baker

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What are some misconceptions you initially had about Buddhism that you’ve discovered are not true once you began earnestly practicing?

Mar. 5-11

“How you do what you do is more important than what you do. The ‘how’ refers to the underlying state of consciousness.”

-Eckhart Tolle


This Week’s Discussion Topic
It’s often said in Zen that “All beings are already enlightened.” How do you understand this statement, and how does it relate to practice?

Feb. 26-Mar. 4

“If suffering and awakening form a single weather-system—as many a wise person has come to know—then when storms come, perhaps we can accept them with less dread and aversion, and more trust—and even hope.”

-Henry Shukman


This Week’s Discussion Topic
What was the biggest motivating factor (person, book, event, etc.) that initially drew you to Buddhism?