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April 30-May 6

“If an emotion, such as hatred or envy, is judged to be destructive, then it is simply recognized as such. It is neither expressed through violent thoughts, words, or deeds, nor is it suppressed or denied as incompatible with a ‘spiritual’ life.”

-Stephen Batchelor

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Discuss how you’ve successfully “surrendered” or “let go” to some situation in your life.

April 23-29

“We do not need to be afraid of our mind. We can go on a journey of discovery and experiment. Then we are able to play with our mental processes and develop our mental ability in wisdom and compassion.”

-Martine Batchelor

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What does “ego” mean to you and how does it affect your life?

April 16-22

“If we’re not reflecting on the impermanent nature of life, a lot of unimportant things can seem really important. Our jobs seem important. Money seems important. But if we’re really reflecting on impermanence, then we see the important things are compassion and loving others—giving to others and taking care of others.”

-Allison Choying Zangmo

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
How have you personally experienced the relationship between impermanence and suffering?

April 9-15

“The process of finding the truth may not be a process by which we feel increasingly better and better. It may be a process by which we look at things honestly, sincerely, truthfully, and that may or may not be an easy thing to do.”

-Adyashanti

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
Discuss example(s) of how getting what you desire in life has led to momentary happiness followed by the inevitable letdown, elucidating the reality that nothing outside of ourselves provides lasting contentment.

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?

Feb. 19-25

“The mind that sees something quickly dies, and a different consciousness hears a sound. No self or soul carries over from one perceptual act to the next. In truth, your life-span is only one moment long.”

-Cynthia Thatcher

 

This Week’s Discussion Topic
What does “no-self” mean to you?