February 7: led by Michelle Reed – Nothing Holy About It: The Zen of Being Just Who You Are – Continuous Practice Page 188 by Tim Burkett, Ed. Wanda Isle – Shambhala Publications Inc. 2015.
February 14: led by Benny Baird – The Bodhisattva’s Four Methods of Guidance – Kind Speech, from Dogen’s Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, translated by Kazuaki Tanahashi, p. 475
February 21: led by Simon Rompre – “Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara” by Ben Connelly, Wisdom Publications 2016 (Page 84)
February 28: led by Judy Daylen –“Waking Up To What You Do” by Diane Eshin Rizzetto, pub. by Shambhala Publications Inc. 2005
March 7: led by Jennifer Colver – Be Kind With Yourself from “Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen” by Shunryu Suzuki. Pub. by HarperCollins Publishers, 2002
March 14: led by Kōya – Meeting the Inconceivable from “Bring Me The Rhinoceros and Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life” – Page 37 by John Tarrant, Shambhala, Boulder, 2008
March 21: led by Shirley Graham – “There are No Repetitions – The No-Person Person” from “Subtle Sound: The Zen Teaching of Maureen Stuart” Ed. Roko Sherry Chayat.
March 28: led by Maggie Tuck – Regret and Repentence- Forgiveness Practice from “The World Could Be Otherwise – Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path” by Norman Fischer, Shambhala Publications, Inc. 2019
April 4: led by Judy Daylen – Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong by Norman Fischer, published by Shambhala Publications, January 8, 2013
April 18: led by Michelle Reed – “New Jersey Does Not Exist” from Everyday Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck. Ed. Steve Smith. Published by HarperSanFrancisco 1989
April 25: led by Shirley Graham – “The Illusion of “I” from Subtle Sound – The Zen Teachings of Maurine Stuart. Pages 5-7. Ed. Roko Sherry Chayat. Published by Shambhala Publications Inc. (1996)
May 2: led by Gabriela Persson – The Exhortation to Rahula at Mango Stone – Majjhima Nikaya the Collection of Middle Length Discourses in the Pali Canon (MN 61). Abridged version. Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
May 9: led by JoEllen Moldoff- Seeing Through the Superstructure – from “Everyday Zen” by Charlotte Joko Beck (pages 136-144). Edited by Steve Smith. Published by Harper SanFrancisco (1989)
May 16: led by Chris Smart – Older Sister Mirror from “The Book of Householder Koans: Waking up in the Land of Attachments” by Eve Myonen Marko and Wendy Egyoku Nakao Pg. 17-20. Published by Monkfish Book Publishing Company, 2020
May 23: led by Michelle Reed – “Tracing Flowers in the Sky” from “Moon by the Window: The Calligraphy and Zen Insights of Shodo Harada” by Shodo Harada Roshi and Tim Jundo Williams. Published by Wisdom Publications – June 7, 2011. Page 165.
May 30: led by Judy Daylen – To prepare for our study session on May 30, you are invited to contemplate/practice with this phrase: “Appreciate this life.” What emerges if you closely consider/investigate each part of this phrase: “Appreciate”; “Appreciate this”; “Appreciate life”; Appreciate this life”? How might your attitude and your practice shift if you viewed your life through this lens? What surprised you when practicing with these phrases? Judy Daylen will begin with some reflections on this practice, followed by open discussion. If you’d like some appreciation inspiration on a cosmic scale, you can view this 10 minute YouTube video:
How the Universe is Way Bigger Than You Think
June 6: led by Shirley Graham – “True Seeing” from “Subtle Sound: The Zen Teachings of Maurine Stuart” ed. by Roko Sherry Chayat. Published by Shambhala Publications Inc. 1996 – Pages 118-121.
June 13: led by Simon Rompré – “Profound Human Desire” from “Each Moment is the Universe” by Dainin Katagiri Roshi, Shambhala Publications, December 2008
June 20: led by Pieta VanDyke – “You Are A Boat” from “The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master”. Ed. by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt. Published by Shambhala Publications, Inc. 2013. Pages 114-115.
July 4: led by Shirley Graham – “Inside the Grass Hut: Living Shitou’s Classic Zen Poem” Shitou (700-790) by Ben Connelly. Translated by Taigen Dan Leighton and Kazuaki Tanahashi. Wisdom Publications (Boston) July 8, 2014
July 11: led by Benny Baird – “The Bodhisattva’s Four Methods of Guidance – Beneficial Action” from Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, ed. Kazuaki Tanahashi. Shambhala Publications, 2010.
July 18: led by Gabriela Persson – For this week’s discussion, I invite you to pick any part or aspect of yourself or your life, or an activity you do, and see it with the same eyes that Thich Nhat Hanh sees a piece of paper. We can share these insights when we discuss the following text on Sunday. Thank you. I look forward to seeing what emerges. “Peace Is Every Step – The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life” by Thich Nhat Hanh. Ed. by Arnold Kotler. Published by Bantam Books, March 1991.
August 1: led by Judy Daylen – Finding our Essence of Mind by Shodo Harada Roshi. Published by Tricycle Spring 2018
August 8: led by Simon Rompre – “Beautiful Snow Flakes” from “When You Greet Me I Bow: Notes and Reflections From a Life in Zen” by Norman Fischer. Edited by Cynthia Schrager. Pub. by Shambhala Publications May 18, 2021.
August 15: led by Michelle Reed – “Nothing Holy About It: The Zen of Being Just Who You Are” by Tim Burkett. Ed. by Wanda Isle. Published by Shambhala Publications 2015. (Excerpted from Chapter 11)