We have spent a couple months reading and discussing the book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone.
October 8th – Active Hope Wrap-up (Chapters 12&13): Maintaining Energy and Enthusiasm & Strengthened by Uncertainty
Foundational Buddhist Teachings
The Foundational Buddhist Teachings study schedule is subject to change, because sometimes we take a one-class break from our series for a change of pace, and sometimes we end up spending more than one class on a topic. Check back here for updates.
Studying ahead will definitely deepen your experience of this series, but it isn’t necessary. The links below are to episodes of Domyo’s Zen Studies Podcast, which you can listen to or read.
Oct. 15th – The Buddha’s Life Story as Archetype and Teaching
Life of Shakyamuni Buddha Part 1 – Birth through Homeleaving
Life of Shakyamuni Buddha Part 2 – Before and After Enlightenment
Oct. 22nd – What Was New and Different about What the Buddha Taught
Buddhist History 1: Arising of Buddhism Part 1 of 2 – Historical and Religious Context
Buddhist History 2: Arising of Buddhism Part 2 of 2 – New Religious Developments
Nov. 5th – The Four Noble Truths
Nov. 12th – The Noble Eightfold Path
Nov. 19th – Karma, the Law of Moral Cause-and-Effect
December & Beyond:
The Five Skandhas as Focus for the Practice of Not-Self (Anatta)
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
The Four Brahmaviharas, or Sublime Social Attitudes – Part 1 (Intro)
The Four Brahmaviharas, or Sublime Social Attitudes – Part 2 (Metta)
The Four Brahmaviharas, or Sublime Social Attitudes – Part 3 (Karuna, Mudita, Upekkha)
The Five Hindrances – Part 1 (Introduction)
The Five Hindrances – Part 2 (Worldly Desire and Ill-will)
The Five Hindrances – Part 3 (Sloth&Torpor, Restlessness&Worry, Skeptical Doubt)
Nirvana: The Ultimate Goal of Original Buddhism and What It Means