Tuesday Evening Study

Note: Study Schedule is subject to change – check back for updates!
Class is from 8-9pm, after zazen and tea break (you can arrive or leave any time).

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Starting on Tuesday evening, July 9th, we will be spending 12 weeks reading and discussing the book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. From Amazon’s description of the book:

“The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power.”

Active Hope is not an explicitly Buddhist book, even though Joanna Macy is a Buddhist and many of the things she presents are rooted in our practice. It’s not necessary to read the book to attend this class, but it’s highly recommended for its own sake.

In each class, Domyo will present the chapter’s main messages and then offer a related (explicitly) Buddhist teaching or practice. Domyo says:

“I’ve felt profound worry and grief for the state of our world since I was a child. Active Hope presents – as it claims – a revolutionary approach to facing the mess we’re in without going crazy. Even more, however, it offers a path for cultivating energy and joy as we respond to the suffering of our world with with love and determination. This is one of only a handful of books I’ve read cover to cover in the last decade.”


Part One: The Great Turning

July 9th – Chapter 1: Three Stories of Our Time

July 16th – Chapter 2: Trusting the Spiral and Chapter 3: Coming from Gratitude

July 23rd – Chapter 4: Honoring Our Pain for the World

Part Two: Seeing with New Eyes

July 30th – Chapter 5: A Wider Sense of Self

August 6th – Chapter 6: A Different Kind of Power

August 13th – Chapter 7: A Richer Experience of Community

August 20th – TBA; many of us will be in sesshin, but there will be a Tuesday evening program as usual

August 27th – Chapter 8: A Larger View of Time

Part Three: Going Forth

September 3rd – Chapter 9: Catching an Inspiring Vision

September 10th – Chapter 10: Daring to Believe It Is Possible

September 17th – Chapter 11: Building Support around You

September 24th – Chapter 12: Maintain Energy and Enthusiasm

October 1st – Chapter 13: Strengthened by Uncertainty