“Peaceful Action, Open Heart” Book Discussion

Peaceful Action, Open Heart

We are hosting a book discussion of Peaceful Action, Open Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh. Starting on Mar 3, we will discuss a chapter per month on every first Sunday.

Note: You do not have to read the book in advance to participate. If you do, please write down anything relating to your own life and practice that you would like to share with the group so that others may gain insight from your practice.

Practice will also include sitting and walking meditation.

About the Book
The Lotus Sutra is one of the most revered of Mahayana sacred texts and is sometimes called “the king of sutras.” Despite this fact, there are very few commentaries in English available today. Thich Nhat Hanh explores the Sutra’s main theme– that everyone has the capacity to become a Buddha, and that Buddha-nature is inherent in everything–but he also uniquely emphasizes the sutra’s insight that Buddha-nature is the basis for peaceful action. Since we all will one day become a Buddha, he says, we can use mindfulness practices right now to understand and find solutions to current world challenges. In his interpretation of the sutra, he suggests that if the practices, views, and insights of the Lotus Sutra would find application not only by individuals but also by nations, it would offer concrete solutions to transform individual suffering and the global challenges facing the world today.

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