Do you like to read? Are you interested in redefining your life? Come interested, leave inspired! This book club is like no other. For starters we meet online, so you don't have to schlep over to anywhere. We also single-handedly focus on books that delve into a deeper reflection of self. To be absolutely clear, this is not self-help. This is self-curious and self-discovery. The books range on topic but the common thread is meditation, mindfulness, growth mindset and resiliency.
What is Dharma?:
Dharma is a Sanskrit word with diverse meanings as “nature”, “teachings”, “justice”, “truth”, “phenomena”, “virtue”, “morality”, even “religion”. In Buddhism it commonly is used to mean “the teachings and doctrine’s of the Buddha.” In Hinduism it refers to “the power which upholds the universe and society.”
In here it means nothing more than reading to redefine life. Dharma in this context is seeking an aspect of truth or clarity of our reality, through reading great books on self-discovery and self-curiosity.
If you like to read and reflect and discuss: philosophy, neuroscience, meditation, motivation, empowerment, catalyst strategies for inner change, psychology, resiliency and how to bounce back after difficulty then this is a landing platform for you.
What is Sangha?:
Sangha is a word in Pali and Sanskrit meaning, “association”, “assembly”, “company”, and most commonly refers to “community”.
Thich Nhat Hanh always explained sangha as much more than a community, however. He would talk about sangha as a deep, spiritual practice.
So what is The Be Here Now Dharma Sangha?:
A sangha (or “community”) of friends practicing the dharma (or “reading” and “teaching”) together in order to bring about and to maintain deeper awareness. This is a community of people devoted to a spiritual search. How ever you define spiritual is arbitrary. It just means if you are a seeker, a dreamer, a wisher, a hoper, a pray-er, a person curious about life and how you are living it….then welcome!
About Be Here Now Dharma Sangha:
What happens now? We meet once a month to discuss a book. Meditate. Grow. Enrich ourselves. Enlighten Others. Connect. Laugh. And Dance.
The book of the month will be posted a month or more prior to our meeting to discuss it.
There is an ongoing list of suggested books below. The book will be picked from the formed list based on continuity from our previous month, discussion, and possibly a vote. However we choose our next book is fine by me. Just keep reading and connecting.
If you have books that you have read, or would like to read, and you do not see them on the list, please reach out and let me know and I will gladly post them.
The only guideline is the books in here maintain the theme of meditation, mindfulness, growth mindset, and compassion.
You are responsible for purchasing or checking out from your local library the book we will be discussing. And the timeline of completing it is up to you. If you don’t finish the book by the time we meet, please continue to join us for the discussion. There is no judgment and your participation is valuable.
The cost per month is $10 and pre-registration is required.
The cost is a minimal fee and pays for the usage of the online Zoom platform, some marketing, and my time in keeping us connected and informed of our books. You will also be linked to a closed e-mail forum, so we can continue to discuss our book between the meet-ups.
The book is: Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred, by Mark Nepo
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The meeting will be Monday, April 22nd, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 7:30p.m. EST
We will meet online through the Zoom platform.
Once you register for this months meet-up you will be sent a zoom link to join the discussion.
Suggested Reading List:
The book for our next meet-up will be pulled from this list. If you would like to suggest or add a book for discussion, please contact me.
The Yes Brain by Dr. Daniel J. Sigel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D
Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering by Phillip Moffit
Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron
Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson
The Four Noble Truths of Love by Susan Piver
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach, Ph.D.
The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living by Ira Byock, M.D.
No Time Like the Present by Jack Kornfield
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris
The Emotional Life of Your Brain by Richard Davidson, Ph.D. and Sharon Begley
The Things Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim (suggested by group member Jennifer Del Castillo)
Love for Imperfect Things by Haemin Sunim (also suggested by group member Jennifer Del Castillo).
The Hidden Life Awakened by Kitty Crenshaw and Cathy Snapp, PhD
Books We Have Already Read:
This is for those of you just joining us, so we buffer against duplicate suggestions.
Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh (March 2019)
Seven Thousand Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo (April 2019)