Buddha Book Club by Anisa Baker

Buddha Book Club

Buddha Book Club isn’t actually the name of the group; it’s the nickname I’ve been using since I joined. This small group meets monthly to meditate and discuss a Buddhist book together, and it’s been one of the most productive dharma activities I’ve found since moving to Winnipeg. The members have changed over the years, with about 8 people attending each round. We go slowly, reading a chapter or two each month and completing one book from September to June, and start or end with a group meditation. At first I thought I would find the slow pace frustrating, but we never seem to run out of things to talk about and the depth has been useful. It gives us a chance to both consider the topic fully and to make connections to our own lives and practice. People come from a variety of backgrounds, both retired and working, with a deep connection to Insight Meditation, other Buddhist traditions, other traditions entirely, or just an open curiosity and interest in learning. I’m very grateful to Kurt Schwartz for having started and shepherding this group so far, to all the members so far for our conversation, and I look forward to this year’s incarnation.

The group is currently open to new members, with the intention of meeting on the second Tues of each month from 7-9pm. We are reading Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunru Suzuki this year.