West Wind Sangha

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We welcome newcomers. We start our sessions with a 30 minute (usually) unguided meditation period. If you come a few minutes early we will be happy to answer questions before the starting bell. If you come in during meditation please sit quietly and we will get acquainted after the ending bell is rung.

This is a small peer led group. There is often a lot of discussion. Discussion usually, but not always, relates to the current book, that we read aloud together after Meditation. We encourage frequent interuptions during reading and often take a long time to finish a book. We try to keep the discussion focused on principles and concepts of Buddhism and to keep cross talk and/or debate to a minimum. Wise speech is treasured.

We generally end with a short reading or Metta.

We are currently reading:

  • The Posture of Meditation: A Practical Manual for Meditators of All
    by Will Johnson

This is the list of books this Sangha has read together since it started in 2003:

  • Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation by Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfield
  • Loving Kindness the Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
  • Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha’s Path by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  • Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron
  • The Matter at Hand by Gil Fronsdal
  • The Noble Eightfold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening by Stephen Batchelor
  • Swallowing the River Ganges by Mathew Flickstein
  • The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind by B. Alan Wallace
  • The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations by Gil Frosdahl
  • How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Cheri Huber
  • What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada by Walpola Rahulla
  • Dipa Ma by Amita Schmidt
  • Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation by Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfield
  • Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron
  • It’s Easier Than You Think by Sylvia Boorstein
  • Who Dies by Stephen and Ondrea Levine
  • Unlimiting Mind by Andrew Olendski
  • Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree: The Buddha’s Teachings on Voidness by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
  • Happiness Is An Inside Job by Sylvia Boorstein
  • Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening by Joseph Goldstein
  • The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation by Chogyam Trungpa
  • Dancing With Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering by Phillip Moffitt
  • Pure and Simple: The Extraordinary Teachings of a Thai Buddhist Laywoman by Upasika Kee Nanayon (Author),‎ Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Translator)
  • Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron
  • Emotional Chaos To Clarity: Move from the Chaos of the reactive Mind to the Clarity of the Responsive Mind by Phillip Moffitt
  • Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World by Pema Chodron
  • The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Small Boat, Great Mountain by Amaro Bhikkhu
  • What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahulla

Sierra Foot/Ankle, 2350 S. Carson, Ste. 3/4, across from Greenhouse Garden

Wednesday evenings
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Terrah Swartz

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