Book Club Program 2017

To help us with our study and practice this year, we are excited to announce that Brother Phap Hai, a senior Dharma teacher, co-chair of the Foundation board, and author of Nothing to It: Ten Ways to Be at Home with Yourself, will lead a book club throughout the year with reflection questions, practice exercises, guided meditations, and a live webinar. 

One Buddha Is Not Enough

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One Buddha is Not Enough

How do we learn to believe in ourselves and not just rely on our spiritual teachers? This question was answered in August of 2009 when over a thousand people came to Colorado to spend a week with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh only to find he was in the hospital and wouldn’t be able to lead the retreat. The result of this event is One Buddha Is Not Enough, a book on how to become your own teacher and create your own community where you might least expect it.

One Buddha Is Not Enough, the second book we will be studying, offers fresh and original insight from emerging Buddhist teachers on topics such as how to handle grief, strengthen our relationships, deal with anger, and find happiness in the present moment. 

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Growth and Reflection Material

In honor of our theme, we have invited Dharma Teachers and Order of Interbeing members from all over the USA to offer reflections and insights for the bookclub. We hope you enjoy the following study material from Brother Phap Hai, Joanne Friday, Leslie Rawls, and Valerie Brown. Share this material with a friend or with your sangha and study it together.

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Brother Phap Hai, monastic Dharma Teacher ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, shares the characteristics of spiritual maturity.

Joanne Friday, Dharma Teacher ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, shares how practicing mindfulness helped transform challenging relationships in her family.

Leslie Rawls, Dharma Teacher ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, shares how to cultivate gratitude in order to nourish connection in relationships and happiness in life.

Valerie Brown, Order of Interbeing member ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh, shares how her practice of metta meditation helped her deal with challenging relationships.