We are planning the reading and review of another book for the winter/spring 2017 time which will be "Buddhism of the Heart" by Jeff Wilson (ISBN 0-86171-583-7). Jeff Sensei is a Buddhist Scholar who teaches at a Canadian university. This book is insightful, thought provoking and quite humorous in spots.
We will be starting this session on January 21, 2017, so if you would like to be involved with this book, be sure to pick up a copy, available through Chapters or Amazon (also available in Kindle and Kobo versions) or from your local temple.
After feedback from the last book review, we have decided to use a Private “Google Group” to facilitate this next session. We believe this should make it easier for everyone to respond to and review everyone’s responses. As this will be a private group, it will require you to have a “Google account” (with Gmail e-mail address) to participate. There’s no charge to set up an account & Gmail email address.
- If you already have a Google account and have already provided us with your Gmail address, there’s nothing further you need to do until you receive your invite to join the group – Jan. 21st.
- If you do have a Gmail address but didn’t provide it, please send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org and to email@example.com
- If you do not have a Google account, please set one up at: https://accounts.google.com/SignUp and provide us (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com) with your new Gmail address.
Once you’ve set up a Google account and sent in your new Gmail address, the next step is to look for a Google group invite, which will be sent to you by email. Follow the instructions to connect to the group and your journey will begin!!
This is a brand new year, let's learn, grow and make the most of it together!
Books and Education
Living Dharma Centre
The first selections for the months of September, October and November, we have chosen two titles. Both are excellent introductions to Shin Buddhism and are easily understandable. These books are available through Chapters Indigo and Amazon.
River of Fire, River of Water was published in 1998 and speaks for itself as being a classic in Shin Buddhism literature. Written by the wonderful teacher and Shin Scholar, Tai Unno, if you have not already read it, we encourage you to.
Call of the Infinite By John Paraskevopoulos
Call of the Infinite was first published in 2009 and the following are a few comments made by people who have read it:
"Call of the Infinite is a rare and lovely thing: a succinct treatment in 96 pages of the major concerns of Shin faith and life which manages to be compelling for all its brevity. Author John Paraskevopoulos is an Australian convert who is also a Shin priest. He has the marvellous ability to anticipate a reader's questions and answer them in straightforward fashion in a clear, lively prose."
“I wouldn't hesitate to recommend CALL OF THE INFINITE to one who has no previous background in Shin Buddhism. I feel confident that such a reader could then go on to the more fully-orbed works of such established writers as Alfred Bloom, Dennis Hirota, Kenneth Tanaka, and Taitetsu Unno. “ -Peter M. Schogol
“This is a deeply thoughtful work and is a mature and useful guide for the spiritually hungry or perplexed. It is brief, but not epigramic; each paragraph gives the reader plenty to contemplate, but the meaning is always clear. The book is written in beautifully constructed English - not something one can take for granted in any published work. It is also cleverly and clearly structured.”- M.F. Healsmith
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