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Reading and Reflecting Book Club

1 hour 15 min per fortnight

R & R (Reading & Reflecting) - Book Club

Stoke the fires of what interests you using contemporary texts from divergent views around the subject of awareness practices. Have a rich yarn with your peers. 
Typical session reflections:

What resonated with you?
What questions do you have that we can grapple with together?
What do you see as implications for your practice?

Structure: 

Sit, Explore, Reflect , Sit

Next books: 
Training in Tenderness by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche Buddhist teachings on Tsewa: the Radical Openness of Heart that can Change the World.
Starts Monday 3 October 2022
Boundless Heart by Christina Feldman The Buddha’s Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity.
Starts 28 November 2022
Details below. 
  • 100% of the proceeds from the book club go to a scholarship fund.
  • Please note participants are responsible for obtaining their own copy of the book.

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Who is this for?

For people with an interest in mindfulness and those who have completed Level I or Level II training and beyond, even if you do not yet teach.

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Why?

To enhance our understanding of mindfulness, its gifts and complexities and to explore the implications for our practice.

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How?

Commit to one book at a time. One hour fifteen minute sessions via Zoom.

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Location

At your place

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FINDING YOUR COURSE

Training in Tenderness by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Starting : Monday 3 October 2022 | Time: 6:00 - 7:15 pm (AEST)
Book Club Host: Pamela Lovell 

* 100% of the proceeds from the book club go to a scholarship fund
* Please note participants are responsible for obtaining their own copy of the book.

  

Training in Tenderness by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
Buddhist teachings on Tsewa: the Radical Openness of Heart that can Change the World.
 

The Tibetan term tsewa is difficult to define, but it can be translated, according to Dzigar Kongtr l, as "an open heart, a tender heart, or a warm energy that we express and receive in relation to others, especially those closest to us." This is his compact guide to developing this wonderful quality in yourself--it's a quality that leads not only to a transformation in our attitude toward ourselves and those around us, but that we can actually use to heal the world. According to Buddhist teaching, tsewa is, along with the perception of nonduality, one of the two elements of the heart-mind of enlightenment known as bodhicitta. Learning tsewa can be challenging, Rinpoche teaches, but if we want to be truly happy, there's no alternative, for tsewa is the purest and deepest form of happiness. The other kinds of happiness that we seek are more superficial. They don't mean much if we lack the joy of an open heart. The good news is that we all have the capacity for it, and it's a habit that can be cultivated.


Dates and Chapters

03 October   Forward through Chapter 3
17 October   Chapters 4 and 5
31 October   Chapters 6 and 7
14 November   Chapters 8-10
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Boundless Heart by Christina Feldman

Boundless Heart by Christina Feldman
The Buddha’s Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity.
 

An esteemed Insight Meditation teacher leads you through the sublime qualities of Buddhism—kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity—and how they can enrich your life.
 
Compassion, kindness, equanimity, and joy are not only the fruits of the awakened life but also the path to it—attitudes of mind that can be cultivated through intention and dedication. Also known as the brahma viharas (sublime abodes) and the “Four Immeasurables,” these enobling qualities are far more than simply the “feel-good” states they are often mistaken for. They must be pursued sincerely as a spiritual practice—not just as a means of getting a “spiritual high”—in order to experience the full extent of their power.
 
In Boundless Heart, Christina Feldman presents teachings on the Four Immeasurables, exploring how they balance each other in a way that enhances them all. Her simple practices will lead you toward a life infused with kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity—and to a way of being that promotes those qualities to the world at large.


Dates and Chapters

28 November   Introduction and Chapter 1
12 December   Chapter 2
16 January   Chapter 3
30 January   Chapter 4 and Conclusion

Facilitator / Host

Pamela Lovell

pamela lovell v2Pamela Lovell is the host of MTIA’s book club.  She is a long-term mindfulness meditation practitioner, MBSR teacher and avid reader and student of Buddhist philosophy.  She warmly welcomes you to the club.  

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I don’t like to read books on meditation even though I know I should and I know they are helpful. So I forced myself (with kindness and compassion) to join the MTI book club to help break through.

And I read the book (all of it). And I sat with others and asked questions and had many of them answered. And I learnt a lot of helpful things about mindfulness that is helping my practice and helping me to help others.

So while I still don’t like reading books on meditation the book club helps.

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Refund Policy

There are no refunds for the Alumni Book Club