Spiritual Book Club

Expand your horizons and join us for discussion and meditation.

Book club is wonderful opportunity for self-study, under the guidance of a qualified meditation teacher.

Sessions are open to those who haven’t read the text but wish to join in the conversation. spiritual book club

Next meet 11 September 2021

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What we read.

At Phoenix we like to read all things relating to spiritual development – yoga, meditation, mindfulness. spiritual book club

The books we choose to study bring more clarity to our everyday lives, and enhance our ability to be compassionate towards ourselves and others.

Current Book

The Miracle of Mindfulness

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

This book is available from BookDeposity.com for $13.09 with free shipping.

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Read the book before attending the session and prepare at least one question.

It’s ok if you just with to be part of the conversation without reading the book.

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About This Book

In this beautifully written book, Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh explains how to acquire the skills of mindfulness. Once we have these skills, we can slow our lives down and discover how to live in the moment – even simple acts like washing the dishes or drinking a cup of tea may be transformed into acts of meditation.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s gentle anecdotes and practical exercises help us to arrive at greater self-understanding and peacefulness, whether we are beginners or advanced students. Irrespective of our particular religious beliefs, we can begin to reap the immense benefits that meditation has been scientifically proven to offer. We can all learn how to be mindful and experience the miracle of mindfulness for ourselves.

Previous Books

When Things Fall Apart

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Author: Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön teaches that there is a fundamental opportunity for happiness right within our reach, yet we usually miss it – ironically, while we are caught up in attempt to escape pain and suffering. This accessible guide to compassionate living shows us how we can use painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion and courage, ways of communication that lead to openness and true intimacy with others, practices for reversing our negative habitual patterns, methods for working with chaotic situations and ways to cultivate compassionate, energetic social action. spiritual book club

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An Open Heart

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Author: His Holiness The Dalai Lama

In the Dalai Lama’s own words: ‘It is my hope that the reader of this small book will take away a basic understanding of Buddhism and some of the key methods by which Buddhist practitioners have cultivated compassion and wisdom in their lives. The methods discussed have been taken from three sacred texts of Buddhism. I would like to stress at the outset, however, that one doesn’t have to be a Buddhist to make use of these meditation techniques. Meditation is merely the process whereby we gain control over the mind and guide it in a more virtuous direction. Meditation may also be thought of as a technique by which we diminish the force of old thought habits and develop new ones. Yet the techniques themselves do not lead to enlightenment or a compassionate and open heart. That is up to you, and the effort and motivation you bring to your spiritual practice.’ spiritual book club

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No Mud, No Lotus

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Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

The secret to happiness is to acknowledge and transform suffering, not to run away from it. In No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh offers practices and inspiration transforming suffering and finding true joy. Thich Nhat Hanh acknowledges that because suffering can feel so bad, we try to run away from it or cover it up by consuming. We find something to eat or turn on the television. But unless we’re able to face our suffering, we can’t be present and available to life, and happiness will continue to elude us. Nhat Hanh shares how the practices of stopping, mindful breathing, and deep concentration can generate the energy of mindfulness within our daily lives. With that energy, we can embrace pain and calm it down, instantly bringing a measure of freedom and a clearer mind. No Mud, No Lotus introduces ways to be in touch with suffering without being overwhelmed by it.

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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Author: Chögyam Trungpa

This modern spiritual classic highlights a trick we play on ourselves and offers a brighter reality: liberation by letting go of the self rather than working to improve it The Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa calls attention to the commonest pitfall to which every aspirant on the spiritual path falls prey: what he calls spiritual materialism. “The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use,” he says, “even spirituality.” The universal tendency is to see spirituality as a process of self-improvement–the impulse to develop and refine the ego when the ego is, by nature, essentially empty. Trungpa’s incisive, compassionate teachings serve to wake us up from these false comforts.

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The Dalai Lama's Cat

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Author: David Michie

Not so much fly-on-the-wall as cat-on-the-sill, this is the warm-hearted tale of a small kitten rescued from the slums of New Delhi who finds herself in a beautiful sanctuary with sweeping views of the snow-capped Himalayas. In her exotic new home, the Dalai Lama’s cat encounters Hollywood stars, Buddhist masters, Ivy-league professors, famous philanthropists, and a host of other people who come visiting His Holiness. Each encounter offers a fresh insight into finding happiness and meaning in the midst of a life of busy-ness and challenge. Drawing us into her world with her adorable but all-too-flawed personality, the Dalai Lama’s cat discovers how instead of trying to change the world, changing the way we experience the world is the key to true contentment.

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The Places That Scare You

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Author: Pema Chödrön

One of the most inspiring spiritual teachers of our time offers simple, practical advice for living with less fear, less anxiety and a more open heart.

We always have a choice, Pema Chödrön teaches: we can either let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kind.

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Spontaneous Creativity

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Author: Tenzin Wangyal

When we discuss creativity, it is often from an “I”, egocentric perspective. I and I alone have this unique gift. I and I alone must suffer for the art of it. I and I alone am destined to carry the burden of this genius.

But what if we considered creativity from the perspective of being in service to and for the benefit of others? What if we connected to the Source with the goal of fully sharing our infinite creativity with the world beyond? What if we fully experienced our authentic presence, let go of our ego, and ignited our sacred fire of creativity? spiritual book club

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How To See Yourself As You Really Are

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Author: HH Dalai Lama

How to See Yourself As You Really Are is based on a fundamental Buddhist belief that love and insight work together to bring about enlightenment, like two wings of a bird. It provides a new perspective on the psychological problems of hurting ourselves through misguided, exaggerated notions of self, others, events and physical things. It shows how even our senses deceive us, drawing us into unwise attachments and negative actions that can only come back to haunt us in the future. spiritual book club

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The Art Of Purring

Author: David Mitchie

What makes you purr? Of all the questions in the world, this is the most important. It is also the great leveler. Because no matter whether you are a playful kitten or a sedentary senior, a scrawny alley Tom or a sleek-coated uptown girl, whatever your circumstances, you just want to be happy. Not the kind of happy that comes and goes like a can of flaked tuna but an enduring happiness. The deep-down happiness that makes you purr from the heart. spiritual book club

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Details:

Next Meet 11 September

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm (end book session) – 3pm (end lunch)

Pricing (at the studio): $30 Non-Members / $25 Members

Bring vegetarian/vegan food to share for lunch.

Pricing (online): $25 Non-Members / $20 Members

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Your Book Club Guide

Sanjay began reading and studying spiritual texts for over 20 years. He has completed many retreats and practice commitments from his teachers at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. He is the director at Phoenix Yoga Studios and lead meditation facilitator.

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