Study Group

Book reader with tea cup and flowers.
Reading & Writing Study Group (Photo credit: Thought Catalog from Pexels)

Spring 2019: Reading, Writing, and Study

You are warmly invited to a community book study series in the spring. We will

  • read some (small) portion of a book each month (likely “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind”), then
  • reflect in writing for a page or so on the connection between the reading, our lives and practice (using Google Docs), then
  • over a week, read what other people have written and write a short reflection (into the same Google Doc), and finally
  • get together in person (or via Google Hangout video) to reflect together and enjoy the Sangha Treasure.

We will be using Google Drive, Docs, and Hangouts.  Links to the documents will be shared through our community email list.  If you have questions, email us!

How to Raise an Ox (2018, now complete)

The Zen Master Yuan-Chih of Chang-ching Hall in Fu country once addressed the monks in the Dharma hall:

“For thirty years I lived on Mount Wei and during that time I ate the monastery’s rice and gave it back in the latrine.  I did not learn the Zen of Master Wei-shan.  All I did was raise an ox.”

Zen Master Dogen,  From Shobogenzo Kajo

As a framework for our inquiry, Soshin Osho invites us to explore where in our lives today we may find ourselves in a situation like that depicted in each image.

Join us as we take up the study of The Ten Oxherding Pictures!  Dates are posted on the calendar page.  The two versions of the text we are using are listed below: