Happiness Study Group began in 2015 reading and studying a book about mindfulness and human flourishing. Since then, our book selections and focus have been to study the Middle Way and Buddhist meditation. Our intention, to make and maintain connections within the community, to support one another in our individual efforts in the practice of mindfulness and to share energy and insights remains constant, but we have changed our format.
It’s been a wonderful and inspiring journey, but after seven years and 18 books, we’re no longer engaged in book study! Nadine has stepped down as leader of the study group and we’ve adopted a rotating format where each week a different member of the group presents a short video for discussion. We start with a friendly check-in to see how everyone is doing. The presenter shares their video and we meditate for 20-30minutes.
This new format is flexible, but the really important thing is the benefit of joining together in meditations, friendship...and generating energy and insights for ourselves and our community.
Below are the selections we have read to date, each building on the next, deepening our understanding and awakening our mindfulness.
Aware, Awake Alive, Elliott Dacher (twice)
Happiness, Matthieu Ricard
The Heart of Buddha’s Teachings, Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana
A Path With Heart, Jack Kornfield
The Wisdom of No Escape, Pema Chödrön
Buddha Is as Buddha Does, Lama Surya Das
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, Joseph Goldstein
Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, Ajahn Brahm
When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chödrön
Silence, The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise, Thich Nhat Hanh
Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu
The World Could Be Otherwise, Norman Fischer
Being Aware of Being Aware, Rupert Spira
The Way of Effortless Mindfulness, Loch Kelly
True Meditation, Adyashanti
The Direct Way, Adyashanti
Falling Into Grace, Adyashanti
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