Happiness Study Group began in 2015 reading and studying a book about mindfulness and human flourishing. Since then our focus and book selections have been and continue to be study of the Middle Way and Buddhist meditation. We meet weekly for chapter by chapter book study and meditation.
With mindfulness and an experiential realization of reality, our happiness continues to grow. Anyone interested in this path without dogma, growing experience-based wisdom, and aspiring a more peaceful existence is welcome to join. The Middle Way is compatible with any religious belief system.
The following 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
We're in our 7th year and now well on our way down the "direct path" having studied Rupert Spira, Loch Kelly, and just starting our third Adyashanti book. (We really are enjoying his teachings!)
At this writing we are just starting, "Falling Into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering."
Our current book is "back to basics" and anyone is welcome to join us on Tuesday afternoons on ZOOM. Click the button if you'd like more information or be added to the study group distribution list.