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Buddhism Today Reading Group

Buddhism Today Reading Group meets the second Thursday of every month at King's Books. This group is focused on discussing writings about Buddhism in the modern world, as well as Buddhist views on contemporary issues. The group is non-sectarian and open to everyone. The group is co-sponsored by the Tacoma Buddhist Temple. Each month, the selected book is available for purchase at King's Books.  To see what we're reading this month, go to the main Events page. If you have questions, please email Erik. for more information.       


Previous Reads:

September 2024: one long listening by Chenxing Han

August 2024: The World We Have by Thich Nhat Hanh

July 2024: The Little Book of Zen Healing by Paula Arai

June 2024: The Heroic Heart by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

May 2024: Zen in the Garden by Miki Sakamoto

April 2024: Choosing Compassion by Anam Thubten

March 2024: How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

February 2024: Standing at the Edge by Joan Halifax

January 2024: Living Nembutsu by Jeff Wilson

November 2023: The Way of Tenderness by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

October 2023: Turning Words by Hozan Alan Senauke

September 2023: Women of the Way by Sallie Tisdale

August 2023: When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East by Quan Barry

July 2023: Real Change by Sharon Salzberg

June 2023: You Belong by Sebene Selassie

May 2023: How We Live Is How We Die by Pema Chödrön

April 2023: The Spring of My Life by Kobayashi Issa, trans by Sam Hamill

March 2023: The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda V Magee

February 2023: We Are the Economy by Kai Romhardt

January 2023: The Eightfold Path by Steven Barnes, Charles Johnson, and illustrated by Bryan Christopher Moss

November 2022: Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh

October 2022: Wake Up to What Matters by Avikrita Vajra Sakya

September 2022: The Shamanic Bones of Zen by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

August 2022: Naked in the Zendo by Grace Schireson

July 2022: This Monk Wears Heels by Kodo Nishimura

June 2022: We Were Made for These Times by Kaira Jewel Lingo

May 2022: America's Racial Karma by Larry Ward

April 2022: Pure Land by Charles B Jones

March 2022: Eat the Buddha by Barbara Demick

February 2022: Awakening Together by Larry Yang

January 2022: Feeling Wisdom by Rob Preece

November 2021: Walking the Way by Robert Rosenbaum.

October 2021: Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them) by Sallie Tisdale

September 2021: Black and Buddhist, ed. by Pamela Ayo Yetunde and Cheryl A Giles

August 2021: The Hidden Lamp by Florence Caplow and Susan Moon

July 2021: Happiness Becomes You by Tina Turner

June 2021: Street Zen by David Schneider

May 2021: Be the Refuge by Chenxing Han

April 2021: Songs of Spiritual Experience, ed by Thupten Jinpa and Jaś Elsner

March 2021: Occupy This Body by Sharon A Suh

February 2021: Radical Dharma by angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah

January 2021: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse [trans by Susan Bernofsky]

November 2020: Stars at Dawn by Wendy Garling

October 2020: The Buddhist on Death Row by David Sheff

September 2020: Love and Rage by Lama Rod Owens

August 2020: In Love with the World by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

July 2020: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

June 2020: Buddha by Deepak Chopra

May 2020: Buddhist Care for the Dying and Bereaved by Jonathan S Watts & Yoshiharu Tomatsu

April 2020: Ethics for the New Millennium by Dalai Lama

February 2020: McMindfulness by Ronald E Purser

January 2020: Green Buddhism by Stephanie Kaza.

November 2019: Buddha Standard Time by Lama Surya Das

October 2019: Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor

September 2019: When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön

August 2019: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

June & July 2019: American Sutra by Duncan Ryūken Williams

May 2019: The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler's Cross by TK Nakagaki

April 2019: This Precious Life by Khandro

March 2019: The Buddha in Your Mirror by Hochswender, Martin, & Morino

February 2019: Wake Up and Laugh by Daehaeng

January 2019: Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

November 2018: River of Fire, River of Water by Taitetsu Unno

October 2018: The Dharma of the Princess Bride by Ethan Nichtern

September 2018: Buddhist Biology by David P Barash

August 2018: Bones of the Master by George Crane

July 2018: The Road Home by Ethan Nichtern

June 2018: Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright

May 2018: What Makes You Not a Buddhist by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

March & April 2018: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

February 2018: Time to Stand Up by Thanissara

January 2018: Mindful Tech by David M Levy

December 2017: Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh

November 2017: Interconnected by Ogyen Trinley Dorje Karmapa

October 2017: Common Ground Between Islam and Buddhism by Reza Shah-Kazemi

September 2017: Radical Dharma by angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Syedullah