We choose Sylvia Boorstein's book, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life, for our book club.
On September 26, 2021, Assaya Sangha had its first dharma book club! (Via Zoom.) We had an engaged discussion. Everyone participated, we asked each other questions and talked about how specific principles of the dharma that she talked about apply to our daily lives. We enjoyed her stories.
Sylva Boorstein provides answers to questions such as: How can we stay engaged with life day after day? How can we continue to love–to keep our minds in a happy mood–when life is complex, difficult, and, often, disappointing? She offers warm, wise, and helpful ways we can experience happiness even when the odds are against us.
She draws from the heart of Buddhist teachings to show how Wise Effort, Wise Mindfulness, and Wise Concentration can lead us away from anger, anxiety, and confusion, and into calmness, clarity, and the joy of living in the present. These qualities strengthen our ability to meet encounters of every kind with balance and intelligence, providing us with a grounded sense of true contentment.
The next book club will be held safely outdoors on November 7th from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
We will discuss A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment by Spring Washam. Zoom access will be provided for those who cannot attend in person. Please join our community to receive emails with details of the next meeting.