SBN forms new reading group

Several participants in the Secular Buddhist Network online discussion group have taken the initiative to form a new reading group, which will meet online monthly beginning 3 February 2022. Below is a description of what the group will be reading, the dates and times of the meetings, the format for each meeting, and how to join. For more information or to join, please fill out the contact form below.



What we’ll read

What the group reads will be selected by its members during our monthly sessions. We will not restrict what we read to books; we will include other formats too, such as blogs and articles. The topics for the readings should be related to one or more of the following topics:

  • Buddhism (Traditional, Zen or secular)
  • Secularism
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness

Over time, we will review the above as a group to see if this is too narrow or too broad, but for now, this will be our starting point.

Dates and times

The group will be held on the first Thursday of each month, beginning on 3 February 2022. The session will begin at 13:00 EST (12:00 CST and 18:00 GMT) and run for 90 minutes. To check what time this will be in your area, a link to the World Time Buddy has been included below.

https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/

Format/structure

 Each 90-minute session will be made up of two sections:

The first section will run for 70-minutes; this is the ‘read and discuss’ portion of our session. Each member of the group (if they wish) will read a section of the book, article or blog the group is currently focusing on while the others in the group listen. After each person reads a section, there will be time to discuss what the group has just heard before the next person in the group reads the next section.

The second and last portion of the reading group meeting will last 20-minutes. Each of us will have the opportunity to say what we’re reading outside of the group and talk a little about it. Group members may also ask questions about what others are reading.

How to join

 The group will be held on Zoom. Please fill out the contact form above.

You will then be added to the list of attendees and emailed the monthly invite to the Zoom meeting.


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