• May all sentient beings have happy minds!




A copy of the work discussed from each Book Club Meeting can be found in a green ring file (R/BookClub) located on the "Reference" bookshelves.


27th January

24th February

31st March

28th April

Book: Everyday Zen

Book: Buddhism Without Beliefs

Book: Plum Poems

Book: Happiness by Matthieu Ricard

Chapters: pages 49 - 70

Chapters: pages 101 - 115

Chapters: Acceptance pages 3 - 7

Chapters: 3 – Way Mirror

Facilitator: Gus Peale

Facilitator: Terry Redmond

Facilitator: John Barclay – Lotus Buds leader

Facilitator: KK Lim – President of Association of Engaged Buddhists

"Everyday Zen" is a unique guide to the problems of daily living, love, relationships, work, fear and suffering. Combining earthly wisdom with spiritual enlightenment, it describes how to live each moment to the full and shows the relevance of Zen to every aspect of life.


This chapter/section is an exploration of how we relate to fear and anger, and what is a practice without hopes and ideals.

This month's discussion looks at how Buddhism reinvents itself as it travels to new cultures.

“Acceptance is to acknowledge a situation for what it is and to calm down inside of it. If we then find we can bring about change, very good! If not, then we must acknowledge and accept that. In both cases, a clear, open heart and mind are useful.

Happiness is a state of mind that people have always been trying to achieve. However, the reality is that short bursts of joyous pleasure are followed by dissatisfaction. Matthieu Ricard in his best selling book Happiness makes a case for it to be a major goal of living. The chapter that has been selected will give food for thought on looking without and looking within for possible pathways towards this goal.





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26th May

30th June

28th July

25th Aug

Book: No, Mud, No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh

Book: Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh

Book: Radical acceptance by Tara Brach

Book: The Miracle in the Heart by Ayya Vayama

Chapterspages 46-49

Chapters: pages 3-17

Chapters: 4


Facilitator: John Barclay

Facilitator: Les Tscherne

Facilitator: Patricia Mcloughlin

Facilitator: Louise Nash


"Mindfulness gives you the inner space and quietness that allows you to look deeply, to find out who you really are and what you want to do with your life. You won't feel the need to make yourself run after meaningless pursuits anymore. You've been running, looking for something, because you think that thing is crucial for your peace and happiness. 

But life is full of wonders, including wondrous sounds. If you can be here, if you can be free, then you can be happy right here and right now. You don't have to run anymore".

Little snippet from page 15/16

 "Inviting Mara to tea ... and nothing's wrong!" How radical is your practice?  



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29th Sep

27th Oct



Book: Metta by Sayadaw U Indaka

Book: Awakening of the Heart, Essentail Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries by Thich Nhat Hanh




ChaptersDiscussion on The Heart Sutra on pages 411-442



Facilitator: Dr. Ana Claudia Brandao

Facilitator: David O’Rose




“Listen Sariputra,
this Body itself is Emptiness
and Emptiness itself is this Body.
This Body is not other than Emptiness
and Emptiness is not other than this Body.
The same is true of Feelings,
Perceptions, Mental Formations,
and Consciousness.”


-A verse from the Heart Sutra



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