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Book Study



Book Study, Summer, 2014

Every summer we have a group book study at ZCOC. The purpose is to read and discuss a book together, after our regular sitting schedule, with emphasis upon its relationship to our own lives and practice.  We have just completed our 2013 book study.  Next year’s book selection, dates and reading schedule will be posted in early Spring, 2014.

Dates for 2014:  4 Sundays, July 13 to Aug.3

Evening Schedule

5:00 to 5:30…..Zazen (meditation)

5:30 to 5:40…..Walking meditation

5:40 to 6:10…..Zazen (meditation)*

6:10 to 6:20…..Walking meditation

6:20 to 7:00…..Book Study

7:00 to 7:30…..Optional tea & social

For those who are not regular practitioners, the program will begin at 5:30 pm with 30 minutes of meditation, followed by the book study and optional social. Brief meditation instruction will be given at 5 pm at the first session.

Getting the Book

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The program is free of charge to ZCOC Practitioners.

For those who are not Practitioners, the fee is $100 and registration is below.

For Friends of the Center who have attended previous programs, the fee is $60.

Suggestions for Participation in the Book Study

You may choose to participate in the book study in a number of ways. The summer book study is designed to be flexible, so practitioners may come to all or some of the sessions. The chapters can “stand alone” and do not have to be read sequentially. There is no extra charge for ZCOC practitioners. If you are participating, please bring your book and place it under your mat during Zazen.

Full: Do all readings in advance (around 40 pages), prepare written responses to the questions in the Study Guide and participate actively in the discussion.

Part: If you are not able to do all of the reading, you may choose to read only the selections designated for discussion, usually about 15 pages. You may wish to prepare responses to the discussion questions which pertain to the sections you read. If you have not been able to do any reading for a particular evening, you may attend as usual.

Where is the study guide?

For the study guide, click here, or navigate to the Practitioner website, then the “Calendar & Newsletter” tab, then “News & Misc.”

What if I don’t want to participate?

Practitioners who choose not to participate in the book study are encouraged to continue their practice as usual. You are welcome to come for Zazen, work practice, and individual instruction. You may also attend the book study sessions, listen to the discussion, and stay for optional tea and social.

Registration ($100) for those who are not ZCOC Practitioners:

For those who are not regular practitioners, the Book Study Program will begin at 5:30 pm with 30 minutes of meditation, followed by the book study. Optional tea and social is from 7:00 to 7:30 pm. Brief meditation instruction will be given at 5 pm at the first session on July 7.

Book Study in Recent Years:









Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: A Zen Guide  Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains: Dharma Talks on Zen Meditation On Zen Practice: Body, Breath, and Mind

How to Raise an Ox: Zen Practice as Taught in Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo

You Have to Say Something

The Art of Just Sitting, Second Edition: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza

Mindful Politics: A Buddhist Guide to Making the World a Better Place

The Mind of Clover: Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics

Previous Book Studies


ZCOC has recommended reading under  ”Getting Started” at the left menu tab.

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