Being Peace questions, resources
Here are some resources on Buddhism and questions to consider in reading Being Peace over the next two weeks. Some of the links at the end of this entry focus on women in Buddhism.
Here are three local Buddhist meditation centers that are all pretty much westerners - take a look at what they have to offer:
Here's questions and comments on Being Peace:
Visit the web site http://www.plumvillage.org/ for an updated look at the five Mindfulness Trainings and some commentaries, as well as more recent talks by Thich Nhat Hanh, some of which were intended for children - VERY accessible and sweet! Note that there are two satellite centers in the United States where, for a rather modest price, people can go and do extended retreats.
* In the book Being Peace, pay attention throughout the book to what meditation is described to be. What is its purpose? (Chapter 1 and further-- especially the last chapter.)
* For Thich Nhat Hanh, what is the relationship between inner peace for individuals and work toward social peace and justice?
* What should be our attitude toward suffering? (Is this realistic, in your view?) -- Chapter 2.
* What are the "three gems," and how are they interrelated? (Chapter 3).
* In Chapter 3, what is "dependent co-arising"? What would be the ethical outcome of taking this concept to heart?
* How would our perceptions change if we accepted the Buddhist understanding of non-duality?
* What needs to happen for us to perceive clearly?
* Think about the ideas of non-duality and interbeing. How do they relate to the ideas of Buber in I and Thou? Are there differences?
* Look at Chapter 4 to explore the relationship between self and society. What role does meditation play in developing awareness of this relationship?
* What does Thich Nhat Hanh mean by "engaged Buddhism"?
* In Chapter 5, what are some ways of changing our perceptions of other people who do evil acts? Or people whom we understand to be "the enemy"?
* What are some helpful ways to think about technology and our use of the environment? How are these issues related to spiritual practice?
* Reflect on the 7 principles of reconciliation. How could these work in situations you have experienced? In larger social conflicts?
* In chapter 6, what are some ways Western and Buddhist traditions can enhance each other? What does Thich Nhat Hanh think an American Buddhism might look like?
MORE RESOURCES ON BUDDHISM - optional reading
From the BBC – overview of Buddhism and some links to radio programs with more details.
Overview of basic Buddhist beliefs from one of the most central web sources.
Web site for women Buddhists
Buddhanet’s page on women in Buddhism
Buddhanet’s page of links related to women and Buddhism
Bibliography on women, Buddhism, and the feminine sacred
Essay on women in early Buddhism