2018 Practice Period Class Materials
Chants for Study
For April 8 class:
Read from Joanna Macy, Coming Back to Life, Chapter 2, pgs 19-35: The Greatest Danger--The Deadening of Heart and Mind
Begin to write your personal lineage. What have been the major influencing factors of your life? (ancestry, people, incidents, social and environmental issues of your time) What specifically turned you toward Practice? What has you return to Practice when you have detoured?
Begin to reflect upon:
What matters to you?
What makes you forget what matters to you?
How do you recognize an appropriate response?
What do you need to do in order to cultivate appropriate responses?
For those who wish to take up extra study:
Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon, on diligence
Fukanzazengi, on mindfulness
Identity of Relative and Absolute, on concentration
Who are the authors?
When were they written?
What are the historical contexts and cultural influences?
What is the fundamental teaching?
How does this teaching illustrate the paragraph of the Parinirvana Sutra?
What is the relationship of this text to the Precepts?
Paraphrase a few lines into your own modern speech.
Offer a prompt to class members for discussion during class.