Program Details

Summer Book Study - Pema's Newest Book - Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change

with Janet Ryvlin & Irv Kirschbaum
August 4 / 10:45 AM - September 22 / 12:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE: We've extended this group through September 22nd.  Please feel free to drop by even if you have been attending earlier sessions.

Because of the popularity of our Summer Book Study Retreat, we’ve decided to keep reading together.  You are invited to join us after sitting practice on any or all of four Sundays (10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.) in August as we read together and discuss Pema Chödrön’s latest book, “Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change."

And, here's a description of the book:

We live in difficult times. Life sometimes seems like a roiling and turbulent river threatening to drown us and destroy the world. Why, then, shouldn’t we cling to the certainty of the shore—to our familiar patterns and habits? Because, Pema Chödrön teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging keeps us from the infinitely more satisfying experience of being fully alive. The teachings she presents here—known as the “Three Commitments”—provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river: to be completely, fearlessly present even in the hardest times, the most difficult situations. When we learn to let go of our protective patterns and do that, we begin to see not only how much better it feels to live that way, but, as a wonderful side effect, we find that we begin to naturally and effectively reach out to others in care and support.


We'll be passing a shared copy of each book from reader to reader, so there's no need to purchase the book if you don’t already have it; but by all means purchase the book before the first session, if you would like to read it in advance or have a copy of your own.


There is no fee for this program, but donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted.  Please mark your calendar and join us.  And, feel free to join us at 9:00 a.m. for sitting practice if you’d like to enrich your experience of study even further.

Please click on the registration link below if you plan to come to some or all of the sessions so we will know to expect you.

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