Our STO Dharma Cloud Discussion Group meets on Tuesdayevenings (via ZOOM) at 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.
During the third trimester September 3, 2019 - December 10, 2019 we will be studying the Charles Luk translation of the Diamond Sutra. Online Link to Sutra
THIRD TRIMESTER READING SCHEDULE
Discussion # Date Teacher Pages
|1||3-Sep||Hojo||pp. 1 - 9|
|2||10-Sep||Zenku||pp. 10 - 16|
|3||17-Sep||Tesshin||pp. 17 - 23|
|4||24-Sep||Zenku||pp. 23 - 32|
|1-Oct||Cancelled (STO Conference)|
|5||8-Oct||Hojo||pp. 32 - 40|
|15-Oct||Cancelled (Canadian Thanksgiving)|
|6||22-Oct||Tesshin||pp. 41 - 50|
|7||29-Oct||Zenku||pp. 50 - 59|
|8||5-Nov||Zenku||pp. 60 - 66|
|9||12-Nov||Tesshin||pp. 66 - 74|
|10||19-Nov||Hojo||pp. 74 - 83|
|26-Nov||Cancelled (US Thanksgiving)|
|11||3-Dec||Zenku||pp. 83 - 93|
|12||10-Dec||Tesshin||Conclusion and remaining questions.|
|31-Dec||Cancelled (New Year)|
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2) There may be a question posed by the Moderator. This is meant to encourage introspection and examination of the practice of zazen.
3) The discussion is conducted in the form of a seminar with the Moderator posing a question for discussion. A response can be a comment, observation, or a reaction to the reading. While the Moderator will ask everyone at some point if they want to say something, it is perfectly alright to say you have nothing at this time. Your presence is as important as making comments.
Note that one persons comment/question may lead other participants (but not the Teacher, at this point) to ask for clarification, or it may lead to posing another point of view. This is the point where dialog between participants is appropriate. This does not imply that any views are wrong, but it does imply that we are jointly seeking a better understanding. Offering comments based on our own personal experience, or on what other teachers have offered is appropriate. It is not appropriate to dismiss or disparage another's comments. It is best to keep a "wide view" of the practice.
After all have a chance to comment on the question the Teacher will comment on the discussion and offer their own understanding of the content, the context, the history, or other views of the issues/question at hand. This keeps the discussion open to all, but allows each person to participate meaningfully. No one has to participate who does not want to, but all will be asked if they have a comment. Finally, if there is a large group be mindful of the length of your comment. We would like to give all an opportunity to participate.
4) The Moderator, as possible, announces the end of the evening's discussion by asking if the group is ready to chant the Four Great Vows.
5) Not everyone has the same schedule and some may have to leave early. Please feel free to simply disconnect when you need to.