Temple Book Club

The book club will meet every two weeks on Thursday starting on February 29th and ending on May 23rd from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. We will be starting the book club by gathering to discuss Dr. Jeff Wilson’s recent book: “Living Nembutsu, Applying Shinran’s Radically Engaged Buddhism in life and Society”.

The 157-page book is regarded as a sourcebook for Jodo Shinshu Buddhists looking to apply Pure Land perspectives to the problems, we face in the world today from an exploration on the life and teachings of Shinran Shonin.

The book club will be held at the Calgary Buddhist Temple and will accommodate both in-person and online participation.  Register in advance if participating online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom meeting.

Following our completion of reading and discussing the book, we have invited the author, Dr. Jeff Wilson, to visit the Calgary Buddhist Temple on Saturday, May 25th in order to have a final discussion regarding the book’s central focus. This final discussion will also be held in-person and online.

The Calgary Buddhist Temple currently has 35 copies of the book for sale at a price of $15.00. Please contact Robert Sensei at calgarybuddhisttemple@gmail.com if you would like to purchase the book from the temple. The book can also be purchased directly from sumeru-books.com and Amazon.ca.


STUDY QUESTIONS for Feb 29, 2024:

Introduction Rooted in the Buddha-Ground

  1. Have you ever wondered whether Pure Land Buddhism is relevant to contemporary problems?
  2. Why did Dr. Wilson write this book?
  3. The introduction provides brief explanations of Shinran Shonin, Jodo Shinshu, Namo Amida Butsu, nembutsu, and Pure Land. How familiar were you with these aspects of Buddhism?

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