The LDC (Living Dharma Centre) is starting a Virtual Book Club this fall.
We invite interested people to read a specific book chosen every three months and sign up for email participation and discussion.
For our first selection of our new book club, we have chosen two titles.
Both are excellent introductions to Shin Buddhism and are easily understandable.
These books are available through Chapters Indigo and Amazon.
To start up our Virtual Book Club, our first titles for the month of September, October and November are:
1) River of Fire, River of Water By Taitetsu Unno
Published in 1998 and speaks for itself as being a classic in Shin Buddhism literature. Written by the wonderful teacher and Shin Scholar, Tai Unno, if you have not already read it, we encourage you to!
2) Call of the Infinite By John Paraskevopoulos
A rare and lovely thing: a succinct treatment in 96 pages of the major concerns of Shin faith and life which manages to be compelling for all its brevity. Author John Paraskevopoulos is an Australian convert who is also a Shin priest.
He has the marvellous ability to anticipate a reader’s questions and answer them in straightforward fashion in a clear, lively prose.
Published in 2009 and the following are a few comments made by people who have read it:
Call of the Infinite is “I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend CALL OF THE INFINITE to one who has no previous background in Shin Buddhism. I feel confident that such a reader could then go on to the more fully-orbed works of such established writers as Alfred Bloom, Dennis Hirota, Kenneth Tanaka, and Taitetsu Unno. “-Peter M. Schogol
“This is a deeply thoughtful work and is a mature and useful guide for the spiritually hungry or perplexed. It is brief, but not epigramic; each paragraph gives the reader plenty to contemplate, but the meaning is always clear. The book is written in beautifully constructed English – not something one can take for granted in any published work. It is also cleverly and clearly structured.”- M.F. Healsmith