All Sangha Big Read: Awakening Together by Larry Yang

  • 05 Jan 2022
  • 7:00 PM
  • 21 Feb 2022
  • 8:15 PM



IMCC's Big Read: Awakening Together by Larry Yang

Hosted by Liz Reynolds

February 10 and 21, 7-8:15pm

Join us for the 2022 IMCC Sangha Big Read with Liz Reynolds. This year we will be reading Larry Yang's book, Awakening Together.

Anyone who wishes to participate is invited to join Liz for book discussions on February 10 (Part 1) and February 21 (Part 2). She will post reflection questions prior to each meeting. Please register through the "Register" link to the left to receive questions and Zoom link for our discussions!

If the cost of purchasing the book is a barrier to participation, contact us for  assistance. Used book copies are available at Thrift Books and Abe Books. If you have a copy you would lend out, let Judy know and she will make it available to others.

Awakening Together is filled with love. Larry Yang plants your feet, offers his hand, and without hesitation opens our eyes. His teachings on creating and sustaining communities that welcome the full range of our life experiences, are clear and poignant. He skillfully walks us into a vision of an inclusive spiritual home in which we can unfold and reveal our true selves. As a seasoned, and well-loved dharma teacher, his long-awaited gift satisfies the soul that yearns to be seen. Deep bows, beloved friend, for this offering.”– Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, author of The Way of Tenderness

“In Awakening Together, Larry Yang shares an in-depth personal journey and his professional experience of wise and actionable guidance for building inclusive Buddhist communities. A must read for anyone interested in understanding the integrities of belonging.”– Ruth King, dharma teacher, life coach, and author of Healing and Mindful of Race

About the book:

How can we connect our personal spiritual journeys with the larger course of our shared human experience? How do we compassionately and wisely navigate belonging and exclusion in our own hearts? And how can we embrace diverse identities and experiences within our spiritual communities, building sanghas that make good on the promise of liberation for everyone?

If you aren’t sure how to start this work, Awakening Together is for you. If you’ve begun but aren’t sure what the next steps are, this book is for you. If you’re already engaged in this work, this book will remind you none of us do this work alone. Whether you find yourself at the center or at the margins of your community, whether you’re a community member or a community leader, this book is for you.

About the author:

Larry Yang teaches meditation nationally, and has spent much energy to deepen Dharma teachings within multicultural communities. Larry is a core teacher of EBMC. He is on the Teachers’ Council and the Board at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and is the Guiding Teacher of Insight Community of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA. Larry is trained as a psychotherapist and has spent six months as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. He considers retreat practice, family practice, livelihood practice, and householder practice all integral to a spiritual path towards Freedom. He is one of the teachers who coordinate the Community Dharma Leadership training program cultivating future leadership in the dharma.

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