Voluntary Simplicity Discussion Group

Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Schedule: See above
Price: Donations welcomed

We will be taking on a Fall Practice Period (Ango), a time to focus on increasing our Zazen practice September 26 through November 24, 2013. As we increase the time we spend our life energy in one area, what is it that will fall away? How did our lives get so busy? What can we let go?

In support of this question, we are offering a discussion group on Voluntary Simplicity. This group is structured by the Northwest Earth Institute. It is a five-week discussion group, and you are invited to participate.

It is recommended that each person purchase a book of the readings for each week. The book costs $25. Heart of Wisdom has some books available. Here is an excerpt of the book. You can read the introduction, learn about the discussion groups' structure, and read chapter one of the book. Feel free to read for session one from here, and come prepared to discuss "The Meaning of Simplicity" on October 6th. Discussion groups are scheduled for October 6, 13, 20, and November 3, 10 from 5:00 to 6:30 at Heart of Wisdom. (There will not be a meeting on October 27.) The group can decide whether to have an additional 6th group "celebration" meeting.

According to the NWEI, participants in the discussion course will:
• Gain an understanding of the meaning of voluntary simplicity
• Explore the material and psychological distractions that prevent us from caring for Earth
• Consider how life might be enriched through the practice of simplicity
• Develop a personal Action Plan to integrate simplicity into their lives


Please send an email to Jomon if you would like to participate in the discussion group, so she will know how many people to expect. 

Also, let her know if you would like to purchase a book for yourself, if you can donate an additional book for someone else, or if you need help getting a book. It will be good to know how many books we will need to order. She will be at sesshin until September 22, so if you have immediate questions, Bansho can also help you. 

Laura Jomon Martin

Laura Jomon Martin

A social worker since 1993, Laura Jomon Martin has been teaching mindfulness in health and mental health care since 2002.  She has been an instructor of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) since 2009.  She is in private practice as a counselor, and is a senior student and graduate of the Sanghakai Lay Zen leaders program with the Zen Community of Oregon.

Jomon is also a member of the Sangha Harmony Committee.