Awakening Together Book Group

Meets the 3rd Sunday of each month 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Led by Rose Metro

The SMD Teachers and Board would like to invite you to join us in our 2021 “One Read” of Larry Yang’s book Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community. We were drawn to this book by discussions we have been having over the past year about how we can wisely work against racism and other forms of ignorance, while making our sangha more inclusive--work that our fledgling Engaged Buddhism group hopes to carry on.

It’s OK if you can’t attend every session, feel free to attend as you are able and keep reading the book on your own. 

It’s also fine to read along on your own, or form a group of sangha friends to discuss the book at a time that is convenient for you. Rose will provide discussion questions each month. 

We expect that teachers may weave the understandings we gain into our dharma talks throughout the year, so that all may feel connected to the book’s teachings. Rose is also sharing here an evolving list of terms and definitions that may give us a common language to discuss this book as well as issues that may arise in our sangha; this list is not intended to provide “the right answers,” but to ground our discussions. 



Normally, we would encourage you to purchase the book from a local bookseller such as Yellow Dog Bookshop, Skylark Bookshop, or the Peace Nook. However, the book is on back order due to high demand. In the meantime, an ebook is available from Wisdom Publications. If an ebook will not work for you, please email have a small supply of paper copies that we can share.


To join the meetings, please use this Zoom Link. The password is showme.

Please look at the East Bay Meditation Center’s Agreements for Multicultural Interactions, (also an appendix to the book) which we will be using as a basis for our interactions during this discussion, and the Terms and Definitions that Rose has provided. Do you have any questions, suggestions, or confusion about either of those? What might you want to add or change?

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email I look forward to seeing some of you at the book club!


Engaged Buddhism Study Group

Our newly formed Engaged Buddhism Study Group welcomes your participation. If you would like to be involved email Caya at and we will put you on the mailing list and let you know when our monthly meetings are.