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Welcome to the final week of our book club’s reading of The Mindfulness Survival Kit!

Remember that our Reading Peace book club members get 25% off on our monthly picks for the duration of the month, so you still have until the end of today to get your club discount for The Mindfulness Survival Kit.

You can also order your copy of Healing early with the 25% off code provided on this site!

Here’s the Reader’s Guide for last section of the book, Part 2: A Comparison of Ethical Traditions.

This section of the book is noticeably more advanced than the first part, so please don’t get too hung up on the details or get discouraged.


1) We’ve reached the end of the Mindfulness Survival Kit, but not the end of our practice. The last section on ethics, as difficult it may be to understand at first, signifies this truth.

The Five Mindfulness Trainings represent five cornerstones of an applied ethics for our time. They are not commands, nor are they laws to obey in perfection.

Like a compass, they orient us towards living a happy, ethical life.

2) In reading this book throughout October, what stands out as your favorite passage? Share it with us below!

3) Your practice is like a single candle which burns brightly by itself, but it can also be used to light other candles without diminishing your own flame and with no extra effort.

Thank you for reading along and practicing with us. You are not only helping yourself, but all beings around you.

Food for Thought

“Our ethic needs to be an ethic without dogmas, without views. No one imposes the trainings on us, no one is asking us to practice. We ourselves can see based on our own insight and experience that it is our path of joy, compassion, and love.” p. 127-8

“We can begin practicing at any time. Yesterday, we may have produced an unkind thought. Today, we can produce another thought that can modify and transform the thought produced yesterday.” p.130

“According to the practice of investigating the name, we have to let go of the name in order to come to the nature. We let go of the word ‘robe’ in order to discover the nature of a robe.” p. 138

“It’s easy to see that a dream isn’t something real. But it’s not so easy to see that when we’re awake things aren’t real in the way we think they are because we’re influenced by wrong perceptions and delusion. We think that we’re awake but in fact we continue to dream. For example, although we know intellectually that things are impermanent, we live as though our body is permanent.” p.148

“The Buddha was very pragmatic. He said: ‘You do not need to ask questions about what happens after death, how the universe began, when it will end and so on. Bring your mind back to the real situation in which you’re living. You have to recognize the suffering that is, discover its cause, and then find a way out of it.’” p. 188

“If we study the mindfulness trainings properly and deeply, the more we study the more interesting and deep they become.” p. 191

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Elaine Fisher | 38 comments I'm enjoying the readers' guides!

Parallax Press (parallaxpress) | 53 comments Mod
Elaine wrote: "I'm enjoying the readers' guides!"

Thank you Elaine! I put a lot of effort into making them :D

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