Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Book Club Discussion of Hope Leans Forward
Daily we are asked to stretch in the direction of goodness, kindness, forgiveness, patience, and vulnerability. Yet life’s fragility, fear and anxiety, and our own self-sabotage can derail us from growing and thriving, leaving us stuck, fractured, and constantly second-guessing ourselves. How can we gain greater self-awareness and bravery to break these patterns?
Ordained Buddhist teacher and Quaker Valerie Brown invites us into the heart of compassion, insight, and courage. Hope Leans Forward explores Buddhist teachings on the Seven Factors of Awakening and the wisdom of Quaker faith and practice. It is a guidebook for all of us who are on journeys of self-transformation, self-discovery, and spiritual discernment. Centering small, everyday acts of bravery with diverse stories from marginalized communities, Brown’s unique perspective as a Black Buddhist Dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition and her extensive leadership experience shepherd us in navigating life’s essential questions to discover true aliveness and meaning. When we focus on cultivating clarity and discernment in our purpose, we begin to understand that we are truly connected to―and that we contribute to―a larger whole.