The Book Club

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Welcome to the Free Women’s Collective (FWC) Book Club!

We were the original FWC group and we started a monthly virtual book club in January 2020.

Our virtual book club is open to all- and you don’t even need to have finished reading the book to attend. Once a year or so we have a call for book nominations and then we vote on books to read for the year. We meet virtually the first Monday of the month from 7pm- 8:30pm and we use the same zoom channel as the Sangha.

Men are very welcome to read books, participate in our discussions, and nominate books for us all to read, but voting on books is reserved for women. Our goal is to give us an opportunity to expand our understanding of Buddhism by reading books and then having discussions where we share quotes, can ask questions, and can try to tie in concepts with daily life.

Feel free to take notes as you read with what has sparked your interest. We hope to try to bring light and life to the many outstanding women authors, but we occasionally read a good book or two by males. 

It is a safe easy relaxed zone where all are welcome and encouraged to get to know each other and share some life thoughts in our monthly zoom meetings.  Check out what we are reading and join us!! For any questions, please email Happy reading!

Schedule and Updates

Interested in advancing your understanding of the Dharma and deepening your relationship with dharma brothers and sisters? Join our sangha book club! This year we are reading one book over two months. The first meeting discusses the first half of the book, and the final meeting discusses the second half. Please make a note now in your calendars of the dates and books. You are encouraged to take notes and share quotes you find noteworthy. All are welcome! No need to have done all – or even any- of the reading to participate. 

Thank you to everyone who nominated and voted for books! We have a great lineup of reading for next year. Here are the books that were chosen for 2023:

January 9th (because of New Year Holiday) and February 6th to discuss
It’s Up to You: The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path by Dzigar Kongtrul
 (Available on Audible)

March 6th and April 3rd to discuss

The Sakya Jetsunmas: The Hidden World of Tibetan Female Lamas by Elisabeth A. Benard

May 1st and June 12th (because of scheduling conflict) to discuss

How We Live is How We Die by Pema Chodron (Available on Audible)

July 10th (because of 4th of July Holiday) and August 7th to discuss

Boundless Healing: Meditation Exercises to Enlighten the Mind and Heal the Body by Tulku Thondup

September 11th (because of Labor Day) and October 2nd to discuss

Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die by Sushila Blackman (Available on Audible)

November 6th and December 4th to discuss

Rebel Buddha: A Guide to a Revolution of Mind by Dzogchen Ponlop (Available on Audible)

About the Virtual Book Club

The Free Women’s Collective Virtual Book Club is a monthly book discussion group on Zoom open to all Sangha members. 

  • It is not necessary to have read the whole book in order to participate in the discussion. 
  • Feel free to make notes as you read to remember quotes, questions, or ideas that stood out.
  • Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month (unless scheduled otherwise for the second Monday due to a holiday or other conflict) from 7:00-8:30pm (Central Time) on the Sangha Zoom channel. Join us at

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