Bodhi Manda Zen Center

An American Rinzai Zen Buddhist Center in Jemez Springs, New Mexico

Read ‘Buddhism Plain & Simple’ for the first meeting of the BMZC Book Club

Buddhism Plain & Simple book cover

Is the point of Buddhism “to just see,” as Steve Hagen writes in the start of his book, Buddhism Plain & Simple?

What inescapable situation are humans faced with and how does Buddhism help confront it?

Why is maximization of choice a “form of bondage”?

Explore these questions and others at the inaugural meeting of the Bodhi Manda Zen Center Book Club. We’ll gather at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, to talk about the first three chapters of Hagen’s book, Buddhism Plain & Simple. We’ll continue getting together every Wednesday at the same time to explore additional portions of the text. These discussions are part of the Center’s monastic training for May.

A few copies of Hagen’s work are available to borrow, but please reach out before stopping by. You can contact the Center via our contact form or by phone at 575-829-3854.

If you’d like to support BMZC by purchasing the book through the Amazon Smile charity program, we would be grateful if you chose the Center as the recipient of your generosity by visiting this link. (If you are already signed up with Amazon Smile, you can switch your charity to the Center by searching for “Jemez Bodhi Mandala.”) When you buy through the program, 0.5 percent of the value of your purchase will be donated to the Center. Once you’re enrolled, go to the Buddhism Plain & Simple product page on and proceed with your purchase.

If you can’t make the inaugural meeting of the BBC (Bodhi Book Club), join us at future get togethers every Wednesday at 7 p.m. To view the latest news about the book club, visit We hope to see you!

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