I’ve noticed that poems are often read aloud twice. Repetition, it seems, helps us to hear meaning.
Reading is like this too. I used to tell my students, “read this once, twice, and then again. And if you plan to write or speak on this text, you will need to read it many more times. Also, for advanced students, “read a book a day.” Gasp. No, really. For me, these are the habits of the mind. I am not the exception but the rule among my colleagues. People read like this—multiple times, to savor language, meaning, and think anew. Grief has me off my reading game these days. But here is an abbreviated list of what is stacked at home (and cued up on audible or audio). This is a ridiculous amount…. but this is home. And my point is not that you should read what I read, you should read more, or for that matter less. The point is to think about what contributes to hearing meaning.
Norman Fischer (2012) Training in Compassion, Teachings on the Practice of Lojong
Dharma Eye (Journal of the Soto Shu) online
Toni Morrison, The Sources of Self-Regard, Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations (2019)
Ann Burns, Milkman (2018)
Marion James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (2014)
Michelle Obama Becoming (2018)
The New Yorker ( depressingly tall stack of mags)
Duncan Williams American Sutra (2019)
Peter Mathiessen Shadow Country
Lots of Zen Center talks, from Upaya to Brooklyn, Houston, and SFZC. Too numerous to mention and link here. There are some talks I’ve listened to 3X.