"Tea and Cake with Demons: A Buddhist Guide to Feeling Worthy"
by Adreanna Limbach
In Tea and Cake with Demons, meditation teacher Adreanna Limbach shares a down-to-earth, often humorous, and delightfully insightful discussion of Buddhism through the lens of modern life - and all our cultural, technological, and still-timeless obstacles.
So many of us go through our days feeling overwhelmed. We do our best to navigate the craziness of the modern world - finding a purpose while making ends meet, going down social media black holes but craving meaningful connection, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle in a society that seems to be falling apart.
At the end of the day, we have a sneaking suspicion of some fundamental flaw - our “demons” rear their heads, manifesting for many of us as a chronic sense of not-enoughness.
Using The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path as a framework, Adreanna guides us to meet all our most common demons - shame, perfectionism, self-doubt, fixation - all while myth-busting the cultural narratives that keep us stuck.
Throughout Tea and Cake with Demons, Adreanna shares simple meditation practices, personal anecdotes, and traditional Buddhist tales that help you embrace the full experience of being human - including those pesky demons - and realize your fundamental, untouchable, and true self-worth.
Book Club Details
This group will meet VIRTUALLY once a week in October, on Tuesdays at 7:00 - 8:30pm ET, with the exception of the fourth meeting which will be Monday (as detailed below). Meetings will feature brief guided meditation practice in addition to group discussion on the book.
Session 1 (Tuesday, October 11): Part 1: Waking up to Worthiness
Session 2 (Tuesday, October 18): Part 2: The Four Noble Truths
Session 3 (Tuesday, October 25): Part 3: The Eightfold Path to Chapter 14
Session 4 (Monday, October 31): Part 4: Chapter 14 to End
Includes a full Q&A and talk with the author
Sessions will adhere to the following cadence:
Quotes & conversation
Cost for all four sessions is $80. If you wish to only attend the fourth session with the author Q&A, we are requesting $20.
Any questions? Please email Nandini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"“For each of us, this demon material is like our own unique neurotic thumbprint. It’s in our difficult emotions, confused states of mind, and the unintegrated aspects of ourselves that cloud our Buddha Nature… what comes bounding to the forefront in moments of stress when your natural wakefulness is obscured? This is a pretty good indicator of what your demon material is composed of. Like poking a sleeping bear, our demons tend to rise to the surface when we feel vulnerable, threatened, or hurt."
— Excerpt from "Tea and Cake with Demons: A Buddhist Guide to Feeling Worthy" by Adreanna Limbach