MAY 2018 NEWSLETTER
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

SAVE THE DATE--KATE DRESHER RETREAT NOVEMBER 2-4

SUTTA STUDY GROUP LED BY PHIL JONES--NEW MEMBERS WELCOME

COMMITTED PRACTICE CLASSES BEGIN IN JUNE--
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME


PUBLIC TALK BY KHENTRUL LODRO THAYE RINPOCHE
SUNDAY MAY 20 2:00-5:00 PM AT UNITY CENTER

CARING COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE FOR LOAVES AND FISHES JUNE 27 AND DONATIONS FOR PUERTO RICO RELIEF

REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEDITATION SESSIONS
SUNDAY MORNING 10:30 AM AND TUESDAY EVENINGS 7:30 PM

OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS SATURDAY AFTERNOON 3:30-5:00 PM

SCROLL AND READ BELOW FOR DETAILED INFORMATION
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SAVE THE DATE--WEEKEND RETREAT
WITH KATE DRESHER

We are happy to inform you that Kate Dresher will again be leading a retreat again this fall the weekend of November 2-4 at Show Me Dharma . Those of us who have attended a retreat with Kate know what a gifted inspiring teacher she is. Please consider attending this wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
Finding Joy in Troubled Times
A PUBLIC TALK BY KHENTRUL LODRO THAVE RINPOCHE
A highly revered and accomplished teacher of Tibetan Buddhism

Date and Time: Sunday, May 20, 2018 2 – 5 pm
Location: Unity Center 1600 W Broadway Columbia MO
Cost: A suggested sliding scale donation of $10-$25 will be payable at the event. 

“Khentrul Rinpoche will reveal how we can enjoy much greater well-being in our lives
by sharing some remarkable and little known tools for transforming adversity. The vast
majority of us have never considered this method for transforming our experience. It is
an unparalleled approach which directly pertains to the modern challenges we face.” www.katogcholing.com

For more information, contact Linda Pluschke for details at lindapluschke@gmail.com

Monthly Sutta Study Course led by Phil Jones
Open to New Members


Date and Time:  One Monday evening each month 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. 
Location:  Show Me Dharma,  1600 West Broadway
Cost: Offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis 

The Sutta Study course is working with Bhikkhu Bodhi's anthology, In the Buddha's Words. We will open for new members for our May and June meetings.

If you have an interest in participating, please contact Phil Jones,  phil@silentmindopenheart.org .

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Committed Practice Classes Resume in June
New Members Welcome


The committed practice groups are an opportunity to bring the practice of insight meditation into all aspects of daily life. It is for those with several months' meditation experience. Participants register and commit to regular attendance of the meetings. 

Requirements:  The committed practice groups require one of the following: either a) completion of the Introduction to Meditation Class and the Intermediate Meditation class; or b) three months of regular, preferably daily meditation practice, and a working knowledge of Buddhist concepts. It also implies your intention to practice daily, do the homework, and share your practice in class to the extent that you feel comfortable.

Cost:  Committed Practice Groups are offered on a dana 
(voluntary donation) basis.

Monday Morning Group  meets 8:00 am-9:30 am with Beth Shoyer and Joe McCormack. The class will resume June 11 and will continue until July 9. 
We are using the book  Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators  by Guy Armstrong. For more information, please Contact Joe McCormack at  metta41856@gmail.com  or Beth Shoyer at  beth.shoyer@gmail.com

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Thursday Evening Group  meets 7:00 pm-8:30 pm. The class will start on June 7 and continue until June 26.

The class will be led by Armine Alioto. In addition, we are honored to have SMD Teachers Collective Linda Pluschke and Phil Jones adding their insights into the dharma and the practice of mindfulness. 

We will be using  Mindfulness, A Practical Guide to Awakening by Joseph Goldstein  for the readings and practice for this summer as well as next Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. We will have a year to thoughtfully progress through this profound Theravada teaching of the Buddha, which was handed down to us through the Satipatthana Sutta. Explore the dharma of everyday life. Discover the happiness that is always within you. We will spend eight weeks this summer mindfully investigating the body by bringing attention and awareness to breathing, body positions, our actions, and physical bodies.  

For more information about the Thursday Evening Group: Please contact Armine Alioto at  ArmineAnnAlioto@gmail.com
SMD LIBRARY COMMITTEE 
SMD Library Catalogue Is Now  Online

Our entire Library catalog is now available online. To look at the list of all 902 books currently available  online .  From Theravada to Zen, Vajrayana to Yoga and healthy eating to everything in between to eclectic spiritual is here for you to browse.  There are over 900 titles to spark your interest.You can access the on-line library by going to the Show Me Dharma website at  www.showmedharma.org  Click on Library and find Online Library Catalogue for searches by title or author.

Please note the following recent developments concerning our library.

*New Developments*

Some Books Available on a Dana Basis--Come See*
We have identified a number of books that have not been checked out recently and are offering these books to sangha members on a dana basis. So, please do peruse these adoptable books. They are located on the table in the office/ cushion area of Show Me Dharma. Remaining books will be relocated at the end of May.
Even the act of selecting a book is a form of generosity, and any Dana given will help support Show Me Dharma financial obligations, which is greatly appreciated. 
New Book Acquisitions
With loving gratitude for the dharma, the library committee would like the sangha to know about several new book acquisitions that have been added to the shelves. Come and see.
Please Consider Volunterin g
The Library Committee is looking for those who would like to serve to help maintain our abundant offerings of written wisdom. If you are available for this, your help would be greatly appreciated.
3 new books on Diversity  
*The Way of Tenderness, Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, & Gender by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel *Radical Dharma, Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo williams *Awakening Together, The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community by Larry Yang
2 new books in the Theravada tradition
*Compassion and Emptiness, In Early Buddhist Meditation by Analyo
*Mindfully Facing Disease and Death, Compassionate Advice from Early Buddhist Texts by Analyo

Library Policies 
  1. Not all books listed are immediately available for borrowing as some of them may already have been borrowed by other library patrons.
  2. SOME books are strictly in-house reference books and should only be used while at Show Me Dharma unless you obtain permission from a teacher to borrow them. These books are located on the shelves labeled "Primary Sources'. 
  3. If you see a book you would like to borrow but it is already checked out just leave your contact information on the form provided on the check-out shelf and when the book is returned you will be contacted by the Library Committee to let you know it is available.

Request for Library Donations
As always, we continue to welcome book donations. If there is a book you think would be a good addition to the library, please let someone on the Library committee know about it.You may contact Armine Alioto at  dc4q13aa@gmail.com  with any questions about the library.
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OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN SHOW ME DHARMA




Other SMD Opportunities

There are a number of ways to get involved in the workings of Show Me Dharma. Show Me Dharma has a number of committees, covering aspects of the organization including managing the SMD library, organizing our retreats, handling membership, treasurer tasks and fundraising, providing support for sangha members when needs arise, and outreach to the community. 




If anyone is interested in helping with social media promotion (includes Facebook &Twitter), please send an email to  showmedharma@gmail.com





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SMD CARING COMMITTEE

The Show Me Dharma Caring Committee was organized to provide wise and kind support for and service to members of Show Me Dharma community, the Columbia community at large, and in response to suffering in the world. We are in the process of planning several exciting projects, and as we proceed, we are seeking your participation. Here are some of the projects we are developing, both currently and in the future. Please see our activities below: 


 Show Me Dharma will again be sponsoring the evening meal at Loaves and Fishes,  702 Wilkes Boulevard, Wilkes Boulevard   United Methodist Church, on  Wednesday, June 27 . The theme for June has not yet been announced. Thanks so much to all of you who have been able to participate up to this point. We ask that volunteers who want to help serve and clean up arrive at 4, and those dropping off food to do so no later than 4:30 pm at the rear entrance.

Schedule for 2018:  We are trading off the 4th Wednesday of the month with another group, so our next time is June 27. Our months for the rest of 2018 will be June, August, October and November.  


If you have any questions, please call Patricia Riely at  (573) 999-6635

2)  Puerto Rico Relief and Rebuilding Support:   180 families benefited from our successful fundraiser last December. Lamps were distributed to families in the following areas: Maracaibo, Vieques, Las Marias  Añasco and Aguado. People have been asking for more since the rebuilding of the electrical grid in the country has still not reached mountainous regions of the country (where over 300,000 people are without power). We have been given a special discount by the Luci Solar lamp company (Lamps for $10 instead of $20-22 each). If you would like to contribute $10 to sponsor a solar lamp, please place your donation in the basket at Show-me Dharma, or go to our website  https://showmedharma.org/donate-online-for-puerto-rico/  

You can make a  one time payment  using  Paypal

Once we receive all the funds, we will purchase the lamps and panels and send them directly to a community organization in Puerto Rico.
~Caya Tanski-French, Chair of Caring Committee. Board , Show Me Dharma

SATURDAY AFTERNOON MEDITATION SESSIONS    
WEEKLY FROM 3:30-5:00 PM

REGULARLY SCHEDULED SHOW ME DHARMA 
MEDITATION SESSIONS
Show Me Dharma offers drop-in meditation sessions every Sunday morning 10:30 am and Tuesday evening 7:30 pm. All are welcome, even if you have never tried meditation before. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to meditate. No registration is required. We provide cushions and chairs. Each session offers meditation instruction, a 30-40 minute sit, dharma talk and discussion. These sessions are offered without charge. This service is supported by dana (donations) .

Sunday Morning at 10:30 am

May 6 Phil Jones
May 13 Terry Furstenau
May 20 Joe McCormack
May 27 Donna Strickland



We Appreciate Your Generosity
The work of Show Me Dharma is made possible by the generosity of our supporters. The teachings have been kept alive for over 2,500 years thanks to those who have voluntarily given so that others might benefit.

While there is never a charge for participating in SMD, for those able to give monetarily, donations are gratefully accepted. Donations are used to pay our rent and utilities, offer our guests tea, support our teachers, offer retreats by guest teachers, and reach out to the community.

Please Note the Following Change to Online Giving

Thank you all for your generosity in giving to Show Me Dharma. This year we are adopting PayPal as our online platform for receiving donations. We will no longer be using Click and Pledge. If you have a recurrent donation through Click and Pledge, please  e-mail Valerie Bader at valbader49@gmail.com  to have this cancelled. If you want to start a monthly electronic contribution, please consider doing so through  our PayPal account .  
Thank you for your generosity.


USE THIS LINK BELOW FOR ONLINE DANA/GIVING (DONATIONS)
OTHER PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES
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Residential Retreat with  Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia
June 14-17, 2018
Registration opens March 14 and closes May 31
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Residential Retreat with  Shaila Catherine  and Philip Jones
August 9-16, 2018 
Registration opens May 9 and closes July 30
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3 Day Non-Residential Taught by  Bridget Rolens
Oct 12-14, 2018
Registration opens Aug 12 and closes Oct 4
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Householder Retreat Multi-Day Non-Residential Retreat
Taught by  Robert Brumet
Fall 2018
Kansas City, MO
Dates and specific location to be determined
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To ensure everyone has a safe and wholesome retreat, we ask each retreatant to honor The Five Precepts throughout the retreat. 
For more information,  contact us  or call Carl Wingo at 573-449-1307.
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CHANTING INTO MEDITATION 
EVERY THIRD FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

 

Chanting into meditation  is based on the yogic practice of raising energy and quickly stopping. The mantras chanted carry a vibration that shifts the consciousness into a broader perspective, as well as releasing the places of holding around the heart. We chant for an extended period, then stop to experience the energy in stillness. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this experience and this community of committed practitioners.

TIBETAN CHANTING GROUP
led by by Carla Campbell

Date and Time: Sundays 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Location: Show Me Dharma

The Tibetan Chanting Group discusses the use of mindful sound (i.e., mantras), in Tibetan Buddhist mind training. The group learns various modes of chanting common mantras such as those of Green Tara (OM TARA TAM SOHA) and Avalokite (OM MANI PEMAY HUM), the female and male symbols of compassion and loving kindness.

Additionally the Tibetan practice group is offering a beginning class in classical Tibetan on Wednesday at 11 am. All are welcome. Currently the group is working on pronouncing the alphabet correctly (as Tibetan is a tonal language), recognizing, naming and writing the various letters, and formulating simple syllables.


Bishop William Green, who began the group and led it at its inception, has relocated. With Bishop Green's relocating, Carla Campbell will coordinate with group in the future. Bishop Green will continue to be a teaching resource for the group on an intermittent basis. Bishop Green is a bishop in the African Orthodox Church. He also is an inter-denominational chaplain, has studied Buddhism with the Dalai Lama, and is a published scholar on religion in the southern black community. For more information, call 601-316-7614
HEARTWOOD RETREAT CENTER

The Heartwood Retreat Center, located in Hendersonville, North Carolina, offers retreats in a variety of Buddhist and other spiritual traditions. There are self-retreats as noted below, as well as retreats led by Venerable Pannavati and others. For a listing of retreat opportunities, please visit 

HW provides a charming and comfortable space for study, contemplation and intensive practice  without imposing a rigid format.  You have the support and guidance of our teachers, and access to the weekly offerings  (there's something for you to participate in every day...from yoga to meditation to Qigong!). 
Close to Ashville, NC, Pisgah and Dupont Forests, you are invited to visit Heartwood and  explore what makes the Smoky Mountains the ideal location for your next retreat.
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BODHI COURSES
Online Courses Taught by Shaila Catherine
Satipatthāna Part 2: Mindfulness of Mind
   Coming in 2018, Dates TBA

The Satipatthāna Sutta, an important and practical discourse, has influenced most of the approaches to mindfulness and insight meditation that we practice today. This online course will work with the practices and teachings that are found in the Satipatthāna Sutta with a focus on the three satipatthānas related to mind.
This is the second in a two part Satipatthāna Series, however, it is not necessary to have taken the previous course (on mindfulness of body) to attend this second course (on mindfulness of mind). Newcomers are welcome to register for this course, and may choose to attend part one at a later date.
The course will include recorded lectures, reading assignments, sutta study, guided meditations, discussion forums, and optional audio conferences with Shaila Catherine. The core text will be Perspectives on Satipatthāna by Bhikkhu Analayo. This course is suitable for all levels of experience. 
Additional details will be available at a later date. 
For more information or to register, go to  http://www.bodhicourses.org/satipatthana-mindfulness-of-body
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