SEPTEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
SAVE THE DATE--KATE DRESHER RETREAT NOVEMBER 2-4
MINDFUL PARENTING CLASS LED BY ROSE METRO
FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH 2-3:30 PM, BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER
COMMITTED PRACTICE CLASSES BEGIN AGAIN IN SEPTEMBER--
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME
SUTTA STUDY GROUP LED BY PHIL JONES
REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEDITATION SESSIONS
SUNDAY MORNING 10:30 AM AND TUESDAY EVENINGS 7:30 PM
LOVINGKINDNESS GROUP LED BY TERRY WILSON
BEGINS SEPTEMBER 11 ON TUESDAY EVENINGS
CARING COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE: DONATIONS FOR PUERTO RICO RELIEF
OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS SATURDAY AFTERNOON 3:30-5:00 PM
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY
SCROLL AND READ BELOW FOR DETAILED INFORMATION
SEND QUESTIONS IF ANY TO SHOWMEDHARMA@GMAIL.COM
We are delighted that Kate Dresher will be offering a nonresidential weekend meditation retreat in November. On Friday there will be a free public talk open to the public, with the retreat held on Saturday 9:00-5:00, and Sunday 9:00-12:00. We will have potluck lunch after the Sunday session.
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.
About the teacher:
Kate Dresher has been practicing Buddhist meditation for nearly 20 years. She began teaching in 2010 at the request of her root teacher, Michele McDonald. Kate’s training has been primarily in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma and her practice has been guided most notably by Chanmyay Myaing Sayadaw and Sayadaw U Vivekananda. She has practiced as a nun in Myanmar and has received clinical pastoral training. Prior to following a spiritual calling, she received an undergraduate degree in engineering and a doctorate in economics. Kate’s sharing of the Dhamma emphasizes practicing right where we are as a doorway to the natural unfolding of wisdom and love. She teaches metta and vipassana retreats in the U.S. and British Columbia. She also provides ongoing support and guidance to individual practitioners. Kate currently resides in Portland, OR.
MINDFUL PARENTING CLASS
led by Rose Metro
First Sunday of Each Month 2:00-3:30 pm
beginning in September
Parenting is hard.
(Well, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done).
It’s even harder to parent mindfully—noticing your feelings and reactions, observing your words and actions, responding to your child’s needs, and being compassionate to everyone involved.
Date and Time:
First Sunday of each month, September – May 2:00-3:30 pm
Show Me Dharma
We will read Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn's
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
This class is offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis.
Sliding scale onsite childcare is available!
Also feel free to keep little ones with you.
Please contact Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining or for more information.
Committed Practice Classes Resume in September
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.
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.
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 September 17.
We will be using the book
When Awareness Becomes Natural: A Guide to Cultivating Mindfulness in Everyday Life
by Sayadaw U Tenjaniya. Here is a link to the book:
Thursday Evening Group
meets 7:00 pm-8:30 pm. The class will start on September 20.
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 Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. We will have this time 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.
Here is a link to the book:
Monthly Sutta Study Course led by Phil Jones
New Sutta Study Course
The Sutta Study Course will begin a new session on Nov. 12 reading and discussing
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha
During each meeting we will begin with a short period of silent meditation, read out loud portions of the month's sutta readings, and explore questions or comments you may have about the text. The focus is both on understanding the teachings and on how they are relevant to your own life and practice.
The course will meet about once a month, beginning on Monday Nov. 12 from 7-9 p.m. Offered on a dana basis.
Registration is required.
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
Tuesday Evening at 7:30 pm
SMD Library Catalogue Is Now
Our entire Library catalog is now available online. To look at the list of all 902 books currently available
. 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
and find Online Library Catalogue for searches by title or author.
Please note the following recent developments concerning our library.
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
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
- Not all books listed are immediately available for borrowing as some of them may already have been borrowed by other library patrons.
- 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'.
- 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
with any questions about the library.
OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN SHOW ME DHARMA
of Show Me Dharma,
if you are feeling called to serve the sangha, there are openings to be greeter at the Saturday Open Sit.Each Saturday we offer a safe haven to do seated practice from 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Show Me Dharma follows the teachings of the Buddha from the Theravada school. Meditation and concentration are vital elements in the way to enlightenment.Self-liberation is attained through one's own efforts.
What a generous and joy filled offering for all who seek tranquility and insight.
A simple training session is provided.
Please contact Susan Schabilion at email@example.com
with Saturday Open Sit in the subject line, if interested,
or call (573) 815-0352
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
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:
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
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
OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS
WEEKLY FROM 3:30-5:00 PM
There will be Saturday Open Sit for all 4 Saturdays in August:
Sept. 1 Tonda March
Sept. 8 Julie Midkiff
Sept.15 Susan Schabilion Julie Midkiff
Sept. 22 Shelly Speak
Sept. 29. Val Badder
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
The board of trustees is sincerely grateful for the financial contributions made by our members and friends to support our mission: make insight meditation available to mid-Missouri. At this time, Show Me Dharma enjoys financial stability. To make contributions, please place your check or cash in the basket at the sangha, mail a check to:
Treasurer @ Show Me Dharma
--Valerie Bader, Treasurer, SMD
USE THIS LINK BELOW FOR ONLINE DANA/GIVING (DONATIONS)
OTHER PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES
MID-AMERICA DHARMA RETREATS
Oct 12-14, 2018
Registration opens Aug 12 and closes Oct 4
Householder Retreat Multi-Day Non-Residential Retreat
Kansas City, MO
Dates and specific location to be determined
To ensure everyone has a safe and wholesome retreat, we ask each retreatant to honor The Five Precepts throughout the retreat.
For more information,
or call Carl Wingo at 573-449-1307.
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
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.
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.