CREATING THE WORLD WE WANT TO SEE---FINDING JOY, RESILIENCE, AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDST OF HEARTBREAK
A WEEKEND RETREAT WITH SHERRY ELLMS
NEW COURSE: OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TO CONCENTRATION
WITH SHAILA CATHERINE
INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS MEDITATION CLASS
WEDNESDAYS BEGAN IN JANUARY 16
COMMITTED PRACTICE CLASSES WILL BEGAN IN JANUARY-
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
CARING COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE: DONATIONS FOR PUERTO RICO RELIEF AND LOAVES AND FISHES
OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS SATURDAY AFTERNOON 3:30-5:00 PM
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY
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WINTER WEATHER POLICY
Show Me Dharma will follow the course of the Unity Church and the public schools in determining whether to cancel activities in the event of inclement weather. Every effort will be made to contact our members in the the case of event cancellation
Creating the World We Want To See - Finding Joy, Resilience and Justice in the Midst of Heartbreak
A Weekend Retreat with Sherry Ellms
March 15-17, 2019
Friday 7-9; Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 9-12 noon.
How can we disrupt the patterns that have held us down individually and as a society? This weekend we will use the framing of Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects to explore how we can hold all that is occurring on our planet and go forth to create a more Life Sustaining Society with compassion and wisdom. We need each other. We cannot do this alone.
There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, interactive exercises and opportunities to have direct experience with the natural world - a source of both healing and knowledge.
“Walk boldly through your life with an open broken heart. If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.” Joanna Macy
About the Teacher
Sherry Ellms is Associate Professor in the Masters in Environmental and Resilient Leadership Programs at Naropa University and faculty lead of the Joanna Macy Center @ Naropa. She is a Senior teacher in the Shambhala lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and a facilitator in the Work That Reconnects, the root teachings of Joanna Macy. For 35 years Sherry has been leading meditation and nature-based retreats in spiritual and secular settings, with a focus on application to leadership, earth stewardship and personal sustainability.
with Shaila Catherine
Learn how to clear a path to the deep states of joy, peace, and tranquility that concentration practice provides. This course will give you fresh insights into the hindrances that impede your meditation and proven, powerful strategies for overcoming them.
Course Dates: February 16 – April 20, 2019
Registration ends February 11.
You can participate from any time zone!
Many of us find that our meditation practices are disrupted by hindrances such as agitation, craving, irritation, or dullness. We practice diligently without making the kind of progress we’d like, simply because we don’t know how to work skillfully with these obstacles. This class can help change that!
Also, help us spread the word about this exciting course by forwarding this email and/or
our Facebook post
to your friends.
Co-produced by Bodhi Courses and Insight Meditation South Bay
Our mailing address is:
PO Box 490
Menlo Park, CA 94026
INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS MEDITATION CLASS
I am pleased to announce that registration is now open for our 8-week Spring Introduction to Meditation class. Class begins on Wednesday January 16 from 6:30 to 8 pm.
What: Introduction to Meditation: The Basics of Mindfulness Meditation as taught by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach
Where: ShowMe Dharma, 1600 W. Broadway, Columbia Mo
When: Wednesdays 6:30 to 8 pm, beginning January 16
Who: Facilitated by Caya Tanski
Cost: Donations (Dana)
Registration is required: Register
Class size is limited to 35. Once registration fills you may be added to a waiting list.
This introduction to meditation class will cover the basics of mindfulness meditation. It will help you discover or deepen the power of awareness and presence in your everyday life.
The dharma talks in this class are presented via video projection and are taught by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, internationally renowned Theravadan vipassana teachers.
The four main topics that will be covered in this four-week introduction are the following:
* Establishing a Practice
* Awakening in the Body
* Mindfulness of Emotions
* Freedom from Thoughts
Classes will consist of meditation practice, dharma talks by Jack or Tara, class discussion of video talks, and sharing of class participants' personal experience with meditation.
For more information about the class, please contact Caya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To REGISTER for the class, click
This class is available to anyone inside or outside Show Me Dharma. It is for people who are new to practice or those who are interested in re-establishing a practice.
Use the links below to download a flyer that you can share with others if appropriate.
Committed Practice Classes Began in January
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 began on Monday January 21.
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 began on January 17.
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 began a new session on Nov. 12 reading and discussing
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha
. The next meeting is February 4.
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, 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:
Loaves and Fishes Dinner 2019--February, April, June, August, October, and November
The Show Me Dharma Caring Committee invites you to help serve a meal to homeless and near-homeless people at Loaves and Fishes on February 27th from 4 to 7 pm. Our theme for February is LASAGNE (meat and/or vegetarian).
Puerto Rico Relief and Rebuilding Support
The Caring Committee continues to support our sangha’s work in Puerto Rico through raising funds for grassroots reconstruction and development. We raised approximately $500 during our Holiday fundraiser. The funds we provide support community kitchens, community gardens, education about renewable and sustainable energy and agriculture, community health clinics and the development of a national network of “Mutual Support Centers.” The Mutual Support Centers help people coordinate work projects that build independence and self-reliance.
As part of our Puerto Rico fundraiser, during the week of February 14, Caring Committee members will be bringing special treats to our regular meditation classes. Please come prepared with dollar bills of several denominations in case you want to make a donation for a goodie or two
The Caring Coming is looking for someone who is knowledgeable in the field of psychology who could help a former psychologist who has had a traumatic brain injury study for a certification exam. The woman worked for a long time with our former sangha teacher, Ginny Morgan, and she cannot see very well, but needs this help so she can earn a living. The help she is looking for is basically someone to read to her to help her study. If you would be interested in helping, please contact Kate Walker, of the Caring Committee at WalkerJa@missouri.edu.
If you, or someone you know in the sangha needs care, please contact any one of the three members of the SMD Caring Committee: Pat Riely (firstname.lastname@example.org), Kate Walker (WalkerJa@missouri.edu) or Caya Tanski (email@example.com).
Thank you for your support of our Caring Committee's fundraisers.
~Caya Tanski-French, Chair of Caring Committee. Board , Show Me Dharma
OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS
WEEKLY FROM 3:30-5:00 PM
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
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.