FEBRURARY 2020 NEWSLETTER
ONE DAY RETREAT TO BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 2---REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!
REGULAR SUNDAY SITTING WILL NOT TAKE PLACE THIS SUNDAY. WILL RESUME AT A NEW TIME, 10:00 AM ON FEBRUARY 9
NEW COURSE: INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS MEDITATION BEGAN WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22
COMMITTED PRACTICE CLASSES BEGAN IN JANUARY. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME!
SUTTA STUDY GROUP LED BY PHIL JONES
REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEDITATION SESSIONS
SUNDAY MORNING, AT 10 AM BEGINNING FEBRUARY 9 AND TUESDAY EVENINGS 7:30 PM
SUNDAY SOCIAL HELD FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH AFTER SUNDAY MORNING MEDITATION (Will Resume in March)
OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS SATURDAY AFTERNOON 3:30-5:00 PM. Contact Judy Midkiff at
BOARD MEMBER OPENINGS
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY
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One Day Retreat--REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED
DUE TO HIGH REGISTRATION NUMBERS, REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED.
The Practice of Meditation: Working with Concentration, Insight, and More
Led By the Show Me Dharma Teachers Joe McCormack, Linda Plushke, and Tricia Straub
Date and Time: Sunday February 2 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Show Me Dharma, 1600 West Broadway, Columbia
Cost: This retreat is offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis
In this retreat we will explore a number of meditation practices that are part of the Theravada Buddhist tradition, including concentration practice, insight practice, Metta meditation and body scan. Our intention will be to provide practice instructions for each of these. We will also explore the ways in which each of these practices moves us in the direction of wisdom, freedom, kindness, and compassion.
This retreat will be held in noble silence. We will have alternating periods of sitting meditation and walking meditation. There will be brief talks by the teachers, as well as opportunities to ask questions. Please consider taking this opportunity to deepen your practice.
The regular Sunday sit will happen during the retreat. Please be mindful of Nobel Silence when you arrive, during the sit and when you leave. Thank you
INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Date and Time: Wednesdays 6:30 pm. – 8:00 pm.
Start: Wednesday, January 22
Location: Show Me Dharma, 1600 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO
Cost: This class is offered on a Dana (voluntary donation) basis
Mindfulness meditation, or vipassana, is a 2500 year-old Buddhist practice that can benefit every aspect of your life. Vipassana can help you relax, cope with work and family stress, deeply heal your emotional life and lead you to spiritual freedom.
The class will be taught by Terry Furstenau. Each class will consist of a talk, meditation practice, and group discussion. This class is taught on a donation basis. C
ontact Terry Furstenau at email@example.com if interested
SUNDAY SOCIAL (Will Resume in March)
After the 10:30 sitting on the first Sunday of the month, members of Show Me Dharma will be welcoming newer attendees with an informal and relaxed discussion of our Sangha. It will be a great way to meet people and learn more about our group. Please consider joining us!
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.
Both the Monday Morning Class and the Thursday Evening Class began in January.
The Monday Morning Class resumed on January 27.
The Thursday Evening Class resumed on January 16.
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 Joe McCormack.
We will be using the book
by Tara Brach. Here is a link to the book:
Thursday Evening Group meets 7:00 pm-8:30 pm with Terry Furstenau. It began on January 16.
We will be using
Parami--Ways to Cross Life's Floods
." by Ajahn Sucitto.
Here is a link to the book:
Pārami – ‘perfections,’ or transcendent virtues – are daily life practices that give the mind a firm ground in Dhamma. Comprising simple qualities like patience, generosity and truthfulness, they can be skilfully applied to the ‘flash-points’ in the day in order to steer the mind out of samsaric currents and on towards peace, clarity and nibbāna.
For more information about the Thursday Evening Group: Please contact Terry Furstenau at
Monthly Sutta Study Course led by Phil Jones
New Sutta Study Course
The Sutta Study Course began a new session on Nov. 12, 2018, reading and discussing
The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha
. The next meeting is Monday, February 3.
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.
For more information or to register, contact Phil Jones,
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)
AT 10:00 AM BEGINNING FEBRUARY 9
All Day Retreat. NO SUNDAY SITTING
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 784 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.
The Library offers books from several Buddhist traditions, from Theravada, Zen, Vajrayana and books on mindfulness from various authors. There are over 700 titles to choose from.
.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.
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
Mindfulness of Breathing:A Practice Guide and Translations-Analayo
The Dhammapada:A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations-Fronsdal
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom-Buddharakkhita
The Path to Nibbana-Johnson
The Breath of Love-Vimalaramsi
Guide to Forgiveness Meditation-Vimalaramsi
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 Linda Pluschke at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Board Member Openings
There is currently an opening for a Board Member for SMD, and we anticipate another one in the Spring. For more information please contact Susan Schabilion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The Show Me Dharma Caring Committee once again invites you to help prepare and serve a meal for homeless and near-homeless members of our community at "Loaves & Fishes," which is located at Wilkes Boulevard Community Methodist Church on Wednesday
from 4-7 p.m. (Click on Sign Up for details). We have heard time and time again that our meals are delicious and much appreciated by all. Our theme this month is CHILI. It can be vegetarian or non-vegetarian.
Help with clean up is also much appreciated so if you can't make something but would like to help clean up, you would be so welcome! If you have questions about the meal, contact Pat Aziza Riley (email@example.com).
Sign up for Loaves and Fishes
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.
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.
Friend in need?
The Caring Committee also encourages you to let us know if you hear of a sangha member or friend that is in need. We can help organize meals, visits, send cards, offer metta, etc. Please contact Caya Tanski (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(email@example.com), Kate Walker (WalkerJa@missouri.edu) or Caya Tanski (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for your support of our Caring Committee's fundraisers.
Lastly, we want to express much gratitude on behalf of people in Puerto Rico who have received and will receive your financial or in-kind support for grassroots recovery and sustainable local agricultural projects, soup kitchens, and solar projects!
~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
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.
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, email Carla at email@example.com
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.