SAVE THE DATE--KATE DRESHER RETREAT NOVEMBER 2-4
SMD TEACHERS DAYLONG RETREAT SATURDAY JULY 21
SUTTA STUDY GROUP LED BY PHIL JONES--NEW MEMBERS WELCOME
COMMITTED PRACTICE CLASSES BEGIN IN JUNE--
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME
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
PLEASE NOTE: NO OPEN MEDITATION SESSION HELD ON JULY 21
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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.
Daylong Meditation Retreat
Mindfulness of the Body and Insight Dialogue
led by Show Me Dharma Teachers
Saturday July 21, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Mindfulness of the Body is one of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and its application in Insight Meditation. This daylong retreat will explore becoming more awake to the unfolding experience of the body, emphasizing both direct, immediate, mindful experience of the body, and the Buddha's teachings on mindfulness of the body. Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and relationship.
Date and Time:
Saturday July 21, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Show Me Dharma, 1600 West Broadway
this retreat is offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis
This daylong retreat is offered on a
(voluntary donation) basis. As such, there is no set fee for the retreat.
is a Pali word that translates as generosity, and generosity is one of the foundations of the practice of the dharma. We ask that you offer dana to cover the expenses of the retreat, and to support the work of Show Me Dharma, mindfully taking into consideration your ability to donate and what your heart leads you to offer.
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.
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.
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.
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 June 11 and will continue until July 9.
Thursday Evening Group
meets 7:00 pm-8:30 pm. The class will start on June 7 and continue until July 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.
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.
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
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
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:
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 this month will be Barbecue. Healthy sides like salads, vegetables & fruits would be great.
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:
Our months for the rest of 2018 will be June, August, October and November.
If you have any questions, please call Patricia Riely at
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
PLEASE NOTE: NO OPEN MEDITATION HELD ON SATURDAY JULY 21
REGULARLY SCHEDULED SHOW ME DHARMA
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
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
I sincerely appreciate your financial support of our sangha. Show Me Dharma is financially healthy and our budget adequately supports our mission of sharing insight meditation in Mid-Missouri. Show Me Dharma is now using Paypal to receive online donations. We have terminated our Click and Pledge account. Valerie Bader (
) welcomes your ideas, suggestions, and questions regarding our finances.
Treasurer, Show Me Dharma
USE THIS LINK BELOW FOR ONLINE DANA/GIVING (DONATIONS)
OTHER PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES
June 14-17, 2018
Registration opens March 14 and closes May 31
August 9-16, 2018
Registration opens May 9 and closes July 30
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.