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SHOW ME DHARMA (SMD) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making the study and practice of Insight Meditation available to Mid-Missouri. We support and encourage the development of community based upon Theravada Buddhist ideals, teachings and practice.

Committed practice classes beginning next week!

The Committed Practice Classes will focus on the practice of Non-duality. Non-duality is an aspect practice in most Buddhist traditions—Theravada, Zen, Tibetan—as well as in some Advaita traditions. Non-dual awareness invites us into the immediacy of each moment, letting go of the concepts and structures of the conditioned mind, while at the same time maintaining a fully embodied presence in the joys and challenges of living in our daily lives.

The classes will use as a primary resource book Small Boat, Great Mountain by Ajahn Amaro. Ajahn Amaro is a western monk practicing in the Thai Forest tradition, which is a root tradition for the practices taught at Show Me Dharma. His teachers include Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumdeho.

Monday Morning Class 0800-0930 (led by Beth Shoyer and Joe McCormack) begins January 26.

Thursday Evening Class 7:00- 8:30pm (led by Terry Furstenau)begins January 22.

Registration Required–please see below for how to register

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

Requirements: The committed practice groups require several months of regular, preferably daily meditation practice, and a working knowledge of Buddhist concepts. It also implies the intention to practice daily, do the homework, and share your practice in class to the extent that you feel comfortable.

Registration:

For the Monday Morning Group: please Contact Joe McCormack at metta41856@gmail.com or Beth Shoyer at beth.shoyer@gmail.com or call 573 864-5617 to register and arrange a brief phone interview.

For the Thursday Evening Group, please contact Terry Furstenau at tfurstenau@gmail.com to register and arrange a phone interview.

For both classes, if you are a current member of the class and plan on attending, there is no need to do anything. If you would like to drop out for awhile please let us know. The books are being ordered and are available for a small donation.

January Newsletter

January 2015 Show Me Dharma Newsletter

  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! SPRING RETREAT WITH VENERABLE PANNAVATI APRIL 10-12

  • COMMITTED PRACTICE CLASSES RESUME IN JANUARY—NEW MEMBERS WELCOME

  • INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION CLASS BEGINS FEBRUARY 4

  • SUNDAY AND TUESDAY MEDITATION CLASSES CONTINUE

  • OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS SATURDAYS 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

  • CHANTING INTO MEDITATION SATURDAY JANUARY 3 AT 7:00 PM

    UPCOMING EVENTS

WEEKEND NONRESIDENTIAL RETREAT APRIL 10-12, 2015

Venerables Pannavati and Pannadipa will lead a retreat the weekend of April 10-12, 2015

We will provide more specific information as it becomes available to us. For now, please mark your calendars to take advantage of these wonderful practice opportunities.

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COMMITTED PRACTICE GROUPS WILL RESUME IN JANUARY—NEW MEMBERS WITH THREE MONTHS’ PRACTICE EXPERIENCE ARE WELCOME TO JOIN

The Committed Practice Groups are now open for registration for our next session. Both the Monday morning and the Thursday evening classes will be using the book, Small Boat, Great Mountain, by Ajahn Amaro. This book explores non-dual practices in Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

Monday Morning Group 8:00 am-9:30 am, with Beth Shoyer and Joe McCormack starts January 26

Thursday Evening Group 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, with Terry Furstenau starts January 22

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

Requirements: The committed practice groups require several months of regular, preferably daily meditation practice, and a working knowledge of Buddhist concepts. It also implies the intention to practice daily, do the homework, and share your practice in class to the extent that you feel comfortable.

Registration: For the Monday Morning Group: Please Contact Joe McCormack at metta41856@gmail.com or Beth Shoyer at beth.shoyer@gmail.com or call 573 864-5617 to arrange a brief phone interview.

For the Thursday Evening Group: Please contact Terry Furstenau at tfurstenau@gmail.com to arrange a phone interview.

For both classes, if you are a current member of the class and plan on attending, there is no need to do anything. If you would like to drop out for awhile please let us know. The books are being ordered and are available for a small donation.

Held in a climate of loving-kindness and safety, Committed Practice groups

are designed to help us deepen our practice of meditation and learn to take the

benefits of the practice off the cushion into every part of our human lives.

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SIX-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION CLASS

BEGINNING WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 4

Led by Terry Furstenau, Show Me Dharma Teachers Council

Dates and Time: Wednesday Evenings 6:30 pm-8:00 pm, February 4 to February 11, 2015 Location: Show Me Dharma Center Cost: Offered on a dana (donation) basis

SMD will be offering an Introduction to Meditation class on Wednesday nights beginning

February 4. The class meets from 6:30 to 8 pm for 6 weeks. Whether you are beginning meditation practice, wanting to increase your commitment to your meditation practice, find a community of support, or clarify your understanding, this 6-week series may be for you.

We will be exploring meditation on the cushion as well as in daily life. We will work to strengthen our ability to notice and short circuit painful habitual patterns, even as we develop acceptance for the difficult aspects of our personality. Our focus will continue to remain on how we experience this mystery we call ‘life’ and we’ll include plenty of time for questions and sharing.

Each class will consist of a talk, meditation practice, and group discussion. This class is appropriate for new sitters as well as those that would like to re-establish their practice. Bring friends or relatives that have an interest. The class is offered on a dana basis.

Registration is required. Contact Terry at tfurstenau@gmail.com or at 660-248-1770 to register or get more information.

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SHOW ME DHARMA MEDITATION CLASSES FOR JANUARY

All events held at Show Me Dharma unless otherwise noted.

Sunday Morning Meditation meets 10:30-11:30 am

January 4   Althea Harris

January 11   Terry Furstenau

January 18        Terry Furstenau

January 25        Beth Shoyer and Armine Alioto

Tuesday Evening Meditation meets 7:30-8:30 pm

January 6         Beth Shoyer

January 13       Joe McCormack and Armine Alioto

January 20       Joe McCormack

January 27       Althea Harris

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OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS

SATURDAY AFTERNOONS FROM 3:30-5:00 PM

AT SHOW ME DHARMA CENTER

Show Me Dharma now offers an open sitting meditation time from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm on Saturdays. This is a time for SMD members to come and do silent meditation practice. There will be no instructions or dharma talk, just an open period to sit in meditation. Come for as long or as little of the time as fits your schedule. The library will also be open for members to browse, and to visit and have conversation. Please contact Valerie Bader to volunteer to open the sangha for sitting on Saturdays at valbader49@gmail.com

CHANTING INTO MEDITATION

led by Melinda Staley

NEXT MEETING IS SATURDAY JANUARY 3

Date and Time: Held the first Saturday of the Month, 7:00-8:15 pm

Location: Show Me Dharma

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 shared experience and this community of committed practitioners.

“Chanting is a way of getting in touch with yourself. It’s an opening of the heart and letting go of the mind and thoughts. It deepens the channel of grace, and it’s a way of being present in the moment.” -Krishna Das

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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 no obligation, 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.

To contribute to Show Me Dharma, please write a check made out to SMD and either leave at the Sangha in the appropriate basket or mail it to SMD, C/O Mellodie Wilson, Treasurer, Show Me Dharma, 1600 W. Broadway, Columbia, Mo 65203.

Show Me Dharma is now able to accept donations online, through the services of Click and Pledge. You may use a credit card to make a one-time donation or to set up a recurring monthly donation. Please use our website to donate on line: http://www.showmedharma.org/contribute/donations/

Show Me Dharma activities are supported exclusively by voluntary donations. All donations to SMD are tax-deductible.

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Other Practice Opportunities/Events:

EXPLORING THE REALITY OF THE BODY:

A HALF-DAY RETREAT WITH PHIL JONES

Date and Time: Sunday Feb. 8, 12:30-5 p.m. Location: Show Me Dharma Cost: Offered on a dana (donation) basis As part of the practices used to help us free ourselves from our misperceptions of the body, the Buddha tells us to work with the Four Elements. In this retreat we will explore how to understand the Elements of earth, fire, wind & water in a way that is meaningful to our 21st century understandings of reality. These practices will be presented in a way that will be appropriate for beginners and more advanced practitioners. For more info, contact Phil at phil@silentmindopenheart.org.

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CULTIVATING A WHOLE HEART:

A DAY OF MINDFULNESS PRACTICE

WITH DHARMA TEACHER MATTHEW SHERMAN

Date and Time: Saturday, January 17, 2015, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Unity Temple on the Plaza, Classroom C.

Cost: Suggested Donation $90 – $35.

For more details and to register, please follow this link: Details and to Reserve Your Place.

To reserve a place, click on the link that states “Reserve Your Place”.

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