Kate Dresher has been practicing meditation since 1998 and began teaching in 2010 at the request of her root teacher, Michele McDonald. She has studied with both Asian and Western meditation masters—mostly notably Sayadaw U Vivekananda and Chanmyay Myaing Sayadaw– and practiced as a nun in Burma. She has also undertaken training in pastoral care as a Buddhist chaplain. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon. (Use the gray scroll bar below this post towards the right to get to the registration form)
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.
October 2015 SHOW ME DHARMA NEWSLETTER
WEEKEND NON-RESIDENTIAL RETREAT LED BY KATE DRESHER OCTOBER 23-25 AT SMD
DHARMA TALK BY VENERABLE U SOBHITA SATURDAY OCTOBER 17 AT 7:00 PM
SMD BOARD MEETING SUNDAY OCTOBER 11 4:00-6:00 PM
WEEKEND MEDITATION RETREAT LED BY KATE DRESHER
OCTOBER 23-25 AT SHOW ME DHARMA
Open community presentation on Friday, October 23 from 7 – 9 pm
Retreat schedule: Saturday, October 24, 9am – 5pm; and Sunday, October 25, 9am – noon
We will have a potluck on Sunday after the retreat. Please bring your favorite vegetarian food or snack to share.
Cost: This retreat is offered entirely on a dana basis. We ask all participants to give generously, as they are able, so that the dharma may continue to be offered. At this retreat we will collect dana to support Kate Dresher, and to support Show Me Dharma. We request a deposit of a $55.00 check to hold your registration. Your check deposit will be returned to you if you cancel within two days prior to the retreat, or when you arrive at the retreat on Saturday morning.
Link to registration page:
If you need a waiver of the deposit to hold your registration, please contact Mellodie Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org .
DHARMA TALK OFFERED BY U SOBHITA
SATURDAY OCTOBER 17 AT 7:00 PM AT SHOW ME DHARMA
Join Show Me Dharma for this wonderful opportunity to learn about the dharma from a recognized teacher in the Burmese Theravada monastic tradition. Vererable U Sobhita will offer dharma teachings on Saturday October 17 at 7:00 pm at Show Me Dharma. No registration is required for this event. This event is offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis.
U Sobhita was ordained as a monk in the Theravada Buddhist tradition at age nine. He has studied under a number of prominent teachers of vipassana meditation, including Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw. He has taught meditation around the world, including in London, Myanmar,Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, USA, South Africa, France, Australia, Taiwan and New Zealand. Currently, he teaches meditation for both local and foreign meditators at Chanmyay Yeikh.
SHOW ME DHARMA BOARD MEETING
SUNDAY OCTOBER 11 4:00-6:00 PM AT SHOW ME DHARMA CENTER
The Board of Show Me Dharma welcomes members of the Show Me Dharma community to attend and participate in our bi-monthly board meetings. All are welcome to join the board of trustees as we discuss a variety of topics, including the upcoming retreat with Kate Dresher. If you are interested in the workings of Show Me Dharma, we value your interest and your input.
REGULARLY SCHEDULED SHOW ME DHARMA MEDITATION CLASSES
HELD EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AND TUESDAY EVENING
All events held at Show Me Dharma unless otherwise noted.
Sunday Morning Meditation
meets 10:30-11:30 am
October 4 Joe McCormack
October 11 Terry Furstenau
October 18 Armine Alioto
October 25 No class due to Kate Dresher retreat
Tuesday Evening Meditation
meets 7:30-8:30 pm
October 6 Joe McCormack
October 13 Beth Shoyer
October 20 Armine Alioto
October 27 Beth Shoyer
SHOW ME DHARMA SUPPORT
The Show Me Dharma Board has arranged for sangha members to assist other members who are in need of occasional assistance (e.g., support, meals, transportation, walking partners, etc.). If you or another member have appropriate requests please contact Brick Johnstone (573-818-4603) to arrange for help. Similarly, if you are interested in providing such support, please contact him and let him know.
COMMITTED PRACTICE GROUPS
Monday Morning Group 8:00 am-9:30 am with Beth Shoyer and Joe McCormack begins August 24. The topic for the class is the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
For more information about the Monday Morning Group: Please Contact Joe McCormack at email@example.com or Beth Shoyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 573 864-5617 to arrange a brief phone interview.
Thursday Evening Group 7:00 pm-8:30 pm with Terry Furstenau and Armine Alioto begins September 10. The topic is the Brahmaviharas.
For more information about the Thursday Evening Group: Please contact Terry Furstenau at email@example.com to arrange a phone interview.
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.
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.
CHANTING INTO MEDITATION
led by Melinda Staley
No Kirtan session in October at Show Me Dharma. Join us in November for the next Kirtan session.
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. Shivaratri, an Indian Shiva festival, is celebrated in February, so Shiva chants will be our focus this month.
“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.”
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/giving Show Me Dharma activities are supported exclusively by voluntary donations. All donations to SMD are tax-deductible.
OTHER PRACTICE/TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
UPCOMING RETREATS AND EVENTS SPONSORED BY MID-AMERICA DHARMA—for details on any of the retreats below, see the Mid-America Dharma website www.midamericadharma.org
Oct. 18-24: Householder Retreat with Robert Brumet in Kansas City, MO. Sponsored by Mid America Dharma. Registration opens Aug. 18.
Nov. 6-8: Non-Residential Retreat with Joe McCormack in Columbia, MO. Sponsored by Mid America Dharma. Registration open Sept. 6
WEBINAR SERIES LED BY VENERABLE PANNAVATI AND VEWNERABLE PANNADIPA:
KAMMANNA or “FIT FOR ACTION”
The Kammanna or “Fit for Action” Webinar series is designed to offer what other training programs do not: self-mastery and its impact on change.
Webinars are interactive, with core training, 2 break out sessions, handout and practice assignment for the month with individual teacher feedback.
Series Of Events
Bearing Witness–Nov. 7th
Unless we can “show up” being willing to listen deeply – not thinking “we” know what “they” need, we are not present to help
Training in Joy and Pleasant Abiding –Dec. 2nd
A study and cultivation of practice that will help you avoid or overcome burn-out
To register for an upcoming event or the entire series, please follow the instructions found at pannavati.org/training-2
I am pleased to announce that the video of the teachings offered by the Venerables Pannavati and Pannadipa here at Show Me Dharma in April 2015 are now available on YouTube. Learn more here.
By Brick Johnstone, PhD
When: Tuesday, October 6th at 11am
Where: the Bixby Lecture Hall in the Brouder Science Center at Columbia College
This presentation explores how the brain processes information that is related to the self, and that reduction in activity in this part of the brain leads to increased selflessness. This selflessness can subsequently be experienced as spiritual transcendence for all faith traditions, believers, and non-believers.
The Buddhist Insight Network meeting that Mellodie Wilson and I attended is described in the Heartwood journal. Please look take a look at the summary of the different sessions offered. It was a great experience and we are both very grateful to have had Show Me Dharma’s support in attending. The meeting is held in Minneapolis in August 2016!