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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.

 

Retreat with Bob Hodge starts in Three days!

Purifying our perceptions will be the topic at this non-residential weekend retreat held at Show Me Dharma on July 8th-10th.

Bob will use the commentary by Bhante Gunaratana, the founding abbot of the Bhavana Society in West Virginia (author of many books including Mindfulness in Plain English) as the basis for his retreat dharma talks.

The Buddha stressed the importance of purifying our perception in the Girimananda Sutta in which he taught ten healing practices to purify perception and practice mindfulness.  How we perceive ourselves and the world can make a big difference in our quest for peace and freedom.  Our perceptions are easily distorted, which often leads to suffering.   Purification of perceptions is a path to freedom and peace.

Please join us as we explore perception.

Retreat Schedule:        Friday Free Public Talk 7:00 -8:30 pm;

Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm;

Sunday 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Registration is still open!  Register here.

July 2016 SMD Newsletter

JULY 2016 SHOW ME DHARMA NEWSLETTER

  • WEEKEND RETREAT LED BY BOB HODGE FRIDAY JULY 8-SUNDAY JULY 10

  • SIX-SESSION INSIGHT DIALOGUE CLASS BEGINS MONDAY JULY 11

  • SHOW ME DHARMA POTLUCK DINNER SATURDAY JULY 16 6:00-8:30 PM

  • OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS AT SMD EVERY SATURDAY FROM 3:30-5:00 PM

  • INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION CLASS BEGINS IN THE FALL

  • CHANTING INTO MEDITATION FRIDAY JULY 2 AT 7:00 PM

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    PURIFYING OUR PERCEPTIONS:

A NON-RESIDENTIAL INSIGHT MEDITATION RETREAT

led by Robert Hodge

Friday July 8-Sunday July 10, 2016

Show Me Dharma Center,

1600 West Broadway, Columbia, MO

Purification of perception will be the focus of our retreat. Bob will use the commentary by Bhante Gunaratana, the founding abbot of the Bhavana Society in West Virginia (author of many books including Mindfulness in Plain English) as the basis for his retreat dharma talks.

The Buddha stressed the importance of purifying our perception in the Girimananda Sutta in which he taught ten healing practices to purify perception and practice mindfulness. How we perceive ourselves and the world can make a big difference in our quest for peace and freedom. Our perceptions are easily distorted, which often leads to suffering. Purification of perceptions is a path to freedom and peace.

Please join us as we explore perception.

Retreat Schedule: Friday July 8 Free Public Talk 7:00 -8:30 pm;

Saturday July 9, 9:00 am-5:00 pm;

Sunday July 10, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost: Registration fee $55 to $100 sliding scale based on ability to pay. Any amount above the $55 base rate is a tax deductible contribution to Show Me Dharma. Scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, please contact the retreat registrar. i

About the Teacher: Bob Hodge MD is currently the teacher at White Hall Meditation in Charlottesville, VA. From 2006-2013, Bob was a teacher with the Show Me Dharma Teachers Collective. Bob has studied under Matt Flickstein and Ginny Morgan, and has attended numerous meditation retreats and teacher-training courses. As physician, he spent 13 years at the University of Missouri-Columbia, as faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine. He is now Professor Emeritus. In addition to his professional career at the University of Missouri, Bob is certified as an Enneagram Teacher in the Oral Tradition by Helen Palmer and David Daniels and has conducted workshops on The Enneagram and Mindfulness.

For more information, or to sign up, contact Tricia Straub at tnurstraub@gmail.com Or visit our website: www.showmedharma.org

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SIX WEEK INSIGHT DIALOGUE CLASS

BEGINS MONDAY JULY 11

Insight Dialogue, developed by Gregory Kramer, is an interpersonal meditation practice based in the wisdom teachings of the Buddha. It has the same purposes and traditional roots as silent meditation: developing mindfulness, compassion and liberating insight while investigating present moment experience. The foundation of Insight Dialogue is a whole-life vision of the spiritual path: every moment of our lives is part of our path, so our meditation should include both interpersonal and individual practices. The roots of suffering run deep; to dissolve them we fully meet all things—including other people—with alertness and care. (from http://gregorykramer.org/insight-dialogue/).

In this six-week class, we will experientially explore the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue together. Each session will include a period of silent meditation, a period of instruction, and in-depth practice of Insight Dialogue in pairs and larger groups. Everyone is welcome. Previous meditation experience is recommended, but not required.

Location: Show Me Dharma, 1600 W. Broadway, Columbia Missouri

Meeting Time: Mondays 7:00 pm-9:00 pm Class Begins Monday July 11 and ends August 29

About the Facilitator: Donna Strickland has practiced Insight Dialogue since her first retreat with Gregory Kramer in 2006. She has benefited from numerous retreats with him and other senior ID teachers over the last decade. In addition to Insight Dialogue, Donna has practiced Insight Meditation since 2004 and has most recently been mentored by Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia. Her teachers locally have included Ginny Morgan and Phil Jones. In 2012, she completed a certificate in Mindfulness for Educators at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She teaches classes in Mindful Writing and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Missouri.

Registration Required—To Register: Please email Donna at stricklanddg@missouri.edu

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SATURDAY OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS WEEKLY FROM 3:30-5:00 PM

Show Me Dharma offers open meditation sessions on Saturday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 pm. We are open during that time for you to meditate; you are welcome to come for the entire time, or for as much time as your schedule allows. There will not be a dharma talk or meditation instructions during this time, just the opportunity to sit in meditation. Join Show Me Dharma for this great practice opportunity.

Also, we are in need of people who could open the door, turn the lights on and off, set the heating/air conditioning, and ring the bell at 3:30 and 5:00 to begin and end the meditation session. If you would be available to occasionally provide this service, please contact Ron Hulen at rkhulen@gmail.com

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SHOW ME DHARMA POTLUCK DINNER HELD EACH THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH 6:00-8:30 PM

NEXT DINNER SATURDAY JULY 16 AT 6:00 PM

Join Show Me Dharma for our monthly potluck and social on Saturday, July 16 from 6:00 pm-8:30 (or later). SMD will provide wild rice. Bring your favorite vegetarian dish to share. Come as you are…all are welcome.

We have begun sponsoring monthly potluck gatherings on the third Saturday evening of each month. The potluck scheduled for July 16 is our fourth event. Join us for this wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know other folks in our Show Me Dharma community.

Details:

Date and Time: Saturday July 16, 6:00-8:30 PM

Place: Show Me Dharma, 1600 West Broadway, Columbia, MO

Cost: Offered on a dana (donation) basis

Show Me Dharma will provide wild rice for the meal; please bring a favorite vegetarian dish to share. All are welcome.

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REGULARLY SCHEDULED SHOW ME DHARMA MEDITATION SESSIONS

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

July 3           Joe McCormack

July 10         Bob Hodge Retreat—No Sunday Meditation held

July 17         Armine Alioto

July 24         Linda Pluschke

July 31         Beth Shoyer

Tuesday Evening Meditation

meets 7:30-8:30 pm

July 5         Armine Alioto

July 12        Armine Alioto

July 19        Joe McCormack

July 26        Beth Shoyer

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FALL SESSION OF COMMITTED PRACTICE GROUPS WILL BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER

**REGISTRATION REQUIRED**

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’ experience with the practice of meditation. Participants register and commit to regular attendance of the meetings. The classes consists of a daily meditation practice, readings on a relevant dharma topic, and practice exercises designed to deepen mindfulness both in formal meditation and in daily life.

Requirements: 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 the intention to practice daily, do the homework, and share your practice in class to the extent that you feel comfortable.

Monday Morning Group meets 8:00 am-9:30 am with Beth Shoyer and Joe McCormack

Thursday Evening Group meets 7:00 pm-8:30 pm with Armine Alioto and Linda Pluschke

For more information about 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 .

For more information about the Thursday Evening Group: Please contact Armine Alioto at ArmineAnnAlioto@gmail.com

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

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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INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION CLASS

WILL BE OFFERED DURING FALL 2016

The Introduction to Meditation class is a six-session class designed to provide basic instructions concerning the practice of insight meditation, both on the cushion as well as in daily life. The class works to strengthen our ability to notice and short circuit painful habitual patterns, even as we develop acceptance for the difficult aspects of our personality. The focus centers on how we experience this mystery we call ‘life’ and we’ll include plenty of time for questions and sharing.

Each class consists 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.

The Intermediate Meditation class is also a six-session class, designed as a continuation of the Introductory Class. The class works to extend and deepen the practice and understanding of meditation that is taught in the Introductory class. It is usually offered after the completion of the Introduction to Meditation class.

Cost: These classes are offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis.

Registration is required: to register or for more information, please contact Armine Alioto at ArmineAnnAlioto@gmail.com

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SHOW ME DHARMA CARING COMMITTEE

The Show Me Dharma Caring Committee was organized to provide helpful services to members of the sangha (or others in the community) in need of support.

If you or anyone you know is in need of any type of assistance (e.g., social visits, help with house chores for the physically frail, meals for those who are ill, etc.) please contact Brick Johnstone at brickjohnstone47@gmail.com to arrange for assistance.

All requests will be honored if possible. If you are interested in volunteering for the caring committee, please contact Brick to let him know. We are always appreciative of those who are willing to volunteer their time and services.

Brick Johnstone, Ph.D.

Vice President, Board of Trustees, Show Me Dharma

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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 Ron Hulen, 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.

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OTHER PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES

CHANTING INTO MEDITATION

led by Melinda Staley

Date and Time: Friday July 2 at 7:00 pm

Location: Show Me Dharma Center, 1600 West Broadway

Cost: This practice opportunity is offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis

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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Retreats Sponsored by Mid-America Dharma

RESIDENTIAL RETREAT

Awakening with Insight

Led by Shaila Catherine and Phillip Jones

sponsored by Mid-America Dharma

Dates: August 6-13, 2016

Location: Kansas City area

To register, please go to www.midamericadharma.org

About the Teachers:

Shaila Catherine is the founder of Insight Meditation South Bay. She has been practicing meditation since 1980, with more than eight years of accumulated silent retreat experience. She has taught since 1996 in the USA, and internationally. Shaila studied with several Asian masters in India, Thailand, and Nepal. She completed a one-year intensive meditation retreat with the focus on concentration and jhana, and authored Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. Shaila has been practicing under the guidance of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw since 2006, and authored Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana to help make this traditional approach to meditative training accessible to western practitioners.

Philip Jones has practiced meditation since 1987 and has been teaching Insight Meditation since 1996. He has studied with teachers from Spirit Rock and the Insight Meditation Society and graduated from the first Community Dharma Leader program in 2000. He also studied for a number of years with Matthew Flickstein and more recently has been practicing with teachers from IMS and with Shaila Catherine. He has served on the board of directors of Mid America Dharma, the regional retreat organization, since the mid-’90’s. Many of his talks and writings can be found at http://silentmindopenheart.org.

RESIDENTIAL RETREAT

Aging and Awakening

led by David Chernikoff

sponsored by Mid-America Dharma

Dates: September 8-11, 2016

Location: St. Louis, MO

To register, please go to www.midamericadharma.org

About the teacher:

David Chernikoff began the study and practice of meditation in 1971 and started teaching insight meditation in 1988. He trained as a yoga teacher at the Integral Yoga Institute and completed the Community Dharma Leader program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. His teaching has been influenced by senior teachers from the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock, Tibetan teachers he studied with during a 3-year stay in Nepal, and spiritual guides from other contemplative traditions, most notably Ram Dass, Father Thomas Keating, and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Currently David has a private practice as a spiritual counselor and psychotherapist in Boulder and teaches workshops and retreats throughout the U.S.

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