In this issue:
- WEEKEND NON-RESIDENTIAL INSIGHT MEDITATION RETREAT WITH KATE DRESHER NOVEMBER 14-16
- INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION CLASS BEGINNING WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1
- DHARMA TALK AND DISCUSSION WITH CHANMYAY SAYADAW SATURDAY OCTOBER 4, 7:00 PM
- OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS SATURDAYS 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
- SUNDAY AND TUESDAY MEDITATION CLASSES CONTINUE
- A SANGHA MEMBER NEEDS ASSISTANCE
- OTHER PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES
NON-RESIDENTIAL INSIGHT MEDITATION RETREAT LED BY KATE DRESHER
November 14-16, 2014
Held at Show Me Dharma Center, 1600 West Broadway
Public Talk: Friday November 14, 5:00-6:30 pm
Retreat: Saturday November 15, 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday November 16, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Cost: $55-$100 sliding scale based on ability to pay. Any amount over the base fee of $55 is a tax deductible donation to Show Me Dharma. Scholarships are available.
Registration Required: Register Today on this website http://showmedharma.org/activities/retreats/ Costs are payable online at this website address: http://showmedharma.org/giving/
Kate Dresher has been practicing meditation since 1998 and, at the request of her root teacher, Michele McDonald, began teaching in 2010. She has studied with both Asian and Western meditation masters, most notably Venerables Chanmyay Myaing Sayadaw and Sayadaw U Vivekananda, and practiced for a time as a nun in Burma. She has also trained to offer spiritual care, as a Buddhist chaplain, for those facing difficulty or loss. Kate is involved in teaching metta and vipassana retreats primarily in the Northwest U.S. and British Columbia, where she resides. She emphasizes practicing right where we are as a doorway to the natural unfolding of wisdom and love.
SIX-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION CLASS BEGINNING WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1
Led by Terry Furstenau, Show Me Dharma Teachers Council
Dates and Time: Wednesday Evenings 6:30 pm-8:00 pm, October 1 to November 5, 2014
Location: Show Me Dharma Center, 1600 Broadway
Cost: Offered on a dana (donation) basis
SMD will be offering an Introduction to Meditation class on Wednesday nights beginning
October 1. 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.
JOIN SHOW ME DHARMA FOR A SPECIAL EVENT DHARMA TALK AND MEDITATION INSTRUCTION WITH VENERABLE CHANMYAY SAYADAW
Date and Time: Saturday October 4 at 7:00 pm
Location: Show Me Dharma, 1600 West Broadway
Cost: This program is offered on a dana (donation) basis
Join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn from a prominent teacher in the Theravada Buddhist monastic tradition. Venerable Chanmyay will speak on the dharma and provide practice instructions.
Chanmyay Sayadaw Ashin Janakabhivamsa is the Chief Abbot of all of the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation centers around the globe. He was born in Burma and has studied and practiced with Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw, a foundational teacher in the insight meditation tradition as it has developed in the United States. Venerable Chanmyay is a prominent teacher of vipassana meditation, and is an accomplished scholar and editor of Pali texts in the Theravada tradition.
OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS SATURDAY AFTERNOONS FROM 3:30-5:00 PM
AT SHOW ME DHARMA CENTER
Show Me Dharma’s Board and Teachers Collective have agreed to begin offering an open sitting time from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMITTED PRACTICE GROUPS– NEW GROUP MEMBERS WELCOME
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.
Monday Morning Group held 8:00 am-9:30 am begins September 15.
Led by Beth Shoyer and Joe McCormack.
We will continue our exploration of the book Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach, exploring the process of opening to all of our experience, the joyful, the sorrowful, and everything in between. As we open to an ever expanding range of our humanity, we create greater inner harmony, even with those experiences that are painful.
Thursday Evening Group held 7:00 pm-8:30 pm begins September 18.
Led by Terry Furstenau and Tonda March.
We will be using Pema Chodron’s book, “Taking the Leap” to encourage ourselves to break free of destructive patterns in our lives. We will use our natural intelligence, warmth and openness to make peace with ourselves and our circumstances.
Cost: Committed Practice Groups are offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis.
Requirements: Registration is required. Also, we ask that new participants have three months of regular, preferably daily, meditation practice, familiarity with basic Buddhist concepts, and a brief conference with one of the teachers.
For 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
Show Me Dharma Classes for October– All events held at Show Me Dharma
Sunday Morning Meditation
meets 10:30-11:30 am
October 5 Althea Harris
October 12 Beth Shoyer
October 19 Terry Furstenau
October 26 Terry Furstenau
Tuesday Evening Meditation meets 7:30-8:30 pm
October 7 Beth Shoyer
October 14 Joe McCormack
October 21 Joe McCormack
October 28 Althea Harris
We Appreciate Your Generosity– DANA
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 activities are supported exclusively by voluntary donations. All donations to SMD are tax-deductible.
A REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE FOR A SANGHA MEMBER
One of our dear sangha members, Kim Scholl, is experiencing a significant health crisis. She is currently living at home with the help of family and friends but could use some help from time to time, particularly with meal delivery at the moment. Of course, needs change from day to day. If you would like to participate, there is a community website called Lotsa Helping Hands that I would be happy to register you with. Please let me know by sending me an email and I will send you an invitation from the site. From there, it’s pretty easy. You pick a day you want to help, click on it, and the needs for that day are listed with full details.
Of course, sending your loving kind wishes are always welcome and you may send to your heart’s desire. Many are needed.
Wishing you peace and joy,
Other Practice Opportunities:
HALF-DAY MEDITATION RETREAT
Afternoon Delight: An Afternoon of Meditation
led by Philip Jones
Date and Time: Saturday October 25, 1:30 pm-6:30 pm
Location: Show Me Dharma Center
Cost: Offered on a dana (donation) basis
This afternoon of meditation will explore the delight and happiness that arise through our practice and the role they play in the development of freedom. It is appropriate for both beginners and more experienced practitioners. You are encouraged to attend all of the retreat, but feel free to attend what you can. Instructions will be available. There will be time for questions and answers in the group and a few individual practice consultations. The Dhamma talk will be offered at 4:30. Bring a snack if you think you’ll need it. Pre-registration is not necessary.