November Newsletter- 2014

This month in the newsletter:

WEEKEND MEDITATION RETREAT WITH KATE DRESHER NOVEMBER 14-16
SHOW ME DHARMA BOARD MEETING SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16, 1:00 PM
OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS SATURDAYS 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
SUNDAY AND TUESDAY MEDITATION CLASSES CONTINUE
COMMITTED PRACTICE CLASSES CONTINUE
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! SPRING RETREAT WITH GINA SHARPE MARCH 13-15
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! SPRING RETREAT WITH VENERABLE PANNAVATI APRIL 10-12
Other meditation 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 and Meditation: Friday November 14, Meditation 5:00-5:30 pm; Talk 5:30-6:30 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!

1) With a credit card at https://showmedharma.org/activities/retreats/ or

2) By check made payable to Show Me Dharma, and mailed to registrar Karen Hodges, 2308 Cherry Ridge Lane Columbia Mo. 65203.

For more information contact Karen at klynninterp@gmail.com or (573) 999-3649.

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.

JOIN US FOR TWO WEEKEND RETREATS IN THE SPRING OF 2015

Show Me Dharma will be sponsoring two weekend retreats in the spring of 2015.

Gina Sharpe will lead a retreat the weekend of March 13-15 , 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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SHOW ME DHARMA BOARD MEETING SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16 AT 1:00 PM

SHOW ME DHARMA CENTER, 1600 WEST BROADWAY

Show Me Dharma’s board will be meeting on Sunday November 16 at 1:00 pm, right after the potluck following the Kate Dresher retreat. The board welcomes all Show Me Dharma members to attend board meetings to be better informed about the day to day workings of the sangha. If you are interested in the operation of the sangha, please join us. Your interest and thoughts are welcome!

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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

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COMMITTED PRACTICE GROUPS

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, 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, 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.

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

For the Thursday Evening Group: Please contact Terry Furstenau at tfurstenau@gmail.com or Tonda March at tmarchare@gmail.com

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Show Me Dharma Classes for November

All events held at Show Me Dharma unless otherwise noted.

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

November 2       Beth Shoyer

November 9      Terry Furstenau

November 16    Kate Dresher Retreat

November 23    Terry Furstenau

November 30     Althea Harris

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

November 4       Althea Harris

November 11     Beth Shoyer

November 18     Joe McCormack

November 25     Joe McCormack

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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:   https://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/Events:

Right Concentration

A Half-Day Retreat with Phil Jones

What is Right Concentration? How do we know when concentration is present? What makes it Right? How do we develop it? This retreat is appropriate for beginners and experienced practitioners.

Date and Time: Sunday December 14, 12:30-5:00 pm

Location: Show Me Dharma

Cost: Offered on a dana (donation) basis

For more info, contact Phil at phil@silentmindopenheart.org.

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Join the Vipassana Buddhist Church/

Center for Buddhist Development of Jefferson City, MO for

Sweet Nirvana

Date and Time: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:00 –9:00 PM

Location: McClung Park Pavilion, 931 McClung Park Dr, JC, MO

Cost: Tickets $6 (2 for $10) Kids 10 & under FREE

Sweet Nirvana is the annual fun, family-friendly fundraiser for the

Vipassana Buddhist Church/Center for Buddhist Development in Jefferson City, MO

*Free dessert bar

  • Food from Everest Café and Sawadee Thai Kitchen

*Live music

*Silent auction & raffle

*Chair massages

*Children’s activities

Tickets: $6 (2 for $10) Kids 10 & under: FREE!

For more information: Please call (573) 635-9544 or email to go2buddha@aol.com