December Newsletter

 December2014 Show Me Dharma Newsletter

  • BODHI DAY CELEBRATION, MEMBERSHIP MEETING, & POTLUCK SUNDAY DECEMBER 7 AT 10:30 AM AT SHOW ME DHARMA

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

  • SUNDAY AND TUESDAY MEDITATION CLASSES CONTINUE

  • COMMITTED PRACTICE CLASSES RESUME IN JANUARY—NEW MEMBERS WELCOME

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

    UPCOMING EVENTS

BODHI DAY CELEBRATION, POTLUCK AND MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Date and Time: Sunday December 7, 10:30 am

Location:Show Me Dharma, 1600 West Broadway

Cost:Offered on a dana (donation) basis

Join us Sunday December 7 at 10:30 AM for our celebration of Bodhi Day, a brief SMD membership meeting, and a potluck of finger foods afterward.

Bodhi Day is the commemoration of the Buddha’s enlightenment. At the ceremony, we will chant the Buddhist refuges and precepts, have a brief meditation, and engage in a cording ceremony. Any member of the Show Me Dharma community, and their family and friends are invited.

After the Bodhi Day ceremony, Show Me Dharma will have a brief membership meeting for all interested SMD members. At this meeting, members will have the opportunity to vote on SMD board candidates.

Then, after the membership meeting, we will share fellowship and a potluck of finger foods. Please bring a favorite vegetarian snack to share.

All are welcome. Please join us and bring family and friends!

WEEKEND NONRESIDENTIAL RETREAT SPRING 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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OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS

SATURDAYAFTERNOONS 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 WILL RESUME IN JANUARY—NEW 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.

MondayMorning Group held 8:00 am-9:30 am, Led by Beth Shoyer and Joe McCormack

ThursdayEvening Group held 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, led by Terry Furstenau and Tonda March

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, meditationpractice, familiarity with basic Buddhist concepts, and a brief conference with one of the teachers.

Registration:

For the MondayMorning Group: Please Contact Joe McCormack at metta41856@gmail.comor Beth Shoyer at beth.shoyer@gmail.comor call 573 864-5617

For the Thursday Evening Group: Please contact Terry Furstenau attfurstenau@gmail.com

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Show Me Dharma Classes for December

All events held at Show Me Dharma unless otherwise noted.

SundayMorning Meditation

meets10:30-11:30 am

December 7 Terry Furstenau

December 14 Terry Furstenau

December 21 Beth Shoyer

December 28 Joe McCormack

TuesdayEvening Meditation

meets7:30-8:30 pm

December 2 Beth Shoyer

December 9 Joe McCormack

December 16 Joe McCormack

December 23 Althea Harris

December 30 Althea Harris

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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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