February 2015 Show Me Dharma Newsletter
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! SPRING RETREAT WITH VENERABLE PANNAVATI APRIL 10-12
- OTHER PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES/EVENTS
WEEKEND NONRESIDENTIAL RETREAT APRIL 10-12, 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.
COMMITTED PRACTICE GROUPS RESUMING—NEW MEMBERS WITH THREE MONTHS’ PRACTICE EXPERIENCE ARE WELCOME TO JOIN
The Committed Practice Groups are now open for registration for our next session. Both the Monday morning and the Thursday evening classes will be using the book, Small Boat, Great Mountain, by Ajahn Amaro. This book explores non-dual practices in Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions.
Monday Morning Group 8:00 am-9:30 am, with Beth Shoyer and Joe McCormack starts January 26
Thursday Evening Group 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, with Terry Furstenau starts January 22
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.
For the Thursday Evening Group: Please contact Terry Furstenau at email@example.com to arrange a phone interview.
For both classes, if you are a current member of the class and plan on attending, there is no need to do anything. If you would like to drop out for awhile please let us know. The books are being ordered and are available for a small donation.
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.
SIX-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION CLASS
BEGINNING WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 4
Led by Terry Furstenau, Show Me Dharma Teachers Council
Dates and Time: Wednesday Evenings 6:30 pm-8:00 pm, February 4 to February 11, 2015
Location: Show Me Dharma Center
Cost: Offered on a dana (donation) basis
SMD will be offering an Introduction to Meditation class on Wednesday nights beginning
February 4. 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.
SHOW ME DHARMA MEDITATION CLASSES FOR FEBRUARY 2015
All events held at Show Me Dharma unless otherwise noted.
Sunday Morning Meditation
meets 10:30-11:30 am
February 1 Terry Furstenau
February 8 Terry Furstenau
February 15 Beth Shoyer
February 22 Armine Alioto
Tuesday Evening Meditation
meets 7:30-8:30 pm
February 3 Joe McCormack
February 10 Althea Harris
February 17 Armine Alioto
February 24 Althea Harris
CHANTING INTO MEDITATION
led by Melinda Staley
NEXT MEETING IS SATURDAY FBBRUARY 7
Date and Time: Held the first Saturday of the Month, 7:00-8:15 pm
Location: Show Me Dharma
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 Opportunities/Events:
EXPLORING THE REALITY OF THE BODY:
A HALF-DAY RETREAT WITH PHIL JONES
Date and Time: Sunday Feb. 8, 12:30-5 p.m.
Location: Show Me Dharma
Cost: Offered on a dana (donation) basis
As part of the practices used to help us free ourselves from our misperceptions of the body, the Buddha tells us to work with the Four Elements. In this retreat we will explore how to understand the Elements of earth, fire, wind & water in a way that is meaningful to our 21st century understandings of reality. These practices will be presented in a way that will be appropriate for beginners and more advanced practitioners.
For more info, contact Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Residential Retreat with Anan Thubten
Date and Time: Saturday & Sunday, March 28–29, 2015
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cost: $160 (or $175 after 3/6) for retreat expenses. Teachings offered freely on dana/donation. No one will be turned away based on inability to pay.
The focus of this non-residential retreat is to unburden
ourselves from mental habits that cause unnecessary
suffering and to realize our natural state which is the
inner dimension of peace, joy, and love. Anam
Thubten invites everyone to experience this spiritual
transformation through meditation practice and the
timeless teachings of the Buddha.
About the teacher: Anan Thubten grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the United States and occasionally abroad. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the author of The Magic of Awareness and No Self, No Problem. Through his personal experience on the spiritual path, Anan Thubten brings alive the timeless teachings of the Buddhist meditation tradition and invites everyone to participate.
Also, please see attached announcement for more information.