February Newsletter

February 2015 Show Me Dharma Newsletter



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.



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 Monday Morning Group: Please Contact Joe McCormack at metta41856@gmail.com or Beth Shoyer at beth.shoyer@gmail.com or call 573 864-5617 to arrange a brief phone interview.

For the Thursday Evening Group: Please contact Terry Furstenau at tfurstenau@gmail.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.



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.

Registration is required. Contact Terry at tfurstenau@gmail.com or at 660-248-1770 to register or get more information.



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



led by Melinda Staley


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.”

-Krishna Das

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:



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 phil@silentmindopenheart.org.

Non-Residential Retreat with Anan Thubten

Date and Time: Saturday & Sunday, March 2829, 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.

For More Information: Contact Catherine Fay with questions at hbreathwork22@gmail.com or visit www.dharmata.org

Also, please see attached announcement for more information.

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