April 2015 Show Me Dharma Newsletter

April 2015 Show Me Dharma Newsletter





Upcoming Events

                                                       PURIFYING MUDDY WATER 

                                   A NON-RESIDENTIAL INSIGHT MEDITATION RETREAT                                  led by Venerable Pannavati and Venerable Pannadipa

Friday April 10-Sunday April 12, 2015

Show Me Dharma Center

1600 West Broadway Columbia, MO

Through right concentration, the six sense faculties (hearing, tasting, touching, seeing, smelling and thinking) become empty…still. There is no further mental running about and both inside and outside, there comes a profound brightness experienced as joy, clarity and confidence. This is a direct path offering liberation from the 5 aggregates of clinging — the notion of a “self” which causes all the suffering! These series of talks and exercises will open you to this simple way of understanding “dukkha” and the mental training that eradicates it. The practices are suitable for all yogis, prescribed by the Buddha himself!

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. Please note that the registration fee covers only the costs of the retreat. You will also have an opportunity to offer a voluntary donation for the teachers.

Registration Required: Register Today! We are limiting attendance at this retreat to 40 people. Please register as soon as you know you want to attend.

You may register at the Show Me Dharma website http://showmedharma.org/registrationapril2015/

At the registration webpage, you may pay with a credit card here: https://co.clickandpledge.com/Default.aspx?WID=62854

Or, you may send a check with retreat fees to our registrar Karen Hodges at 2308 Cherry Ridge Lane Columbia Mo. 65203.





Dates and Time: Wednesday evenings 7:00-8:30 pm from April 1 to May 13

Location: Show Me Dharma Center, 1600 West Broadway

Cost: Offered on a dana (donation) basis

Registration Required: Open to anyone interested in deepening their practice

We are pleased to announce that a new committed class will begin on Wednesday, April 1st. It will meet from 7:00 to 8:30 pm for 7 weeks initially and then may continue either in the summer or fall. The class will use the book, “Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness.” This is a very good primer on the Noble Eightfold Path, one of the Buddha’s most foundational teachings. This class will be taught by Terry Furstenau and Armine Alioto, members of the Show Me Dharma Teachers Collective. It is open to anyone that wishes to deepen their practice. A committed class implies that one is working to establish a daily practice, is willing to make class attendance a priority, is willing to read the book and practice with the homework and will offer financial support (dana) according to one’s means. Financial consideration should never prevent one from joining a committed class. For more information or to register: Please contact Terry Furstenau at tfurstenau@gmail.com



All events held at Show Me Dharma unless otherwise noted. Sunday Morning Meditation meets 10:30-11:30 am April 5        Terry Furstenau April 12      Retreat—no Sunday Morning Meditation April 19      Armine Alioto April 26      Armine Alioto   Tuesday Evening Meditation meets 7:30-8:30 pm April 7        Althea Harris April 14     Beth Shoyer April 21     Althea Harris April 28     Joe McCormack



The Committed Practice Groups are 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

Thursday Evening Group 7:00 pm-8:30 pm with Terry Furstenau

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 more information about 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 more information about the Thursday Evening Group: Please contact Terry Furstenau at  tfurstenau@gmail.com to arrange a phone interview.

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 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:

Anatta: The Buddha’s Teaching on Non-Self

A Residential Meditation Retreat

led by Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia

Thursday-Sunday, May 7-10, 2015

Pallottine Renewal Mercy Center – Florissant, MO (St. Louis area)

About the Retreat

The teaching on non-self is perhaps the most subtle of all aspects of the Dhamma. So easily misunderstood, it is the one component of the Buddha’s teaching that is thoroughly unique. During this weekend retreat we will examine both how the sense of self is constructed through attachment and not understanding … and how it is deconstructed through our Buddhist practice. Participants will practice mindfulness techniques while sitting, walking, eating, and moving about throughout the day. In Dhamma talks, discussions, and meditation practice we will explore this teaching of the Buddha.

About the Teacher

Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia teaches within the Thai Forest Tradition, specifically the disciples of Ajahn Chah, and is a Lay Buddhist Minister in association with Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California. She served as

resident teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts from 1996 through 1999. Taraniya serves as a Core Faculty member at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies where she does most of her teaching. She has been a Dhamma teacher since 1990.

Cost: This retreat is priced on a sliding scale, from $315 to $475

The fee provides for single room lodging and vegetarian meals. Anything paid over the minimum is tax deductible as a charitable donation to Mid America Dharma. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available on request. You can apply for a scholarship, or request deferred payment, when you register. Please apply at least three weeks before the retreat.

Registration Required: Registration closes and payment is due April 23, 2015.

A $25 late fee will be applied to payment received after that date.

For more information and to register &/or request financial aid online, go to:


Please be mindful that registration fees are used to rent retreat facilities, reimburse teacher travel, room and board, and pay other administrative expense. Teacher Compensation is strictly by donation (dana –generosity). Those who offer these precious teachings share them freely without charge. They depend on the generosity of those who receive the teachings for their livelihood. We encourage you to support the teachers and the continued sharing of these teachings through a financial contribution.

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