AUGUST 2015 SHOW ME DHARMA NEWSLETTER

SAVE THE DATE!! KATE DRESHER RETREAT OCTOBER 23-25 AT SMD

  • SMD BOOTH AT PRIDE FEST SUNDAY AUGUST 23—VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

  • CHANTING INTO MEDITATION LED BY MELINDA STALEY SATURDAY AUGUST 8 AT 7:00 PM

  • COMMITTED PRACTICE GROUPS WELCOME NEW MEMBERS IN FALL

**SAVE THE DATE**

WEEKEND MEDITATION RETREAT LED BY KATE DRESHER

OCTOBER 23-25 AT SHOW ME DHARMA

Kate Dresher will lead a non-residential meditation retreat at Show Me Dharma the weekend of Friday October 23 to Sunday October 25. We will be sending out more details on the retreat as we receive them. Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice.

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SHOW ME DHARMA BOOTH AT MID-MISSOURI PRIDE FEST

Date and time: Sunday August 23, 11:00 am-6:00 pm

Location: Downtown Columbia

On Sunday August 23, the Mid-Missouri Pride Fest will be held in downtown Columbia. Show Me Dharma will have a booth at Pride Fest. We are very happy that we are making our presence known again, and want to invite everyone in the SMD community to be a part of this event. To make this happen, we need folks to staff our booth. The Pride Fest program runs from 11:00 am till about 6:00 pm. I anticipate that if two people each hour took hour-long shifts, we would need about 15 people. If you would like to be part of this, please reply with your name and the hour(s) you can offer to be there. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please email Joe McCormack at metta41856@gmail.com or call 573-864-5617.

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REGULARLY SCHEDULED SHOW ME DHARMA MEDITATION CLASSES

HELD EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AND TUESDAY EVENING

All events held at Show Me Dharma unless otherwise noted.

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

August 2… Armine Alioto    August 9…Beth Shoyer      August 16- Beth Shoyer      August 23-Terry Furstenau

August 30-Joe McCormack

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

August 4-Althea Harris      August 11-Armine Alioto      August 18-Althea Harris      August 25-Joe McCormack

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SHOW ME DHARMA SUPPORT

The Show Me Dharma Board has arranged for sangha members to assist other members who are in need of occasional assistance (e.g., support, meals, transportation, walking partners, etc.). If you or another member have appropriate requests please contact Brick Johnstone (573-818-4603) to arrange for help.  Similarly, if you are interested in providing such support, please contact him and let him know.

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COMMITTED PRACTICE GROUPS

The Committed Practice Groups will resume in the fall. We will announce the topic each of the classes will cover in the next newsletter.

Monday Morning Group 8:00 am-9:30 am with Beth Shoyer and Joe McCormack resumes in the fall.

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.

Thursday Evening Group 7:00 pm-8:30 pm with Terry Furstenau will resume in the fall.

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

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.

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.

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CHANTING INTO MEDITATION

led by Melinda Staley

Date and Time: Saturday August 8 from 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

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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: http://www.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/TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES UPCOMING RETREATS AND EVENTS SPONSORED BY MID-AMERICA DHARMA—for details on any of the retreats below, see the Mid-America Dharma website www.midamericadharma.org Aug. 21-23: Non-Residential Retreat with Bridget Rolens and Jon Yaffe in Springfield, IL. Sponsored by Mid America Dharma. Registration opens June 21. Sept. 5-12: Residential Retreat with Shaila Catherine and Philip Jones in Kansas City, KS. Sponsored by Mid America Dharma. Registration opens June 5. Oct. 18-24: Householder Retreat with Robert Brumet in Kansas City, MO. Sponsored by Mid America Dharma. Registration opens Aug. 18. Nov. 6-8: Non-Residential Retreat with Joe McCormack in Columbia, MO. Sponsored by Mid America Dharma. Registration open Sept. 6

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ONLINE COURSE OFFERED BY SHAILA CATHERINE: THE BEAUTIFUL MIND: The Five Spiritual Faculties Sept. 18-Nov. 29: For more info see http://www.bodhicourses.org

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WEBINAR SERIES LED BY VENERABLE PANNAVATI AND VEWNERABLE PANNADIPA: KAMMANNA or “FIT FOR ACTION” The Kammanna or “Fit for Action” Webinar series is designed to offer what other training programs do not: self-mastery and its impact on change. Webinars are interactive, with core training, 2 break out sessions, handout and practice assignment for the month with individual teacher feedback.

Series Of Events

Mindfulness for Engaged Buddhists – July 18th

Exploring what the Buddha called “practice”

Contemplation for Engaged Buddhists –Sept. 8th

Contemplation practice ultimately takes us off the pillow, out of our temples and into the world

The Power of One –Oct. 3rd

 Standing alone to be a catalyst for change not despising small beginnings or endings

Bearing Witness–Nov. 7th

Unless we can “show up” being willing to listen deeply – not thinking “we” know what “they” need, we are not present to help

Training in Joy and Pleasant Abiding –Dec. 2nd

A study and cultivation of practice that will help you avoid or overcome burn-out

To register for an upcoming event or the entire series, please follow the instructions found at pannavati.org/training-2