SEPTEMBER 2015 SHOW ME DHARMA NEWSLETTER
WEEKEND NON-RESIDENTIAL RETREAT LED BY KATE DRESHER OCTOBER 23-25 AT SMD
INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION CLASS BEGINS SEPTEMBER 30
CHANTING INTO MEDITATION LED BY MELINDA STALEY SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12
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 opening registration in the next few days. Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice.
SIX SESSION INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION CLASS BEGINS SEPTEMBER 30
led by Terry Furstenau, Show Me Dharma Teachers Collective
Dates and Time: Six Wednesdays beginning September 30 from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Location: Show Me Dharma
Cost: Offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis
SMD will be offering an Introduction to Meditation class on Wednesday nights beginning September 30. 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 REQUIRED: To register please email Terry Furstenau at email@example.com
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
September 6 Beth Shoyer
September 13 Joe McCormack
September 20 Armine Alioto
September 27 Armine Alioto
Tuesday Evening Meditation
meets 7:30-8:30 pm
September 1 Beth Shoyer
September 8 Althea Harris
September 15 Althea Harris
September 22 Terry Furstenau
September 29 Joe McCormack
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.
COMMITTED PRACTICE GROUPS
The Committed Practice Groups will resume in the fall.
Monday Morning Group 8:00 am-9:30 am with Beth Shoyer and Joe McCormack begins August 24. The topic for the class is the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
For more information about the Monday Morning Group: Please Contact Joe McCormack at firstname.lastname@example.org or Beth Shoyer at email@example.com or call 573 864-5617 to arrange a brief phone interview.
Thursday Evening Group 7:00 pm-8:30 pm with Terry Furstenau and Armine Alioto begins September 10. The topic is the Brahmaviharas.
For more information about the Thursday Evening Group: Please contact Terry Furstenau at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
CHANTING INTO MEDITATION
led by Melinda Staley
Dates and Time: Saturday September 12 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.”
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/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
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
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
WEBINAR SERIES LED BY VENERABLE PANNAVATI AND VENERABLE 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
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