November 2015 Show Me Dharma Newsletter

NOVEMBER 2015 SHOW ME DHARMA NEWSLETTER

  • WEEKEND INSIGHT MEDITATION RETREAT LED BY JOE McCORMACK NOVEMBER 6-8

  • BODHI DAY CELEBRATION, MEMBERSHIP MEETING, AND POTLUCK DECEMBER 6

  • CHANTING INTO MEDITATION SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7 AT 7:00 PM

  • SHOW ME DHARMA’S NEW TEACHER LINDA PLUSCHKE

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Nothing Left Out: Integrating Wisdom and Compassion in Meditation Practice

A Non-Residential Insight Meditation Retreat

led by Joe McCormack

Sponsored by Mid-America Dharma

Dates: November 6-8, 2015

Friday Nov 6 from 7-9 PM; Saturday Nov 7 from 9 AM-5 PM; Sunday Nov 8 from 9 AM-12 PM

Location: Show Me Dharma Center, 1600 West Broadway, Columbia, MO

Cost: This retreat is priced on a sliding scale, from $60 to $90 Anything paid over the minimum is tax deductible as a charitable donation to Mid America Dharma. Scholarships are available on request.

November Retreat 2015

About the Retreat: The Buddha’s teachings compare the practice of the Dharma to a bird in flight, needing two wings. These two wings are compassion and wisdom. In this weekend retreat, we will work to bring an open-hearted and compassionate awareness to both the joyful and the challenging aspects of our experience, and as we do this, our innate wisdom begins to see with clarity the true nature of our lives. The retreat will consist of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, with practice instructions. There will be opportunities for question and answer sessions, and individual discussions with the retreat leader.

For information, to register, and/or apply for financial aid, go to:

http://www.retreat1511.homestead.com

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BODHI DAY CELEBRATION, POTLUCK AND MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Date and Time: Sunday December 8, 10:30 am

Location: Show Me Dharma, 1600 West Broadway

Cost: Offered on a dana (donation) basis

Join us Sunday December 7 at 10:30 AM for our celebration of Bodhi Day, a brief SMD membership meeting, and a potluck of finger foods afterward.

Bodhi Day is the commemoration of the Buddha’s enlightenment. At the ceremony, members of the Show Me Dharma Teachers Collective will lead the group in chanting the Buddhist refuges and precepts. We will have a brief meditation, and engage in a cording ceremony. Any member of the Show Me Dharma community, and their family and friends are invited.

After the Bodhi Day ceremony, Show Me Dharma will have a brief membership meeting for all interested SMD members. At this meeting, members will have the opportunity to vote on SMD board candidates.

Then, after the membership meeting, we will share fellowship and a potluck of finger foods. Please bring a favorite vegetarian snack to share.

All are welcome. Please join us and bring family and friends!

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SHOW ME DHARMA WELCOMES LINDA PLUSCHKE AS NEW MEMBER OF TEACHERS COLLECTIVE

We are delighted to announce that Linda Pluschke has generously agreed to join the Show Me Dharma Teachers Collective. Linda is a long time member of Show Me Dharma, and has been practicing meditation since 2001. She has a degree in religious studies. Linda has practiced in several spiritual approaches, and was a member of the Chautauqua Center in Columbia. She recently became a member of Show Me Dharma’s Board. Linda brings to the teaching of the dharma experiences as an artist and as a parent. We look forward to receiving the benefit of Linda’s sharing of the dharma.

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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

November 1         Joe McCormack

November 8         No Sunday meditation due to Weekend retreat

November 15       Terry Furstenau

November 22       Beth Shoyer

November 29       Beth Shoyer

Tuesday Evening Meditation

meets 7:30-8:30 pm

November 3         Terry Furstenau

November 10       Armine Alioto

November 17       Joe McCormack

November 24       Armine Alioto

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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

Monday Morning Group 8:00 am-9:30 am with Beth Shoyer and Joe McCormack is exploring the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

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 call573 864-5617 to arrange a brief phone interview.

Thursday Evening Group 7:00 pm-8:30 pm with Terry Furstenau and Armine Alioto is exploring the Brahmaviharas.

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 November 7 at 7:00 pm

Location: Show Me Dharma Center, 1600 West Broadway

Cost: This practice opportunity is offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis

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. 

“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

Nov. 6-8: Non-Residential Retreat with Joe McCormack in Columbia, MO. Sponsored by Mid America Dharma. For more information or to register go to www.midamericadharma.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

Bearing WitnessNov. 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