December 2015 Show Me Dharma Newsletter

DECEMBER 2015 SHOW ME DHARMA NEWSLETTER

  • BODHI DAY CELEBRATION AND POTLUCK SUNDAY DECEMBER 6 AT 10:30 AM

  • SHOW ME DHARMA BOARD MEETING SUNDAY DECEMBER 6 AT 12:00 NOON

  • CHANTING INTO MEDITATION SATURDAY DECEMBER 5 AT 7:00 PM

  • COMMITTED PRACTICE GROUPS RESUME IN LATE JANUARY—NEW MEMBERS WELCOME

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BODHI DAY CELEBRATION, POTLUCK, AND BOARD MEETING

Date and Time: Bodhi Day Ceremony Sunday December 6, 10:30 AM

Potluck and Board Meeting After Ceremony

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.

After this, at noon, there will be a meeting of the Show Me Dharma Board of Trustees.

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.

Then, after the ceremony, 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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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

December 6         Bodhi Day Celebration at Show Me Dharma

December 13       Terry Furstenau

December 20       Joe McCormack

December 27        Armine Alioto

November 29       Beth Shoyer

Tuesday Evening Meditation

meets 7:30-8:30 pm

December 1         Terry Furstenau

December 8         Armine Alioto

December 15       Beth Shoyer

December 22       Beth Shoyer

December 29       Joe McCormack

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COMMITTED PRACTICE GROUPS

Monday Morning Group 8:00 am-9:30 am with Beth Shoyer and Joe McCormack begins January 25, 2016.

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 begins January 28, 2016.

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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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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CHANTING INTO MEDITATION

led by Melinda Staley

Date and Time: Saturday December 5 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

NEW YEAR RETREAT led by Robert Brumet

December 30, 2015-January 3, 2016

Conception Abbey, Conception, MO

About the Retreat: This retreat will consist of sitting, walking and eating meditation as well as dharma talks and group interviews. Metta practices will be included in the schedule. Emphasis is on the continuity of awareness in every activity throughout each day. Being mindful in every moment creates the conditions for awakening within the natural order of our life as it unfolds.

Cost: We price our retreats on a sliding scale, to make them as affordable as possible. Scholarships are available.

Reduced level … $300  Sustaining Level … $400  Supporting Level…$500

About the Teacher: Robert Brumet has practiced Insight Mediation since 1988, and has led a local sangha and conducted meditation retreats since 1995. He received vipassana facilitator training from Shinzen Young, and is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader program sponsored by Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He is a founding member of Mid-America Dharma. An Instructor of Pastoral Studies at Unity Institute, he teaches spiritual counseling, transpersonal psychology and insight meditation. The author of four books, including The Quest for Wholeness, and Living Originally: Ten Spiritual Practices for Transforming Your Life, Robert lives in Kansas City and teaches at Unity Institute and Seminary near Lee’s Summit MO.

Here is a link to the retreat announcement: http://retreat1512.homestead.com

Sponsored by Mid-America Dharma

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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.

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 this event, please follow the instructions found at pannavati.org/training-2