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
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!
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
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 email@example.com or Beth Shoyer at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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.
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.”
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
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
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