October 2019 NEWSLETTER – SHOW ME DHARMA

October 2019 NEWSLETTER – SHOW ME DHARMAShow Me Dharma Fri 10/4/2019 10:37 PM

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE
CAROL BLOTTER RETREAT NOVEMBER 1-3

MEET AND GREET POTLUCK ON OCTOBER 6

NEW COURSE: INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS MEDITATION BEGINS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

COMMITTED PRACTICE CLASSES BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER SUTTA STUDY GROUP LED BY PHIL JONES

REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEDITATION SESSIONS SUNDAY MORNING 10:30 AM AND TUESDAY EVENINGS 7:30 PM

NEW EVENT: SUNDAY SOCIAL!!

OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS SATURDAY AFTERNOON 3:30-5:00 PM THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY

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INSIGHT MEDITATION RETREAT LED BY CAROL BLOTTER
Friday November 1-Sunday November 3 at Show Me Dharma Exploring The Third Noble Truth  

The Buddha’s Four Noble Truths are the groundwork for all his teachings across all branches of Buddhism. Typically we spend a lot of time understanding – viscerally – the first which is that the problems of life seem to cause dukkha (suffering, being distressed and upset, being unhappy at times and so forth). We work to see experimentally how suffering happens (the second truth) by using practices from the fourth. Somehow we trust that the third noble truth – that it is possible for suffering to cease – is true.

 This retreat will explore a few facets of that truth. What is the cessation of dukkha? What does it mean? How do the two prongs of Wisdom and Love that our practices teach help lead us to that truth? How do we experience the cessation?  

This retreat is appropriate for any skill level of meditation – from beginner to advanced. We all long for life to be a bit easier.  

TO REGISTER FOR THE RETREAT CLICK HERE: REGISTRATION  

Retreat Details: Cost: Sliding scale of $60-$100 depending on ability to pay. Scholarships are available. To request a scholarship, please contact the registrar, Tricia Straub. Location: Show Me Dharma, 1600 West Broadway, Columbia, MO

Retreat Schedule: Friday Night Free Public Talk 7:00-9:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am-12:00 pm, with potluck lunch after retreat

About the Teacher: Carol Blotter has led more than 60 retreats across the United States and has taught over 75 classes in meditation. Her 25+ years practice and study has led to a blending of Insight (Vipassana) Meditation and non-duality teachings. She is the primary teacher of Chelsea Meditation Group in Chelsea, Michigan.

Since 2004, Carol’s primary teacher has been Matthew Flickstein. She has studied under Matt for over 10 years, has been with him at over 60 weeklong retreats, has taken numerous teacher training programs and has co-led retreats with him.

Carol initially studied Insight Meditation and Dzogchen with Barbara Brodsky, the founder of Deep Spring Center in Michigan. Carol has also been involved with the Quaker tradition since 1979.

She has taught about some of the mystics influencing Quakerism as well as ways to resolve conflict through building unity and deep listening practices.   

For more information, please call the registrar Tricia Straub at (573) 449-9789. TO REGISTER FOR THE RETREAT CLICK HERE:
REGISTRATION

MEET AND GREET POTLUCK AFTER THE SUNDAY SITTING OCTOBER 6

There will be a Potluck held after the Sunday Sitting on October 6. The Sitting and Talk will be from 10:30-11:30 followed by a chance to meet and greet members of our sangha. Feel free to bring something, or just come, visit, and munch!

INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Date and Time: Wednesdays  6:30 pm. – 8:00 pm.
Start: Wednesday, September 18 Location: Show Me Dharma, 1600 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO Cost: This class is offered on a Dana (voluntary donation) basis

Mindfulness meditation, or vipassana, is a 2500 year-old Buddhist practice that can benefit every aspect of your life. Vipassana can help you relax, cope with work and family stress, deeply heal your emotional life and lead you to spiritual freedom.

The class will be taught by Terry Furstenau. Each class will consist of a talk, meditation practice, and group discussion. This class is taught on a donation basis.

We will be using How to Meditate by Pema Chodron as a support for the class.

Committed Practice Classes Begin in September New Members Welcome

The committed practice groups are an opportunity to bring the practice of insight meditation into all aspects of daily life. It is for those with several months’ meditation experience. Participants register and commit to regular attendance of the meetings. 


Both the Monday Morning Class and the Thursday Evening Class will begin in September. The Monday Morning Class begins on September 16. The Thursday Evening Class will begin on September 12.

Requirements:  The committed practice groups require one of the following: either a) completion of the Introduction to Meditation Class and the Intermediate Meditation class; or b) three months of regular, preferably daily meditation practice, and a working knowledge of Buddhist concepts. It also implies your intention to practice daily, do the homework, and share your practice in class to the extent that you feel comfortable.


Cost:  Committed Practice Groups are offered on a dana  (voluntary donation) basis.


Monday Morning Group  meets 8:00 am-9:30 am with Beth Shoyer and Joe McCormack.

We will be using the book True Refuge by Tara Brach. Here is a link to the book: https://www.amazon.com/True-Refuge-Finding-Freedom-Awakened/dp/0553386344/ref=sr_1_1?crid=K4N0TKYMH0I7&keywords=true+refuge+tara+brach&qid=1564296546&s=gateway&sprefix=true+refuge%2Caps%2C287&sr=8-1

For more information, please contact Joe McCormack at  metta41856@gmail.com or Beth Shoyer at  beth.shoyer at gmail.com

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Thursday Evening Group meets 7:00 pm-8:30 pm with Terry Furstenau. It will begin on September 12.

We will be using “Parami–Ways to Cross Life’s Floods.” by Ajahn Sucitto. Here is a link to the book:   https://forestsangha.org/teachings/books/parami-ways-to-cross-life-s-floods?language=English 

Pārami – ‘perfections,’ or transcendent virtues – are daily life practices that give the mind a firm ground in Dhamma. Comprising simple qualities like patience, generosity and truthfulness, they can be skilfully applied to the ‘flash-points’ in the day in order to steer the mind out of samsaric currents and on towards peace, clarity and nibbāna. 

For more information about the Thursday Evening Group: Please contact Terry Furstenau at tfurstenau@gmail.com



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Monthly Sutta Study Course led by Phil Jones

New Sutta Study Course

The Sutta Study Course began a new session on Nov. 12 reading and discussing The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha. The next meeting is Monday, October 21.

During each meeting we will begin with a short period of silent meditation, read out loud portions of the month’s sutta readings, and explore questions or comments you may have about the text.

The focus is both on understanding the teachings and on how they are relevant to your own life and practice.

The course will meet about once a month, from 7-9 p.m. Offered on a dana basis. Registration is required.

For more information or to register, contact Phil Jones, pljones01@gmail.com.
______________________________________________________________________ Regularly Scheduled Show Me Dharma Meditation Sessions

Show Me Dharma offers drop-in meditation sessions every Sunday morning 10:30 am and Tuesday evening 7:30 pm. All are welcome, even if you have never tried meditation before. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to meditate. No registration is required. We provide cushions and chairs. Each session offers meditation instruction, a 30-40 minute sit, dharma talk and discussion. These sessions are offered without charge. This service is supported by dana (donations).

Sunday Morning at 10:30 am
October 6 Beth Shoyer
October 13 Joe McCormack
October 20 NO TEACHERS ARE AVAILABLE FOR A TALK, BUT DOORS WILL BE OPEN FOR MEDITATION AT THE REGULAR TIME
October 27 Linda Pluscke

Tuesday Evening at 7:30 pm
October 1 Terry Furstenau
October 8 Beth Shoyer
October 15 Joe McCormack
October 22 Phil Jones
October 29 Phil Jones

SUNDAY SOCIAL
Something new! After the 10:30 sitting on the first Sunday of the month, members of Show Me Dharma will be welcoming newer attendees with an informal and relaxed discussion of our Sangha. It will be a great way to meet people and learn more about our group. Please consider joining us!

SMD LIBRARY COMMITTEE 
SMD Library Catalogue Is Now Online
Our entire Library catalog is now available online. To look at the list of all 902 books currently available online.  From Theravada to Zen, Vajrayana to Yoga and healthy eating to everything in between to eclectic spiritual is here for you to browse.  There are over 900 titles to spark your interest.You can access the on-line library by going to the Show Me Dharma website at www.showmedharma.org Click on Library and find Online Library Catalogue for searches by title or author.

Please note the following recent developments concerning our library.

*New Developments* We have identified a number of books that have not been checked out recently and are offering these books to sangha members on a dana basis. So, please do peruse these adoptable books. They are located on the table in the office/ cushion area of Show Me Dharma. Remaining books will be relocated at the end of May.

Even the act of selecting a book is a form of generosity, and any Dana given will help support Show Me Dharma financial obligations, which is greatly appreciated. 

New Book Acquisitions
With loving gratitude for the dharma, the library committee would like the sangha to know about several new book acquisitions that have been added to the shelves. Come and see.

Please Consider Voluntering
The Library Committee is looking for those who would like to serve to help maintain our abundant offerings of written wisdom. If you are available for this, your help would be greatly appreciated.

3 new books on Diversity 
*The Way of Tenderness, Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, & Gender by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel *Radical Dharma, Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo williams *Awakening Together, The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community by Larry Yang

2 new books in the Theravada tradition
*Compassion and Emptiness, In Early Buddhist Meditation by Analyo *Mindfully Facing Disease and Death, Compassionate Advice from Early Buddhist Texts by Analyo

Library Policies 
Not all books listed are immediately available for borrowing as some of them may already have been borrowed by other library patrons.SOME books are strictly in-house reference books and should only be used while at Show Me Dharma unless you obtain permission from a teacher to borrow them. These books are located on the shelves labeled “Primary Sources’. If you see a book you would like to borrow but it is already checked out just leave your contact information on the form provided on the check-out shelf and when the book is returned you will be contacted by the Library Committee to let you know it is available.

Request for Library Donations
As always, we continue to welcome book donations. If there is a book you think would be a good addition to the library, please let someone on the Library committee know about it.You may contact Armine Alioto at dc4q13aa@gmail.com with any questions about the library.

OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN SHOW ME DHARMA
Library Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers for our library committee.The library committee does the tasks of organizing the books in our collection, receiving and cataloging newly donated books, checking returned books back in, making recommendations for books to acquire, and maintaining our library’s online book catalog.   Our library is an important resource in the spiritual practice of our members, as it provides those members with vital reading materials that deepen their understanding of the dharma. Your participation in this effort is a wonderful way of expressing generosity.

Members of Show Me Dharma,  if you are feeling called to serve the sangha, there are openings to be greeter at the Saturday Open Sit.Each Saturday we offer a safe haven to do seated practice from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Show Me Dharma follows the teachings of the Buddha from the Theravada school. Meditation and concentration are vital elements in the way to enlightenment.Self-liberation is attained through one’s own efforts.  What a generous and joy filled offering for all who seek tranquility and insight. A simple training session is provided.

Please contact Susan Schabilion at sschabilion@yahoo.com with Saturday Open Sit in the subject line, if interested, or call (573) 815-0352

Other SMD Opportunities
There are a number of ways to get involved in the workings of Show Me Dharma. Show Me Dharma has a number of committees, covering aspects of the organization including managing the SMD library, organizing our retreats, handling membership, treasurer tasks and fundraising, providing support for sangha members when needs arise, and outreach to the community. 


If you are interested in any of these, please feel free to contact Susan Schabilion about these opportunities at  sschabilion@yahoo.com or by phone (573) 815-0352.

If anyone is interested in helping with social media promotion (includes Facebook &Twitter), please send an email to showmedharma@gmail.com

PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A SHOW ME DHARMA MEMBER 
Membership in Show Me Dharma is open to anyone who has been participating in the sangha and understands and is in agreement with the goals, objectives, and purposes of Show Me Dharma. 
Those who are members are eligible to be on the board and to vote to elect officers of Show Me Dharma. One becomes a member of Show Me Dharma by contacting the President of Show Me Dharma of their intent to become a member. It is as simple as that! 
If you wish to become a member, please contact our President, Tricia Straub at tnurstraub@gmail.com. In your email, simply indicate that you wish to become a member. Include your name, email address, mailing address, and phone number.


SMD CARING COMMITTEE
The Show Me Dharma Caring Committee was organized to provide wise and kind support for and service to members of Show Me Dharma community, the Columbia community at large, and in response to suffering in the world. We are in the process of planning several exciting projects, and as we proceed, we are seeking your participation. Here are some of the projects we are developing, both currently and in the future.
Please see our activities below: 

Loaves and Fishes
Dear Friends, The Show Me Dharma Caring Committee once again invites you to help prepare and serve a meal for homeless and near-homeless members of our community at “Loaves & Fishes,” which is located at Wilkes Boulevard Community Methodist Church on Wednesday October 23 from 4-7 p.m. (Click on Sign Up for details).  We have heard time and time again that our meals are delicious and much appreciated by all. This month our Theme will be PIES! All kinds of pies, from the savory to the sweet! Main dish pies, vegetable pies, and of course dessert pies. Help with clean up is also much appreciated so if you can’t make something but would like to help clean up, you would be so welcome! If you have questions about the meal, contact Pat Aziza Riley (azizatwaddle@gmail.com).
Sign up for Loaves and Fishes HERE

Puerto Rico Relief and Rebuilding Support
The Caring Committee continues to support our sangha’s work in Puerto Rico through raising funds for grassroots reconstruction and development. We raised approximately $500 during our Holiday fundraiser. The funds we provide support community kitchens, community gardens, education about renewable and sustainable energy and agriculture, community health clinics and the development of a national network of “Mutual Support Centers.” The Mutual Support Centers help people coordinate work projects that build independence and self-reliance. 

Psychology study
The Caring Coming is looking for someone who is knowledgeable in the field of psychology who could help a former psychologist who has had a traumatic brain injury study for a certification exam.  The woman worked for a long time with our former sangha teacher, Ginny Morgan, and she cannot see very well, but needs this help so she can earn a living. The help she is looking for is basically someone to read to her to help her study. If you would be interested in helping, please contact Kate Walker, of the Caring Committee at WalkerJa@missouri.edu.

Friend in need?
The Caring Committee also encourages you to let us know if you hear of a sangha member or friend that is in need. We can help organize meals, visits, send cards, offer metta, etc. Please contact Caya Tanski (cayasadhana@yahoo.com). (azizatwaddle@gmail.com), Kate Walker (WalkerJa@missouri.edu) or Caya Tanski (cayasadhana@yahoo.com).

Thank you for your support of our Caring Committee’s fundraisers.
Lastly, we want to express much gratitude on behalf of people in Puerto Rico who have received and will receive your financial or in-kind support for grassroots recovery and sustainable local agricultural projects, soup kitchens, and solar projects!

You can even make a one time payment using Paypal

~Caya Tanski-French, Chair of Caring Committee. Board , Show Me Dharma

_________________________________ SATURDAY AFTERNOON OPEN MEDITATION SESSIONS     WEEKLY FROM 3:30-5:00 PM

Please join us for our Saturday afternoon open meditation sessions. They are scheduled Saturday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 pm at Show Me Dharma. This period is an open time for sitting meditation. There are no meditation instructions or teachings offered. This is simply the opportunity to come and do meditation in an open, quiet setting.  You are welcome to come for the entire time, or for as much (or as little) time as your schedule permits. 

From Dakini Day, 2019

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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 never a charge for participating in SMD, 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.

Please Note the Following Change to Online Giving
The board of trustees is sincerely grateful for the financial contributions made by our members and friends to support our mission: make insight meditation available to mid-Missouri. At this time, Show Me Dharma enjoys financial stability. To make contributions, please place your check or cash in the basket at the sangha, mail a check to: Treasurer @ Show Me Dharma 1600 W. Broadway, Columbia, 65203
or make a donation online through PayPal. –Valerie Bader, Treasurer, SMD



USE THIS LINK BELOW FOR ONLINE DANA/GIVING (DONATIONS) PAYPAL OTHER PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEDITATIVE CHANTING

CHANTING INTO MEDITATION  EVERY THIRD FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
Date and Time: Friday July 19 7 pm
Location: Show Me Dharma Cost: Offered on a dana (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 experience and this community of committed practitioners.

TIBETAN CHANTING GROUP led by by Carla Campbell
Date and Time: Sundays 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Location: Show Me Dharma
The Tibetan Chanting Group discusses the use of mindful sound (i.e., mantras), in Tibetan Buddhist mind training. The group learns various modes of chanting common mantras such as those of Green Tara (OM TARA TAM SOHA) and Avalokite (OM MANI PEMAY HUM), the female and male symbols of compassion and loving kindness.

Additionally the Tibetan practice group is offering a beginning class in classical Tibetan on Wednesday at 11 am. All are welcome. Currently the group is working on pronouncing the alphabet correctly (as Tibetan is a tonal language), recognizing, naming and writing the various letters, and formulating simple syllables.

Bishop William Green, who began the group and led it at its inception, has relocated. With Bishop Green’s relocating, Carla Campbell will coordinate with group in the future.

Bishop Green will continue to be a teaching resource for the group on an intermittent basis. Bishop Green is a bishop in the African Orthodox Church. He also is an inter-denominational chaplain, has studied Buddhism with the Dalai Lama, and is a published scholar on religion in the southern black community. For more information, call 601-316-7614

HEARTWOOD RETREAT CENTER
The Heartwood Retreat Center, located in Hendersonville, North Carolina, offers retreats in a variety of Buddhist and other spiritual traditions. There are self-retreats as noted below, as well as retreats led by Venerable Pannavati and others. For a listing of retreat opportunities, please visit  https://www.heartwoodrefuge.org/retreat-calendar/

SELF DIRECTED RETREATS
HW provides a charming and comfortable space for study, contemplation and intensive practice  without imposing a rigid format.  You have the support and guidance of our teachers, and access to the weekly offerings  (there’s something for you to participate in every day…from yoga to meditation to Qigong!).  Close to Ashville, NC, Pisgah and Dupont Forests, you are invited to visit Heartwood and  explore what makes the Smoky Mountains the ideal location for your next retreat.
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