OTHER PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES

Monthly Sutta Study Course led by Phil Jones
Begins Monday October 23 at 7:15 pm
Date and Time: One Monday evening each month 7:15 pm-9:15 pm, beginning Oct 23
Location: Show Me Dharma, 1600 West Broadway
Cost: Offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis
Have you ever wanted to read and study the Buddha’s discourses (suttas) but weren’t sure where to begin? Have you tried but found the discourses difficult to understand? Are you interested in being instructed, inspired, and touched by the Buddha’s wisdom, humor, and stories of his own path to Awakening?
In this sutta study course we will be reading the anthology In the Buddha’s Words. This book, compiled by Bhikkhu Bodhi the great contemporary translator of many of the Pali discourses, contains key suttas grouped around major themes as well as helpful introductory essays by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
The course will meet once a month, beginning on Monday Oct. 23 at 7:15 p.m. at Show Me Dharma. We will read together selections from each month’s assigned reading and discuss what we’ve read in terms of its meaning to our lives and practices. Offered on a dana basis, but registration is required.
For more information, contact Phil Jones, 
Insight Dialogue Group led by Donna Strickland
 Begins October 2
Meeting Time: Alternating Mondays beginning October 2 from 7:15-8:45 pm
Location: Show Me Dharma, 1600 West Broadway
Cost: This group is offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis
To Register: Please email Donna at stricklanddg@missouri.edu

Insight Dialogue, developed by Gregory Kramer, is an interpersonal meditation practice based in the wisdom teachings of the Buddha. It has the same purposes and traditional roots as silent meditation: developing mindfulness, compassion and liberating insight while investigating present moment experience. The foundation of Insight Dialogue is a whole-life vision of the spiritual path: every moment of our lives is part of our path, so our meditation should include both interpersonal and individual practices. The roots of suffering run deep; to dissolve them we fully meet all things-including other people-with alertness and care. (from http://gregorykramer.org/insight-dialogue/)

In this six-week session, we will experientially explore the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue together. Each session will include a period of silent meditation, a period of instruction, and in-depth practice of Insight Dialogue in pairs and larger groups. Everyone is welcome. Previous meditation experience is recommended, but not required. Practitioners with recent Insight Dialogue experience are welcomed to drop in as able.

About the facilitator: Donna Strickland has practiced Insight Dialogue since her first retreat with Gregory Kramer in 2006. She has benefited from numerous retreats with him and other senior ID teachers over the last decade. In addition to Insight Dialogue, Donna has practiced Insight Meditation since 2004 and has most recently been mentored by Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia. Her teachers locally have included Ginny Morgan and Phil Jones. In 2012, she completed a certificate in Mindfulness for Educators at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She has taught classes in Mindful Writing and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Missouri.

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Lovingkindness: The Art of Happiness
A Group led by Terry Wilson
Day and Time: Monday evenings 5:30-7:00 pm from September 18 to November 6
Location: Show Me Dharma, 1600 West Broadway
Cost: this group is offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis
Required Book: Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
Registration Required: To register, email Terry at terrynobel@gmail.com
We are all in the “human being club” together and at times find life challenging and stressful. Relationships, family issues, a sense of isolation, work, politics, financial strains, loss, all take a toll on our physical and mental health. Through it all, we just want to be happy.
When practicing loving kindness, also known as metta, we cultivate a friendly attitude toward ourselves and others. What is it like to see the good in myself and others? What would it feel like if our heart could smile? Loving kindness is likened to a soft rain that penetrates the heart, relaxing the defense mechanisms associated with fear and negative mental states. When we engage in an active loving kindness practice, we find ourselves attending to daily life with greater calm and happiness.
In this 8-week Loving Kindness class series, we will explore four immeasurable qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity and apply these skills in our daily lives. Free audio downloads to support your meditation practice are included.
About the facilitator: Terry Wilson is the founder of True Nature Center for Wellness. She is a Registered Nurse and earned a Master of Education in Health Promotion and Wellness from the University of Missouri and is certified as a health education specialist.  As an RN, she has been in the health and wellness field for over 30 years and early on in her nursing career she became keenly aware of and engaged with human suffering. She is intuitively drawn to a holistic approach to health and believes our spiritual dimension needs to be nurtured to live a quality, peaceful and contented life free of suffering. Terry has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Loving-Kindness Meditation, iRest Yoga Nidra (certified teacher), and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (certified facilitator). She also has specialized training in Warriors at Ease, teaching trauma informed yoga and meditation to military members. Terry’s initial mindfulness meditation training started at Show Me Dharma with Ginny Morgan and Phil Jones.
RETREATS OFFERED BY MID-AMERICA DHARMA
LIVING IN MINDFULNESS
A HOUSEHOLDERS NON-RESIDENTIAL RETREAT
Retreats are a wonderful way to deepen our practice. And yet, the true value of the Dharma lies in our ability to practice it in our everyday life, at home and at work or school. Every experience of our day is “grist for the mill.”
This retreat consists of relatively short segments of time spread over a period of one week. We will meet for about seven hours per day on Oct. 15, 21 and 22, then for 2 hours on the evenings of Oct. 16 and 19. At each meeting we will focus on how one can engage the practice in his or her everyday life experience at home or at work. Participants will be given assignments in the form of specific practices or reflections to apply throughout each day. Each gathering will include a review of how one has (or has not) been able to maintain a daily practice in the time between formal sessions.
 
Dates: October 15, 16, 19, 21-22
Retreat Schedule:
Sunday, October 15, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday, October 16, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 to 9:00 PM in Classroom 229
Saturday, October 21, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 22, 10:00 Am to 5:00 PM
Please bring a bag lunch for the daytime sessions.  You will have access to a refrigerator and microwave.
$60 Actual | $90 Supporter
Although this is a non-residential retreat, Unity Village has on-site accommodations available.  If you would like to stay at Unity’s motel, cottages or Spiritual Life Center during the retreat, please contact Unity Reservations at 816-251-3540.  For all overnight accommodations, please make payment arrangements directly with the Unity Reservations Office.
To assure everyone has a safe and wholesome retreat, we ask each retreatant to honor The Five Precepts throughout the retreat. Read more about The Five Precepts here.
For more information, contact us or call Carl Wingo at 573- 449-1307.
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LOVE IS THE ANSWER
A Non-residential Insight Meditation Retreat 
The Buddha once said, “We can look the whole world over and find no one more deserving of our love and kindness than ourselves.” Metta practice protects the mind from falling into habitual patterns of reactivity that undermine our sincerest intentions to be happy. Also referred to as a mind liberating practice, it can awaken powerful healing energies that brighten and lift the mind to increasing levels of joy and clarity. Our greatest and most challenging task on the spiritual path is to learn to love and accept ourselves in every moment. Self-hatred, inner aggression and self-criticism are rooted in a mind that is confused and suffering. When we really love and honor ourselves there are no more questions.This is an excellent weekend retreat for all those who feel energetically stuck in the past and are unable to break free and move forward. In this retreat we will focus on metta practice, self-compassion and forgiveness in order to let go. 

The retreat will be held in the Learning Lab, which has a concrete floor. Chairs will be provided, but if you prefer to sit on the floor, please bring your own cushion and padding.
Days and times:
Friday – 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm
Sat – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Please bring a bag lunch. Sorry, no refrigeration will be available.)
Sun – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Registration opens September 10
Cost: Full Weekend:  $60 Actual | $90 Supporter
Friday Night Only: $5
Saturday and Sunday Only: $55 Actual | $90 Supporter
If you need financial assistance, please see  our scholarship policy before registering.
To assure everyone has a safe and wholesome retreat, we ask each retreatant to honor The Five Precepts throughout the retreat. Read more about The Five Precepts here.
For more information, contact us or call Carl Wingo at 573-449-1307.
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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
 

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, 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 HW and
explore what makes the Smoky Mountains the ideal location for your next retreat
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BODHI COURSES
Online Courses Taught by Shaila Catherine
Upcoming Course:
Satipatthana 1: Mindfulness of the Body
Course Dates: October 22-December 17, 2017
Register Now through October 15, 2017
Course Description: The Satiaptthana Sutta, an important and practical discourse, has influenced most of the approaches to mindfulness and insight meditation practiced today. This online course will work with the practices and teachings that are found in the Satipatthana Sutta, with a focus on mindfulness of the body. We will develop mindfulness with respect to sensations, anatomical parts, and material elements, and practice reflection on death.
This is the first of a two-part Satipatthana Series; a subsequent course will address mindfulness of feeling tone, mental states, and phenomena.
Registration cost: Sliding scale from $150-$450. The lower end of the scale is intended for those with very limited means. If additional scholarship assistance is needed, please contact us.
For more information or to register, go to http://www.bodhicourses.org/satipatthana-mindfulness-of-body

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