The Heart of Meditation-A Five Session Class
led by Zahir Orest
Begins Wednesday June 7
Drawing on the Zen Buddhist meditation tradition of the “Sesshin”, this series will focus primarily on actual practice with cycles of short meditation practice alternating with walking practice or chanting. Some meditation instruction and teachings from the Zen tradition will be offered along with light weekly class materials to remind us that meditation is “warm” and “sweet”. This class is suitable for both beginners and for those with an established meditation practice.
**Registration required–to register, contact Zahir at
Dates and Time:
Wednesdays Evenings 7:00-8:30 pm from June 7-July 5
Show Me Dharma
This class is offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis
About the teacher:
Zahir Orest, a Columbia resident, was raised in Eastern mystical Christianity, and entered into the open spirituality of universal Western Sufi teachings with the “Sufi Ruhaniat International” in the 1970’s. As a senior teacher/guide in the Ruhaniat, his spiritual journey has led him to ordination as a Universal Minister, ordination as a teacher in Zen Buddhism, studies in several Sufi traditions, Tibetan Buddhism, mystical Christianity, Quakerism, Judaism, and Islam.
To register. or for more information, contact Zahir at

Insight Dialogue Group
led by Donna Strickland
Meeting Monday Evenings Beginning June 19


Insight Dialogue, developed by Gregory Kramer, is an interpersonal meditation practice. It brings the mindfulness and tranquility of silent meditation directly into our experience with other people. As humans, we are relational beings; as we begin to wake up, clarity and freedom can illuminate our relationships with others. Insight Dialogue is based on traditional Buddhist teachings, including the Four Noble Truths. The first Noble Truth is that suffering is woven into this conditioned life. Interpersonal suffering is an important aspect of all suffering. We can practice letting go of interpersonal entanglements in the same way we got entangled-interpersonally. Insight Dialogue provides a way to do that: an interpersonal form of practice.
(Description adapted from metta.org)

This group is open to those persons who have had previous experience with the practice of Insight Dialogue, either through retreat or a class.

Location: Show Me Dharma, 1600 W. Broadway, Columbia Missouri

Meeting Time: Monday, every other week beginning June 19 and ending August 14, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

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

To Register: Please email Donna at stricklanddg@missouri.edu to register or to receive more information

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 is currently being 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 also taught classes in Mindful Writing and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Missouri.

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