OTHER PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES

RETREATS OFFERED BY MID-AMERICA DHARMA

CONSCIOUS LIVING IN A CRAZY WORLD

A Residential New Year Retreat with Robert Brumet
Dates: Thursday, December 28, 4 pm – Monday, January 1, 1:00 p.m.
Registration open. Closes December 14.
Cost: Actual Cost $550 | Minimum $500 | Reduced $525 | Supporter $575 | Sponsor $600 | Benefactor $650
If you need financial assistance, please see  our scholarship policy before registering.
It’s not easy to live mindfully-even at a retreat. It’s much more difficult to live mindfully in our every day life, particularly at a time when just about everything in our world–from politics to the weather–seems to be going crazy.

Today many of us are challenged by feelings of uncertainty, helplessness and frustration as we see our world views challenged and our values undermined. Many of us who are committed to living mindfully and ethically wonder what, if anything, we can do.
This retreat does not focus on what actions should be taken but does focus on how to cultivate the qualities of mind and heart that help us discern what constitutes right action in all arenas of our life: personal, interpersonal, social and political.

To assure everyone has a safe and wholesome retreat, we ask each retreatant to honor The Five Precepts throughout the retreat. 

For more information, contact us or call Carl Wingo at 573-449-1307.
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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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RETREATS OFFERED BY MID-AMERICA DHARMA
CONSCIOUS LIVING IN A CRAZY WORLD
A Residential New Year Retreat with Robert Brumet
Dates: Thursday, December 28, 4 pm – Monday, January 1, 1:00 p.m.
Registration open. Closes December 14.
Cost: Actual Cost $550 | Minimum $500 | Reduced $525 | Supporter $575 | Sponsor $600 | Benefactor $650
If you need financial assistance, please see  our scholarship policy before registering.

It’s not easy to live mindfully-even at a retreat. It’s much more difficult to live mindfully in our every day life, particularly at a time when just about everything in our world–from politics to the weather–seems to be going crazy.

Today many of us are challenged by feelings of uncertainty, helplessness and frustration as we see our world views challenged and our values undermined. Many of us who are committed to living mindfully and ethically wonder what, if anything, we can do.
This retreat does not focus on what actions should be taken but does focus on how to cultivate the qualities of mind and heart that help us discern what constitutes right action in all arenas of our life: personal, interpersonal, social and political.

To assure everyone has a safe and wholesome retreat, we ask each retreatant to honor The Five Precepts throughout the retreat. 

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
Satipatthāna Part 2:  Mindfulness of Mind
   Coming in 2018, Dates TBA
The Satipatthāna Sutta, an important and practical discourse, has influenced most of the approaches to mindfulness and insight meditation that we practice today. This online course will work with the practices and teachings that are found in the Satipatthāna Sutta with a focus on the three satipatthānas related to mind.
This is the second in a two part Satipatthāna Series, however, it is not necessary to have taken the previous course (on mindfulness of body) to attend this second course (on mindfulness of mind). Newcomers are welcome to register for this course, and may choose to attend part one at a later date.

The course will include recorded lectures, reading assignments, sutta study, guided meditations, discussion forums, and optional audio conferences with Shaila Catherine. The core text will be Perspectives on Satipatthāna by Bhikkhu Analayo. This course is suitable for all levels of experience.

Additional details will be available at a later date.
For more information or to register, go to http://www.bodhicourses.org/satipatthana-mindfulness-of-body

 

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