Bodhi Day Celebration: Sunday December 15 at 10:30 AM


Join us Sunday December 15 at 10:30 AM for our celebration of Bodhi Day,
a brief SMD membership meeting, and a potluck of finger foods afterward.

Membership Meeting at about 11:30, immediately after the ceremony
Potluck after Membership Meeting

Location: Show Me Dharma, 1600 West Broadway
Cost: Offered on a dana (donation) basis

Bodhi Day is the commemoration of the Buddha’s enlightenment. It is also the celebration of the capacity we all have to awaken to truth, peace, and compassion. 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.

Following the ceremony, we will have a brief membership meeting and all are welcome. If you are not already a Show Me Dharma member and would like to be come one, please notify the SMD president, Tricia Straub at or call 573-449-9789 before December 5. The purpose of this meeting is to vote on new and renewing board of trustees members for Show Me Dharma.

Executive Committee         Board Term
Caya Tanski, Secretary           2020-2022
Valerie Bader, Treasurer       2020-2022

Trustees                                   Board Term
James Carr                                 2020-2022
Terry Furstenau                       2020-2022
Luke Guerdan                           2020-2020

We will then 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!

Show Me Dharma

Participate in Loaves and Fishes –November 27

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 November 27 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. Our theme for November is “Gratitude.” Local Ham from Patchwork Farms (proceeds of which will go to the Missouri Rural Crisis Center) will be prepared by Pat. Please sign up for any of the accompanying dishes such as mashed potatoes, salad, vegetables, side vegetables such as green beans, peas, broccoli, etc. or any other accompaniment or dessert and join us! Feel free to take two slots if you wish 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 (

Sign up for Loaves and Fishes HERE

Weekend 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 experientially 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.
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.

May my friends, family, and loved ones – all whom I hold dear –
be free from suffering and the roots of suffering.
May we be happy. May we be peaceful. May we be free.
May all beings be happy. May all beings be peaceful.May all here live with ease, free from suffering and the roots of suffering.
May we open to the joy within us, and be happy.
May we let go of the bounds of the heart-mind, awaken, and be free.