The Buddha was a specialist in suffering just as a physician specializes in specific disease. “What I teach now as before, O monks, is suffering and the cessation of suffering.” In his prescription for happiness (The Eightfold Path), he stated three skillful intentions to adopt: letting go, loving-kindness and compassion. In this retreat, we will be exploring the first intention, letting go, the abandoning of our attachments (clinging). The Buddha stated that when we let go of clinging, suffering ceases. Through the practice of mindfulness, we can discover how to let go and be free.
Retreat Schedule: Free Public Talk Friday April 3, 7:00-8:30 pm,
Saturday April 4, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, April 5, 9:00 am-12:00 noon with potluck lunch after the retreat
Location: Friday night and Saturday held in Fillmore Room at Unity of Columbia, Sunday morning and potluck held at Show Me Dharma
Cost:Sliding scale of $65-$100 depending on ability to pay. Scholarships are available. To request a scholarship, please contact the registrar, Karen Hodges.
Residential retreat with Sayadaw U Indaka and Kate Dresher
We have an upcoming residential retreat with Sayadaw U Indaka and Kate Dresher in Missouri this May to be held at Lake Doniphan retreat center, Excelsior Springs, Missouri from May 19-26, 2019. The deadline for registration is fast approaching. Your registration is needed by April 1st. Hope to see some of you taking advantage of this unique opportunity for us here in Missouri. More information about registration is here. To register, please complete and return application forms at the link provided below or contact us at email@example.com
Note: If you registered for the November retreat, you do not need to fill out the complete registration form again. There are just two questions which require your response. Once you enter your email id and name, you can select an option that will direct you to the correct questions.
We are delighted that Kate Dresher will be offering a nonresidential weekend meditation retreat fromJanuary 18-20.The topic will beFriendliness: A Basis for Awareness.On Friday, January 18there will be a free public talk open to the public, with the retreat heldon Saturday January 19, 9:00-5:00, andSunday January 20, 9:00-12:00. We will have potluck lunch after the Sunday session.
Those of us who have attended a retreat with Kate know what a gifted inspiring teacher she is. Please consider attending this wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
About the teacher: Kate Dresher has been practicing Buddhist meditation for nearly 20 years. She began teaching in 2010 at the request of her root teacher, Michele McDonald. Kate’s training has been primarily in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma and her practice has been guided most notably by Chanmyay Myaing Sayadaw and Sayadaw U Vivekananda. She has practiced as a nun in Myanmar and has received clinical pastoral training. Prior to following a spiritual calling, she received an undergraduate degree in engineering and a doctorate in economics. Kate’s sharing of the Dhamma emphasizes practicing right where we are as a doorway to the natural unfolding of wisdom and love. She teaches metta and vipassana retreats in the U.S. and British Columbia. She also provides ongoing support and guidance to individual practitioners. Kate currently resides in Portland, OR.
Mindfulness of the Body is one of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and its application in Insight Meditation. This daylong retreat will explore becoming more awake to the unfolding experience of the body, emphasizing both direct, immediate, mindful experience of the body, and the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness of the body. Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and relationship.
Cost: This daylong retreat is offered on a dana (voluntary donation) basis. As such, there is no set fee for the retreat. Dana is a Pali word that translates as generosity, and generosity is one of the foundations of the practice of the dharma. We ask that you offer dana to cover the expenses of the retreat, and to support the work of Show Me Dharma, mindfully taking into consideration your ability to donate and what your heart leads you to offer.
Sunday, April 8, 09:00- Noon. There will be a vegetarian potluck after the retreat!
What makes me tick? Why do I keep getting caught up in behaviors that create so much suffering? Who am I really? If there is no self, who is suffering? If you have wondered about these or other questions around how to break the patterns that cause suffering, then consider joining us for the upcoming retreat on Dependent Origination (also known as the Law of Conditionality). This important teaching explains the creation of suffering as a looping chain of events that perpetuates craving and the illusion of a self. During this weekend retreat, we will discern how this dependently originated cycle occurs and how we get stuck in perpetuating the sense of unsatisfactoriness and the illusion of an independent permanent self. We’ll also explore two ways to break the cycle.
Please join Show Me Dharma for a non-residential weekend retreat led by Carol Blotter, April 6-8, 2018. The theme for the retreat is Dependent Origination.
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.