Join a new Monday evening group on Loving Kindness

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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. Continue reading

Registration is now open for October retreat with Kate Dresher

WEEKEND NON-RESIDENTIAL RETREAT 
led by Kate Dresher
Friday October 27-Sunday October 29
 
Vipassana, or Insight Meditation, is the art of coming to know the body and heart directly and deeply.  The practice of attending to our moment-to-moment experience with growing interest, acceptance and care cultivates a deepening awareness and creates the possibility of true intimacy with and understanding of ourselves, others and all of life.  Here, we can discover joy, healing and an ever-growing compassion and wisdom.   Increasingly, we access and rest into a natural steadiness, clarity and ease that informs all aspects of how we live and respond to life’s experiences.
Grounded firmly in the teachings of the Buddha, well preserved in the Theravada tradition, vipassana meditation is a direct and reliable path to natural, profound peace and freedom. The weekend retreat will include a Dharma talk on Friday night–open to retreatants as well as the general public– and full practice days on Saturday and Sunday.  Practice periods will include alternating periods of sitting, standing and walking meditation.  Guidance will be given through meditation instructions, Dhamma talks, q&a sessions and small group practice discussion.  Individual practice discussions with the teacher may also be available. 
Date and Times: 
Friday October 27 from 7:00-9:00 pm  Free Public Talk
Saturday October 28 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday October 29 from 9:00 am-12:00 noon, with potluck lunch after the retreat
Location: Show Me Dharma, 1600 West Broadway, Columbia, MO
Cost: $55-$100 sliding scale based on ability to pay. Any amount paid over the base fee of $55 is a tax deductible contribution to Show Me Dharma. Scholarships are available. To request a scholarship, please contact the registrar, Tricia Straub.
About the Teacher:  Kate Dresher has been practicing meditation since 1998 and, at the request of her root teacher, Michele McDonald, began teaching in 2010. She has studied with both Asian and Western meditation masters, most notably Venerables Chanmyay Myaing Sayadaw and Sayadaw U Vivekananda, and practiced for a time as a nun in Burma. She has also trained to offer spiritual care, as a Buddhist chaplain, for those facing difficulty or loss. Kate is involved in teaching metta and vipassana retreats primarily in the Northwest U.S. and British Columbia, where she resides. She emphasizes practicing right where we are as a doorway to the natural unfolding of wisdom and love.
For more information please contact Tricia Straub at tnurstraub@gmail.com
or at (573) 449-9789

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