Insight Meditation Retreat in Columbia, MO - April 6-8, 2018

The Show Me Dharma Sangha of Columbia, MO will sponsor an Insight Meditation weekend retreat, April 6-8, 2018, with Carol Blotter on the topic of Dependent Origination. 
Retreat DescriptionWhat 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 Show Me Dharma 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.

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Go Deeper with Buddhism through Saturday Study - starts March 17, 2018

Ozarks Dharma Community is happy to announce a new Saturday Study, every third Saturday of the month starting March 17, 2018. Led by ODC Facilitators, Saturday Study will explore the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path.
What are the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path? The Buddha taught about “dukkha”, an ancient Indian word frequently translated as suffering. However, dukkha can also be translated as stress, unsatisfactory, unease, out-of-joint, out-of-synch, etc.

The Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths that: dukkha occurs; dukkha is caused by craving, which arises out of ignorance, attachment and aversion; dukkha ceases; and we can cultivate an Eightfold Path that leads to the cessation of dukkha.

That path entails a practice by which we can learn to pay attention to and become skillful in eight inter-related domains of our behavior: views, intention, speech, conduct, livelihood, effort, concentration, and mindfulness.
How does Saturday Study work? In Saturday Study, Ozark…

Retreat in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, St. Louis Mar 24-25, 2018

Practice with senior dharma teachers in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh at the Maria Center in St. Louis, March 24-25, 2018. The theme is "Practicing Mindfulness in Time of Uncertainty" and is a chance to nourish peace and joy and experience real transformation and healing. Read more and register at the sponsoring sangha's website, Midwest Moon Sangha.

Retreat Opportunity with Heather Sundberg in St. Louis, April 17-22, 2018

Imagine developing an internal environment in which the heart orients towards friendliness, caring, gratitude and a non-reactive balance – this is the amazing invitation of developing Heart Practices!

Learn these practices with Insight Meditation teacher, Heather Sundberg, April 17-22, 2018 in St. Louis MO. Heather has studied with senior teachers in the Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and Tibetan (Vajrayana) traditions. She completed the Spirit Rock/IMS Teacher Training program and has been teaching since 1999.

Heather’s style is warm and practical, emphasizing embodiment (to balance out the ‘over-headiness’ of our general culture) including strong heartfulness in practice. This retreat will be held in the supportive tone of Noble Silence, with daily instructions and guided practice on qualities of the awakening heart (lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity). Prerequisites: One retreat (at least a weekend, residential or non-residential) in mindfulness practice, or one sever…

April seminar at Tibetan Buddhist Katog Mountain Retreat Center in AR

This April 13-15, Katog Mountain Retreat Center in northwest Arkansas will host Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche for a 3-day seminar called "Heartdrop of My Heart Advice." Seminar and teacher details here

If you'd like to attend & carpool, please contact ODC member Haiyuan Xiong at freeflyhai (at)

Join us for a Candlelight Meditation March 7, 2018

Please join Ozarks Dharma Community for an hour-long candlelight meditation on Wednesday evening, March 7, 2018, at 7:00 pm. We will host this in The Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church (the same space where we meet for our weekly Saturday meditations). See our Visiting page for directions and parking info.

The format:

• Brief introduction
• 20 min sitting meditation (first 10 min guided)
• 20 min walking or standing meditation (instruction if needed)
• 20 min sitting meditation (silent)
• Brief closing, then a little time to visit

Floor cushions and blankets are available in limited quantity; you are welcome to bring your own. If you prefer to sit in a chair, we have plenty. Please plan to be seated by 7:00pm.

If you're new to meditation or would like a refresher, come 15 minutes early for more detailed guidance. Questions? Email us at ozarksdharma (at)

We look forward to sitting together with all of you in the candlelight!

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