Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ODC is Moving to a New Location

Ozarks Dharma Community Buddhist Meditation group in Springfield, MO is moving to a new location

For the last few years, Venerable Thay and the Vietnamese Buddhist community have opened Dinh Quang Temple to our Saturday meditations. This simple, generous act has had a profound effect on Ozark Dharma Community's trajectory. Every week, we’ve had a safe and peaceful place to practice. And every week, we've had a safe and peaceful place to grow.

We've grown so much in size that it's time for a change of address: one that has more parking, a central location and easy access by bus. Starting July 1, 2017, our new home will be at National Avenue Christian Church near National and Sunshine at 1515 S National Ave, Springfield MO 65804. National Avenue Christian Church has a commitment to being open and inclusive. This dovetails with ODC’s own ideals to share and learn from the Buddha's teachings in a practical, non-dogmatic way.

Our last meditation at Dinh Quang Temple is Saturday, June 24, 2017. We may be changing our address, but the temple -- and the generosity of the Vietnamese Buddhist community -- lives on in our hearts. A deep bow of gratitude to our spiritual friends and gracious hosts.

NOTE: Our new cushions & mats are still on-order. So if you have your own cushion and blanket, please bring them to sit on when we meet at National Avenue Church starting July 1.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Second Saturdays: Mindfulness of Thoughts


Whether you are beginning or deepening a daily meditation practice, you are welcome to join us as we continue to study Gil Fronsdal's course, "Introduction to Meditation."

You are welcome to participate in whatever ways best fit your needs and schedule. This month, on June 10, 2017, our discussion and practices will be based on Gil Fronsdal's teachings on "Mindfulness of Thoughts." 

To support your practice working with mindfulness of thoughts, please:
  • Meditate daily
  • Complete the mindfulness exercises
  • Answer the "Practice Support" questions that are most applicable to your experience

There is also an online classroom available, if you are unable to join us in person or enjoy interacting with others online. You can email us for more information or to request to join the online classroom.

Our goal for Second Saturdays is to provide a consistent place for us to discuss teachings, ask questions, and try strategies that help strengthen our daily practices. We look forward to practicing together!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Second Saturdays: Minfulness of Feelings



Whether you are beginning or deepening a daily meditation practice, you are welcome to join us over the next several months as we study Gil Fronsdal's course, "Introduction to Meditation."

Note: A previous notice announced a change of date due to the temple's schedule. However, that date has been revised, and we are now able to meet for our next Second Saturday meeting at our regular time, Saturday, May 13, 2017, after our regular time of sitting meditation. We apologize for the confusion. 


You are welcome to participate in whatever ways best fit your needs and schedule. This month, our discussion and practices will be based on Gil Fronsdal's teachings on "Mindfulness of Feelings."
  • Use the Practice Instructions (HERE) for support on meditating daily, integrating practices into your daily routine, and/or reflecting on your experiences.

There is also an online classroom available, if you are unable to join us in person or enjoy interacting with others online. You can email us for more information or to request to join the online classroom.

Our goal for Second Saturdays is to provide a consistent place for us to discuss teachings, ask questions, and try strategies that help strengthen our daily practices. We look forward to practicing together!