Monday, April 7, 2014

Phil Jones Meditation Weekend May 17-18, 2014

Register Now - Daylong Meditation Retreat with Phil Jones May 18, 2014

Ozarks Dharma Community is pleased to announce a weekend of meditation with noted Insight Meditation teacher, Phil Jones. Phil will give a public talk on Saturday, May 17 and lead a daylong retreat on Sunday, May 18.

Public Talk, Saturday May 17, 2014 at 7pm

“Mindfulness, What Is It Good For?” will be presented May 17, 2014, at 7pm in the Story Hour Room at The Library Center, 4653 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO 65810. The talk is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

Daylong Meditation Retreat, Sunday May 18, 2014 from 9am-4pm

A daylong retreat, “Settling the Mind, Opening the Heart,” will focus on settling the mind and creating the conditions for insights to arise, while also opening the heart. Phil will offer instruction in sitting, walking, eating and goodwill (metta) meditation. This retreat will be appropriate for all skill levels from beginners to more experienced meditators. 

The retreat will take place from 9am–4pm May 18, 2014, at Little Portion Retreat Center in Republic, MO (map). The retreat includes a vegetarian lunch and costs $45 on or before May 1 and $50 after that date. A limited number of scholarships are available for those who need assistance. Please see the registration form for further details.

To register, download the registration form and mail it in with your check to the address listed on the registration form. 

About Phil Jones

Philip Jones has practiced meditation since 1987 and has been teaching Insight Meditation since 1996. He has studied with teachers from Spirit Rock and the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and graduated from the first Community Dharma Leader program in 2000. He also studied for a number of years with Matthew Flickstein and more recently with teachers from IMS and with Shaila Catherine. He has served on the board of directors of Mid America Dharma, the regional retreat organization, since the mid- ’90s. His talks and writing can be found at

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Important Announcement

We will NOT meet at the temple this Saturday, January 25, 2014. 

The Vietnamese community are using the temple this week for their Lunar New Year observances. 

We will meet again at our usual time of 9 am on Saturday, February 1.

Monday, September 30, 2013

We will be having a day-long retreat at the lovely LittlePortion Retreat Center in Republic on Sunday, Oct. 13th, 9am-4pm.

After a short meditation sitting and a Dharma talk and discussion, the rest of the day will be spent in self-paced practice of sitting and walking meditation, inside or outside, whatever you prefer.

Bring your own lunch, a refrigerator and microwave are available for our use. Bring your own cushions, benches, and/or blankets if you can, but there will be a few cushions available, as well as folding chairs for those who need one.

You can stay the entire day, or just for the morning if it's not possible for you to be here all day. Everyone is welcome, no experience is necessary.

The sisters who run the center suggest a donation of $15 per person, and any additional donations will go to Ozarks Dharma. Of course, no one will be turned away for lack of funds!

We will need help setting up for the retreat, as well as tidying up afterward. This consists of moving furniture around to clear the main sitting area. If you would like to help set up, please arrive by 8:15 am.

Thank you!

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Second Annual Fall Picnic

EDIT: The flyer has now been updated to include contact information (9/18/2013). 

We will be having our 2nd annual Picnic in the Park on Sunday, Sept.22 from 11-3 at Fassnight Park.

Please feel free to print the flyer (jpg or pdf) and place it somewhere for others to see. We would especially like some up at MSU, Drury or OTC, or other colleges.

If anyone has any Dharma books that they would like to give for our outreach table, please bring them to the park so we can give them away to anyone that's interested in Buddhism and meditation.

We hope you, your family and friends can attend!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Beginning Meditation Practice Group

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest and participated in the Beginning Meditation Practice Group! We've enjoyed and appreciated meeting each of you and deepening our practices.

We have now completed the Beginning Meditation Practice Group sessions. Although this is a little ahead of schedule, it seemed like the wisest decision in light of everyone's schedules and needs.

If you'd like to give feedback about the group, you can find a brief survey (nine questions) HERE.

We look forward to meditating together again in the future!

Friday, August 9, 2013

DVD's of Talks by Bhikkhu Bodhi and Ajahn Thanissaro

Our monastery was given several DVD's of talks by Bhikkhu Bodhi and Ajahn Thanissaro.
These DVD's are meant to be given to those with an interest in the teachings of the Buddha.
If you would like any of the DVD's please let Linda Halford know and we will mail them to her
and she can distribute them. Here are a list of what we have:

Thanissaro Bhikkhu- Basics 55 Dhamma Talks (we have lots of these)
Bhikkhu Bodhi- Exploring the Word of the Buddha (A Systematic Study of the Majjhima Nikaya)
Bhikkhu Bodhi- A Study of "In the Buddha's words" (An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon)
Bhikkhu Bodhi- Three Blessing Suttas (Ratana, Mangala, Metta Suttas)

with friendliness,
Ayya Dipa

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Introduction to Meditation

Beginning a meditation practice can be an overwhelming experience, especially if the mind is flooded with questions. How can I fit one more thing into my already busy life? What do I do when I sit to meditate? Is this what meditation is supposed to feel like? Is this even worth my time?

A Beginner's Practice Group is meant to provide you with the encouragement and accountability that helps you establish a regular meditation practice. Whether you're completely new to meditation or are looking to deepen your commitment, you're welcome to join us on the second and fourth Mondays of June - September 2013 (8 meetings, 7 pm to 8:30 pm) as we explore the how and why of starting a meditation practice.

For more information, visit:

To register, contact David:
by e-mail at:

by phone at: 417-893-0305