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April seminar at Tibetan Buddhist Katog Mountain Retreat Center in AR

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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) hotmail.com.

Join us for a Candlelight Meditation March 7, 2018

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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) gmail.com.

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

Keep up with ODC on Facebook

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Want to know the latest with ODC? Head on over to our facebook page to connect with other like-minded people and see what's got us inspired these days!

ODC is Moving to a New Location

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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…

Dhammapada Resources

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Several people have asked about the Dhammapada readings at our Saturday morning meditation sessions.

You can learn more about the translation by Gil Fronsdal, including free audio readings and links to where you can purchase the book, at Insight Meditation Center (HERE).

You can find two translations, by Buddharakkhita and Thanissaro, at Access to Insight (HERE).

Another translation, by Daw Mya Tin, includes summaries of traditional stories associated with the Dhammapada verses, "generally believed [to be] written by Buddhaghosa (5th century A.D.)" (HERE).  

Finally, Ajahn Munindo has offered a translation, A Dhammapada for Contemplation (HERE), as well as two collections of reflections on verses from the Dhammapada (vol 1, vol 2).

A Lunar New Year Prayer

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We had a special Saturday morning sitting today, January 28, 2017. We were joined by Thầy, the leader of the Vietnamese Buddhist community and who lives in the temple where Ozarks Dharma Community meets each week. Amidst the beautifully decorated temple filled with offerings to Buddha--pillars of fresh fruit, flowers, candles and incense--Thầy gave us a prayer for the Lunar New Year. The prayer is originally from the Plum Village website. We've reprinted it here for all to enjoy. Happy Lunar New Year! 

New Year Prayer to Mother Earth and All Our Ancestors

Dear Beloved Buddha, Dear Beloved Ancestors, Dear Beloved Mother Earth, 
We have gathered as a fourfold sangha in this solemn moment of the New Year to express our gratitude and aspiration as a spiritual family, and to begin anew. We know that you, our ancestors, are present in this very moment, and that you are always there for us to take refuge in. As we touch the earth tonight we feel deeply connected to all of you, and to our de…

December Schedule

Dear Friends,

We will not be meeting to meditate on Saturday, December 24, 2016.

We will resume our regular Saturday morning meditation schedule on December 31, 2016.

Thank you!