Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Retreat Opportunity


Ayya Dipa shared this opportunity with us. Click on the photo to enlarge it and see contact telephone numbers, or download a pdf announcement HERE.

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Dear Dhamma Friends,

We will be conducting New Year Vipassana Meditation Retreat from December 22, 2012 to January 1, 2013 under the close guidance of the residing Sayadaw Ashin Eindardipati and Sayadaw Ashin Nyana Nanda. Interested yogis should contact the following persons as soon as possible for further information and registration. Yogis who would like to participate only parts of the retreat are also welcome.

Please visit Chanmyay USA website Event Page for more information as well as other events information at SVA and please feel free to forward this email to anyone who may like to join New Year Vipassana Retreat.

                 
Retreat Location:
                    Chanmyay Satipatthana Vihara
                    9 Harriett Lane
                    Springfield, IL62702


May all beings find dhamma and be peaceful!

Satipatthana Vipassana Association
http://chanmyayusa.org


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dear Friends,
I just learned that Shaila Catherine will be leading a retreat in the Kansas City area.
Here is a link with more information. This is a five day retreat.
http://www.imsb.org/programs/retreatsWithShaila.php

with friendliness,
Ayya Dipa 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Online Meditation Course from IMC

We just received the announcement that the January 2013 Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation course from Insight Meditation Center will open registration on December 4. This is a great way to find support to begin or deepen your practice!

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

January 13 - February 23, 2013


Registration opens December 4, 2012 7:00am Pacific Standard Time

 Insight Meditation Center's Audiodharma program will offer a 6-week web and email based Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation course from January 13 to February 23, 2013. You may either audit the course (no personal support) or sign up for weekly personal support sessions by phone, Skype, email or chat with Audiodharma teachers.  Those who have previously taken the course may take it again only if space permits.  The teacher support slots fill quickly, so plan to register early if you want that option.  More information and registration (opening Dec. 4) are at http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/programs/online-courses/.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Local Newspaper Coverage of Ozarks Dharma Community

Recently our Saturday Group was visited by Nicolette Martin, a reporter for the MSU Standard.  She was accompanied by a photographer, Calvin Todd, and they observed as Rowena led the meditation and discussion.  You can read the article that was published with Nicolette's observations, a nice photo of the group, and quotes from an interview with Holly here.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Interview with Sister Dipa

Sister Dipa will receive ordination as a bhikkhuni in October 2012. We are currently collecting donations to help support Sister Dipa, Mahajapati Monastery and the expenses associated with her upcoming ordination as a bhikkhuni.

You can bring donations to our meditation sessions or give directly at Mahajapati Monastery's website

We are very grateful to Sister Dipa for her generosity in leading the BOW Buddhist Meditation Group (2004-2009), her example in putting the Buddha's teachings into practice, and her willingness to share her time and thoughtful answers with us. 

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This embedded video can also be viewed at Youtube HERE
A synopsis of Sister Dipa's answers can be found HERE (PDF).  

In this interview, Sister Dipa answers the following questions for our reflection:
  1. How long have you been practicing and what first inspired you to study and practice Buddhism? 
  2. What practices have been most helpful in sustaining your commitment to the path? 
  3. Tell us about your daily responsibilities at Mahapajapati. 
  4. What are some practical ways and benefits for isolated lay Buddhist communities (like ours) to be related to monastics? 
  5. What is the significance of bhikkhuni ordination to you personally and for the Buddhist community as a whole? 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Invitation to the Vietnamese Temple Dedication

We received the invitation to the Official Opening and Blessing Ceremony of the Quan-Am Bodhisattva Statue at the new Dinh Quang Buddhist Temple at 10:00 AM on Sunday September 23rd, 2012.

The invitation explains that:
"The Quan-Am Bodhisattva (in Vietnamese) is the Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva of Compassion, who is mostly known as the resemblance figure of a mother with a great loving heart. He loves everyone, every living being as his own child, no discrimination of any kind. Therefore, in the grand plan of rebuilding and establishing the Dinh Quang Temple, we have completed the establishment of the Quan-Am Bodhisattva Statue in the outdoor Zen garden to represent the great compassion he brings to people at the temple, in the community, and in the world. ...  This event not only endeavors to provide an opportunity for spiritual strengthening but also would celebrate a community symbol for peace and compassion to better the lives of the people in need."
You can also download the invitation as a pdf (HERE).

You can learn more about the temple at KY3 ("New Buddhist temple in Springfield includes 12-ton statue") or the Springfield News-Leader ("Statue at the Buddhist Temple").

EDIT: Here is a schedule of events for the weekend. 


September 22, 2012: 
7:30 PM: Lotus Candle Prayer Service for Peace
8:30 PM: Musical entertainment to celebrate the Quan Am Bodhisattva Statue Inauguration

September 23, 2012: 
9:30 AM: Welcome Venerable of Sanghas to provide a Quan Am Purification Ceremony
11:00 AM: Offering food to Sanghas
2:30 PM: Offering Ancestor Worship
5:00 PM: Program completed

You can also download the schedule as a pdf (HERE).


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Donations for Sister Dipa's Monastery & Ordination

Our former group leader, Sister Dipa, will be ordained next month at Dharma Vijaya Vihara in Los Angeles, along with three other women.

We have decided to send all the donations that will be collected from now until Saturday, October 6th to Sister Dipa's monastery, Mahapajapati Monastery, to help cover the expenses that will be incurred for the ordination. We'll be posting more details about the ordination soon.

This is a wonderful opportunity for us to show our support for Sister Dipa for the dedication she has shown in the past by leading our group, as well as for her strong determination to lead a life dedicated to practice as a fully ordained bhikkhuni.

Please consider making a donation for this joyous event! If you can't make it to the group, then you may send a donation directly to Mahapajapati Monastery. Here is their website, where you will find more information: http://www.mahapajapati.com/

Thank you all very much for your generosity!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our donation for Dinh Quang Buddhist Temple. We were able to present a donation from our group of $400 today.

Construction of the temple continues. Everything has been moved into the new temple, and the old building will be demolished this week. A tile floor will be installed in the back part of the temple. The asphalt parking lot has been completed, so finally there is enough room for everyone to park! Everyone in the temple community is busy helping Thay get the building and grounds ready for the festivities that will be held on Sept. 22nd and 23rd. Thay has invited 50 monks to attend, as well as people who are members of the various Vietnamese temples in the Midwest. It should be quite an event! I will let you know when I know the schedule of events.

In another week or so, Thay will need volunteers to help paint.Volunteers will also be needed at the festival on the 22-23. We'll share more information soon.

Thanks to everyone for their generosity! May all who have supported the temple construction feel happiness in your heart, and may you have a peaceful mind.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Community Picnic, September 9


Please don't forget our first Ozarks Dharma Community Picnic in the pavilion at Fassnight Park on Sunday, Sept. 9th from 11:30am-2:30pm.

  • If you'd like to come, please bring a dish to share. 
  • Drinks will be provided. 
  • We will be serving veggie burgers. Please tell us if you'd like one so we know how many we will need.
  • There will be a table with free Dhamma books to share with each other and interested folks, so if you have any books that you would like to donate, bring them to the studio beforehand or to the park on the day of the picnic. 
  • There will be a mini meditation workshop to anyone who shows up and is interested in learning how to meditate, as well as an introduction to chanting.
  • We will be putting up flyers around to invite everyone who is interested to attend. Of course, this is a family-friendly event, so bring the kids! There is a nice playground for them to play on.


You can download a print quality pdf (1.78 MB) of the flyer HERE.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Upcoming Events

1. Ozarks Dharma Community Picnic, September 9

We will be having our first Ozarks Dharma Community Picnic in the pavilion at Fassnight Park on Sunday, Sept. 9th from 11:30am-2:30pm.

  • If you'd like to come, please bring a dish to share. 
  • Drinks will be provided. 
  • We will be serving veggie burgers. Please tell us if you'd like one so we know how many we will need.  
  • There will be a table with free Dhamma books to share with each other and interested folks, so if you have any books that you would like to donate, bring them to the studio beforehand or to the park on the day of the picnic. 
  • I will give a mini meditation workshop to anyone who shows up and is interested in learning how to meditate. 
  • We will be putting up flyers around to invite everyone who is interested to attend. Of course, this is a family-friendly event, so bring the kids! There is a nice playground for them to play on.

2. Celebration at the Dinh Quang Buddhist Temple, September 22-23

We should have further information soon on the celebration at Dinh Quang Buddhist Temple on Sept. 22-23, but please don't forget to put this in your calendar for the meantime. 


3. One-Day Retreat, November 4

We will have our one-day retreat at Little Portion on Sunday, November. 4. This is the day that Daylight Savings Time ends, so we get an extra hour of sleep--no excuse, now, not to come! ;)

We'll provide more information closer to the date.



Monday, July 30, 2012

Residential Retreat Opportunity in St. Louis

Dear Friends,

You have an opportunity to attend a retreat with Shaila Catherine in St. Louis Aug 22-26.

Even though I prefer to recommend dana retreats it might be that a fee based retreat is within your means. I am just passing this on and have no connection with this retreat. Please see details below.

With friendliness,

Sister Dipa

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Shaila Catherine will lead a residential Insight Meditation retreat August 22-26, 2012 in St. Louis, MO, offered by Mid America Dharma.

The theme is "Awakening With Insight - Cultivating Concentration and Mindfulness". We welcome your attending, but registration closes August 8, 2012. You must register before then to be assured a place.

For complete information, and to register online, please go to: 

For a complete listing of all retreats currently planned by Mid America Dharma, go to: www.midamericadharma.org/retreats.html 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Opportunites to help at Dinh Quang Buddhist Temple

I visited Dinh Quang Buddhsit Temple this morning, and had a nice chat with Thay and the others. He is planning a big celebration on Sept. 22nd and 23rd to commemorate Quan The Am (Quan Yin), as well as to have a dedication of the statue and the new temple. He is interested in getting performers to come and share their talents, so if any of you are singers or musicians and would be interested in helping out, please let me know. He needs to know soon so that he can put out a flyer with a schedule of events. This will be a way of attracting the general public to come and donate to the temple.

They will also need help starting September 1st to clean and move things around in anticipation of the festivities on the 22nd and 23rd. I would like to schedule a time for those of us in our group to go out there and help. If you're interested, let me know, as well as when you'd be available. Thay said that we could come anytime those first two weeks of September, daytime or evenings. I will get a list together of people who are willing to help, and then we can set a date and time.

I can't wait for you all to see the new temple and the statue outside! It will be really nice to have a real Buddhist temple in Springfield, one that we are welcome to use as a meditation space. Thay told me today that he will tell people who come and are interested in meditation about our group, so that they can learn from us. This new temple will be such a wonderful way to spread the Dhamma and the practice of meditation here in Springfield. We are very fortunate to have been invited by Thay and the Vietnamese community to become involved with the temple. As Thay says, this is not a temple just for the Vietnamese, it is for everyone!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Reminder: Dinh Quang Buddhist Temple Collection

This is our last week to collect donations from the Dinh Quang Buddhist Temple. Thanks to everyone for their generosity!


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We have decided to offer a donation from our group to Thay, the monk at Dinh Quang Buddhist Temple, to help with expenses for the building of their new temple.

We will give all donations during the month of July to the temple and also match the amount, up to $100, from our account.

If you would like to give towards this, please place your donation in the basket at meditation, or contact us and I will give you the address so that you can mail your check.

This is a good opportunity to express our support to the Vietnamese Buddhist community for the building of their temple, as well as a way to show our appreciation for their kind offer of the use of the temple for our group when it is fully completed next year.

You can learn more about the temple at KY3 ("New Buddhist temple in Springfield includes 12-ton statue") or the Springfield News-Leader ("Statue finds home at Springfield temple").

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Wednesday Evening Discussion Resources

Here are some of the resources we discussed last evening. If we've missed something you'd like to add, please let us know. :)


Finally, you can find the quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn comparing mindful living to a sailor making the best use of the wind at this link to the book Full Catastrophe Living (page 3, beginning at "There is an art to facing difficulties...")

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Retreat Opportunity

Show Me Dharma is offering a non-residential retreat, September 14-16. Annie Nugent will be teaching on The Five Spiritual Faculties. 

Keep reading for more information, or click on the photo to download the flyer

**REGISTER NOW**
NON-RESIDENTIAL INSIGHT MEDITATION RETREAT
The Five Spiritual Faculties taught by ANNIE NUGENT
These five “spiritual friends” - confidence, energy, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom are naturally brought to life as we undertake the practice of insight meditation. 

Working together, they allow for a constancy and staying power to develop in our practice.
This retreat will focus on how to balance and strengthen these qualities on our path to awakening, especially in the busyness of our daily lives.

Public Talk:   Friday September 14, 7:00 pm at Show Me Dharma
Retreat:          Saturday September 15, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
                            Sunday September 16, 9:00 am-12:00 noon
Location:        Silver Meadows Lodge (north of Columbia, MO)
Registration Fee: $55 to $100,  sliding scale based on ability to pay
Note: payments above base fee of $55 are tax deductible contributions to Show Me Dharma. Scholarships are available—to request a scholarship, please contact the registrar Karen Hodges.
TWO EASY WAYS TO REGISTER:
1.        Send a check made payable to Show Me Dharma to the registrar Karen Hodges, 1199 East Highpoint Lane, Columbia, Missouri, 65203.

2.       Register by credit card online at https://secure.donortownsquare.com/SSL/donate.aspx?sgst=0&amt=0&ai=736&qs=Y8JVN    Please be sure to write “for Annie Nugent Retreat” in the comments section.
Sponsored by Show Me Dharma.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Donations for Dinh Quang Buddhist Temple

We have decided to offer a donation from our group to Thay, the monk at Dinh Quang Buddhist Temple, to help with expenses for the building of their new temple.

We will give all donations during the month of July to the temple and also match the amount, up to $100, from our account.

If you would like to give towards this, please place your donation in the basket at meditation, or contact us and I will give you the address so that you can mail your check.

This is a good opportunity to express our support to the Vietnamese Buddhist community for the building of their temple, as well as a way to show our appreciation for their kind offer of the use of the temple for our group when it is fully completed next year.

You can learn more about the temple at KY3 ("New Buddhist temple in Springfield includes 12-ton statue") or the Springfield News-Leader ("Statue finds home at Springfield temple").

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Welcome!

Ozarks Dharma Community is glad to share our new website. We hope to be adding more in the days ahead and welcome your comments and suggestions. 


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About Us

The Ozarks Dharma Community is an informal and diverse group of practitioners committed to sharing the teachings of the Buddha with each other and with the greater Springfield, Missouri region. We are inspired by the Theravada tradition of Buddhism, but open to people of all persuasions.

Our beginnings go back to 2001, when the Body of Works Meditation Group (BOW) was started by Dr. Neil and Cheryl Nathan, who invited two people from their Tai Chi class to begin a Buddhism study group. They would listen to recordings of prominent leaders of the Western tradition of Buddhism, meditate and then engage in discussion. Initially meeting in the Nathans’ home, they soon welcomed more practitioners and interested persons and moved to our present location in the BOW Yoga Studio at the Carlson Building in downtown Springfield in 2002.

In 2004, the time requirements of Dr. Nathan’s medical practice lead him to relinquish leadership to Sister Dipa, who held the position until 2010, when she joined theMahapajapati Monastery in California. She was succeeded by Holly June Graves, the current leader of the BOW meditation group. Our community has continued to grow, and with it our activities, which now include the Wednesday evening sitting at Brentwood Library, a Stream Team, a committed practice group, and an active online community. (See Visiting and Calendar for more information about times and formats.) We also havespecial activities, ranging from participating in a Kiva lending team to enjoying informal social gatherings to organizing local retreats. In 2012, we began calling our group "Ozarks Dharma Community" to reflect these changes. 

Though our membership has changed over the years, we maintain a core group dedicated to the message of the Buddha in the Theravada tradition. Our mission remains the same as when we began: to study, learn, grow, and share the teachings of the Buddha in a practical way.

We welcome anyone interested in Buddhism to join us.