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.