Sunday, September 21, 2014

New Online Class Beginning Soon

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The Reflective Mind and the Four Noble Truths
A Five Week, Practice-Oriented Exploration
Based on the Teachings of Ajahn Sumedho

An Online, Interactive Course
October 13 thru November 14, 2014

Our reflections will be organized around Ajahn Sumedho's short book, The Four Noble Truths. It is available online, without cost, in pdf or in HTML format. 

To participate in this course, each week you will be 1) meditating, 2) reading a chapter or article, 3) completing an activity, 4) posting reflections on the discussion forum, and 5) replying to at least one other participant's reflections.

Participants will need access to the internet at least twice a week, a free Canvas student learning account, and a commitment to completing the readings, activities and discussions each week.

There is no charge for participating in the class.

For more information, or to register for the course, 
please send an email to: 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Retreat at Little Portion Retreat Center

We are happy to announce that we will be having a one-day retreat on Sunday, October 26th, at the beautiful Little Portion Retreat Center in Republic.  The retreat will begin at 9 am and last until 4 pm.  If spending the entire day is not feasible, you are free to come in the morning and stay until lunchtime.  A $15 donation is suggested, but no one will be turned away due to a lack of funds.  Bring a brown bag lunch--a kitchen with refrigerator and microwave is available for our use.  We will have blankets, two meditation benches and a small number of cushions available, but you are welcome to bring your own.  There are many places outside to practice sitting and walking meditation, so you may want to bring whatever you need to sit outside comfortably.  Holly will give a brief talk in the morning after our first group sitting, but the rest of the day you will be free to practice in whatever way you choose, until we come together to sit one last time around 3:30 pm.

You can find a Google Map to Little Portion HERE.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us:

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Going Nature's Way

Ayya Dipa composed an essay about her practice in the midst of suffering:

"Life keeps happening: there is birth, aging, sickness and death and the way beyond it all."

You can read her essay by clicking on the images below of downloading the pdf.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

June Retreat with Bhikkhu Bodhi

In addition to our upcoming local retreat with Phil Jones on May 17-18, Bhikkhu Bodhi will be back in Missouri this coming June 6-7. More information below.

*Bhikkhu Bodhi * Teaching Retreat*
*Friday and Saturday, June 6-7, 2014*
Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA Monastery) 
Augusta, Missouri (just outside St. Louis) * 

This is an advanced notice regarding this rare opportunity to study with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi in his return visit to the Midwest. Space is limited. Registration will be available soon at . Recommended donation - $60 for per person for commuters; $85 includes 2 overnights

(All donations are voluntary and designated to defer the cost of food and upkeep of the facilities. No one is turned away for financial reasons. Additional donations for the teachings are gratefully accepted.)
Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1944, he obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College (1966) and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School(1972). Drawn to Buddhism in his early 20s, after completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973, both under the late Ven. Ananda Maitreya, the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk of recent times. He was appointed editor of the Buddhist Publication Society (in Sri Lanka) in 1984 and its president in 1988. 

Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor, including : In May 2000 he gave the keynote address at the United Nations on its first official celebration of Vesak (the day of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing away). He returned to the U.S. in 2002. He currently resides at Chuang Yen Monastery and teaches there and at Bodhi Monastery. He is currently the chairman of Yin Shun Foundation.

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.