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
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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: ozarksdharma@gmail.com.

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.