Ozarks Dharma Community is a Buddhist Meditation Group in Southwest Missouri composed of informal and diverse practitioners. We are dedicated to sharing the Buddha's teachings in a practical way. All are welcome.
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.
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…
Ozarks Dharma Community is happy to announce a new Saturday Study, every third Saturday of the month starting March 17, 2018. Led by ODC Facilitators, Saturday Study will explore the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path.
What are the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path?
The Buddha taught about “dukkha”, an ancient Indian word frequently translated as suffering. However, dukkha can also be translated as stress, unsatisfactory, unease, out-of-joint, out-of-synch, etc.
The Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths that: dukkha occurs; dukkha is caused by craving, which arises out of ignorance, attachment and aversion; dukkha ceases; and we can cultivate an Eightfold Path that leads to the cessation of dukkha.
That path entails a practice by which we can learn to pay attention to and become skillful in eight inter-related domains of our behavior: views, intention, speech, conduct, livelihood, effort, concentration, and mindfulness.
How does Saturday Study work?
In Saturday Study, Ozark…