Visiting


Join us every Saturday morning from 9 - 10:30 a.m. for meditation followed by a brief discussion. Meditation begins at 9:00; please plan to be seated before then. We meet at National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 S. National Ave, Springfield, MO 65804 (map). 


Directions
National Avenue Christian Church is located on the west side of National, about 5 blocks north of Sunshine. Please park in the parking lot behind the church. Enter from the parking lot, through the door closer to Portland St. (door awning is labeled "Gallery"),

Etiquette
When you enter, please take your shoes off just inside the second doors.  It's best to wear comfortable, loose clothing if you choose to sit on a cushion on the floor. A limited number of cushions, benches and blankets are available to use but please bring your own cushion if you have one. We do have plenty of chairs. 

First-time Visitors
We love seeing new faces. If it's your first time visiting, please arrive 10-15 minutes early for orientation. Please plan to be seated before 9:00 am when the meditation begins. 

Students
You are welcome to join us. If your project requires an interview please send an e-mail letting us know that you would like to attend and that you wish to do an interview. Send to ozarksdharma (at) gmail.com.

Format


Saturday meditations consist of 20-30 minutes of meditation sitting followed by a brief discussion. Meditation instruction will be provided if anyone is new to meditation--if possible, arrive early for orientation. After the meditation there is a discussion of the Buddha's teachings with time for questions and answers. We usually end by 10:15-10:30 am.

We are currently reading and discussing the Dhammapada. 

  • You can learn more about the translation by Gil Fronsdal, including free audio readings and links to where you can purchase the book, at Insight Meditation Center (HERE).
  • You can find two translations, by Buddharakkhita and Thanissaro, at Access to Insight (HERE). 
  • Another translation, by Daw Mya Tin, includes summaries of traditional stories associated with the Dhammapada verses, "generally believed [to be] written by Buddhaghosa (5th century A.D.)" (HERE).  
  • Finally, Ajahn Munindo has offered a translation, A Dhammapada for Contemplation (HERE), as well as two collections of reflections on verses from the Dhammapada (vol 1, vol 2).

Donations 

Ozarks Dharma Community is a Missouri non-profit. If you'd like to make a donation you can drop it in the basket on Saturday or donate online here. 

All donations are put toward our monthly rent of the church space. Any additional donations will be used for future retreat expenses, meditation supplies, or occasional donations to monastics and visiting teachers. 

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