Visiting

We have regularly scheduled Saturdays for group meditation. We also offer retreats, community activities, introductory classes and discussion groups at special times.

Saturday Morning Meditation

We meet every Saturday morning, 9 - 10:30 a.m. Meditation begins promptly at 9:00; please plan to be seated before then. 

Beginning July 1, 2017, our new location is 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, door closer to Portland St.

Etiquette
When you enter, please take your shoes off inside the alcove.  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, chairs and blankets are available to use but please bring your own cushion if you have one. 


First-time visitors:
If you are new, 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:

Format: 

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

All donations are voluntary. No fee is required to attend.