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Go Deeper with Buddhism through Saturday Study - Now Online

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Ozarks Dharma Community (ODC) is pleased to announce a new online Saturday Study will begin on September 19, 2020. Led by ODC facilitators and other ODC members, Saturday Study will explore the Eightfold Path.
What is the Eightfold Path?The Buddha taught about suffering, the causes and ending of suffering, and a path we can cultivate to end suffering.

This Eightfold Path entails practices by which we can learn to pay attention to and become skillful in eight inter-related domains of our behavior, in order that we might reduce and even end our suffering and that of others. These eight inter-related domains are: Views, Intentions, Speech, Conduct, Livelihood, Effort, Mindfulness, and Concentration. (Also, these eight domains are sometimes grouped into three larger categories: wisdom, ethics, and mental discipline.)
How does Saturday Study work?In Saturday Study, Ozarks Dharma Community will explore the Eightfold Path in more detail with those who wish to participate.

We will meet online …

Join our Blood Drive for Community Blood Center of the Ozarks - Oct 22, 2020

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ODC is partnering again with NACC, the University Heights and Phelps Grove neighborhoods to help the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) in a blood drive on Thursday, October 22, from 1-6pm at National Avenue Christian Church (1515 S National) in the Gallery Room. 

We are excited about doing this, particularly now with the additional challenges CBCO has had in getting donations. We are supporting the efforts in 2 ways:
Volunteering to help at the actual event – sign up to help hereBy donating blood -You are encouraged to sign up online at the CBCO website here.You can also sign up by calling 417-227-5006.Walk-ins are also taken, but CBCO highly recommends signing up, as that really helps in their planning and keeping everyone safe (i.e. the potential for having many people in the space is minimized).The benefits of donating blood are many and are particularly important during these challenging times, as donations are quite low. As Buddhists, we can certainly appreciate the perso…

Grace Free Store - October Needs

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As part of our ongoing community outreach, ODC is partnering with National Avenue Christian Church to collect items for the Grace Free Store which supports the unsheltered and food insecure. Items from the Free Store are available Mondays and Wednesdays with the meal service. Please help stock the Free Store in October with:Men's small and medium boxer briefsKnit beanies and glovesBulk snacks/bars
Donations gratefully accepted 3 ways: Bring to Grace United Methodist Church on Tuesdays 11am-1pm. Please ring the doorbell on the east side of the church under the blue awning.Ship directly to Grace at 600 S Jefferson, Springfield, MO 65806. Email outreach@ozarksdharma.org to arrange for local contactless pickup.

Grace Free Store - September Needs

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As part of our ongoing community outreach, ODC is partnering with National Avenue Christian Church to collect items for the Grace Free Store which supports the unsheltered and food insecure. Items from the Free Store are available Mondays and Wednesdays with the meal service. Help stock the Free Store in September with:
Sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets: size L and XLMen's denim jeans: 30, 32, 34 waistWomen's denim jeans: all sizes
NEW! Donations gratefully accepted 3 ways: Bring to Grace United Methodist Church on Tuesdays 11am-1pm. Please ring the doorbell on the east side of the church under the blue awning.Ship directly to Grace at 600 S Jefferson, Springfield, MO 65806. Email outreach@ozarksdharma.org to arrange for local contactless pickup. 

Join ODC Online Half-Day Retreats in Sep-Nov

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Philip Moffit, a senior teacher at Spirit Rock, remarked that a half-day retreat can help the mind get still and stabilized. So let's turn our stay-at-home lives into a chance to cultivate stability. We invite you to join our online half-day retreats in September, October & November, hosted by various ODC facilitators.

ODC Online Half-Day RetreatsDates: (1) Sunday, September 6; (2) Sunday, October 4; and (3) Sunday, November 8. Each is a stand-alone retreat. Feel free to attend any or all events.

Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm.

Who Can Attend: Open to beginning and seasoned meditators.

Cost: There is no fee to attend. But if you wish to make a donation to ODC, you can via Paypal here.

How: These half-day retreats will be held in the ODC main Zoom room. Use the Zoom link below.
https://zoom.us/j/2258180988Meeting ID: 225 818 0988One tap mobile: +12532158782,,2258180988# USDial by your location: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)Format: These retreats will involve both sitting and w…

Grace Free Store Drive - August Needs

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As part of our ongoing community outreach, ODC is partnering with National Avenue Christian Church to collect items for the Grace Free Store which supports the unsheltered and food insecure. Items from the Free Store are available Mondays and Wednesdays with the meal service. Help stock the Free Store in August with:

Men's long nylon basketball type shorts
Mens' boxer briefs (sizes small to XL)
Women's cotton undies (sizes 5-8)
Donations gratefully accepted Tuesdays 11am-1pm at Grace United Methodist Church, 600 S. Jefferson, Springfield, MO. Please ring the doorbell on the east side of the church under the blue awning.

For questions, contact Michele Sparks at outreach@ozarksdharma.org. Thank you!

Summary of Current Online Offerings

We continue to host all our events online. Here is a handy table of our Zoom offerings for your reference. If you have questions, please contact outreach@ozarksdharma.org.


Hope to see you on the cushion soon.


Room SaturdayFirst SundayTuesdayMeeting IDZoom LinkSaturday SitSaturday Sit, 9am225 818 0988https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2258180988Recovery DharmaRecovery Dharma, 7pm870 0620 8315https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87006208315AncillaryYoga, 8:30am

Blood Drive for Community Blood Center of the Ozarks - July 27, 2020

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Please join Ozarks Dharma Community in partnership with National Avenue Christian Church in a blood drive for Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO). CBCO is the exclusive provider of blood to ALL your area hospitals.  When: Monday July 27, 2020 1pm-6pmWhere: National Avenue Christian Church, The Gallery Room. 1515 S National, Springfield.To donate blood: Appointments are strongly recommended. Schedule your time by calling CBCO at 417-227-5006 or go to www.cbco.org/donate-blood.To help volunteer as a staffer for the event: Sign up here.All donors receive a CBCO Throwback T-shirt and a $5 gift card.  NACC will donate $5 per blood donor to AIDS Project of the Ozarks.Masks are required for donors and staff. If you don't have a mask, one will be provided. Photo identification required. Please eat well and drink plenty of fluids prior to the blood drive.Why is it so important to give blood? ODC Board Member, Linden Mueller, shares her reasons for donating: 
"When I was 7, my fa…