Ozarks Dharma Community (ODC) is a Buddhist Meditation Group in Southwest Missouri sharing the Buddha's teachings in a practical way. We are a diverse group of practitioners and we welcome all.
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.
Dear Ozarks Dharma Community, As you know, the novel coronavirus situation continues to evolve rapidly. Our healthcare leaders have advised that reduced in-person interaction can help slow transmission of this virus. We live in an interdependent world, and can work together to reduce the potential for harm to ourselves and others. It is in this light that Ozarks Dharma Community has decided to suspend our regular in-person sessions on Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings until further notice. That said, we will continue to connect with one another, and to meditate together on Saturday mornings in a virtual setting, online using Zoom. We will begin to meet online starting Saturday, March 21st. Below is the URL/link that you can click on to join a “zoom meeting” to participate in our Saturday morning online sessions, as well as links and numbers you may need if joining by phone: URL/ link to Join our Zoom Meeting (updated 3/27/20): https://zoom.us/j/22581809
Image from https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/the-mindfulness-of-the-buddha/ 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 Ei
The Show Me Dharma Sangha of Columbia, MO will sponsor an Insight Meditation weekend retreat, April 6-8, 2018, with Carol Blotter on the topic of Dependent Origination. Retreat Description What makes me tick? Why do I keep getting caught up in behaviors that create so much suffering? Who am I really? If there is no self, who is suffering? If you have wondered about these or other questions around how to break the patterns that cause suffering, then consider joining Show Me Dharma for the upcoming retreat on Dependent Origination (also known as the Law of Conditionality). This important teaching explains the creation of suffering as a looping chain of events that perpetuates craving and the illusion of a self. During this weekend retreat, we will discern how this dependently originated cycle occurs and how we get stuck in perpetuating the sense of unsatisfactoriness and the illusion of an independent permanent self. We'll also explore two ways to break the cy