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.
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:
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.
ODC has partnered with National Avenue Christian Church (NACC) which has a very active community outreach program and NACC has graciously invited us to be a part of their efforts. ODC is participating in three endeavors on a routine basis and will join other NACC initiatives as opportunities arise. The efforts we currently have adopted are:
1. Supporting NACC in providing meals to those in need on Mondays at Grace United Methodist Church on Jefferson Avenue and Cherry Street.
NACC has four groups that rotate on Mondays to provide the meals, including cooking/preparation, setting up, serving and cleaning up. It typically takes 7-12 people each Monday. The NACC teams almost always need help and our ODC group helps provide the extra people needed on a weekly basis.
The meal service time frame is 4:30-6:30, with dinner served from 5-5:45. You can show up any time from 4:15 to right before 5 and usually be of help. Enter on the Cherry side (Northeast side of the church). There is a parki…