Go Deeper with Buddhism through Saturday Study - Temporarily Suspended
**NOTE: as of March 14, 2020, we have suspended Saturday Study until further notice and we will transition to meeting online for our weekly Saturday meditations. To receive current updates, subscribe to our email newsletter or like our facebook page. May all be well and safe.**
Ozarks Dharma Community (ODC) is pleased to announce this year’s Saturday Study will begin on March 28, 2020. Led by ODC facilitators and other ODC members, this year’s 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 for Saturday Study after meditation, starting March 28, 2020 and continuing the third Saturday of each following month through October 17, 2020. We expect each meeting will last about 45 minutes. These meetings will be in the room where we meditate together at National Avenue Christian Church.
Our first meeting (Mar 28) will entail an introduction to the Eightfold Path. In subsequent meetings, we will cover the various domains of that path: Views (Apr 18); Intentions (May 16); Speech (Jun 20); Conduct & Livelihood (Jul 18); Effort (Aug 15); Mindfulness (Sep 19); and Concentration (Oct 17). Folks are welcome to participate in all or any of these meetings.
The discussion leader for each Saturday Study meeting will select online videos, dharma talks, readings, etc. that can be used as supplemental materials for the meeting that she or he will lead. We will post links to those materials on our ODC website and facebook page in advance of the meetings to which they relate. Our goal is for the information to be posted three weeks in advance of the relevant meeting. We look forward to learning together!