Showing posts from March, 2020

*Updated* Online Mettā Bhāvanā Meditation Practice - 1st Sunday of the Month

**Please note: As of May 30th, 2020, ODC is reducing the frequency of our Sunday online Mettā meditations to once a month, on the first Sunday of each month, at 4:00 pm. The next  Mettā  meditation will be June 7, 2020. (There will be no  Mettā  meditation on May 31).** Mettā - Loving Kindness. Bhāvanā - Cultivation. In times of stress and anxiety Mettā meditation practice teaches us to look at our deepest emotions with compassion and acceptance and radiate that compassion and acceptance back into the world. Rhett Roberson, who is a member of ODC and whom many of us know, is currently participating in Buddhist teacher training. Rhett has offered to lead a short online Mettā meditation practice each week. In building on what we know as “mindfulness,” Mettā creates a familiarity with our own basic kindness. As of May 30th, 2020, online Mettā meditation practice will be the first Sundayy of the month, starting at 4:00 pm. In these sessions, we’ll open with basic meditation ins

*Cancelled* Online Yoga & Breath Practice before ODC Saturday Sits

Many of us are experiencing stress and anxiety right now. Steve Eiffert, who is a member of Ozarks Dharma Community (ODC) and whom many of us know, is also a certified yoga instructor. Steve has offered to lead a short yoga & breath practice online each week, immediately prior to our regular Saturday ODC meditation & discussion. The movements taught will be accessible to all, regardless of experience or ability, and are designed to help people use their physical body and breath to settle before sitting down to meditate. Mats will not be required for the first session, but might be needed after that. This online yoga & breath practice will be each Saturday, from 8:30 am to 8:55 am, starting March 28, 2020. To participate in this online yoga & breath practice, you will join a meeting in ODC’s “ancillary” Zoom room using the following URL/Link (or to join by phone, use the other link or number below): Meeting ID: 510 474 0209 On

Grace Free Store - Temporarily Suspended

The Grace Free Store is temporarily suspending services due to COVID-19 community transmission concerns. Donation requests will resume at a future date, and we deeply appreciate your continued support.

*updated* ODC transitions to Saturday Meditation online

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):