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The purpose of the Ecumenical Buddhist Society is to provide a place where anyone can meditate with others on a daily or weekly basis, to bring Buddhist teachers, retreats, classes, and social events to the Little Rock area and to help provide ways to explore different branches and practices of Buddhist philosophy. (about EBS)

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Recent Topics:

Workshop on Death and Dying from a Buddhist Perspective - Starting July 20th

Summer Discussion Series starting June 9th

Vipassana Retreat October 10-12

March Newsletter

EBS Now Has a PO Box

Workshop on Death and Dying from a Buddhist Perspective
First Session - July 20th, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2pm-4pm
at the Ecumenical Buddhist Society
presented by Paloma Landry

About Paloma Landry
Paloma Landry has been translating Buddhist philosophy for over twelve years. She is the primary Translator for Khentrul Lodröe T'hayé Rinpoche whose primary retreat center is in Parthenon, AR.

Session One: The Conversation

How do we as Westerners address death and dying from both a spiritual and practical perspective? Are we prepared? Have we had the necessary conversations with our family and how do we go about doing that? Death is a part of life and just as we want to live well, we can also die well. However, to do so, we have to plan. This includes study, contemplation, and conversation. To begin this conversation, Paloma will share stories of different deaths of Buddhist practitioners, as well as a recent passing of a sangha member and everything that Khentrul Rinpoche and the group did during that time. She will also present a curriculum to continue studying death and dying based on how Rinpoche has guided students in this over the past decade. Please join us at EBS for beginning The Conversation.

Second Session - date to be announced

Recorded Teachings on Death and Dying by Khentrul Rinpoche

Contact: Karen at yeshewisdom@gmail.com or call 501-681-2895

Suggested donation: $15 (This is to cover the cost for both evenings -- the folder with handouts and the Five Wishes Document.) We will gather to listen to a recorded teaching on Death and Dying given by Khentrul Rinpoche to a practice group in Connecticut during a powerful time when a beloved sangha member was dying. In this teaching Rinpoche addresses the Buddhist perspective on death and dying, explains the dissolution stages of the physical body and of the consciousness, and gives advice on the environment and what practices can be done at that time.

Please RSVP: Supplementary handouts will be provided and we would like to know how many folders should be prepared at least one week in advance. These folders will include Buddhist resources to promote our study and exploration of the Buddhist view regarding the time of death. As well, it includes articles and other resources pertaining to making good end of life medical choices based on the American healthcare system.

Email: yeshewisdom@gmail.com (You can RSVP for both evenings at once.)

Third Session - date to be announced

Getting Our Paperwork in Order as a Kindness to Those We Love

Contact: Karen at yeshewisdom@gmail.com or call 501-681-2895

It is an act of supreme kindness and love not to leave those we care about without full and complete preparation. We think that simply having an updated will is enough. Think again! In the midst of grief and coming to terms with loss, our loved ones may spend a year or more struggling to figure out numberless accounts, insurance policies, and online bills, amongst other things that were not clearly shown to them. ***Many of us don't think about what happens after the funeral to those responsible for closing out another person's life. The burden can be enormous and a complete mess for those left behind.

This evening, we will begin with a short film made by a Buddhist hospice worker who talks about the process of dying in the West as a Buddhist practitioner and the necessary documents. It provides a very clear view of good preparation and what we need to do to make that happen.

Following the film, we will prepare any documents we have yet to make together! For those who have not yet made a living will (this includes power of attorney, health care agent, and other indispensable end-of life decisions) we will provide a form called "The Five Wishes", which is accepted as a legal document in our State. We will also fill out a Buddhist advance care directive that supplements this document with additional specific Buddhist wishes that you may have. ***Even if you already have the living will (sometimes called "advance care directive"), we still encourage attendance as you can learn a lot through the video presentation, the discussion, and the Buddhist advance care directives.

Please RSVP: If you have not yet filled out an advance care directives and would like to do so with the group using Five Wishes, you must tell your coordinator so that they can pre-order the forms and provide them at this workshop for all who attend. Email: yeshewisdom@gmail.com

Summer Discussion Series - Monday nights at 7:00 pm

The Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock invites our members and the public to learn more about Buddhism through these topics of discussion. It will occur on Mondays at 7:00 pm (skipping the first Monday of each month, to leave room for the Introduction to Buddhism class). The discussion will be mostly informal with participants sharing their knowledge and experience.
Perhaps tea will be involved?

June 9: Comparative Religion: What is religion? What is philosophy? Where does Buddhism belong? Led by Tom Neale

June 16: Buddhism and vegetarianism: What is the extent of compassion? What is the proper diet for a Buddhist? Led by Tom Neale

June 23: Buddhist psychology: Buddhist practices are being employed in the treatment of depression and other psychological disorders. Led by Michael McCreary

June 30: Buddhism and Feminism: Role of women in the Buddhist tradition. Led by June Stewart

July 14: Buddhism and the environment: What is our place in the environment? What is the Buddhist response to global warming? Led by Doug Barton

July 21: Buddhist symbology: What are some of the basic and familiar symbols of Buddhism and what do they represent? Led by Charlotte Besch

July 28: Engaged Buddhism: Exploring our social responses and responsibilities. Led by Anna Cox

August 11: Buddhist ethics: Exploring “Right Action”. Led by Jim Rush

August 18: Buddhism in America. What is the trend of Buddhism in America? EBS as the American melting pot? Led by Cheryl Woodard

August 25: Guided Meditation styles and techniques: What does guided meditation do? Led by Kaycie Marler

Series Leader: Tom Neale, M.A., A.C.N.L.P., was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended a Franciscan Seminary in Quincy, Illinois in 1968 and 1969. He received his B.A. in philosophy at Cleveland State University in 1972. He received his M.A. in philosophy at Kent State University in 1975. He also attended Memphis Theological Union seminary in 1984. In 1987 he married Eileen Oldag. As a Unitarian Universalist he attended his first Buddhist retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh in east Texas in 1992. While living in Austin, Texas, he attended a Shambala Meditation Center. He has been a member of The Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock since 2005 and leads the River Valley Sangha on Sunday evenings. He founded the Arkansas Master Naturalist program and is currently employed as a landscape designer at River Valley Horticultural Products.

Vipassana Meditation Retreat
October 10-12, 2014

Lotus This retreat will be suitable for both beginning and advanced meditators. It will include sitting and walking meditation, teaching, and practice discussions.

Individual conferences with the instructors will be available.

Stay tuned for more details!

About the Instructors:

Joe McCormack has practiced insight meditation since 1995. He has been a member of the Show Me Dharma Teachers Council since 2002, and has taught insight meditation to prison inmates since 1998. In January 2008, he completed the Community Dharma Leader training program through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. In his dharma instruction, Joe draws from traditional Theravada Buddhist teachings, Zen and Dzogchen practice, Advaita teachings, and the Diamond Approach. He is trained as a psychologist and practices counseling and psychotherapy in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Terry Furstenau has been a member of the Show Me Dharma sangha since 2001 and the teachers council since 2004. He has served on the Board for 5 years. He has led Insight Dialogue and Dharma Contemplation groups for the sangha. He currently teaches the "Introduction to Meditation" classes for new and relatively new students. His teachings reflect retreat experience and study with Eastern and Western Vipassana teachers, Advaita Vedanta, Dzogchen, Insight Dialogue and the non-dual teachings of Adyashanti, Richard Miller and Matt Flickstein.

Location:Main meditation hall at EBS at 1516 West 3rd Street in downtown Little Rock

Email EBSRetreat@gmail.com for more information.

EBS Now Has a PO Box

To better manage our snail mail, EBS now has a PO box. All mailed contributions, correspondence, and anything else delivered by U.S. Mail should be sent to the following address:

Ecumenical Buddhist Society
PO Box 561
Little Rock, AR 72203

Join the Discussion on Facebook

EBS has a lively discussion of Buddhist practice, books, and events on Facebook.
• See our link at www.facebook.com/groups/ebslr

New Time for EBS Board Meetings

The meeting times for the monthly meetings for the EBS Board of Directors will be on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Doug Holmes at doug.holmes.42@gmail.com.

Introduction to Buddhism

The class takes place on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at EBS Center. This is an excellent starting place for people with little or no knowledge about Buddhism. One of our members will present some history of Buddhism and talk about the different traditions of practice. Meditation technique is also covered. These sessions are very informal and questions are welcomed.

If you plan to attend, kindly please let us know by sending an email to ebs@aristotle.net and be sure to include the number of attendees. Advanced registration is requested, but not required. We look forward to having you!

Upcoming dates:
• Monday, August 4th
• Monday, September 1st
• Monday, October 6th

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We are now accepting pledges and donations online through our donation page. If you would like to make a one time donation or even setup monthly donations to EBS using your credit card, PayPal account or bank account you can now do that through our website.

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The Latest Newsletter
Click here to check out our most recent newsletter for March 2014.

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January 2014

August 2013

March 2013

January 2013

October 2012

August 2012

July 2012

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Ecumenical Buddhist Educational Center

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