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Welcome To EBSLR.org

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)

Events & News

Recent Topics:

September Newsletter

New Practice Group! Shamatha and Tonglen, Monday's at 6:00

Introduction to Buddhism will be held in September

Workshop on Death and Dying - Session 2 - Tuesday Sept. 2nd 7:15 pm

Movie Night and Potluck - Saturday, September 13th and Saturday, October 25th

Artist Talk by Romoyo Ihaya - Friday Sept 19th 7:00 pm

Summer Discussion Series

Vipassana Meditation Retreat October 10-12

Heart of Things Wisdom and Compassion Series Starting Monday October 13

New Monday Night Group - Shamatha and Tonglen

A new practice group has started at EBS.

Shamatha (calm abiding) and Tonglen (giving and receiving) are the focus of this practice, which will meet from 6:00-7:00 pm on Monday nights. Texts and teachings from the Tibetan Nyingma lineage under the guidance of Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche will be used. For more information on this practice, please contact Karen Wisdom at yeshewisdom@gmail.com and Katie Fabac at kfabac@gmail.com.

Introduction to Buddhism class

Introduction to Buddhism will be held on September 1st, Labor Day, at 7:00 pm. It is now held every month, including New Year's Day.

Workshop on Death and Dying from a Buddhist Perspective
Second Session - Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 - 7:15 pm to 9:30 pm

at the Ecumenical Buddhist Society

Participation in all evenings is helpful, but previous attendance is unnecessary. This is a stand alone presentation.

Suggested donation: $10 (This covers the cost of printed materials that will be provided –– RSVP by August 29th is necessary to receive the packet provided)

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

Facilitator: Paloma Landry, Tibetan translator

After Paloma gives a brief introduction, we will listen to recorded teachings given by Khentrul Lodrö T'hayé Rinpoche on the dying process according to the Buddhist tradition. During this teaching, Rinpoche presents an incredibly thorough view on the physical and mental stages of dying with great clarification on the Buddhist perspective and practices that can be done during that time.

At the end of the evening Paloma will hand out a notebook with further information, including homework to do in preparation for the third study group on preparation for Death and Dying. Please RSVP: Supplementary handouts will be provided and we would like to know how many folders should be prepared by Friday, August 29th. 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 RSVP confirmation to: yeshewisdom@gmail.com

Movie Night and Potluck
Saturday, September 13th "When the Iron Bird Flies"
Saturday, October 25th "Bones of the Buddha"

Come see the movie and enjoy an evening of food and fun.

6:30 p.m. - Pot Luck. Bring some vegetarian food you would like to share.

7:00 p.m. - Screening of the movie. ( Bones is 1 hour, Iron Bird is 96 minutes.)

When the Iron Bird Flies - About 1200 years ago, a Tibetan Buddhist master predicted that their people would be scattered like ants across the face of the earth, "when the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels." Fifty years after the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, it seems that this prophecy has come true. This colorful documentary traces how the rich, ancient traditions of Tibetan Buddhism have been propelled into the modern world and disseminated so widely that now the teachings are found in every corner of the earth. Some of our own teachers are featured in the film, including Anam Thubten and Chogyam Trungpa.

Bones of the Buddha - A 2013 television documentary produced by Icon Films and is part of the PBS series, Secrets of the Dead. Writer and host Charles Allen investigates the Piprahwa Stupa, a large Buddhist stupa, which is argued to be one of the eight resting places of the Buddha’s ashes. Through investigations with historians, archeologists, linguists, and family members, the search for the truth behind this extraordinary find is both interesting and exciting. Also learn about the importance of the Buddha’s ashes in the history of Buddhism in Asia.

Artist Talk by Tomoyo Ihaya: Drawings from Dharamsala on Tibet Burning
Friday Sept. 19, 2014 - 7:00-8:00 pm

Vancouver-based artist Tomoyo Ihaya presents a talk about her recent projects in Dharamsala India. Over the past several years Ihaya has travelled back and forth from Canada to India many times, working on community projects in Ladakh, and Dharamsala. She will show her large body of drawings made in response to the Tibetan community living in exile, and to honor the passing of the people who have self-immolated in protest to Chinese occupation. If there is time, Ihaya may also talk about her most recent project "Building Bridges" at Lamo Ladakh.

Ihaya has also been involved in an artistic collaboration with EBS member Melissa Gill, culminating in an exhibition on campus at Hendrix College, opening Sept. 18, at 5:30pm in Trieschmann Gallery. The exhibition will run from Sept. 18-Oct 15, and features solo and collaborative mixed media drawings and installation.

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?

The remaining topics are:

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
Making Room for Everything: The Nourishing Power of Presence
October 10-12, 2014

Lotus The promise of Buddhist practice is that we can learn to work with all of the difficulties that come with this human life. Through practice we see that worry, stress and fear are optional. As we learn to open to difficulty with awareness, presence and kindness we find a space which nourishes. We see through the tangles of our thoughts and discover wholeness. As clarity and confidence develop, we learn to smile at those patterns of suffering that show up regularly in our lives.

Join us this weekend as we explore opening to our experience, moving deeply into this nourishing space that is always there and only one moment of waking up away.

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.

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

Free Public Talk - Friday October 10, 2014 - 7:30 pm (Donations Accepted)
Retreat Day 1 - Saturday October 11, 2014 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Retreat Day 2 - Sunday October 12, 2014 8:30 am to Noon

Please bring a vegetarian sack lunch on Saturday.

Please Email your name and address to EBSRetreat@gmail.com to register for this event or fill out this Registration Form to mail with your payment.

Cost and Payment:
Sliding scale based on ability to pay -- minimum amount $70, suggested amount $120. Any amount over $70 is a tax-deductible contribution to the Ecumenical Buddhist Society. To request a scholarship please contact us at EBSRetreat@gmail.com.

Please mail your payment to EBS.
Make your check out to the Ecumenical Buddhist Society.
Be sure to indicate Vipassana Retreat on the check
and include your name and address.

Checks should be mailed to:

Attn: Vipassana Retreat
Ecumenical Buddhist Society
PO Box 561
Little Rock, AR 72203

Email EBSRetreat@gmail.com for more information.

About the Instructors:

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.

Joe McCormack has practiced insight meditation since 1995. He has been a member of the Show Me Dharma Teachers Council since 2002. Joe leads an insight meditation group in Jefferson City, and has taught insight meditation to prison inmates since 1998. His teachers include Ginny Morgan, Phil Jones, and Matthew Flickstein. 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 also trained as a psychologist and practices psychotherapy in Jefferson City.

Heart of Things:
An Introduction to Buddhist Practices for Awakening
Our Natural Wisdom and Compassion

The Buddha teaches that we can use our everyday life experiences as material for spiritual growth. You don’t have to go to a monastery to become a spiritual person, or to be a Buddhist. Pema Chodron is perhaps the leading modern proponent of this approach, and in her books and recordings Pema offers a wide range of options for on-the-spot, practical techniques for working with your heart and mind.

In this class, we will use Pema’s book, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living, and also listen to some teachings and guided meditations from Pema. This class will be led by Cheryl Woodard who is a long-time student of Chogyam Trungpa and Pema Chodron.

This discussion class will meet over a 6-week period. Everyone is welcome, beginners and experts alike. Although class is free, we suggest a donation to EBS of $45 to $60. The book, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living, will be on sale in our bookstore.

Classes will start on:

• Monday, October 13, from 7-8:30 p.m.

The class will continue on Mondays:
• October 20,
• October 27
• November 10,
• November 17
• November 24.

Please register in advance by email to cheryl@publishingbiz.com so that we can send you the reading list and other handouts before the first class.

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
• Monday, November 3rd
• Monday, December 1st

Donate Online

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 September 2014.

Older Newsletters:

March 2014

January 2014

August 2013

March 2013

January 2013

October 2012

August 2012

July 2012

Older Newsletters

Ecumenical Buddhist Educational Center

Click here to visit the (still under development) website for the Ecumenical Buddhist Educational Center (EBEC).

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