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The Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock is a non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

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:

Anam Thubten Rinpoche Retreat, May 9-11

Day Of Mindfulness at EBS June 6th/7th

Mid-America Dharma Lake Doniphan Missouri Retreat May 22-27

March Newsletter

Community Meditation Practice now every Wednesday

EBS Now Has a PO Box

Anam Thubten Rinpoche Retreat
May 9-11

Public Talk
Friday, May 9th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Presented at the
Unitarian Universalist Church
1818 Reservoir Road, Little Rock
Donations: $10 - $15

Weekend Retreat
Saturday and Sunday May 10th and 11th
Held at the
Ecumenical Buddhist Society
1516 W. 3rd Street, Little Rock, AR 72201
Retreat schedule: May 10 - 11, 10:00 – 5:00
Cost: $75/day $150/wkd (no one is turned away for lack of funds)
To register, contact: Charlotte Besch, 501.664.1167

Click Here for Registration Form

Click Here for Retreat Flyer

Hosted by the Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock

Contact for interviews and more info: Denise Gilliam, 501.912.0846, Email ndg136@gmail.com

As a young child growing up in Tibet, Anam Thubten was intent on entering the monastery, where for much of his childhood and young adult life he received the benefit of extensive academic and spiritual training from several teachers in the Nyingma branch of Tibetan Buddhism. He conveys the Dharma with the blessing of teachers Khenpo Chopel, Lama Garwang and others gone before in a lineage of wisdom holders and enlightened masters. Also during his formative years in Tibet he developed a special affinity with a yogi and lifetime hermit Lama Tsurlo, who became a deep source of inspiration that continues to manifest in Anam Thubten’s expression of the Dharma.

After arriving in America in the early 1990’s Anam Thubten began to teach the Dharma at the request of others. Today he travels extensively in the U.S. and occasionally abroad, teaching in fluent English and offering in a direct experiential manner the essence of Prajnaparamita, the timeless, non-conceptual wisdom teachings of the Buddha. These teachings, free of any sect or dogma, point directly to the recognition of one’s true nature as boundless love, unfettered by the false notion of a self that is separate from others, and free from any limitations of egoic mind. In his teachings and presence with others, Anam Thubten invites the heart-opening, mind-emptying awakening to one’s true nature that is already enlightened. The transformative power of these teachings that flow from the wisdom mind of the Buddha through teachers such as Anam Thubten is apparent in the lives of many who have embraced them.

Anam Thubten is the author of various articles and books in both the Tibetan and English language. His first book in English appeared under the title ‘No Self, No Problem.’ He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation based in Point Richmond, California, www.dharmata.org.

Day of Mindfulness 2014
To Be or to InterBe: A Buddhist Question
Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7


The Ecumenical Buddhist Society Meditation Center
1516 W. Third Street, Little Rock, AR

Friday, June 6th, 7:00 p.m.
Public Presentation on the Topic of Interbeing
Blessing of the Meditation Center
Open to the public.
Suggested donation: $10 to $15 payable at the door

Saturday, June 7
Day of Mindfulness 2014
To Be or to InterBe: A Buddhist Question
Registration 8:00 a.m.
Retreat 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $65 | Includes vegan lunch
Space limited | Click here for registration form

Scholarships available. Tom Neale 501.664.6052

For the second time in Little Rock, we welcome the noble monastics of Magnolia Grove Meditation Practice Center to lead a Day of Mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. You are invited to participate in a full day of meditation, Dharma talks and spiritual reflection. The retreat will expand understanding of Mindfulness and Interbeing, through which we can create a world of peace and compassion. The retreat is appropriate for the experienced and the new to Buddhism.

Retreat registration is modest and scholarships are available. Call Tom Neale at 501.664.6052 or contact him by email at neale.oldag@netzero.net for more information on the retreat or to request a scholarship. Space is limited and early registration is strongly encouraged.
Click here for registration form.

Participants are asked to bring these items with them:
• Cushion and mat for meditation (chairs are provided for those who prefer chairs)
• Blanket or pad for deep relaxation
• Sweaters or layered clothing to adapt to indoor and outdoor temperatures
• Cup/mug, plate and silverware for your lunch
• Personal snacks for morning

Out-of-town participants:
If you are traveling from a distance, it may be helpful to arrive Friday afternoon for the public talk and blessing of the new EBS Meditation Center. You may wish to search motels near ZIP codes 72201. There is a range of lodging around our downtown location.

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

Community Meditation Practice
Every Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Lead by the EBS Meditation Instructors group, these workshops are designed to help people establish and maintain a personal meditation practice.

We teach the most fundamental meditation style that the Buddha taught to his first followers, called Shamatha or "Calm Abiding" – a practice of being present and awake by following your breath. And we also welcome people using other meditation styles who want to discuss their practice with fellow practitioners.

Each workshop begins with a short dharma talk, followed by step-by-step instruction, a brief period of meditation practice, and then discussion. Community Meditation Workshops are coordinated by Mick Wiggins mick@mickwiggins.com and staffed by a team of teachers.

Suggested Readings

How to Meditate, by the American-born Buddhist teacher, Pema Chodron, is our primary source book. Pema Chodron’s instruction is also available on several different CDs and audio programs.

We also recommend

Quiet Mind: A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation edited by Susan Piver

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, April 7th
• Monday, May 5th

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.

EBS Support and Mailing List Information

Please help support the Ecumenical Buddhist Society and stay in touch with EBS.
Keep your information current with the above form.

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

Older Newsletters:

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).

PLEASE NOTE: If you are signed up for the EBS email announcements and have not received them, this is most likely caused by some form of email "Spam" filtering. We have had a number of "failed" deliveries. If you have this sent to you at your business email, it will need to be dealt with through them. If through a personal address, it is probably done through your ISP. You may also need to re-send me your address. Emails which have failed repeatedly have been removed from the list.
- Thank you, EBS

Loving Kindness Request
If you would like prayers offered for a loved one or to make request for assistance in times of need, please click the link "Loving Kindness Request" above to send an email. Give us a few details about your situation and someone will contact you.