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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:

In-Depth Instruction on Ngondro Practice This Sunday August 3rd at 11:00 am

Summer Discussion Series starting June 9th

(Updated!) Meditation Retreat October 10-12

March Newsletter

EBS Now Has a PO Box

In-Depth Instruction on Ngondro Practice
This Sunday August 3rd at 11:00 am

There will be a class Sunday, August 3 at 11 A.M. following Vajrayana practice for those who would like in - depth instruction to do the Ngondro practice at home or in retreat. This is in the tradition of the Dudjom. Tersar.

If you are interested, please come. There is no charge. Do bring a notebook. We will likely repeat this class periodically as requested.

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.

October 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 October Retreat on the check
and include your name and address.

Checks should be mailed to:

Attn: October 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.

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

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

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