Vipassana Retreat 2017 - Meeting Daily Life with Awareness
Sep
22
to Sep 24

Vipassana Retreat 2017 - Meeting Daily Life with Awareness

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September 22-24
Vipassana Retreat
Meeting Daily Life with Awareness
Exploring the Roots of Conflict in Our Hearts and in the World

It is nearly impossible to avoid conflict in today's world—and our tendency toward hostility and discord hasn't changed much over the millennia. In ancient India, the Buddha came to realize that the underlying cause of conflict is, in fact, a thorn lodged deeply within our own heart and mind. During this retreat we will explore the historical Buddha's teachings on how to dislodge that thorn. We'll explore his advice for dealing with conflict, fear, pain, and violence, and discover our innate capacity to live together peacefully.

During the weekend, there will be alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, and time for questions. Also each participant will have the opportunity to have a conference with one of the teachers to explore how the retreat is going and how their meditation practice is unfolding in their life.

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FREE Public Talk
Friday, September 22—7:00 p.m.

Vipassana Meditation Retreat
Saturday, Sept.23: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 24:   8:30 a.m.-noon

NOTE: Please bring a vegetarian sack lunch on Saturday.

Location for both talk and retreat: EBS Meditation Hall

Retreat cost: There is a sliding scale based on ability to pay.

Minimum amount is $70.       Suggested amount is $120.

Scholarships: To request a scholarship, please email EBSRetreat@gmail.com.

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If paying by check, please make your check out to the Ecumenical Buddhist Society and indicate Vipassana Retreat.  Mail your payment to:

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

About the Teachers:

Terry Furstenau has been a member of the Show Me Dharma sangha since 2001 and on the teachers council since 2004. He has led Insight Dialogue and Dharma Contemplation groups for the sangha. 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 practice insight meditation since 1995. He has been a member of the Show Me Dharma Teachers Council since 2002. Joe leads an insight meditation group and has taught insight meditation to prison inmate since 1998. His teachers include Ginny Morgan, Phil Jones, and Matthew Flickstein. In his dharma instruction, Joe draws from Theravada Buddhist teachings, Zen and Dzogchen practice, Advaita teachings, and the Diamond Approach.

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Movie at Breckenridge Theater - Walk With Me: A Film About Thich Nhat Hanh
Nov
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

Movie at Breckenridge Theater - Walk With Me: A Film About Thich Nhat Hanh

Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Special Showing of WALK WITH ME: A Film About Thich Nhat Hanh

Breckenridge Theater, 1200 Breckenridge, Little Rock, AR

Cost:  $11.87

This movie will be shown if there are enough advanced reservations.  Get tickets at:  https://gathr.us/screening/21107

"Slow down and breath. This contemplative journey follows in the steps of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and is a rare insight into life within a monastic community.

The sun rises. Everything is calm and still. Life is beautifully serene as Benedict Cumberbatch's composed, meditative voice reads an extract from Thich Nhat Hanh's early journals. So begins Max Pugh and Marc Francis' (Black Gold LFF2006) fascinating and immersive exploration of what it means to devote one's life to mindfulness.

With unprecedented access to the famous secluded monastery of Plum Village in the Southwest of France, Walk with Me captures the daily routine and rituals of monks and nuns on a quest to develop a deep sense of presence. It is an insightful rumination on the pursuit of happiness, living in the present and our attachment to material things--a welcome remedy to the stresses of city life and a world in turmoil.

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Can a Christian be a Buddhist, Too?
Sep
16
9:00am 9:00am

Can a Christian be a Buddhist, Too?

A morning workshop on September 16, 2017
9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Ecumenical Buddhist Society

Sponsors: Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock, Greater Arkansas Interfaith Network, and Widening the Circle

Throughout the United States and Europe, and also in Asian countries, Buddhists and Christians are engaged in dialogue, not simply to learn about each other but to learn from one another. Along the way they become Christians influenced by Buddhism and Buddhists influenced by Christianity, exhibiting what scholars call “double religious belonging.”

This three-hour workshop approaches such dialogue from the vantage point of a Paul Knitter, former Catholic priest and professor of world religions at Union Theological Seminary in New York, who is a professing Christian and Buddhist and author of Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian. Jay McDaniel will share the contents of his book in an informal way, and there will be open discussion, with sessions of breathing meditation interspersed. Participants are encouraged to purchase and peruse the book in advance.

Our hope is that this can help inaugurate ongoing discussions in Christian-Buddhist dialogue throughout the central Arkansas area.

Please register by emailing Dr. Jay McDaniel: mcdaniel@hendrix.edu.

Table of Contents of Knitter’s Book:

Chapter One: Nirvana and God the Transcendent Other
Chapter Two: Nirvana and God the Personal Other
Chapter Three: Nirvana and God the Mysterious Other
Chapter Four: Nirvana and Heaven
Chapter Five: Jesus the Christ and Gautama the Buddha
Chapter Six: Prayer and Meditation
Chapter Seven: Making Peace and Being Peace
Conclusion: Promiscuity or Hybridity?
A New Conclusion: Jesus and Buddha Both Come First!

 

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Movie and Potluck: Kundun
Aug
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Movie and Potluck: Kundun

Saturday, August 26, 6 p.m.

 6 p.m.—Potluck: Bring some vegetarian food you would like to share with the group. 

6:30 p.m.—Movie, Kundun, is a 1997 epic biographical film written by Melissa Mathison and directed by Martin Scorsese. It is based on the life and writings of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, the exiled political and spiritual leader of Tibet. Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, a grandnephew of the Dalai Lama, stars as the adult Dalai Lama, while Tencho Gyalpo, a niece of the Dalai Lama, appears as the Dalai Lama's mother. Kundun, meaning "presence", is a title by which the Dalai Lama is addressed. Kundun was released only a few months after Seven Years in Tibet, sharing the latter's location and its depiction of the Dalai Lama at several stages of his youth, though Kundun covers a period three times longer.

Movie length:  2 hours

 

 

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Retreat with Dr. Hun Lye: Love, Compassion, and the Awakening Mind
Aug
11
to Aug 13

Retreat with Dr. Hun Lye: Love, Compassion, and the Awakening Mind

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August 11-13
Retreat with Dr. Hun Lye

 Dr. Hun Lye is the founder of Urban Dharma NC, based in Asheville. He has had the title and position of Dorjé Lopön (Vajra Master) bestowed upon him by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoché, the leader of the Drikung Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism at Drikung Kagyü Institute in Dehradun, India. He has been a teacher at EBS since 2015. Dr. Lye brings a refreshing approach to Buddhism for all students.

These teachings are for all practices at EBS.

Everyone is welcome!

Cleansing Ritual—Friday, August 11—7:00 p.m.

The Cleansing Ritual of Indestructible Subjugator

Indestructible Subjugator (Vajravidarana/Namjom) is one of the five purification/cleansing deities in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In particular, he is the principle and function of the removal of “spiritual pollution” or dribpa in Tibetan. While the distant cause of suffering is negative karma arising from the three poisons of confusion, attachment and aversion, one of the proximate causes of suffering is dribpa. Dribpa is generated in many ways and unlike karma, dribpa may or may not have any moral-ethical dimensions. For example, lunar and solar eclipses, contact with corpses, association with individuals with very negative karmas, cutting of trees, eating food prepared by someone with strong hatred—all such actions—generate 'dribpa' that will stick to and afflict us and compromise our physical, emotional and spiritual health. In this special ritual, participants will be individually cleansed by the elixir-water blessed and empowered by the dharani-mantra of Indestructible Subjugator. This will help remove us and protect us from such polluting forces that obstruct our way to lasting happiness. 

Suggested donation: $10-$20

NOTE—Please bring to session: Participants should come with 2 pictures from magazines, newspapers, printed internet images etc. One image should symbolize "negativity" and one should symbolize "positivity." Please DO NOT bring clippings which contain images of specific persons, politicians, famous people etc. 

Retreat—Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13
Kindness, Compassion & the Awakened Heart

The Buddha taught that the Awakened Heart (bodhicitta) is the source of all happiness and good. It is the essence of all buddhas. The basis of this Awakened Heart is the practice of kindness and compassion. Over the weekend, Dr. Lye will introduce and lead a set of profound practices of kindness and compassion as developed in the Mind-Training (lojong) traditions of Tibet.

Saturday, Aug 12:  10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  &  3:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug 13:  10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  &  3:00-5:00 p.m.

Cost: $100 for both days of the retreat.
$  60 for Saturday only
$  60 for Sunday only

Location for both talk and retreat: EBS Meditation Hall

Questions: Contact Melissa Gill at meegill@gmail.com or at 520-425-2773.

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 EBS Retreat Registration Mail-In Form
(Please send the following information with payment)

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Dr. Hun Lye Retreat: 

____­­_______$100 for entire retreat
____­­_______$60 for Saturday               
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Please make your checks payable to the Ecumenical Buddhist Society, designate as For Dr. Hun Lye Retreat and mail to:           

Attn: Dr. Hun Lye Retreat
Ecumenical Buddhist Society
PO Box 561
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-0561

Dorjé Lopön Dr. Lye grew up in a Buddhist home in Malaysia. From a young age, he studied and practiced Buddhism with teachers of various traditions. He met his first Tibetan teacher when he was an undergraduate student in the United States. After earning a doctorate degree in Buddhist Studies at University of Virginia and teaching for ten years in American academic institutions, Dr. Lye left academia to devote his energy fully to Dharma work. In 2013, he was appointed as a Dorjé Lopön (lit. "vajra-master") of the Drikung Kagyü Lineage by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoché (Head of the Lineage) and was formally enthroned in his home city, Penang, Malaysia. When not teaching, leading retreats or serving the Lineage in Asia and North and South America, Dr. Lye teaches at Urban Dharma North Carolina in Downtown Asheville where he is the founder and spiritual director.

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August Half-Day Sit
Aug
5
1:00pm 1:00pm

August Half-Day Sit

Half-Day Sit Saturday August 5th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

On the first Saturday of each month EBS has a half-day retreat lasting from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Each hour will consist of 40 minutes of sitting meditation and 10 minutes of walking meditation.

There is no cost.  Ten minute breaks are scheduled on each hour (at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.) to allow people to join later or leave earlier if they have other commitments.

For more information, contact Doug Holmes at doug.holmes.42@gmail.com

These events are in the spirit of the Uposatha days celebrated in Buddhist countries since the time of the Buddha.  It is a day when both monastics and lay people intensify their practice.

From the Muluposatha Sutta:

As he is recollecting the Dhamma, his mind is cleansed, and joy arises; the defilements of his mind are abandoned. He is thus called a disciple of the noble ones undertaking the Dhamma-Uposatha. 

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Potluck and Talk: The Buddha Families, with Cheryl Woodard
Jul
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Potluck and Talk: The Buddha Families, with Cheryl Woodard

Saturday, July 22, 6 p.m.

Five Styles of Being Wise and/or Confused: The Buddha Families

Potluck and Talk - Please bring a vegetarian dish to share with the group.

This presentation explores the Tibetan teachings about the Five Buddha Families. Each one represents both an enlightened and a confused aspect of personality. People learn these teachings to help examine the opportunities and pitfalls of each style – so that we can see clearly beyond style, habit, and confusion of every kind. Lead by Cheryl Woodard and based on the book, Orderly Chaos by Chogyam Trungpa.

 

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Teachings by Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche
Jul
14
to Jul 16

Teachings by Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche

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 July 14-16, 2017

Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche has been invited to teach at EBS by Aisha Credit and the EBS Board of Directors. His teachings on meditation are clear and have a universal appeal to all who want to follow the Buddhist path.

He is known for bringing joy, humor, and clarity to his presentations of the Buddhadharma. Lama Dorjee provides practical ways for his students to apply Buddhism wisdom while living in the modern world.

This teaching is open to all practices!

Public Talk:  Friday, July 14, 7 p.m.

Heartfelt Advice: Why Meditation Helps
Donations $10-$20

Retreat:  Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16
Meditation: Transforming Confusion and Pain into Wisdom and Joy
Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon & 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Sunday:    9 a.m.-noon

Cost:        
$75 for both days
$50 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday

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All events will be in the Main Meditation Hall at EBS.
Questions: Contact Charlotte Besch at 501-551-5135 or at cabesch@midsouth.ualr.edu.

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July Half-Day Sit
Jul
1
1:00pm 1:00pm

July Half-Day Sit

Half-Day Sit Saturday July 1st from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

On the first Saturday of each month EBS has a half-day retreat lasting from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Each hour will consist of 40 minutes of sitting meditation and 10 minutes of walking meditation.

There is no cost.  Ten minute breaks are scheduled on each hour (at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.) to allow people to join later or leave earlier if they have other commitments.

For more information, contact Doug Holmes at doug.holmes.42@gmail.com

These events are in the spirit of the Uposatha days celebrated in Buddhist countries since the time of the Buddha.  It is a day when both monastics and lay people intensify their practice.

From the Muluposatha Sutta:

As he is recollecting the Dhamma, his mind is cleansed, and joy arises; the defilements of his mind are abandoned. He is thus called a disciple of the noble ones undertaking the Dhamma-Uposatha. 

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Potluck and Talk: Relating to Your World, with Cheryl Woodard
Jun
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Potluck and Talk: Relating to Your World, with Cheryl Woodard

Saturday, June 24, 6 p.m.

Relating to Your World:
An Interactive Experience of the Buddhist
Mandala Teachings

Potluck and Talk - Please bring a vegetarian dish to share with the group.

Come take a look at how you connect with the world around you. In this interactive, experiential program, we will use the Tantric teachings on Mandala to explore how we create an emotional model that drives our relationships with other people, the environment, work, politics, community, health, and living.  Lead by Cheryl Woodard and based on the book, Orderly Chaos by Chogyam Trungpa.

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June Half-Day Sit
Jun
3
1:00pm 1:00pm

June Half-Day Sit

Half-Day Sit Saturday June 3rd from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

On the first Saturday of each month EBS has a half-day retreat lasting from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Each hour will consist of 40 minutes of sitting meditation and 10 minutes of walking meditation.

There is no cost.  Ten minute breaks are scheduled on each hour (at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.) to allow people to join later or leave earlier if they have other commitments.

For more information, contact Doug Holmes at doug.holmes.42@gmail.com

These events are in the spirit of the Uposatha days celebrated in Buddhist countries since the time of the Buddha.  It is a day when both monastics and lay people intensify their practice.

From the Muluposatha Sutta:

As he is recollecting the Dhamma, his mind is cleansed, and joy arises; the defilements of his mind are abandoned. He is thus called a disciple of the noble ones undertaking the Dhamma-Uposatha. 

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Day of Mindfulness 2017
May
20
8:30am 8:30am

Day of Mindfulness 2017

Hosted by River Valley Mindfulness Sangha

Led by Monks and Nuns of Magnolia Grove Meditation Practice Center

In the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

More than ever, we want to learn and incorporate meditation in our daily life, to make it a natural part of our lives. At our Day of Mindfulness we learn practical forms of meditation that make our lives a calm, flowing, minute-to-minute meditation. As meditation becomes part of our life, our work and our relationships, the stress and conflict that may exist are transformed. Day of Mindfulness combines dharma talks, walking meditation, mindful eating and mindful discussion as well as silence and deep relaxation. No previous experience in meditation is required. 

 

And for the first time in many years here in Little Rock, we'll be offering a ceremony for the transmission of the 5 Mindfulness Trainings. This beautiful formal ceremony will be offered to anyone who wishes to receive the Trainings. For information about the Trainings and ceremony, go here: 

https://plumvillage.org/mindfulness-practice/the-5-mindfulness-trainings/

 

Ceremony to Transmit the Five Mindfulness Trainings 

For further questions, contact Doug Barton at 501-920-5348 or douglaskbarton@gmail.com

All are welcome!

Registration 8:00 a.m.; Retreat 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Scholarships available. For information, contact Doug Barton 501-920-5348 or douglaskbarton@gmail.com

Location: Main Meditation Hall, EBS

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Schedule for the Day

8:00am Registration

8:30am Walking meditation. If weather is good, we can walk outside!

9:00am Sitting meditation

9:30am Dharma talk

12:00pm Formal lunch (vegan)

1:00pm Deep relaxation

2:00pm Ceremony for transmission of 5 Mindfulness Trainings

3:00pm Dharma Sharing/ closing circle

4:00pm Farewells

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Pilgrimage in SE Asia - Potluck and Talk
May
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Pilgrimage in SE Asia - Potluck and Talk

Saturday, May 13, 6 p.m.

Melissa Gill, who went on pilgrimage throughout Southeast Asia with Dr. Hun Lye and a group of fellow practitioners, will share her experiences and pictures of her trip through Malaysia, Thailand, and other countries.

Bring a vegetarian dish or snack to share with the group!
Don’t miss this exciting chance to learn about important Buddhist sites and customs.

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Anam Thubten Retreat
Apr
21
to Apr 23

Anam Thubten Retreat

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April 21-23, 2017
Meditation Retreat
With Anam Thubten

Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Among his many teachers, his most formative guides were Lama Tsurlo, Khenpo Chopel, and Lama Garwang. He is the founder and spiritual advisor of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the U.S. and abroad. He is also the author of various books in both the Tibetan and English language. His books in English include The Magic of Awareness and No Self, No Problem. To view Anam Thubten’s teaching and retreat schedule, please visit www.dharmata.org. Through the essential wisdom of Buddhism and his personal experience on the spiritual path, Anam Thubten brings alive the timeless teachings and invites everyone to participate

 These teachings on meditation and compassion are for all practices at EBS.  
Everyone is welcome!

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Friday, April 21, 7-8:30 p.m.—Public Talk
Location:  
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1818 Reservoir Road
Suggested donation: $10-$15

Saturday & Sunday, April 22-23—Meditation Retreat
Location:  Main Meditation Hall, EBS
There are three important aspects of meditation: mindful attention, open awareness, and lovingkindness. By practicing these, we can let go of negative mental patterns and expand our heart and mind, bringing about joy, peace and inner freedom. Anam Thubten will teach and guide participants in developing these three aspects of meditation and share Buddhist wisdom on working with our thoughts and emotions.

Each day:

  • 9 a.m.—Registration on Saturday
  • 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Teachings
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m.—Lunch
  • 2:30-5 p.m.—Teachings

Please read—Commitment to the Retreat
Anam Thubten wishes those who want to come to the retreat to commit to participate in the full retreat from beginning to end (both days).

Why Commit to Both Days of the Retreat
Anam Thubten offers some guidance on why it is important to come to both days of the retreat.

  • A retreat can have many twists and turns, with many experiences: some joyful, some difficult, some pleasant, some unpleasant,   depending on our own inner process. However, the retreat is a process of transformation. So everyone is asked to  make a sacred commitment to stay for the whole retreat, even when it is difficult, trusting in this process.

  • Once a retreat begins, a sacred container is formed, made up of each persons’ good intentions to be fully present. Leaving the retreat before it is complete energetically breaks that sacred container for others. Our mutual presence supports each other.

Cost:  $150 for entire retreat
Payment plans are available for those who apply before April 7.

Retreat Space is Limited. Please register in advance to ensure  your place.

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Questions: Contact Charlotte Besch at 501-551-5135 or at cabesch@midsouth.ualr.edu.

Public Talk in Fayetteville

Anam Thubten will hold a public talk in Fayetteville on: Thursday, April 20, 6:30 p.m.
Location:  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
                 224 N. East Ave., Fayetteville
Questions:  Contact Sandy Pope at 501-940-9244.

 

 

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Apr
11
to Apr 15

Know Thyself - Retreat With Therese Fitzgerald at Petit Jean

April 11-15
Camp Mitchell on Petit Jean Mountain
Retreat with Therese Fitzgerald

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The theme of the retreat this year is KNOW THYSELF. “To study Buddhism is to study the self,” Dogen Zenji wrote. World religious, philosophical, and psychological traditions point the way to self-intimacy. And we don’t stop there, for “in the one exists the all,” as the Avatamsaka Sutra as well as Walt Whitman’s poems inspire us. Our five days on Petit Jean Mountain will be a time to dwell in profound awareness of self that connects us to all beings, what Buddhists sometimes call “non-self.” There will be balanced encouragement for buoying and delving deeply. Supported by the beauty of spring, teachings, fellow practitioners, the vultures soaring on the updrafts, as well as solitude and silence, conditions may be most favorable to give rise to insights and ways of knowing ourselves most truly, including bearing the seemingly unbearable. This retreat, held mostly in silence, is recommended for both beginning and experienced meditators drawn to inner work and contemplation.

Therese Fitzgerald was ordained as Zen priest by Richard Baker-roshi in 1986 and as a Dharma teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994. Therese has been teaching Dharma retreats around the country for over twenty-five years. Therese lives on Maui, where she works as a meditation teacher and Spiritual Care Counselor at Hospice Maui.

Retreat costs: $230-$430 includes all meals (vegetarian) and accommodations (single or double rooms, dorm rooms or camping). Registration and fees are due April 3. After that date, late fees apply.  See Registration form for more information.
 

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April Half-Day Sit
Apr
1
1:00pm 1:00pm

April Half-Day Sit

Half-Day Sit Saturday April 1st from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

On the first Saturday of each month EBS has a half-day retreat lasting from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Each hour will consist of 40 minutes of sitting meditation and 10 minutes of walking meditation.

There is no cost.  Ten minute breaks are scheduled on each hour (at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.) to allow people to join later or leave earlier if they have other commitments.

For more information, contact Doug Holmes at doug.holmes.42@gmail.com

These events are in the spirit of the Uposatha days celebrated in Buddhist countries since the time of the Buddha.  It is a day when both monastics and lay people intensify their practice.

From the Muluposatha Sutta:

As he is recollecting the Dhamma, his mind is cleansed, and joy arises; the defilements of his mind are abandoned. He is thus called a disciple of the noble ones undertaking the Dhamma-Uposatha. 

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Buddhist Healing Practice
Mar
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Buddhist Healing Practice

Monday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Medicine Buddha: the Blessing of Medicines

with Ellis Widner & Charlotte Besch

The Medicine Buddha is a healing Buddha from the Tibetan Buddhism tradition. Many cultures have healing deities or rituals, and the Medicine Buddha is a profound practice for healing physical, mental, and emotional elements. It is even more powerful when a group practices together, focusing on the loved one who needs healing. The Blessings of the Medicines will also be done, so participants can bring their medicines to be blessed.

Ellis Widner and Charlotte Besch are members of the Vajrayana practice group at EBS and have been practicing for over 20 years. They have studied with several traditions and teachers in the practice of Medicine Buddha. For more information, contact Charlotte Besch at cabesch@midsouth.ualr.edu.

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Movie Night and Potluck: The Buddha with Robert Thurman
Mar
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Movie Night and Potluck: The Buddha with Robert Thurman

Saturday, March 18 at 6 p.m.

6 p.m.— Pot Luck:
Bring some vegetarian food you would like to share with the group.

6:30 p.m.— Movie:
In Buddhism, Robert Thurman, one of the foremost scholars of Tibetan Buddhism, discusses the meaning of the 3 Jewels of Buddhism—the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. In this section on the Buddha, Thurman discusses: Who is the Buddha? What is a Buddha, The Spirit of Enlightenment, Becoming a Buddha, Fulfilling the Vows, The Rarity of a Buddha Appearing, and the Path to Achieving Real Happiness. In this lively discussion, learn a new way at looking at the Buddha and what it means to find refuge in his path. The video is 1 hour long.

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Vipassana Group Starting New Book
Mar
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Vipassana Group Starting New Book

Dancing With Life by Phillip Moffitt

 Click Here for the Publisher's Page for Dancing With Life

This book uses the Four Noble Truths to explore how to apply the profound teachings of Buddhism to solving the vexing issues in our lives.  It offers a path to an intuitive understanding of ourselves that enables us to live our lives with greater joy and satisfaction.  

The Vipassana group will be reading and discussing this book for the next several months, reading about one chapter a week.  We are beginning on Sunday March 12th with the introduction and an introduction to this tradition.  Don't worry if you can't join us right away, you can always jump in later.  If you don't have the book starting out that's no problem - we'll get you caught up, everyone is welcome.  

The format for our group is very simple, we meet for one hour a week on Sundays at 7:00 pm.  We sit for 30 minutes and then discuss the reading (and any other relevant topics that arise) for the remaining 30 minutes.

Click Here for the Vipassana Group page

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March Half-Day Sit
Mar
4
1:00pm 1:00pm

March Half-Day Sit

Half-Day Sit Saturday March 4th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

On the first Saturday of each month EBS has a half-day retreat lasting from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Each hour will consist of 40 minutes of sitting meditation and 10 minutes of walking meditation.

There is no cost.  Ten minute breaks are scheduled on each hour (at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.) to allow people to join later or leave earlier if they have other commitments.

For more information, contact Doug Holmes at doug.holmes.42@gmail.com

These events are in the spirit of the Uposatha days celebrated in Buddhist countries since the time of the Buddha.  It is a day when both monastics and lay people intensify their practice.

From the Muluposatha Sutta:

As he is recollecting the Dhamma, his mind is cleansed, and joy arises; the defilements of his mind are abandoned. He is thus called a disciple of the noble ones undertaking the Dhamma-Uposatha. 

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Movie Night and Potluck: A Constant Pilgrim: Conversations with Roshi Joan Halifax
Feb
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Movie Night and Potluck: A Constant Pilgrim: Conversations with Roshi Joan Halifax

Saturday, February 18th at 6 p.m.

Potluck and Movie - A Constant Pilgrim: Conversations with Roshi Joan Halifax

6 p.m.— Pot Luck:
Bring some vegetarian food you would like to share with the group.

6:30 p.m.— Movie
This video is a series of dialogues with Zen Roshi Joan Halifax recorded during a four week pilgrimage in Eastern Tibet. It is also a poetic and colorful interpretation of the Buddhist concept of Five Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space) as well as a vignette of Zen Buddhism as practiced by a leading American teacher. The video is 1 hour long.

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New Group Starting: Dharma in Action
Feb
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

New Group Starting: Dharma in Action

A new discussion group meeting on the second Monday of the month.  Starting February 13th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

While the term “engaged buddhism” has come into popularity, the concept of engaging dharma practice in the world around us is “just Buddhism,” according to Thich Nhat Hanh. With that, we invite all EBS practitioners to join us each month for a practice group dedicated to engaging our practice through social action. We want to allow social action to fuel our spiritual fire and our spiritual practice to inform social action.

This group will acknowledge the stirrings of the interdependence of all phenomena, in order to liberate us from our egoic prisons. We will figure out together how to be in compassionate and resilient relationship with the world around us.

In this group, we may deal with issues like:

  • finding balance between social activism and personal practice
  • avoiding burnout
  • hearing the calling(s) of a cause(s) that resonates with you
  • supporting others on their unique life journeys
  • stablishing boundaries in social justice work

Dharma in Action will begin in the context of prison outreach through a Buddhist organization called Compassion Works for All, but has the potential for outgrowth and support in other social action arenas.

Practice sessions will include (optional) readings, discussion and volunteer opportunities to engage deeply with the suffering around us.

Contact Morgan Holladay for more information at mholladay@compassionarkansas.org or 501-773-1495. Morgan is the executive director of Compassion Works for All (founded by Anna Cox), whose mission is to offer healing and hope by living and teaching compassion, especially to the disenfranchised and people in prison. Morgan attends the Vajrayana Nyingma practice on Sundays at EBS and practices Vipassana meditation.

Meeting dates and times:

  • Monday, Feb. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • onday, June 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
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February Half-Day Sit
Feb
4
1:00pm 1:00pm

February Half-Day Sit

Half-Day Sit Saturday February 4th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

On the first Saturday of each month EBS has a half-day retreat lasting from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Each hour will consist of 40 minutes of sitting meditation and 10 minutes of walking meditation.

There is no cost.  Ten minute breaks are scheduled on each hour (at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.) to allow people to join later or leave earlier if they have other commitments.

For more information, contact Doug Holmes at doug.holmes.42@gmail.com

These events are in the spirit of the Uposatha days celebrated in Buddhist countries since the time of the Buddha.  It is a day when both monastics and lay people intensify their practice.

From the Muluposatha Sutta:

As he is recollecting the Dhamma, his mind is cleansed, and joy arises; the defilements of his mind are abandoned. He is thus called a disciple of the noble ones undertaking the Dhamma-Uposatha. 

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Finding Joy in Troubled Times with Khentrul Rinpoche
Jan
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Finding Joy in Troubled Times with Khentrul Rinpoche

When:
Friday, January 13th, 7-9 pm

Where: 
Universalist Unitarian Church Little Rock
1818 Reservoir Road, Little Rock, AR   72227

Public Talk - Finding Joy in Troubled Times

Teachings with Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche

Contact: Karen Wisdom, yeshewisdom@gmail.com or 501-681-2895

Khentrul Rinpoche will reveal how we can enjoy much greater wellbeing in our lives by sharing some remarkable and little known tools for transforming adversity. The vast majority of us have never considered this method for transforming our experience. It is an unparalleled approach which directly pertains to the modern challenges we face.

Khentrul Rinpoche was born in Tibet. He became a monk at the age ofseven and spent thirty years studying meditation and techniques for working with the mind to bring positive change into the world from the inside out. He is the abbot of a monastery in Eastern Tibet, but has been in the United States since 2002. He oversees over twenty meditation groups across the United States and Canada.  His main retreat center is in Parthenon, Arkansas.

Presented by the Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock
and Katog Choling

katogcholing.com

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2017 Annual Membership Meeting
Jan
8
2:00pm 2:00pm

2017 Annual Membership Meeting

Sunday, January 8, 2-3:30 p.m.

The 2017 EBS Annual Meeting will be held January 8 from 2-3:30 p.m. The agenda will include a review of the year and election of new Board members. We will hear from each of the practices and also discuss plans for the coming year.

The meeting will be a cookie and snack potluck. Members are asked to bring snacks, cookies, fruit, veggies and other finger foods. Tea and other beverages will be provided.

Everyone is invited!
We look forward to seeing you there!

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January Half-Day Sit
Jan
7
1:00pm 1:00pm

January Half-Day Sit

Half-Day Sit Saturday January 7th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

On the first Saturday of each month EBS has a half-day retreat lasting from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Each hour will consist of 40 minutes of sitting meditation and 10 minutes of walking meditation.

There is no cost.  Ten minute breaks are scheduled on each hour (at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.) to allow people to join later or leave earlier if they have other commitments.

For more information, contact Doug Holmes at doug.holmes.42@gmail.com

These events are in the spirit of the Uposatha days celebrated in Buddhist countries since the time of the Buddha.  It is a day when both monastics and lay people intensify their practice.

From the Muluposatha Sutta:

As he is recollecting the Dhamma, his mind is cleansed, and joy arises; the defilements of his mind are abandoned. He is thus called a disciple of the noble ones undertaking the Dhamma-Uposatha. 

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EBS Holiday Party
Dec
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

EBS Holiday Party

Saturday, December 10
5-7 p.m.

Come and Celebrate!   Silent Auction!
Holiday Food Drive & Supplies Drive!

Bring vegetarian dishes and desserts to share with the group. EBS has some of the best vegetarian cooks! Even if the dish is a simple one, come share and let’s celebrate. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Besch at cabesch@midsouth.ualr.edu.

Let’s have another great year in 2017!

Silent Auction Items: If you have an item for our silent auction, please contact Charlotte.

EBS Supply Drive: Bring some supplies for EBS.

  • Plates, bowls, insulated cups, plastic spoons and forks
  • Dish soap and hand soap
  • Tall trash bags
  • Swiffer dusting cloths and wet wipes
  • Paper towels and toilet tissue
  • Copy paper and pens
  • Multipurpose cleaner and sponges
  • Ice trays
  • Bottled water
  • Plain letter-sized envelopes

EBS Food Drive: During the party, please bring a canned or boxed food items to give to community groups for families in need.

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December Half-Day Sit
Dec
3
1:00pm 1:00pm

December Half-Day Sit

Half-Day Sit Saturday December 3rd from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

On the first Saturday of each month EBS has a half-day retreat lasting from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Each hour will consist of 40 minutes of sitting meditation and 10 minutes of walking meditation.

There is no cost.  Ten minute breaks are scheduled on each hour (at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.) to allow people to join later or leave earlier if they have other commitments.

For more information, contact Doug Holmes at doug.holmes.42@gmail.com

These events are in the spirit of the Uposatha days celebrated in Buddhist countries since the time of the Buddha.  It is a day when both monastics and lay people intensify their practice.

From the Muluposatha Sutta:

As he is recollecting the Dhamma, his mind is cleansed, and joy arises; the defilements of his mind are abandoned. He is thus called a disciple of the noble ones undertaking the Dhamma-Uposatha. 

 

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An Event Honoring Anna Cox
Nov
17
5:30pm 5:30pm

An Event Honoring Anna Cox

  • Trios Restaurant (private dining room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Thursday, November 17th

5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Anna Cox, one of the founding members of EBS, recently retired from active participation in our community. She has played a central role at EBS from the beginning, and we will miss her.  Anna remained dedicated to the EBS community for 25 years. She led the Vajrayana practices, and worked tirelessly to pass on the lineage teachings of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche. We are grateful for her unwavering energy, kindness, and friendship.

Please join us in celebrating Anna and all of her accomplishments at the party on November 17, which is also a fundraiser for the prison Dharma organization she founded, Compassion Works for All. To learn more about Compassion Works for All, go to their website at www.compassionworksforall.org.

Location:
Private Dining Room at Trio’s Restaurant
Pavilion in the Park, 8201 Cantrell Road

For more information, contact Charlotte Besch at cabesch@midsouth.ualr.edu.

Thank you, Anna.

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November Half-Day Sit
Nov
5
1:00pm 1:00pm

November Half-Day Sit

Half-Day Sit Saturday November 5th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

On the first Saturday of each month EBS has a half-day retreat lasting from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Each hour will consist of 40 minutes of sitting meditation and 10 minutes of walking meditation.

There is no cost.  Ten minute breaks are scheduled on each hour (at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.) to allow people to join later or leave earlier if they have other commitments.

For more information, contact Doug Holmes at doug.holmes.42@gmail.com

These events are in the spirit of the Uposatha days celebrated in Buddhist countries since the time of the Buddha.  It is a day when both monastics and lay people intensify their practice.

From the Muluposatha Sutta:

As he is recollecting the Dhamma, his mind is cleansed, and joy arises; the defilements of his mind are abandoned. He is thus called a disciple of the noble ones undertaking the Dhamma-Uposatha. 

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Oct
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

Dance Party for EBS Volunteers

October 29 from 6 – 9 pm

Before they leave for Idaho, the EBS Board wanted to thank Eileen Oldag and Tom Neale for their many years of volunteer support and financial contributions to EBS. We will miss Eileen and Tom, and we wish them all the best.

Please come help us celebrate Eileen and Tom – and all the other wonderful EBS volunteers and supporters – with a farewell/volunteer appreciation dance party and pot luck supper on Saturday night, October 29 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Bring your favorite dance music on CDs or MP3 files

Bring food for the potluck

And don’t forget to bring your best dance moves!

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