2017 Day of Mindfulness
May
20
8:30 am08:30

2017 Day of Mindfulness

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

Saturday, May 20, 8:30a to 4:30p

Buddhist Meditation Center
1516 W. 3rd Street, Little Rock, AR

Mindfulness Minute by Minute - Make Your Life a Meditation

Our Day of Mindfulness is led by the nuns and monks of Magnolia Grove Monastery in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Cost: $55.00 - includes vegan lunch

Space is limited. Your early registration is encouraged.  Click Here to download the registration form.


Anam Thubten Retreat
Apr
21
Apr 23

Anam Thubten Retreat

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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!

Click Here to Register Online

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.

Click Here to Register Online

Click Here For Registration Form

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.

 

 

Apr
11
Apr 15

Know Thyself - Retreat With Therese Fitzgerald at Petit Jean

  • Camp Michell

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

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Click Here for Registration Form

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
1:00 pm13:00

April Half-Day Sit

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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. 

Buddhist Healing Practice
Mar
20
7:00 pm19:00

Buddhist Healing Practice

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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.

Movie Night and Potluck: The Buddha with Robert Thurman
Mar
18
6:00 pm18:00

Movie Night and Potluck: The Buddha with Robert Thurman

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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.

Vipassana Group Starting New Book
Mar
12
7:00 pm19:00

Vipassana Group Starting New Book

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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

March Half-Day Sit
Mar
4
1:00 pm13:00

March Half-Day Sit

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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. 

Movie Night and Potluck: A Constant Pilgrim: Conversations with Roshi Joan Halifax
Feb
18
6:00 pm18:00

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

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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.

New Group Starting: Dharma in Action
Feb
13
6:00 pm18:00

New Group Starting: Dharma in Action

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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.
February Half-Day Sit
Feb
4
1:00 pm13:00

February Half-Day Sit

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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. 

Finding Joy in Troubled Times with Khentrul Rinpoche
Jan
13
7:00 pm19:00

Finding Joy in Troubled Times with Khentrul Rinpoche

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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

Weekly Hatha Yoga Class Begins At EBS
Jan
10
10:00 am10:00

Weekly Hatha Yoga Class Begins At EBS

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

Tuesdays 10-11:10 am

Beginning January 10, 2017

All levels welcome, including beginners and continuing practitioners.  

$10 per class

Scholarships / sliding fee available

Instructor: Pam Peters

Questions? Contact Betsy Johnson 501-772-4732

2017 Annual Membership Meeting
Jan
8
2:00 pm14:00

2017 Annual Membership Meeting

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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!

January Half-Day Sit
Jan
7
1:00 pm13:00

January Half-Day Sit

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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. 

EBS Holiday Party
Dec
10
5:00 pm17:00

EBS Holiday Party

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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.

December Half-Day Sit
Dec
3
1:00 pm13:00

December Half-Day Sit

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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. 

 

An Event Honoring Anna Cox
Nov
17
5:30 pm17:30

An Event Honoring Anna Cox

  • Trios Restaurant (private dining room)

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.

November Half-Day Sit
Nov
5
1:00 pm13:00

November Half-Day Sit

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

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. 

Oct
29
6:00 pm18:00

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!

Visit by State Oracle of Tibet
Oct
22
Oct 23

Visit by State Oracle of Tibet

Saturday October 22nd - Sunday October 23rd
The Venerable Thubten Ngodup
State Oracle of Tibet
Spiritual Advisor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Accompanied by Lama Tenzin Choegyal and seven Tibetan monks, the Oracle is coming to Little Rock and Conway to offer teachings and blessings and to visit Arkansas House of Prayer.

The Oracle, known as Kuten la, serves to advise and protect His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama through the interpretation of visions and dreams.  Come be in the presence of this peaceful and powerful man.  Each event will include chanting, spiritual teachings, and blessings from the Oracle.

Saturday, October 22
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Reves Recital Hall in Trieschmann Fine Arts Building, Hendrix College
1600 Washington Ave., Conway

Chanting, Contemplation and Inspiration
Contact: Bill Gorvine: gorvine@hendrix.edu

Saturday, October 22
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Ecumenical Buddhist Society
1516 W. Third Street, Little Rock

The Power of Blessings and Mantra
Contacts:
Morgan Holladay: mholladay@compassionarkansas.org
Melissa Gill: meegill@gmail.com

Sunday, October 23
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

St. Margaret's Episcopal Church
20900 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock

Silence, Stillness and Interfaith Harmony
Listen to the monks chant, and hear the Oracle teach
Representatives of the major faith traditions will welcome the Oracle and monks.
Arkansas House of Prayer will be open for tours and meditation before and after the program.
Contact:
The Rev. Susan Sims Smith: sss96@sbcglobal.net
Sophia Said: sophiasaid@yahoo.com

All Events Free and Open to the Public
Please note that childcare will not be provided at events

The Heart Sutra - A Retreat with Dr. Hun Lye
Oct
14
Oct 16

The Heart Sutra - A Retreat with Dr. Hun Lye

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

October 14-16

These teachings are for all practices at EBS.  Everyone is welcome!

Friday, October 14, 7-8:30 pm
Public Talk: "The Self Cannot Be Improved" - The Buddha's Self-Help Program
Suggested donation: $10-$20

Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16
Retreat: "Three Sessions on Nothing" - Contemplating the Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra is one of the most known of all Buddhist scriptures and is recognized for its profundity, brevity and sometimes seemingly enigmatic words. It is "a sweeping attack on everything we hold most dear: our troubles, the world as we know it, even the teachings of the Buddha himself." Philosophically, its contents reveal the very "heart" or "essence" of reality, and the content of Buddha wisdom. Pragmatically speaking, this sutra is chanted daily at monasteries, hermitages, and homes as a potent form of protection against physical harm, inner turmoil and misfortune. As usual, Dr. Lye will be drawing from across Buddhist traditions to illuminate this sutra as well as translating its timeless message for contemporary times.

Session 1: Sat., 10/15—10am - 1pm
Session 2: Sat., 10/15—3pm - 6pm
Session 3: Sun., 10/16—10am - 1pm

Cost: $100 for both days of the retreat.

$60 for Saturday only (Session 1 & 2). $40 for Sunday only (Session 3).

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

Sunday, October 16, 2pm - 5pm
Interviews & Practice
Dr. Lye will meet with the EBS Tibetan Buddhist (General) group and lead it in the purification practice of Vajrasattva. During this time, Dr. Lye will also meet with anyone who would like to have a personal interview with him. A sign-up sheet will be passed around on Saturday for the personal interviews.

Practice Compassion - Sadhana of Avalokiteshvara
Oct
10
7:00 pm19:00

Practice Compassion - Sadhana of Avalokiteshvara

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

Monday, October 10, 7-8:30 p.m.

Sadhana of Avalokiteshvara with Ellis Widner & Charlotte Besch

Avalokitesvhara is the bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all the Buddhas. His names means “Lord who looks down” on all the sorrows of the all sentient beings. In other cultures, the bodhisattva is portrayed as female as Kwan Yin or as male as Lokesvara. The sadhana (practice) of Avalokiteshvara is the main practice in Tibet, with the mantra (Om Mana Padma Hung) appearing on buildings, on rocks, in jewelry, and on prayer wheels.  Teachings on the six realms of existence will also be included, since the recitation of the 6 syllables of the mantra will release all beings from these realms of conditioned existence.

Ellis Widner and Charlotte Besch are members of the Vajrayana practice group at EBS and have been practicing for over 20 years. For more information, contact Charlotte at cabesch@midsouth.ualr.edu.

Reflections on Studying and Teaching about American Buddhism
Sep
26
7:00 pm19:00

Reflections on Studying and Teaching about American Buddhism

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

Monday, September 26, 7-8:30 p.m.

Reflections on Two Decades of Studying and Teaching About American Buddhism - A Talk with Dr. Jim Deitrick

In this informal talk, Dr. Deitrick discusses the changing character of Buddhism in the United States and reflects upon his own evolving understanding of the religion’s significance for the American context. He will also reflect upon his experiences teaching about Buddhism to undergraduates and the ways in which this has shaped his thinking on the subject.

Dr. Jim Deitrick is Associate Professor of Comparative Philosophy and Religion at the University of Central Arkansas. His research focuses on Western engagements with Asian religious and philosophical traditions and the ways in which these traditions are being appropriated by North American practitioners. His current research concentrates especially on the diffusion of Asian traditions throughout mainstream American culture through film and other popular media.

For more information or questions, contact Eileen Oldag at neale.oldag@netzero.net.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dirt!  The Movie
Sep
20
7:30 pm19:30

Dirt! The Movie

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

Tuesday September 20th at 7:30 pm.  Free admission.  Sponsored by Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light.  Complementary local organic snacks will be provided.  

DIRT! The Movie–narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

But more than the film and the lessons that it teaches, DIRT! The Movie is a call to action. “When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked.”

How can you affect that relationship for the better? 

For more information or

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

Vipassana Retreat - Equanimity in Uncertain Times
Sep
16
Sep 18

Vipassana Retreat - Equanimity in Uncertain Times

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

Friday September 16th to Sunday September 18th

Vipassana Retreat with Joe and Terry

In this weekend retreat, we will explore our responses and reactions to the changing conditions of life, and work to cultivate one quality that the Buddha offered as a means of opening to life as it unfolds—equanimity. Equanimity is the ability to meet the joys and sorrows in life with presence, openness, and spaciousness. During the weekend, there will be alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, and time for questions. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to have a conference with one of the teachers, to explore how the retreat is going for you, and how your meditation practice is unfolding in your life.

Friday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.
Free Public Talk
Location: EBS Main Meditation Hall

Vipassana Meditation Retreat
Saturday, Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m.,-5:30 p.m.
(Please bring a vegetarian sack lunch on Saturday.)
Sunday, Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m.- Noon
Location: EBS Main Meditation Hall

Cost: Sliding scale based on ability to pay.  Minimum amount is $70, suggested amount $120. Any amount over $70 is a tax deductible contribution to EBS. To request a scholarship, please contact EBSRetreat@gmail.com

Registration: Email your name and address to register for this event to EBSRetreat@gmail.com

Payment: Please mail your payment to EBS. Make your check out the Ecumenical Buddhist Society and indicate Vipassana Retreat. 
Mail checks to: 
Attn: Vipassana Retreat
Ecumenical Buddhist Society
PO Box 561
Little Rock, AR 72203

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.

For more information: Email EBSRetreat@gmail.com

September Half-Day Sit
Sep
3
1:00 pm13:00

September Half-Day Sit

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

Half-Day Sit Saturday September 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. 

14 Mindfulness Trainings
Aug
6
5:00 pm17:00

14 Mindfulness Trainings

On Saturday, August 6th at 5:00 pm the Mindfulness practice group is sponsoring a recitation of the 14 Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing.

August Half Day Sit
Aug
6
1:00 pm13:00

August Half Day Sit

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

Half-Day Sit Saturday August 6th 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. 

Racing Extinction: The Film
Jul
23
7:00 pm19:00

Racing Extinction: The Film

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society

Film—Saturday, July 23, 7 p.m.
Racing Extinction: The Film
Sponsored by Interfaith Power and Light

In Racing Extinction, a team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet. Two worlds drive extinction across the globe, potentially resulting in the loss of half of all species. The international wildlife trade creates bogus markets at the expense of creatures that have survived on this planet for millions of years. And the other surrounds us, hiding in plain sight — a world that the oil and gas companies don’t want the rest of us to see.

Using covert tactics and state-of-the-art technology, the Racing Extinction team exposes these two worlds in an inspiring affirmation to preserve life as we know it. From the Academy Award® Winning Filmmakers of "The Cove"

Driving In Peace with Meditation, Songs & Affirmations
Jul
18
7:00 pm19:00

Driving In Peace with Meditation, Songs & Affirmations

with True Alisandre

Imagine you’re stuck in traffic — not a wild thought given the time of year. You can blow off steam by blaring your music, calling a friend to complain or just screaming to yourself. 

True Alisandre is offering a different approach with his series called “Peaceful Driving.” “When we get in the car, it’s all about getting from point A to point B,” he said. “We have to remind ourselves to be kind and peaceful. Look out for fellow man and creatures in the road. There’s a lot of beauty to see if you pay attention.”

Alisandre spends part of his time in Niceville in between his travels. He knows about the traffic issues facing local drivers, which is why he’s offering a workshop on his Peaceful Driving techniques on Monday, June 18.