To foster the ecumenical study and practice of Buddhism, grounded in mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion.
Our program offerings include:
Tibetan Vajrayana practices of Nyingma, Kagyu and Sakya schools
Zen practices of Kwan Um, Soto, and Mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition
Theravada practice of Vipassana
Silent Meditation sessions, 15 half-hour sessions per week
Buddhist Recovery program on Sunday afternoons
Yoga classes twice a week
Weekend retreat programs lead by senior teachers in all traditions
Donations are tax deductible:
The Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock is a tax-exempt religious organization supported entirely through donations from people attending our programs and services.
Offers hard-to-find Buddhist books and practice materials including incense, statues, malas, and other Dharma-related items. Special orders and gift certificates are available.
In the early 1980's a group of people meditating in a variety of traditions began to meet at the Unitarian/Universalist Church and sponsor Vipassana retreats. At the same time, Anna Cox was bringing Tibetan Buddhist Lamas (primarily from the Gelukpa tradition) and other Tibet-related events to Little Rock. In 1990, Jay McDaniel began bringing Keido Fukushima Roshi for an annual Zen retreat and lecture at Hendrix College in Conway.
These groups began to cooperate. Later, they formed the Ecumenical Buddhist Society and elected a board of directors. The name was chosen because the members did not want the organization to represent just one tradition.
In the early 1990's, Charles Hicks offered the beautifully renovated carriage house behind his Gans Place law firm offices for the EBS meditation center. In 2005 the community outgrew the carriage house and moved to 1015 Second Street. In 2013 EBS moved to its current location at 1516 W. 3rd Street.
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Board of Directors (2019)
Cheryl Woodard, President
Mike Mueller, Vice President
Lisa Kessler, Treasurer
John Matlock, Secretary