Buddhism and the Twelve Steps
Jun
3
to Sep 23

Buddhism and the Twelve Steps

This event is ongoing each Sunday. The page is updated occasionally. Be sure and look for the most recent update below.

Summary

The Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock is hosting a weekly Buddhist-centered Recovery discussion each Sunday afternoon. The meeting is in the large hall from 1:00-2:15. We most recently used the book One Breath at a Time: Buddhism And The Twelve Steps by Kevin Griffin to guide us.  The next book, also by Kevin Griffin, is Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life After Addiction. It can be purchased in our book store or online. Mr. Griffin is a Vipassana practitioner and his work synchronizes Buddhist teachings and the Twelve Steps quite well.  His approach works both as an introduction to Buddhist thinking for Twelve Steppers and as and introduction to the Twelve Steps for Buddhists.

This group is open to all. No participation in an outside 12-step group is required, nor is adherence to Buddhist teachings. Anyone who is suffering--with addiction or otherwise--might benefit from the discussions. We do honor confidentiality and ask that all attendees keep what they hear and who they see private. 

A quote from the author.

“What makes Buddhism and the Twelve Steps so compatible? The Buddha said that the cause of suffering is desire, and the Twelve Steps try to heal people from desire gone mad: addiction. This connection is the gateway into integrating the two systems. Both ask you to look at the painful realities of life, to understand them, and to use this understanding as the foundation for developing peace, wisdom, faith, and compassion. Both systems culminate in an “awakening” or “enlightenment.”
(Excerpt From: Griffin, Kevin. “One Breath at a Time.” iBooks.)

For questions please contact Karen Wisdom at yeshewisdom@gmail.com.

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Vipassana Retreat 2018: The Wings to Awakening
Sep
14
to Sep 16

Vipassana Retreat 2018: The Wings to Awakening

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September 14-16

Free Friday night Talk and Meditation

Saturday and Sunday: Meditation Retreat 

Participants in this retreat will learn several Buddhist meditation practices which have been shown to improve the capacity to increase happiness, manage stress more effectively, and interact more wisely and kindly with the people in their lives.

The Wings to Awakening, balancing wisdom and compassion.

Just as a bird cannot fly with only one wing, so our practice cannot take flight without the wings of cultivating the wisdom of understanding life the way it is, and the opening of the heart that is compassion.

With Terry Furstenau and Joe McCormack 

During this weekend retreat, we will explore the practices of wisdom and compassion, and offer specific practices for the cultivation of both of these. The retreat will consist of alternating periods of sitting meditation and walking meditation, as well as meditation instruction and dharma talks. There will also be opportunities to discuss your meditation and daily life dharma practice with the teachers.

Donors have generously made several scholarships available for this retreat.  Contact EBSRetreat@gmail.com for more information.

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FREE Public Talk/Meditation
Friday, September 14: 7:00-8:45 p.m.

Vipassana Meditation Retreat
Saturday, Sept.15: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16:   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.

Click Here For the Online Retreat Registration Form and PayPal payment option.  

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:

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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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Buddhism - A Short and Imprecise History
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

Buddhism - A Short and Imprecise History

June 25th at 7:00 pm

Soto Zen, Kwan Um Zen, Theravada, Mindfulness, Nyingma, Sakya -- just looking at the EBS schedule we see some of the daunting array of Buddhist lineages, traditions and schools from around the world.  Why are there so many, and how did they come to be?  In this installment of the What is Buddhism series, Doug Holmes will provide an overview of some of the colorful characters and historical currents that brought these different traditions to our shores.  

There is no cost.  Donations to EBS are always appreciated.

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Movie Night & Potluck -- Sacred Journeys: Shikoku Pilgrimage
Jun
23
6:30 PM18:30

Movie Night & Potluck -- Sacred Journeys: Shikoku Pilgrimage

Saturday, June 23, 6:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.—Pot Luck: Bring some vegetarian food you would like to share.
6:55 p.m.—Movie (1 hour)

The Japanese island of Shikoku is the birthplace of the most revered figure in Japanese Buddhism, the monk and teacher Kobo-Daishi, who brought a populist form of Buddhism to Japan from China in the 9th century.

For hundreds of years, a 750-mile pilgrimage route has circled this mountainous island, connecting 88 separate temples and shrines that claim connection to Daishi. Each leg of the journey represents a stage of the path to nirvana: awakening, austerity and discipline, enlightenment, and nirvana.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Vesak Celebration, Potluck, and Movie
May
26
6:00 PM18:00

Vesak Celebration, Potluck, and Movie

Saturday May 26th at 6:00 pm

Join us for a short practice, potluck, and movie at EBS to celebrate Vesak Day, honoring the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha.

Order of Events:
1. Chanting for about 10 minutes
2. Loving Kindness Meditation: 10 - 15 minutes
3. Potluck (Bring any vegetarian food, snack or drink to share)
4. Movie: Little Buddha

 

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What is Buddhism Series:  The Five Aggregates
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

What is Buddhism Series: The Five Aggregates

Monday April 23rd at 7:00 pm

To follow the path of the Buddha, we must abandon clinging.  In the Buddha’s teachings the five aggregates, or skandhas, are described as the source of this clinging.  What are the aggregates and how do we work with them? In the second installment of the “What is Buddhism” series, Doug Holmes will lead a discussion on the aggregates: body, feelings, perceptions, volitions, and sense-consciousness.  We will discuss what the aggregates are, how they influence us, how we can recognize their activity in our daily lives, and how we can work with them constructively instead of allowing them to lead us by the nose.  If you have any questions please contact Doug Holmes (doug.holmes.42@gmail.com)

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Anam Thubten Retreat April 2018
Apr
6
to Apr 9

Anam Thubten Retreat April 2018

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Meditation Weekend with Anam Thubten
April 6-8, 2018

Little Rock, AR

Public Talk--Friday, April 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 1818 Reservoir Road, Little Rock
Suggestion donation: $10-$15

There are three 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.

Meditation and Teaching--Sat. & Sun., April 7-8
Location: 
Main meditation hall, Ecumenical Buddhist Society
1516 West 3rd Street, Little Rock

Public Talk seating still available.

Saturday & Sunday Retreat is Full.

Times each day
9:00 a.m.--Registration (on Saturday only)
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.--Teachings
12:30-2:30 p.m.--Lunch
2:30-5:00 p.m.--Teachings

Location: Main meditation hall, Ecumenical Buddhist Society
1516 West 3rd Street, Little Rock

Cost:  $150 for the full retreat required

Commitment to both days of the retreat are required. Anam Thubten wishes those who want to come to the retreat to commit to participate in the full the full retreat from beginning to end (both days).

Contact: Charlotte Besch at cabesch@midsouth.ualr.edu

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 person's 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.

Anam Thubten grew up in Tibet and at an early age began to practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the founder and spiritual adviser of Dharmata Foundation, teaching widely in the US and occasionally abroad. He is also the author of The Magic of Awareness; Big Sky: Poems by Anam Thubten; No Self, No Problem; and Embracing Each Moment: A Guide to the Awakened Life. Through his personal experience on the spiritual path, Anam Thubten brings alive the timeless teachings of the Buddhist tradition and invites everyone to participate.

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Anam Thubten Public Talk in Fayetteville
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Anam Thubten Public Talk in Fayetteville

Fayetteville Public Talk:  Meditation and Teaching

Anam Thubten will teach and guide participants on three important aspects of meditation: mindful attention, open awareness and lovingkindness. He will share Buddhist wisdom on working with our thoughts and emotions.

 

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

224 N. East Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72701

7:00 to 9:00 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM

Suggested donation $10, for more information contact Sandy Pope at (501) 940-9244


 

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The Goddess & Buddhism
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Goddess & Buddhism

Monday, March 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
 

The first in the series of “What is Buddhism” is a talk on The Goddess and Buddhism. Charlotte Besch will lead the discussion on the how the feminine manifests in Buddhism and how this relates to the Western ideas and beliefs in the Goddess. Kwan Yin will be discussed as well as various goddess sites in Arkansas. If you have questions, contact Charlotte at cabesch@midsouth.ualr.edu.

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2018 Annual Membership Meeting
Jan
14
2:00 PM14:00

2018 Annual Membership Meeting

Sunday, January 14, 2-3:30 p.m.

The 2018 EBS Annual Meeting will be held Sunday January 14 from 2-3:30 p.m. The agenda will include a review of the year and election of 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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EBS Holiday Party!
Dec
9
5:00 PM17:00

EBS Holiday Party!

EBS Holiday Party!
Saturday, December 9
5:00-7:00 p.m. 

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


Bring vegetarian dishes and desserts to share with the group. 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 2018!

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

EBS Food Drive - Bring a donation for local pantries

EBS Supply Drive - Bring some supplies for EBS:

  • Plates, bowls, insulated cups, plastic spoons and forks
  • Dish soap and hand soap
  • Tall trash bags
  • Swifter 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
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Movie at Breckenridge Theater - Walk With Me: A Film About Thich Nhat Hanh
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

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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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.

Click Here For Online Retreat Registration Form and PayPal payment option.  

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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Can a Christian be a Buddhist, Too?
Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

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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CANCELED: Teachings on Calm Abiding Meditation with Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche
Sep
1
to Sep 3

CANCELED: Teachings on Calm Abiding Meditation with Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche

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CANCELED - To be rescheduled

July 13-15

Lama Dudjom Dorjee was born in eastern Tibet. He grew up in India as a refugee from the Communist invasion. He received the Acharya Degree upon completion of intensive study of the Buddhist doctrine at Sanskrit University in Varanasi, India. In 1981, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa authorized Lama Dorjee to represent the Kagyu lineage in the United States. He accepted an invitation to come to America from Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monestary in New York. He has been teaching Dharma in the West since this time. He is presently Resident Lama of the Karma Thegsum Choling in Dallas, Texas.

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.

Public Talk:  Friday, July 13, 7:00 p.m.
Shamatha Meditation: Introduction to Calm Abiding

Donations $10-$20

Retreat:  Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15
Shamatha Meditation & Illusion without Essence

Shamatha meditation belongs to the first turning of the wheel of Dharma. The ultimate culmination of shamatha practice is liberation. Using this practice, the resting mind is developed where the mind is not influenced by any positive or negative notions.  The mind finds a place of equanimity.

Saturday
     8:30 a.m.—Registration
     9:00-9:45 a.m.—Group Meditation
     10:00 a.m.-noon—Teachings
     Noon-1:30 p.m.—Lunch
     1:30-4:30 p.m.—Teaching
Sunday
     9:00-9:45 a.m.—Group Meditation
     10:00 a.m.-noon—Teachings

Cost:  $120 for both days
           $80 for Saturday and $40 for Sunday

When paying by PayPal, please consider adding the $4 processing fee.
Additional money can be added for the scholarship fund to this retreat.
Scholarships: To request a scholarship, please email Charlotte Besch at cabesch@midsouth.ualr.edu.

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

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

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Movie and Potluck: Kundun
Aug
26
6:00 PM18:00

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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Name

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Email address

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Mailing address

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Telephone number/s

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Email                                                                                                                                         

Dr. Hun Lye Retreat: 

____­­_______$100 for entire retreat
____­­_______$60 for Saturday               
____­­_______$60 for Sunday 

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
1:00 PM13:00

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
6:00 PM18:00

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

Click Here to download the registration form!

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
1:00 PM13:00

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
6:00 PM18:00

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
1:00 PM13:00

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
8:30 AM08:30

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

  Click Here to download the registration form.

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
6:00 PM18:00

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!

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.

 

 

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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
1:00 PM13:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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
6:00 PM18:00

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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