This meditation group meets on Wednesday afternoons from 4pm to 5pm. (time and dates are subject to change: an email list is used to let people know the month’s schedule). We sit for approximately one hour and have a short reading with time for individuals to respond. Our meditation practice is compatible with Vipassana or Zen. All are welcome.
Contact Annee at 479 521-2164 for more information.
Fayetteville’s Buddhist Meditation and Spiritual Support Group (BMSSG) has met weekly since 1996. Long-time meditator and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher Jon Medders currently facilitates the group along with occasional guest teachers. The group’s format includes meditation instruction, two meditation sessions, and free-ranging discussions based on participants’ questions and interests. Teachers will also sometimes offer guided meditations, short Dharma talks, and readings. Our primary style of meditation is Shamatha (“calm abiding”). It is our goal to create an atmosphere of deep listening, mutual respect, and support.
Our meditation session meets every Thursday night from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM at The Arkansas Yoga Center. Participants are asked to arrive before the doors are locked at 7:30 pm, to ensure an uninterrupted meditation period.
Please check the Arkansas Yoga Center’s website during inclement weather. If the yoga center is closed, BMSSG will not meet.
The Buddhist Meditation and Spiritual Support Group is free and open to both beginners and experienced meditators. People of all backgrounds and spiritual/ philosophical orientations are welcome.
For more information, contact Jon Medders at nwamindfulness@
The purpose of the Ecumenical Buddhist Society of Little Rock (EBS) is to provide a place where anyone can meditate with others on a daily or weekly basis. There are regular times for practitioners and ongoing opportunities to meditate in a tradition taught by an EBS-sponsored practice leader. The Center also sponsors and hosts Buddhist retreats, classes, and social events. EBS brings Buddhist teachers to Little Rock for introductory and advanced teachings and meditation retreats in particular practice lineages. It also offers courses and lectures providing educational opportunities to explore different branches of Buddhist philosophy.
We hope to give all who come to EBS a place to practice, and teachings to begin or expand one’s exploration of Buddhism. Links to schedules and descriptions of our events, regular meditation practice groups, and classes, can be found at www.ebslr.org.
Classes such as Introduction to Buddhism & Mindful Hatha Yoga
Daily silent sittings
Dharma In action: a monthly “Engaged Buddhism” supporing those wishing to apply their practice to social action.
Retreats and other events
Theravada practice of Vipassana Meditation
Thich Nhat Hanh Mindfulness Tradition
Tibetan practices of Nyingma, Sakya, and Vajrasattva Purification
Zen practices from the Kwan Um and Soto schools of Zen
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Gyobutsuji (Japanese; Practice Buddha Monastery) is a small mountain monastery devoted to the practice of zazen (Zen meditation). Located in the Ozark mountains near Kingston, Arkansas, practice at Gyobutsuji aims to realize the spirit of the ancient teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and Eihei Dogen Zenji.
The inspiration for Gyobutsuji’s name is found in Eihei Dogen Zenji’s Shobogenzo Gyobutsu Igi (True Dharma Eye Treasury: Dignified Behavior of Practice Buddha): All buddhas without exception fully practice dignified conduct: this [practice] is Practice Buddha. […] Sharing one corner of the Buddha’s dignified conduct is done together with the entire universe, the great earth, and with the entire coming-and-going of life-and-death. […] This is nothing other than the dignified conduct of the oneness of Practice and Buddha.
Daily practice at Gyobutsuji consists of zazen, study, liturgy and work practice, and visitors are welcome to join at any part of the daily schedule. We also hold a monthly intensive sesshin (meditation retreat) and offer beginners instruction and Dharma teachings. Please see our website for details on the monastic schedule and more information about our practice.
Shoryu Bradley, residing priest at Gyobutsuji, was ordained in the a Soto Zen Buddhist tradition in 2002 by Seirin Barbara Kohn and received Dharma Transmission from Shohaku Okumura Roshi in 2010. He has trained at practice centers such as Austin Zen Center, Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, Sanshiji in Bloomington, Indiana, and Shogoji Monastery in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan.
Katog Choling Rit’hröd (Rit’hröd means mountain retreat center), is a serene Tibetan Buddhist retreat center located in Parthenon, Arkansas, near the town of Jasper. The center was established by the highly regarded teacher Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche and the non-profit organization, Katog Choling, which supports Tibetan teachings dharma activity in the West.
Khentrul Rinpoche offers Buddhist teachings at Katog Rit’hrod several times a year. At other times he travels to his other centers accross the US. Regular practice group are also regularly offered by Khentrul Rinpoche’s resident students and visiting teachers at the center. Please check out our website and Practice Schedule and events calendar or call or email if you would like to plan a visit or learn more.
Founded in 1986, the Morning Star Zen Center is an affiliate of the Kwan Um School of Zen. The School, which has centers world-wide, began in 1972 with the establishment of its international head temple, the Providence Zen Center, under the direction of Zen Master Seung Sahn. The Morning Star Zen Center offers Zen meditation practice, instruction, consulting interviews, public talks and classes. Retreats with visiting Zen masters are held approximately twice a year. color generator . We also have special practice for occasions such as Buddha’s Enlightenment Day in December and Buddha’s Birthday in April.
The heart of the Kwan Um School of Zen and of the Morning Star Zen Center is Zen practice. Regular practice with the Morning Star Zen Center’s small group includes bowing, chanting and silent sitting meditation, along with readings and discussion.
Practice is scheduled for Wednesday evenings at 5:30 and Sunday mornings at 9:00
Newcomers to Kwan Um-style practice are asked to call or e-mail to schedule a brief orientation before sitting with us the first time. During orientation, we will show you our practice forms, which are simple and easy to follow. We will also teach you basic Zen meditation techniques and explain Dharma room protocol.
“To study the way of the Buddha is to study oneself.
To study oneself is to forget oneself.
To forget oneself is to be enlightened by everything.”
Morning Star Zen Center:
The Kwan Um School’s website, www.kwanumzen.org includes a list of centers, more information about our history, a list of teachers, a selection of their Dharma talks and other information and resources.
The purpose of NWA Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is to serve individuals in our region who wish to use mindfulness meditation as a path for healing. Our primary offering is the 8-Week MBSR program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. A large body of scientific research on MBSR has shown positive results for people dealing with various issues including chronic pain, high blood pressure, anxiety, and situational stress. We currently conduct the 8-week program 2-3 times per year at the Unity Center for Conscious Living in Fayetteville. We also occasionally offer other mindfulness related courses.
The instructor for Northwest Arkansas MBSR is Jon Medders. A long time meditator, Jon has taught mindfulness in a variety of contexts for teens and adults since 2005. domain info He has MBSR professional training at UMASS Medical School. Jon holds Master degrees in both Teaching and Social Work.
The Osage Forest of Peace offers peace, healing and renewal in a contemplative, interspiritual atmosphere. It was inspired by the wisdom and vision of Catholic mystic Bede Griffiths who lived in India and pioneered interspirituality. It was for many years a monastery and is now a nonprofit, interspiritual retreat center located just west of Tulsa, Oklahoma in a forest. Individual and small group (up to 25) retreats, as well as classes and workshops are available. Several local Buddhist groups such as the Tulsa Zen Sangha, and the Singing Stones Sangha hold retreats at the Forest of Peace. Diverse approaches to the sacred are honored and refuge is provided for those seeking silence and contemplation.
The Rime Buddhist Center is a (non-sectarian) center dedicated to the cultivation of wisdom and compassion. It is a refuge for the nurturing of inner peace, kindness, community understanding and world peace. The Center’s primary objective is to provide a qualified program of Buddhist studies and Tibetan culture taught by monks, lamas and other Tibetan teachers; and to promote a harmonious relationship of understanding between both Tibetans and Westerners.
Located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri in a beautiful 7,000 sq. foot, 100-year-old church, The Center regularly hosts meditation retreats in an onsite residential space with twelve beds divided into a men’s and a women’s dorm. There is a nursery available for infants; a Dharma school for children ages 3 -12; and a Teen Dharma Study Group for teenagers aged 13 and older. The Rime Center also has a gift shop and bookstore that carry a variety of Dharma books and practice items.
Weekly services and Dharma teachings are held on Sunday morning, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Normal hours are:
Monday through Thursday 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM (Group Meditation)
Tuesday 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Green Tara Sadhana Practice. Doors open by 6:00 PM)
Wednesday 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Group Meditation. Free meditation instruction at 6:00 PM)
Thursday 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM (Group Meditation. Doors open by 6:00 PM)
Thursday 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Medicine Buddha Sadhana Practice)
Sunday 10:30 AM (Service/Practice. Child care available for children ages 2 and up)
The Rime Center is involved in four outreach programs that benefit both the local and global communities:
Prison Outreach Program: The Rime Center currently has Buddhist inmate groups at three area state and military prisons that are visited regularly by our volunteers. Volunteers are always needed to assist in the teaching of the Dharma to the prison sangha. All volunteers are required to submit an application and agree to a background check by the various departments of corrections. Once approved, volunteers must attend a training program.
Bodhi Bag Project For The Homeless: Backpacks filled with toiletries and food have been handed out to the homeless by volunteers on behalf of The Center. The Project is similar to one at the Inside Dharma/Shinzo Zen Center in St. Louis. Rime members are encouraged to bring toiletries, backpacks and food. In lieu of these, members can donate money for the purchase of these items.
Community Outreach: Our community outreach coordinator, Bob McEachen (firstname.lastname@example.org) schedules opportunities for Rime members to volunteer in various ways to aid our community. Past activities have included: volunteering for a soup kitchen, a thrift store, Habitat for Humanity and a blood drive.
Finding Sponsors for Tibetan Refugees: Every day Tibetans risk their lives by walking across the Himalayas simply for religious freedom.Refugees who make it to India or Nepal have few if any job skills and they live in abject poverty. The Center finds American sponsors for needy Tibetan refugees. You can help for as little as $30 per month. This small amount can allow a Tibetan refugee to have a roof over his/her head, food to eat and even an education. Please consider sponsoring a refugee – you can literally save a life and you will have a friend for this lifetime (or many lifetimes!).
For more information, please contact:
St. John’s Center for Spiritual Formation is an organization which fosters inter-faith dialogue, practice, and cooperation. The Center offers individual spiritual meditation instruction, meditation therapy, and seminars promoting personal growth and inter-cultural understanding. It also provides guest speakers and retreat leaders to organizations requesting these services.
About the Director Sister Ellie Finlay, a solitary nun in the Anglican tradition, began her own meditative practice over thirty years ago. She has studied with a number of teachers from the Christian monastic, Buddhist and Hindu traditions and has trained in secular meditative methods as well.
The Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas is a non-profit organization founded by Professor Sidney Burris and Geshe Thupten Dorjee in 2007. Its fundamental mission is to familiarize our community with the rich legacy of Tibetan history, culture, cuisine, philosophy, and religion. The Institute serves on a daily basis communities located both on the campus of the University of Arkansas and Fayetteville, but we also offer our services to a larger audience as well. We have worked extensively throughout the state of Arkansas as well as in other parts of the country, and we are happy to provided tailored programs and presentations that would meet the specific needs of any community, regardless of its size.
The institute’s central teacher, Geshe Thupten Dorjee, is an ordained Tibetan Buddhist monk who holds the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest degree offered by a Buddhist monastic university and a degree obtained by very few. Geshe la was educated at Drepung Loseling Monastery in South India by the greatest living teachers in his tradition, and as a result is able to provide authoritative instruction on a wide range of subjects in Buddhist ethics, philosophy, and psychology. He is equally at home in both the sutra and tantric traditions, and he is able to provide instruction, lectures, and discussions that are relevant to many audiences.
The Institute was proud in 2011 to have assisted the University of Arkansas in bringing His Holiness the Dalai Lama to its campus. As a result of Geshe’s extensive relationship with Drepung Loseling Monastery, the Institute continues to bring to our area Tibetan teachers who expand and diversify our educational mission.
Our website will always have the latest information regarding all of our current activities. You can follow us on Twitter at @tibetspace and find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/
Geshe Dorjee teaches two weekly classes for the general public. On Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m., he teaches a general meditation class that combines traditional Tibetan meditation with discussion of an assigned text. The class is held at Passages at 14 E. Meadow St. in Fayetteville. All are welcome, from beginners to experienced practitioners, from Buddhists to atheists and agnostics.
Geshe also offers classes at the University. He teaches an introduction to Buddhism and a colloquium in Tibetan philosophy and culture. The colloquium is offered every semester and the introduction to Buddhism is offered in the Fall. In the Spring, Geshe and Professor Sidney Burris offer a night class in the history of nonviolence, focusing on the careers of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dalai Lama. Further information on these University classes is available by calling the Fulbright College Honors Office
For additional information about The Institute, please contact
Geshe Dorjee or Professor Sidney Burris:
Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas
P.O. Box 269
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Wattle Hollow Reteat Center is located in a remote wooded area about a half-hour from Fayetteville, near Devil’s Den State Park. Director and primary teacher Joy Fox and other instructors offer meditation, yoga, and creative arts retreats of many kinds and for all levels of experience, as well as private retreats. To see a schedule and contact form as well as photographs of the place and some of its wonderful cob temples, see www.wattlehollow.com