About Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center
United International Buddha-Dhamma Society (UIBDS) and Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center (DSMC) are located on 103 acres of forested land located in the Ozark Mountains of Iron County (near to Annapolis) in Missouri, USA.
DSMC’s goal is to be open all year round. At present it usually houses from 10–20 students at a time between the months of May 15–October 15 each year for meditation training and Buddhist studies. In winter it is open for visitors and there are small group retreats. The main teachers usually teach abroad during the coldest time of the year. This helps to raise money for further buildings at the center. Presently there are cabins, dining hall and kitchen, library, and a new Dhamma hall is going up in 2012. There are beautiful walking trails and flat areas for walking near the main halls. There is a lay area for meditators and a separate monastics living area.
June–October full moons serve as the center’s Rains Retreat period each year. Monastics may come in for a May to September Rains Retreat if they let us know in advance. We do offer an English Dhamma support program.
In this Buddhist tradition, Rains Retreat is when monks and nuns stay in one place to give Dhamma talks and teach people meditation. They also practice their own meditation deeply at this time. Each year various monastics who also support the goals of this program visit from different traditions. Often times they will offer to teach Buddhist history, Chanting, and Pāli classes while in the center. From over 23 countries around the world, students and faithful lay people come to investigate early Buddhist teachings and they stay from 2 weeks to 3 months at a time upon approval by the teacher.
There is also an active ordination program for men and women for equal training. It is a sincere forest training which is received, and there will be opportunities in the near future for study abroad at a university in Sri Lanka, which is now partnering with the DSMC project in 2012.
DSMC is dedicated a religious center sheltered by United International Buddha-Dhamma Society. UIBDS is a Missouri 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation set up for the purpose of Religious, Charitable and Educational works.
DSMC provides a support place for people to come and hear early Buddhist texts taught in English by a master meditation teacher, Most Venerable Bhante Vimalaraṁsi Mahāthera and Sasana Dipika Sister Khema who have both taught this Buddha-Dhamma internationally over recent past years.
In the center you will study and practice early foundation teachings recovered from the very earliest Buddhist texts that survived. Center monastics offer free counseling support for people. Daily meditation is practiced and many supports are in place to help students keep their practice going in life.
After 14 years of investigation work at DSMC, it has been confirmed that the Buddha recovered something extremely unique that leads directly to a reduction of suffering and, if the teachings and meditation are pursued more deeply, following the precise instructions, this training can lead to an eventual total cessation of suffering in this lifetime.
The center teaches a simple meditation practice based on Right Effort as found in the early texts. The practice is called Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation, TWIM for short. TWIM is easy and fun to learn and is appropriate for anyone within the bounds of any religion.
This teaching is easy to understand and immediately effective. The practice transfers very well into daily life to help us lighten up, smile more, and become happier. It is so progressively interesting that it invites deeper inspection and people really do want to “come and see” and understand more.
There is no question that Buddhist teachings make life easier. They provide a clear understanding of how the mind works. As you discover how things actually operate, then quite naturally, as you calm down, you will tend to act in more compassionate ways towards people in daily life.
The center uses the Majjhima Nikāya as the main text for your training. Students who practice in earnest and want to progress well are encouraged to follow the advice of sutta MN-95, the Cankī Sutta, when coming to the center. This sutta gives us 12 key steps for making good progress. Sutta MN-15, the Anumāna Sutta, describes the perfect student for the guiding teacher to put time and energy in for their training. The proper outcome of your training is described in sutta MN-21, the Kakacūpama Sutta. It is worth it for you to investigate these texts before coming to seriously train.
At the center, students and monastics alike are challenged to test their understanding through their own investigation for verification of any spoken truth they hear in a Dhamma talk. If their results match the results described within the suttas, then they are considered the Buddha’s teaching. If not, then its time for open Dhamma discussion and re-evaluation.
We encourage you to visit our website at www.dhammasukha.org.
At the website you will find a lot more information about Dhamma talks, how we teach at the center, books that can help you, articles, and more information about how to contact our center in Missouri.
If you need help, you can write to Rev. Sister Khema at email@example.com. She will forward you to whomever can help you best.
Please make arrangements to come into the center by April 15 if possible so residences can be carefully planned for you.
The address of Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center and Anathanpindika’s Park is:
Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center
8218 County Road 204
Annapolis, MO 63620 USA
Office Telephone: +1 (573) 546-1214 (please leave a clear message)
Training Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrator and Registration: email@example.com
Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center and Anathapindika’s Park Complex
8218 County Road 204, Annapolis, MO 63620 Contact PH: 573-546-1214