Master Jiru, Ajahn Amaro, and Ven. Kongyan
at Amaravati Monastery, UK, April 2022
"When there is a sense of ease,
we're in tune and we can respond in a way that is suitable,
rather than a way that's wilful and that will perpetuate agitation."
—Freeing the Heart

Dhamma teachings from the Nun's community
at Amaravati and Cittaviveka Monasteries
Greetings from MABA
Join us every Sunday for meditation, talks, chanting, and discussions
in person, on Zoom, and Facebook, all are welcome!

MABA is now open to the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Please wear masks indoors, be vaccinated, and maintain social distancing.
Dear Dharma Friends,

As MABA moves toward re-opening to the public, we are reminded of a few guidelines when visiting the monastery. Along with COVID precautions, please remove shoes before entering buildings, refrain from wearing fragrances, speak in low tones, and wear respectful clothing (plain colors, no bare knees or shoulders).

Spring is in full swing at MABA and we have a lot to share with you this month! First, our volunteers have been working diligently around MABA on Saturday mornings. Come join us in the gardens, lunch included!
Next, our Vesak Day celebration is Sunday, May 15, and will be in person (Chan Hall), and on Zoom/Facebook. Please email the office if you'd like to attend in person to bathe the Buddha so we know how many people to expect. Donations to support our monastics are gratefully accepted. More information on Vesak Day to come.

Third, MABA's Book Study Group welcomes Bhikkhu Amaro virtually as part of our Zoom Dhamma Talk Series. He will be giving a Dharma Talk on the Niramisa Sutta as part of our regular Sunday Morning program on May 22. See below for more information.

Fourth, below is an exterior photo of the new IBFA building in Chicago's Chinatown. Insulation and sheet rock installation in the four-story building is close to completion. We anticipate an opening celebration in a few weeks, stay tuned. Volunteers are still needed to paint, clean, and help move in furnishings. Please email the office for details, see you in Chicago!
International Buddhist Friendship Assn., Chicago Chinatown

We invite you to join us every Sunday Morning, either in person, on Zoom, or on Facebook for meditation, Dharma talks, chanting, and discussions. All are welcome.

As always, we are grateful for your ongoing support. May all beings be well and happy, please continue to stay safe. We'll see you soon!

Your Friends in the Dharma,
The Community at MABA
Bhikkhu Amaro ~ Sunday, May 22
Everyone is welcome to join us in person, via Zoom or FB;
note that Ajahn Amaro will be joining us via Zoom from the UK.
Augusta Food Drive Ends June 5
Study Group in Chinese ~ Wednesday Evenings
May 1 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Master Jiru
May 8 -- Manjusri Blessing - Dharma Talk by Xiankuan Don Yeye
May 15 -- Vesak Day - Dharma Talk by Ven. Kongke
May 22 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Bhikkhu Amaro
May 29 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xianxing Sherrie

Spring topic: Dharma for Difficult Times

  • 9:15 am -- Meditation Instruction Video
  • 9:30 am -- Guided Sitting Meditation
  • 10:00 am -- Dharma Talk
  • 10:30 am – Chanting (in English), Announcements, and short break (Facebook streaming ends)
  • 11:10 am -- Study Group
  • 11:45 am -- Conclude

Sunday Mornings at MABA and our Study Group meet every Sunday morning in person and via Zoom and Facebook. All are welcome, no experience necessary. If you would like to receive a weekly email reminder, please send an email to Xiankuan Don Yeye with "subscribe to weekly email" in the subject line.
On Sundays our Book Study Group continues to read and discuss the Śūraṅgama Sūtra (首楞嚴經 Shǒulèngyán Jīng) during our regular Sunday Mornings program. This month we plan to cover Chapter Three. All are welcome, no experience necessary. To sign up for these classes, contact Xiǎnxǐng Sherrie at to receive the free .pdf book. Or join us on Sunday Morning and download it then.

Come visit with us on Sunday Mornings!
MABA Cares
The MABA community is happy to be of benefit to any of our sangha members in difficulty, and we are able to help in several ways.

If you are in a food emergency, MABA can provide supplies from MABA's pantry; if you cannot make it out to the monastery, we can deliver. For longer-term food assistance, we can help you find a food pantry.
Whether spiritual counseling and moral support, professional mental health counseling, end-of-life questions, or legal assistance, we can help you find a provider. If you feel unsafe, let us know.

Please have no fear of reaching out; anyone can fall into difficulty, and there is no shame in a helping hand from a friend. Reach out to MABA at if you need assistance.
Dharma Talks and Guided Meditations
Xiǎnkuān continues to post new guided meditations on YouTube. Learn how to calm the mind, gain insight, and cultivate loving kindness and compassion at:

Six Pathways is available in both softcover and e-book at Stay tuned for Volume II this fall!
MABA continues to upload past Dharma Talks, and
can be found at MABA's YouTube channel (more to come):

Photos, Events, and More!

To view more photos from events at MABA, please visit our Media page.

Please visit our Event Calendar for upcoming events.
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