Children's Half-Day at MABA's Suddhana Children's Pavilion.
Thank you to our children for their painted stones from our first meeting (background).

"Therefore, monks, whatever isn't yours: Let go of it.
Your letting go of it will be for your long-term welfare & happiness."
—MN 22
(trans. Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu)
Greetings from MABA
Join us every Sunday for meditation, talks, chanting, and discussions
In-person and live on Zoom, join us!

MABA is open to the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Please wear masks indoors, be vaccinated, and maintain social distancing.
Again, we are gently reminded of a few guidelines when visiting the monastery. Along with COVID precautions, please refrain from wearing fragrances, speak in low tones, wear respectful clothing (plain colors, no bare knees or shoulders), and remove shoes before entering buildings.
All are welcome to stay for lunch at 11:45am.
Dear Dharma Friends,

What a difference from a month ago! From heatwaves and drought to an over-abundance of rain that caused historic flooding. We hope that you fared well, and if not, please know we are ready to help, with such items as food, bleach, and personal hygiene items from our food pantry.

Save the dates!
Our Bodhisattva Retreat will be held on October 14-16 and is by invitation to those who have taken Bodhisattva Vows or have taken Refuge and Precepts and are interested in taking Bodhisattva Vows. More information next month, including registration link.

On November 16, Master will be conferring Refuge and Precepts to those who are interested. For more information and to sign-up, please contact Ven. Kongshi at

Applications are open for our next series of classes leading to a Diploma in Buddhist Studies, which will begin in March 2023. See our website for more information.

MABA would like to thank all those who participated in our recent meditation, talk, and discussion with Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu on Not-Self. Ajaan Geoff is currently on retreat and he will join us again later this fall.

This month our Book Study Group will conclude reading and discussing Ajaan's book, Selves & Not-Self as part of our Sunday Mornings program. Join us, all are welcome.
Meet our latest
Darrell White
Darrell made repairs and restored our Manjusri sculpture on a recent visit.

Thank you, Darrell for a job well-done!

Our Children's Half-Day program continues to meet, and our theme for August is Generosity (dana). We welcome children ages 5 through 12 with their own program in Manjusri Hall, while our regular Sunday Mornings program is held in Chan Hall. Then we all meet for lunch at 11:45am at the Blue Lotus House. Facilitated by Ven. Kongke, Stacey, Jennifer, and with adult helpers, the program includes short meditations, story-telling, a short walk or yoga, crafts, and sharing. Those younger than five-years old are welcome when accompanied by an adult, while those older than 12 are welcome to be helpers. Adult helpers are always welcome as well. For more information and to sign-up, please email the MABA office with "children's group" in the subject line.
IBFA's new temple in Chicago's Chinatown is very close to receiving its final inspection! Volunteers are working to help Master and Venerables finish the various details, please help if you can. Photos are on the IBFA website. Please email the office for details on volunteering (including free room and board). We'll see you in Chicago at our Grand Opening Celebration soon!

Our Dizang Blessing will be held on Sunday, September 4, more information is below.

Mindfulness Day, sponsored by the Buddhist Council of Greater St. Louis, will be held at the Thai Temple in Florissant on August 20. More information is below.

Join us in designing new walking paths at MABA! With 76 acres of gently rolling terrain, we have USGS topological maps and a drone with a camera to help us plot easy and medium difficulty walkways. We are renovating the existing walking path around MABA's pond, including planting Missouri natives and setting pavers. Donations for landscaping, plants, pavers, and benches along the routes are welcome. Planning in earnest will begin after Labor Day, with work beginning in the fall. Please contact Master at the office if you'd like to be part of the design team.
We invite you to join us live every Sunday Morning, either in person or on Zoom, for meditation, Dharma talks, chanting, and discussions. All are welcome. Note that we no longer stream live to Facebook. Past talks will be uploaded later to our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

As always, we are grateful for your ongoing support. May all beings be well and happy, please continue to stay safe.

Your Friends in the Dharma,
The Community at MABA
Dizang Blessing ~ September 4
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Study Group in Chinese ~ Wednesday Evenings
August 7* -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xiankuan Don Yeye
August 14 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Ven. Kongyan
August 21* -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Ven. Kongke
August 28 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Master Jiru

Sept. 4 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xianzhi Katty
Sept. 11* -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xianhuan Francesca
Sept. 18 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xianchu Cory
Sept. 25* -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xianji Lee
* = Children's Half-Day

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
  • 11:00 am -- Study Group
  • 11:45 am -- Conclude

Sunday Mornings at MABA and our Study Group meet every Sunday morning in person and via Zoom. 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.

Zoom link for Sunday Mornings at MABA:

Meeting ID: 861 1018 8493
Passcode: 828040

Find past Dharma Talks on our YouTube channel: or
This month our Book Study Group will conclude reading and discussing Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Selves & Not-Self, as part of our regular Sunday Morning program. All are welcome, no experience necessary. To sign up for these classes, contact Xiǎnxǐng Sherrie at to receive the free .pdf book, Selves and Not-Self.

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:

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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