Standing Buddha and Chan Hall ~ Fall at MABA
"Overcome the angry by non-anger;
Overcome the wicked by goodness;
Overcome the miser by generosity;
Overcome the liar by truth."

Greetings from MABA
Please note: Although MABA continues to be closed to the public, a limited number of visitors will be allowed on Saturdays and Sundays, by appointment only.
Please contact the office for more information and COVID protocols before you visit.

Join us every Sunday for LIVE Guided Meditations, Dharma Talks, and Discussions
on Zoom and Facebook, all are welcome!
Dear Friends,
 
With the shorter days and cooler weather come the final harvests and garden clean-up. We see both successes and failures: flowers and weeds are inevitable, all is impermanent. Understanding the importance of nurturing what is laid before us allows us to move forward on our path with confidence and ease. May you and yours be well and happy.

We have a lot to share with you this month! First is an exciting series of Dhamma Talks and meditations on Zoom which will be held November 3rd through 7th. More information is below. Please note that Sunday, November 7th will be the end of Daylight Saving Time (set clocks back an hour) AND that our program will begin a little earlier, at 9am, with Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi. His teaching will be on Dhammapada verse 223, which is the featured verse this month (at top of this eNews). Everyone is welcome, join us!
 
Next, mark your calendar for November 14, when we again hold our annual Kathina Ceremony online. This year as the lay community make donations to support our monastics during Kathina, note that the typical requisites have changed: monastics health care, monastery upkeep, education fund. Due to COVID-19, Master Jiru has been unable to travel and give teachings, and MABA has been unable to host Sunday services, various groups, visitors, and retreats in person. All of this has resulted in a loss of income for MABA’s day to day expenses. Please help us support our monastics and donate now. Thank you for your generosity, MABA wouldn't be MABA without you!

Welcome Home!
The community at MABA welcomes our newest monastic, Venerable Kongke, who has returned from her studies in Taiwan. You may remember Venerable Kongke as Katya, who began her studies at MABA three years ago.

We're happy you're back!
If you receive Mindful Magazine or Tricycle Magazine, you may notice that the latest issues have ads for MABA's new Mindfulness Program (more info below), which begins in March 2022. Registration is open.

Again, now is the time to get a regular flu shot, especially if you're in a high risk group, the CDC advises. If you have questions or fears about vaccinations, please contact the office. We are here to help.

As always, we are grateful for your ongoing support. Please stay well, we'll see each other soon. We invite you to join us every Sunday for meditation, Dharma Talks, and discussions.

Your Friends in the Dharma,
The Community at MABA
Dhamma Talk Series ~ November 3–7
Please click on an image below to open the Zoom link for this exciting series of Dhamma Talks by some of the most well-respected Buddhist translators and commentators in this modern era. Our event calendar will have more information.
Kathina Ceremony ~ Nov. 14
Please click on an image below to go to our contribute page. From there you may select how you would like your donation to be used. Thank you!
Registration is Open!

Click on the images below for more information on these two very worthwhile programs. We hope you will join us for one, or both, of these educational opportunities that are unique to the St. Louis (and Midwest) area.
Welcome to the Pāramitā Challenge! 波羅蜜多挑戰
November 3 - 7:30 pmAn Evening with Thanissaro Bhikkhu

November 4 - 2:00 pm An Afternoon with Bhante Gunaratana
November 4 – 7:00 pmMeditation with Master Jiru

November 5 - 5:30 pmAn Evening with Bhante Sujato
November 5 – 7:00 pmMeditation with Master Jiru

November 6 - 1:00 pmAn Afternoon with Bhikkhuni Dhammadina
November 6 – 7:00 pmMeditation with Master Jiru

November 7 - 9:00 amSunday Morning - Special Guest Bhikkhu Bodhi

November 21 - Sunday Morning - Dharma Talk by Xiǎnhuān Francesca
November 28 - Sunday Morning - Dharma Talk by Xiǎnji Lee

December 1 - Monastic Winter Retreat Begins
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Sunday Mornings at MABA and Book Study Group meet every Sunday.
All are welcome! (use Zoom link below).
If you would like to receive a weekly email reminder,
please send an email to Xiankuan Don.
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Sunday Mornings at MABA Schedule (Central Time-US):
  • 9:15 am – Meditation Instruction Video
  • 9:30 am – Guided Sitting Meditation
  • 10:00 am – Dharma Talk
  • 10:40 am – Chanting (in English), Announcements, and Short Break
  • 11:00 am – Book Study Group (reading On the Path)

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Zoom link for Sunday Mornings at MABA:


Meeting ID: 880 7239 2264
Passcode: 130185

Or, find Sunday Mornings at MABA Live on Facebook at
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Our Sunday Book Study Group continues reading and discussing Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu's On The Path on Sundays during our regular Sunday Morning program.

We are currently reading Chapter Nine: Right Concentration. All are welcome, no experience necessary. To sign up for these classes, contact Xiǎnxǐng Sherrie at retreat@maba-usa.org to receive the free .pdf book. Or join us on Sunday Morning and download it then.

Join us on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30pm
with special guest Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu!
~ Part of our Zoom Dhamma Talk Series ~

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 www.maba-usa.org/contact-us 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 Amazon.com. Stay tuned for Volume II later this year!
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.
Please consider making a donation today.
All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

You may make secure contributions directly to MABA via PayPal, PayPal Giving Fund, or by sending a check made payable to “MABA” to 299 Heger Lane, Augusta, MO 63332

Thank you for your continued support!
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