Forsythia Blooming Outside Chan Hall

"Let him associate with friends who are noble, energetic, and pure in life,
let him be cordial and refined in conduct.
Thus, full of joy, he will make an end of suffering."
—Dhammapada v. 376
Greetings from MABA
Join us every Sunday for meditation, chanting, and discussions
on Zoom and Facebook, all are welcome!

Note that for now, MABA continues to be closed to the public.
We are looking forward to re-opening in June, stay tuned!
Dear Dharma Friends,
 
As we watch COVID numbers continue to drop, we are optimistically looking forward to re-opening in June, stay tuned! In the meantime, if our Sangha members would like to visit MABA this spring on Saturday or Sunday, please make an appointment with our office ahead of time. Please wear masks while at MABA, be vaccinated, and maintain social distancing.

Flowering trees and spring bulbs are blooming in abundance at MABA this time of year, annual reminders of Nature’s renewal. The sky is bright, clean, and clear, like the Buddha’s teachings, which we can see reflected in all that surrounds us. We remember our wish to be kind to ourselves, by developing our meditation practice, even if only for three breaths. And the joyful energy we bring to our daily activities assures us we are on the right path.

Our Qing Ming Memorial is April 3, more information, including .pdfs of the flyers, is below.
 
The annual Socially Engaged Buddhism event sponsored by The Buddhist Council of Greater St. Louis last month on Zoom and Facebook was well attended, with several hundred dollars in donations raised for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. The topic was Paradigm Shift: From Fear to Freedom, and video may be found at the Buddhist Council Facebook page.
  
Construction at MABA's sister temple, IBFA Chicago Temple in Chicago's Chinatown, has made great progress in the last year. Their new four-story building is currently taking shape with windows, doors, electrical, plumbing, and drywall installations. In the coming weeks IBFA needs a few volunteers to help paint the interior, please contact IBFA here. Meals and lodging can be provided for those who would like to stay a few days. Photos showing progress on the new temple construction are on the IBFA homepage. Funds are needed to complete the Temple, which is anticipated to reopen in late May/early June. For more information on how to donate, click: IBFA – Donate. Thank you for your support!
 
Congratulations to our sangha friends at Confluence Zen Center. Led by Rev. Daigaku Rummé, CZC recently purchased a building a few minutes away from their current location in Maplewood and are in the process of moving.
 
As our second class of students have begun their first semester of our two-year DPBS program, MABA's RMTA would like to announce that registration is now open for our next class of DPBS students beginning in March 2023. For more information, see our DPBS-2023-2024 webpage.

MABA's Book Study Group welcomed Ajaan Thanissaro Bhikkhu for a fourth virtual visit via Zoom last month. We discussed equanimity in the Salayatana-vibanga Sutta (MN 137), the Six Sense Bases (click to download the .pdf). Video of our evening with Ajaan may be found on MABA's YouTube channel.

Looking ahead, on Sunday, May 22 MABA will welcome Bhikkhu Amaro virtually as part of our Zoom Dhamma Talk Series. He will be giving a Dharma Talk on the Niramisa Sutta, more information next month.


We invite you to join us every Sunday Morning on Zoom and Facebook for meditation, chanting, and discussions. All are welcome.

As always, we are grateful for your ongoing support. And thank you to those who have donated to our food pantry during the pandemic. 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
Qing Ming Memorial ~ April 3
Please click on flyer to download .pdf
Please click on flyer to download .pdf

April 3 -- Qing Ming Memorial - Dharma Talk by Xianhuan Francesca
April 10 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xianji Lee
April 17 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Ven. Kongke
April 24 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xianchu Cory

May 1 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Master Jiru
May 8 -- Manjusri Blessing - Dharma Talk by Xiankuan Don Yeye
May 15 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Master Jiru
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
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  • 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)
  • 11:00 am -- Study Group
  • 11:45 am -- Conclude
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Sunday Mornings at MABA and our Study Group meet every Sunday morning 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 Morning program. This month we plan to cover Chapters Two and Three. 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.

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 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 this fall!
MABA continues to upload past Dharma Talks, and
can be found at MABA's YouTube channel (more to come):

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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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