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

"One is one's own protector, one is one's own refuge.
Therefore, one should control oneself,
even as the trader controls a noble steed."
—Dhammapada 380

Greetings from MABA
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), remove shoes before entering buildings, and leave pets at home.

All are welcome to join us for lunch at 11:45am in Blue Lotus House
Dear Dharma Friends,

Warm weather slows summer growth in the garden–and as with all life–progress ebbs and falls, rises and ceases. Successes and setbacks go hand-in-hand. Keeping in mind that all is impermanent, unsatisfactory, and not-self helps to sustain us through our challenges along the path.

We have a lot to share with you this month, including An Evening with Heng Sure on Sept 14, and we have a number of events coming up this fall, so stay tuned!

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. Details are being finalized and information will be emailed later in the month. Contact Don Yeye if you are interested in taking Bodhisattva Vows this year.
Our Children's Half-Day program continues to meet, and our theme for September is the Four Noble Truths, with emphasis on the Noble Eightfold Path. 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.
Registration for An Evening with Rev. Heng Sure takes only a minute.
You will receive the Zoom link in your confirmation email from Eventbrite.
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. Past Dharma talks and special event speakers will be uploaded to both our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

As always, we are grateful for your ongoing support. Please continue to stay safe, we look forward to seeing you soon. May all beings be well and happy!

Your Friends in the Dharma,
The Community at MABA
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Coming Up This Fall!
Taking Refuge & Precepts

On November 13, Master Jiru will be conferring Refuge and Precepts to those who are interested, either for the first time or for those who would like to renew their vows.

This month we invite you to join our study group at 11am Sunday Morning for a better understanding of taking refuge and precepts. All are welcome!

For more information (including study materials), and to sign-up, please contact Ven. Kongshi at or Don Yeye at

Sept. 4 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xiǎnzhì Katty
Sept. 11* -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xiǎnhuān Francesca
Sept. 18 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xiǎnchū Cory
Sept. 25* -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xiǎnjí Lee

Oct. 1 -- Eventbrite registration opens for Opening the Gate to Awakening II
Oct. 2 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xiǎnxǐng Sherrie
Oct. 9 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xiǎnzé Jeff 
Oct. 14–16 -- Bodhisattva Retreat
Oct. 16 -- Guanyin Blessing and Bodhisattva Vows Ceremony
Oct. 16 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Master Jìrú
Oct. 23 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Ven. Kōngyán
Oct. 30 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Ven. Kōngke
* = Children's Half-Day (October is TBA)

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: On Taking Refuge and Precepts
  • 11:45 am -- Conclude

Zoom link for Sunday Mornings at MABA:

Meeting ID: 861 1018 8493
Passcode: 828040

Find past Dharma Talks on our YouTube channel: or
This fall our Study Group will discuss what it means for Buddhists to take refuge and precepts as part of our regular Sunday Morning program. If you are interested in taking refuge and precepts or renewing your vows, please attend some of this informative series. Master Jiru will next confer Refuge and Precepts on November 13 during our Kathina, contact Xiankuan Don Yeye for more information or to sign-up.


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.

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 or have questions.
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!
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Please visit our Event Calendar for upcoming events.
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