Blue Lotus House in the Spring

Calm is his thought, calm his speech, and calm his deed,
who, truly knowing, is wholly freed,
perfectly tranquil and wise.
—Dhammapada v. 96
Greetings from MABA
Join us every Sunday for meditation, chanting, and discussions
on Zoom and Facebook, all are welcome!
Dear Dharma Friends,
Happy Spring! Our monastics' winter retreat has ended and we find the early spring flowers breaking ground; all are refreshed. We have a lot to share with you this month!

First, we return to our regular Sunday Mornings at MABA schedule, with weekly Dharma Talks and Study Group (more information below). Master will give the first talk on March 6. For now, MABA continues to be closed, and while we continue our Sunday practice on Zoom and Facebook, we are looking forward to re-opening soon, stay tuned.

Next Saturday you are invited to attend, via Zoom and Facebook, Socially Engaged Buddhism, sponsored by the Buddhist Council of Greater St. Louis. An afternoon of thought-provoking talks and discussions, all are welcome, more information, including Zoom link, is below.

As our first class of DPBS students are graduating (Congratulations!), we welcome our second class of DPBS students to the two-year program as they begin classes on March 12. Good luck to all!

Join us on March 23 as MABA's Book Study Group welcomes back Ajaan Thanissaro Bhikkhu for a fourth virtual visit. We will be discussing the Salayatana-vibanga Sutta (MN 137), the Six Sense Bases (click on title to download the .pdf).

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

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
Relieving Suffering in the World
Please consider making a donation for Relief Efforts today to help those who are affected by, and are suffering from, this conflict. Donate here (also through Zelle), please specify Relief Effort. Thank you for your compassion!
Memorial for the late Venerable Master Thích Nht Hnh

As you may already know, the much beloved Thích Nhất Hạnh passed away at the age of 96. On February 27, MABA held a memorial honoring Thầy's life and work via Zoom and FB, with over 50 presenters and attendees. The morning session was filled with meditation, chanting, and talks by Master Jiru, Xiankuan Don Yeye, Dr. Todd Braver (WUSTL), Dr. Elise DaVido (an author on Humanistic Buddhism, living in Taiwan), and Jeanne Kloeckner (WUSTL). The afternoon session was filled with sharing by Sangha members Stacey, John, Eileen, Elaine, and Tracy. A wonderful program, you can find the morning video on our Facebook page, and the afternoon video will be on our YouTube channel soon.

Our thanks to the presenters and Sangha members from all over, through whose heartfelt talks and stories allowed us to see the depth of the impact Thầy made in their lives.
Sadu! Sadu! Sadu!

Socially Engaged Buddhism ~ March 5

The Buddhist Council of Greater St. Louis invites you to join in via Zoom or Facebook for their annual Socially Engaged Buddhism series of talks. All are welcome!
Meeting ID: 857 4983 9535
Passcode: 834346
Qing Ming Memorial ~ April 3
Please click on flyer to download .pdf
Please click on flyer to download .pdf

The Pāramitā Challenge 波羅蜜多挑戰 ~ Now Online!
Now you can find prior months of the Pāramitā Challenge online at our website!
February 28 -- Monastic Winter Retreat ends

March 6 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Master Jìrú
March 12 -- DPBS Classes Begin -- Welcome, students!
March 13 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xiankuan Don Yeye (DST Begins)
March 20 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Samantabhadra Blessing - Dharma Talk by Xianzhi Katty
March 23 -- Ajaan Thanissaro Bhikkhu via Zoom at 7pm (Sunday Mornings at MABA link below)
March 27 -- Sunday Mornings at MABA - Dharma Talk by Xianxing Sherrie

April 3 -- Qing Ming Memorial Ceremony - Dharma Talk by Xianhuan Francesca


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


Sunday Mornings at MABA and Study Group meet every Sunday morning 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 to subscribe.

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 to receive the free .pdf book. Or join us on Sunday Morning and download it then.

Come join us Sunday Mornings on Zoom!

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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