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The Center for Pragmatic Buddhism (CPB) is an established chapter in St. Louis that is looking to spread the relevance of Pragmatic Buddhism and meditation to others. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Our work is the synthesis of Nikayan (early Indian), traditional Chinese Chan and Japanese Zen Buddhism, and the American Pragmatist tradition, in what we call Pragmatic Buddhism.

We utilize Chan and Zen Buddhist practice methods that resonate with Westerners, including the central practice of sitting meditation (zazen). The Pragmatic Buddhist approach uses modern-day language to explain Buddhism's relevance to the contemporary Western lifestyle. In addition to regular sitting and meditation practices, OPB teachers give weekly dharma talks. We also engage in group discussions following the talks in an open forum atmosphere, where participants discuss their thoughts and views of issues pertaining to practice, philosophy, and everyday life.

A primary goal of our practice is to simplify the most meaningful methods so that open-minded persons can participate in the cultivation of mindfulness, personal development and share this through socially engaged Buddhism.

Common questions and answers:

Do I need to know anything about Buddhism beforehand?

Not at all! The weekly practice is designed to be open to all. Pragmatic Buddhism is a path that's accessible to everyone.

Do I need to bring anything?

No - everything is provided. We have cushions, chairs, and a limited number of meditation benches. Of course, feel free to bring your own zafu, zabuton, and/or bench if you have them.

What should I wear?

Wear something comfortable so that you can relax completely during meditation.

How do I get in to the church?

First Unitarian Church, 5007 Waterman Blvd, St Louis, MO ( The best way in is through the back (north side) of the church. There is a walkway up to the garden there and you'll see us through the glass doors on the left.

Where can I learn more about CPB?

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