The Center for Pragmatic Buddhism (CPB) St. Louis Chapter is led by Danielle MacCartney, member of the Order of Pragmatic Buddhists, a socially engaged monastic order. She is under the direction of Ruddy Sensei and Dr. Eubanks Sensei, Director of Buddhist Studies (CPB) and Abbot of the Order of Pragmatic Buddhists.
Our work is the synthesis of 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. Please click here to read more about the Buddhist education offered at the Center for Pragmatic Buddhism in St Louis.
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Learn more about Pragmatic Buddhism at our website: www.pragmaticbuddhism.org.