What we're about
We are a meditation community that is inclusive, pragmatic, and rooted in the Mahayanan Buddhist tradition of being of service to others.
Pragmatic Buddhism is a synthesis of traditional Nikayan (Early Indian) Buddhism, Chinese Chan and Japanese Zen, and Western Pragmatism.
We want our community to be inclusive. We believe Buddhist teachings should be accessible to everyone, no matter whether they choose to identify as a Buddhist. All are welcome and we embrace members from all racial or ethnic groups, sexualities, genders, ages, ability levels, social classes -- we open space for all the characteristics that define an individuals' social location.
Our approach to Buddhism is pragmatic, emphasizing those aspects of the practice that relate to directly lived experience. Our teaching is agnostic when it comes to metaphysical questions, like “what happens after you die?” or “is there a god?”.
We are inspired by the Zen and Chan branches of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, which emphasize direct experience of meditation as the best way to understand and reduce suffering. We were originally founded as the Dragon Flower Sangha by Ryugen Fisher.
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 (http://goo.gl/maps/e1J64). 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?