What we're about

We are a meditation community that is inclusive, pragmatic, and rooted in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition.

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 and regardless of their race, sexuality, gender, age, ableness, or class.

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 rooted in 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?

http://www.pragmaticbuddhism.org (http://pragmaticbuddhism.org/)

https://www.facebook.com/CenterforPragmaticBuddhism

Click here (http://eepurl.com/b7KL2f) to sign up for our email distribution list.

Upcoming events (4+)

Pragmatic Buddhist Meditation -- IN PERSON!

First Unitarian Church of St. Louis (North side, via the parking lot and alley, through the bank of glass doors)

We're glad to be back to meditating in person! The church has instituted several health and safety requirements, so please come prepared:

Anyone attending must be fully vaccinated.

If you are not vaccinated or cannot join us in person, please join us via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86332258618?pwd=Z2V4VlFzMG9ZM1cyT3B0WlliNGpCQT09

If you have a fever or any other Coronavirus symptoms, please stay home and join via Zoom.

You must wear a mask covering your nose and mouth at all times when you are in the building.

Upon entering the building, you must wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

You must maintain 6 feet of space between you and others at all times when in the building.

You may not consume food or beverages inside the building.

We are required to keep a list of attendees, in case we need to conduct contact tracing. You will be asked to provide your name and a contact method.

Discussion Topic:

Schedule:

7:00-7:40pm - Seated Meditation (Bell & Zazen)

7:40pm-8pm - Dharma Discussion

Our discussions are designed to be open so everyone is free to ask questions or share how the application of Pragmatic Buddhism is affecting their daily lives.

If you can't join us, try one of our 40 minute bell and silent meditations that you can do on your own until we can meet again!
30 minutes of bell, 10 minutes of silence: https://youtu.be/pM173YAyz58
10 minutes of bell, 30 minutes of silence: https://youtu.be/zvYGuslTb2E

Subscribe to our YouTube channel for a new meditation video every Thursday: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrGYPctSoOnoYLMJYz-AXiQ?sub_confirmation=1

Guided Meditation via Zoom

Online event

Welcome to our Monday night zoom meditation!

This will be primarily meditation, without a dharma discussion. We will practice a variety of guided meditations and then check in about our meditation practice.

If you'd like to learn about meditating via zoom or would like to get some more meditation in, please join us!

If you can't join us, try one of our guided meditation videos:
Breathing meditation to overcome challenges: https://youtu.be/bTKMMycB6I8
Loving kindness meditation with compassion: https://youtu.be/eIMzhgjwZyk
Guided meditation for focus: https://youtu.be/NmpIcJ_1Mzg

Subscribe to our YouTube channel for a new meditation video every Thursday: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrGYPctSoOnoYLMJYz-AXiQ?sub_confirmation=1

Pragmatic Buddhist Meditation -- IN PERSON!

First Unitarian Church of St. Louis (North side, via the parking lot and alley, through the bank of glass doors)

We're glad to be back to meditating in person! The church has instituted several health and safety requirements, so please come prepared:

Anyone attending must be fully vaccinated.

If you are not vaccinated or cannot join us in person, please join us via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86332258618?pwd=Z2V4VlFzMG9ZM1cyT3B0WlliNGpCQT09

If you have a fever or any other Coronavirus symptoms, please stay home and join via Zoom.

You must wear a mask covering your nose and mouth at all times when you are in the building.

Upon entering the building, you must wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

You must maintain 6 feet of space between you and others at all times when in the building.

You may not consume food or beverages inside the building.

We are required to keep a list of attendees, in case we need to conduct contact tracing. You will be asked to provide your name and a contact method.

Discussion Topic:

Schedule:

7:00-7:40pm - Seated Meditation (Bell & Zazen)

7:40pm-8pm - Dharma Discussion

Our discussions are designed to be open so everyone is free to ask questions or share how the application of Pragmatic Buddhism is affecting their daily lives.

If you can't join us, try one of our 40 minute bell and silent meditations that you can do on your own until we can meet again!
30 minutes of bell, 10 minutes of silence: https://youtu.be/pM173YAyz58
10 minutes of bell, 30 minutes of silence: https://youtu.be/zvYGuslTb2E

Subscribe to our YouTube channel for a new meditation video every Thursday: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrGYPctSoOnoYLMJYz-AXiQ?sub_confirmation=1

Buddhist Book Group on Zoom

Online event

The book group meets on the first Sunday of the month. Join us for a discussion of pragmatic interpretations of the Buddhist concepts in various topics, articles, or parts of books. Feel free to join, even if you haven't read the materials ahead of time! This month we'll be talking about "The Places That Scare You" by Pema Chodron.

Past events (836)

Guided Meditation via Zoom

Online event

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