Study Groups at MABA

Mindfulness is the core of Chan (Zen) Buddhism practice and MABA follows this lineage, which emphasizes the confluence of the original teachings of the Buddha along with the later teachings of the Mahayana, Middle Way and Chinese teachings. In order to build a firm foundation, we study the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha in depth. Through MABA’s educational programs, these study groups will allow visitors the opportunity to receive an introduction to Buddhist principles including mindfulness, meditation, chanting, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path , as well as what it means to take refuge and precepts.

Beginner Study Groups Sunday Mornings - 9-10 am • March 1 - November 30

The Life Of the Buddha

The Life of the Buddha by Venerable Nanamoli is an exceptional means of understanding the Buddha’s teachings from the viewpoint of following his life story. Each section has both original sections of the Suttas and the Vinaya, as well as several levels of commentaries.  This book is not a simple biography, but...
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In the Buddha’s Words

In the Buddha’s Words by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi.  This text goes through the major Buddhist discourses, organized by topic, with excellent commentaries and notes by the great translator, Bhikkhu Bodhi.  During the 9-month study course, we delve deeply into the main topics of Buddhist practice, discussing how to apply these...
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Great Disciples of the Buddha

Great Disciples of the Buddha, which was edited by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, will be the study text in part of this beginner’s study group sequence. This text explains the lives of those closest to the Buddha and how they learned to practice. Each story gives us a greater understanding of our own path....
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Intermediate Study Groups Sunday Mornings - 9-10 am • March 1 - November 30

The Way to Buddhahood

The Way to Buddhahood by Venerable Master Yin Shun is an in-depth investigation of the Mahayana Chan method of practice.  Facilitated by Xianzhi Katty Choi, who had a graduate degree in Buddhism from Hong Kong University, this course goes step-by-step into the profound teachings related to the Middle Way. Kindly RSVP to...
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Advanced Study Groups Thursday Evenings - 7-9 pm • December - February

Mahayana Literature

During the 3-Month Monastic Winter Retreat starting in December, the study groups at MABA take a break. Weather permitting, and with a break for the traditional holidays, those interested gather at one of our homes in Chesterfield on Thursday evenings to study the Chan tradition. One of the great Mahayana Texts (Heart...
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