Our Mission

"Buddha sows seeds and the roots spread far and wide."


COVID-19 Advisory:
With an abundance of caution amid the global COVID-19 outbreak, MABA has decided to suspend all public activities temporarily. This includes Sunday Services, Family Days, Study Groups, retreats, and visitors to MABA in general.
The MABA monastic sangha is well, we are merely taking precautions to keep everyone healthy. There is no need to worry or panic.
MABA has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak situation. We are working to fully comply with the instructions and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep our sangha healthy:
PLEASE, stay home if you are sick or not feeling well, and avoid visiting public places.
Follow the prevention guidance from the CDC:
MABA will keep everyone posted via this website (www.maba-usa.org) and our eNewsletter.

The mission of Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA) is to practice, preserve and promote the teachings of the Buddha. MABA’s spiritual objectives are to follow the Middle Path and live in accordance with Buddhist wisdom concerning morality, meditation and discernment.

Our History

In 1991, a small group of Buddhists living in St. Louis, MO met in each other’s homes to study the Dharma, soon thereafter forming the St. Louis Buddhist Association. The organization discovered it needed a home for its meetings, so in 1994, the Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA) was established and became an official non-profit organization. Land was purchased in Augusta, MO and a Chinese Buddhist Retreat Center was created. At the group’s invitation, two renowned Chinese monks, Venerable Jan Hai and Venerable Ji Ru, became Chairman and Vice Chairman. Over the next four years, MABA grew under the leadership of these two monks. In 1998, Venerable Jan Hai moved on to another monastery and Venerable Ji Ru became Abbot of MABA. Under Master Ji Ru’s direction, the monastery grew to include a Guan Yin Pavilion, a mausoleum, Dizang Hall, as well as male and female dormitories to accommodate visitors.

Our Goals

Promote Buddhism in the US, specifically the Midwest
Serve the community with spiritual and social activities
Provide educational programs in the study of Buddhism
Offer a peaceful environment for practicing meditation
Support the Sangha in its commitment to the Dharma

Upcoming Events

Get involved by attending an event at MABA and becoming a volunteer.

Sunday Service

May 9 @ 9:00 am

Vesak Day on Zoom

June 6 @ 9:00 am

Sunday Service

April 25 @ 9:15 am