Beginners Retreat 2018

Beginners Retreat at MABA
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Mid-America Buddhist Association Monastery
via Hwy. 94 and Schindler Rd. – a secluded and tranquil setting
Augusta, MO (35 minutes from Chesterfield) for directions and information
Mindfulness of the Breath and the Body
This retreat is especially designed for beginners but is also open to more experienced meditators.  We all benefit from renewing our practice, and, as Suzuki Roshi said, cultivating our “Beginner’s Mind.”
This one day mini-retreat will allow us to learn about the practice of sitting, standing, and walking meditation, and how to put into practice Mindfulness of the Breath and the Body.   During periods of meditation we will experience how to “observe, accept, and let go.”  An afternoon period of discussion will help us to understand the Buddhist teachings on Meditation.  In this Year of Dog, we can focus especially on Training our Puppy Brain!  Periods of Noble Silence will be observed during lunch and during the meditations.
Beginners Retreat Schedule — Saturday, April 21, 2018

8:15 am – Arrival and Registration 

8:30 – Introduction to MABA and to Meditation Practice (Lee)

8:45 – Intro to Walking and Standing Meditation (Francesca)

9:00 – Walking & Standing Meditation 

9:20 – Guided Meditation Practice on Mindfulness of the Body & Breath (Francesca)

9:55 – Questions/discussion on Meditation Practice

       10:15 – Break

10:30 – Dharma talk on the Meaning of Meditation and Mindfulness (Sherrie)

11:10 – Sitting Meditation 


****11:45 am to 1:15 pm – Vegetarian Lunch and clean-up*****


1:20 pm – Dharma talk on Meditation and Buddhism (Master Jiru)

1:50 – Standing and Sitting Meditation 

2:20 – Walking Meditation

      2:35 – Break

2:50 – Guided Meditation Practice on Loving Kindness (Francesca)

3:35 – Discussion on Meditation and Mindfulness

4:10 – Dedication of Merit and Closing

4:10-4:30 – Clean-up of Meditation Hall and other chores

Pre-Registration is required.
Please contact Don at to pre-register.
As always, all teachings are free and open to the public.
Donations to MABA are welcome.
Overnight stays are available by reservation.
$35 minimum donation is suggested for one-day retreats.
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