Neighborhood Sitting Groups
The shared intention of sitting together in meditation creates a sacred space that’s amazingly powerful. If you are looking for support and connection, try one of these established groups.
THERAVADA TRADITION (Mindfulness or Insight Meditation Practice)
Sunday Sangha, a Mindfulness Meditation Sitting Group, meets weekly for silent meditation and discussion on topics related to Insight Meditation, Mindfulness Practices and Theravada (Early Buddhist) teachings. Chairs are available, but if you prefer a cushion, please bring your own. New and experienced meditators are welcome.
Where: Solar Yoga, 6002 Pershing, St. Louis, MO 63112 (2 blocks east of Kayak’s Coffee!)
When: Sunday mornings from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Contact: Christine by email here. Or call Jan at 314-210-8820. NOTE: Jan will be away on retreat 1/28 thru 3/25 and will not be able to respond to calls during that time.
St. Louis Mindfulness
The St. Louis Mindfulness (formerly St. Louis Insight Meditation Group) was founded in 1996 to support the understanding of Mindfulness through the Theravadan Buddhist practice of insight meditation (Vipassana) in the St. Louis area. It is a lay group offering meditation sittings and dharma talks, classes and retreats, a donated library, and community.
Where: Big Bend Yoga Center, 88 N. Gore (at Kirkham), Webster Groves, MO, 63119
When: Twice monthly on alternate Sunday evenings, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, check website for schedule.
Refuge Recovery: 3 Locations
Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy and meditation as the foundation of the recovery process. One does not have to be an addict, alcoholic or Buddhist to attend. All seeking refuge are welcome.
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church, 600 N. Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108 (Parking lot on Euclid. Enter via red door labeled “Church Office.”)
When: Monday — 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Contact: email here or check Facebook page here
Where: The Edgewood Program, 970 Executive Parkway Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141-6302
When: Thursday — 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Contact: email here
Metta Practice Groups: 2 Locations
Metta in Clayton is a small, informal group open to anyone interested in practicing Metta meditation.
Where: Private home in Clayton, MO
When: Tuesdays at 7:15pm
Contact: Maulik by email here
Metta in Webster Groves is a newly formed group, peer led and open to all. The format includes introduction to Metta meditation, silent practice, and time for discussion and sharing.
Where: Private home in Webster Groves, MO
When: BEGINNING NOV 22 — Second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 7:00 to 8:30pm
Contact: Lucy by email here or Annie by email here
Greater St. Louis Area
White Oak Sangha
This Insight Meditation group meets weekly at a private residence near Cuba, MO (in Crawford County, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis). There is a 30 minute sit, followed by a book discussion. Beginners are welcome and will receive instruction.
Where: Private home near Cuba, MO
When: Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Contact: Lisa Hoover at 573-205-7870 or by email for directions or more info.
OTHER BUDDHIST TRADITIONS
Midwest Moon Sangha
This is a community in the St. Louis area that supports one another through practicing engages Buddhism in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.
Where: Wehrli Chapel in Press Hall, 475 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119 (on the campus of Eden Theological Seminary)
When: Saturday mornings, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Contact: Lori Dowd by e-mail or call 314-515-3003
This is a group of Ethical Culturalists who merge the mindfulness meditation techniques of Thich Nhat Hanh with the philosophy of Felix Adler. They meet weekly for meditation, discussion and fellowship.
Where: Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road, Clayton, MO, 63117
When: Sunday mornings, 8:00 to 9:00 am or later
Where: St. Louis Wellness Center, 425 Marshall Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119
When: Sundays, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Missouri Zen Center
The Missouri Zen Center (MZC) was founded in 1980 by Dr. Rosan Yoshida to foster the study and practice of the teachings of Zen Buddhism. It offers daily zazen practice, classes for both beginners and advanced students, periodic sesshin retreats, and a library on Zen and Buddhism.
Where: 220 Spring Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119
When: Daily sittings, scheduled throughout the day
Shinzo Zen Meditation Center
Shinzo Zen Mediation Center was formed in 2005 and moved into its current location in 2008. The founding teacher is Reverend Kalen McAllister. Weekly services, while informal and meant for beginning and advanced practitioners alike, trace their structure and format back to the founder of the Soto Zen School of Buddhism, Master Dogen Zenji. This sangha also supports an outreach program called Inside Dharma, which works with prison inmates and ex-offenders who have recently been released.
Where: 6419 Clemens, University City, MO 63130
When: Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 pm and Saturday mornings, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (vegetarian lunch included)
Bo Kwang Zen Center
Bo Kwang Zen Center is a Buddhist community dedicated to cultivating compassion and wisdom through Korean Ganhwa Zen teachings. The center holds practice sessions as well as classes and other events. Check here for more information. Or contact the center by email here.
Where: 6208 Wanda Ave, St. Louis, MO 63116
Confluence Zen Community
The Confluence Zen Community is a non-profit organization dedicated to the practice, study, and growth of Zen Buddhism in the St. Louis region. The group, led by Daigaku Rumme’, offers several sessions of Zen-style meditation several times a week plus dharma talks and workshops, when possible.
Where: 3544 Oxford Ave, Maplewood, MO 63143
When: Check practice schedule here.
Blue Lotus Dharma Center
This group offers traditional Bodhisattvayana (Mahayana) services in English. The center is non-sectarian though the director follows Tibetan Buddhism as his personal practice, so there is some Vajrayana influence within the center itself.
Where: 3463 Itaska, St. Louis, MO 63111
When: Sundays 10:00 to 11:30 am
Center for Pragmatic Buddhism
The Center for Pragmatic Buddhism hosts weekly meditation practice followed by an open discussion that features concepts from early Buddhism, neuroscience, and training the mind, as well as a weekly reading. The focus of CPB is providing mindfulness training that resonates with westerners and a place for likeminded individuals to come together to discuss practice. There is also a formal study program available for those seeking more in-depth training.
Where: First Unitarian Church, 5007 Waterman Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 (enter through the north side of the building)
When: Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Contact: e-mail for more information
Mid-America Buddhist Association
Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA) is a monastery that offers weekly Sunday services, retreats and workshops, as well as special events and spiritual counseling.
Where: Located on 60 acres of rolling hills and woodlands in Augusta, MO, about 45 minutes west of St. Louis.
When: Sunday mornings, 9:45 to 11:45 am