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The Mindfulness Sangha of St. Louis was founded in 2012. The sangha was formed by a group of people who were inspired by the teachings of Vietnamese Zen Master and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh. Forming a community that practices together in his tradition, our sangha’s mission is to nurture and support the mindfulness practice of our members in a loving and inclusive community. On the importance of sangha, our teacher says this:

Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha are three precious jewels in Buddhism, and the most important of these is Sangha. The Sangha contains the Buddha and the Dharma. A good teacher is important, but sisters and brothers in the practice are the main ingredient for success.[…]Taking refuge in the sangha means putting your trust in a community of solid members who practice mindfulness together. You do not have to practice intensively—just being in a sangha where people are happy, living deeply the moments of their days, is enough. Each person’s way of sitting, walking, eating, working, and smiling is a source of inspiration; and transformation takes place without effort. [from Cultivating the Mind of Love]

By practicing mindfulness, we hope to cultivate love and compassion for ourselves, our community and our larger society.

You can read more about our teacher, our practice and mindfulness on the other pages of our website. We invite you to explore them.

We meet on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Saturday morning of each month at various locations around St. Louis City. Meetings include meditation, listening to teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh and other teachers (both Buddhist and non-Buddhist), discussing the sutras and commentaries, with time for reflection and more. All are welcome.