Blue Lotus Dharma Center's new home!
Come and visit our new location at 3463 Itaska St. Saint Louis, MO 63111

We are delighted to welcome you to this new location!

Please join us for Sunday services at 10am CST.

We offer a nonsectarian Buddhist service that all are welcome to attend.  Please join us if you are looking for a sangha to be a part of, or if you would just like to learn more about Buddhism.

If you are visiting the Blue Lotus Dharma Center for the first time, we are glad you are coming to join us!  There a few things we would like you to know first.  When visiting the center we ask that you dress modestly and take off your shoes before coming in.  There will be binders at every seat with our entire english service for you to follow along in, so anybody can join in for their first visit.  There are also simple guidelines for temple etiquette posted on our front door.  We understand that a first time visit to a new temple can be intimidating, so we have tried to make our service as user-friendly as possible.

Please Read!
If you are a student who is visiting for a world religions class or other school project, we are more than happy to have you.  We get students very often, and there is no need for you to email us in advance. You are free to just show up.  We ask that you come to our Sunday service only as our classes and meditations are geared towards members and there will not be a priest available to speak to at these events.  There will however be someone available to take questions if you have them after our Sunday service.  Thank you for taking the time to read this and we look forward to seeing you at our next service!

Advanced Studies
For those interested in Bodhisattva studies, the Center offers  
The Seven Point Mind-Training, 
Class is currently in session, and is now closed to the public. Sha’ul said, “The Bodhisattva ideal is the primary path to develop compassion and loving-kindness and is a crucial fundamental practice in Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism." Classes focus on topics related to the Bodhisattva such as the Root and Secondary Vows, Six Paramitas, Seven Points of Mind Training (lojong) with corresponding slogans, and meditative practices like Tonglen. 

Sha'ul said, "Please be aware that this class does require a big commitment – it will meet weekly for nine months. It is very important to attend the classes as regularly as possible as each lesson is built upon the previous. Some make-up classes can be arranged but attendance is very important. Prerequisites and fee: Must have taken Refuge Vows and completed Intro to Buddhism class. Information for ordering the required text will be given to all those that sign up for the class. 

Check the Schedules Page, start dates, updates (when in progress) and details regarding text purchase and tuition.


The Blue Lotus Dharma Center is the result of the Center for American Buddhist Practice and Sha'ul's efforts to build a Sangha and Center in St. Louis for the past ten years.  "The start of formal Dharma classes was a major milestone," said Sha'ul.  BLDC is a Missouri registered non-profit organization and is always in need of tax-deductible donations. However, Sha’ul (who himself volunteers all his services) stressed, “Those who are unable to make a donation for classes or services will never be turned away.  All are encouraged to give as they are able.”