All Blue Lotus classes & events are open to all. We provide suggested donation amounts, and all donations are used to support our dharma center and Teachers.
"Expressing Devotion at Home" -- Saturday, May 16, 2020
The Center for American Buddhist Practice / Blue Lotus Dharma Center is happy to present a class on “Expressing Devotion at Home” by Lama Ngakpa Chökyi Lodü, the Spiritual Head of the NamChok Pur ChoLing/Sky-Iron Kila Society. This class will explore some options of setting up a personal shrine at home; making offerings; the outer and inner meaning of the offerings; and correlating mudras and mantras. A great class for anyone, including beginners, who would like to learn more about joyfully making offerings. There is a suggested donation of $30. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated and will go to support Lama Chökyi Lodü and his community directly.
Satsang is often translated as "association with true people" or "association with the spiritual Teacher." This is a chance for us to talk informally and ask questions of the Teacher. It is an open format where you can ask questions or make comments. Or, just sit back and soak up some "good association" which the Buddha taught was so important for our spiritual lives. All are welcome. Have some questions on your mind already? You can send them to us ahead of time at email@example.com.
It's not too late to join the Dhammapada class! As of mid-May, we are not even half way through the text, and you can still join at any time. No previous experience with Buddhism or other spiritual practices are needed. The Dhammapada is a collection of the profound teachings of the Buddha on how to attain happiness and liberation. We will be using Thomas Cleary's translation, and we recommend getting your own copy of the book, though it is not required. All are welcome to join for one class or for the whole series. This is a great opportunity for both beginners as well as more experienced practitioners. To join, use the Zoom meeting link below. Please be sure to have your microphone muted, unless you are wanting to ask a question.
Class Details: Time: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Date: Beginning March 5th Led by: Lama Ngakpa Chökyi Lodü Text: Dhammapada: Sayings of Buddha, by Thomas Cleary To join: Use this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/843021504 (meeting ID 843-021-504) Suggested Donation*: $10/class or $35 for the series (donate here). *All are welcome regardless of ability to pay. Please donate what you are able.
The audio recordings of this class have been moved to the BLDC Archives page.
Beginner's Class (Book Club) -- Currently on Hiatus
Join us to learn more about fundamental Buddhist teachings! Beginner's class will cover basic concepts that all schools of Buddhism follow. Not required for attending Sunday service but may aid in understanding and participation. Class will be taught in tandum by Ngakpa Jinpa and Ngakmo Drolma who are each training under Lama Chökyi Lodu to become Buddhist priests. Class is free to attend but donations are welcome and appreciated. CURRENT TEXT: 'Lotus in a Stream: Essays in Basic Buddhism' by Master Hsing Yun.
Class Details: Time: 12:00pm (after service) Date: First and 3rd Sunday of each month Prerequisite: None Location: Online and at BLDC
35 Buddha Ceremony & Satsang with Lama Chokyi Lodu
(This event was a great success! Thank you to those who participated in and donated to this event. We look forward to seeing you at future events!)
Date: Saturday & Sunday, February 29 & March 1 Time: 6:00 p.m. Saturday; 10:00 a.m. Sunday Location: Blue Lotus Dharma Center
On Saturday evening (February 29), Lama Chökyi will be leading us in an outdoor fire puja, followed by a potluck and satsang ("association with the Teacher"). This will be an informal evening and a wonderful chance for good association with the Teacher and sangha. Refuge vows will also be offered this evening. If you would like to take refuge please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Event time 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Suggested donation: $10, Flowers and/or Food.
On Sunday morning, Lama will lead us in a 35 Buddha Ceremony for karma purification. This is a powerful ceremony for the new year in which, through reciting the names of the 35 Buddhas, we receive their blessings, gaining wisdom and merit, and purifying lifetimes of karma. If you are able to do prostrations, they are a valuable part of the ceremony; they are not mandatory, however. Here is a guide to doing prostrations. Event time 10:00 - 11:30am. There will be light lunch, tea and coffee provided after the event. Suggested Donation: $35.
All are welcome to attend regardless of ability to pay. Donations of any amount are deeply appreciated and will help pay for the weekend's events, as well as our usual operational expenses like rent and upkeep. We will also be using funds to continue to beautify the temple on the inside and out.
Blue Lotus Dharma Center 3463 Itaska St. #1F, St. Louis, MO 63111