Events at MABA

Taiji and Qi Gong

太極拳 T’ai Chi Chuan and  氣功 Ch’i Gong

Learn the Basics of the 24 Movement Form in a One-Day Mini-Retreat at MABA

Saturday, September 11, 2010

8:15 am to 5:00 pm

11:45 am – Vegetarian Lunch included at the Mid-America Buddhist Association Monastery (MABA)

Highway 94 & Schindler Road, Augusta, MO

Taiji (太極拳; pinyin: tài jí quán;  Wade-Giles Romanization: t’ai chi ch’üan) is a very ancient Chinese system of exercise, moving meditation, and energy development method, that, along with Qi Gong (Ch’i K’ong), was practiced in Shaolin, Taoist, and Buddhist Monasteries.  The principles were even used as a soft, non-violent form of self-defense.  In the 1970s Taiji became popular in the West, and today in China and Taiwan, Taiji is enjoyed by millions.

Master Jiru, head Abbot of MABA, has practiced both the 24 Movement Form, now popular throughout Mainland China, as well as the more esoteric Chen Style.  Master Jiru rarely teaches Taiji, so this is a truly exceptional and rare opportunity to learn the principles of Taiji and Qi Gong as well as their applications to Buddhist Meditative practices.

Schedule for Taiji Qi Gong Retreat

08:15am Arrival
08:30am Introduction to Taiji
09:00am Sitting Meditation

09:30am Taiji Practice:
–    Warm up Exercise
–    24 Form
11:45am Vegetarian Lunch

01:00pm Dharma Talk: Body and Mind Practice II

01:45pm Qi-Gong Practice (Yi-Jing Jin) and 24 Form
03:00pm Break
03:10pm Q&A/Discussion
04:00pm Sitting Meditation
04:30pm Dedication of Merit
04:45pm Clean Up

This promises to be a very special day.  Come and join us!

All MABA events are free and open to the public.

Donations are accepted. for directions and information

For this event pre-registration is required   Register early, as space is limited.  Contact

Visiting Monastics and Dharma Teachings

Special Sunday Schedule on 9/19/2010:

Dharma Talks by two great Teachers: Bhikkhu Kaizhao and Venerable Kaiyin on Sunday, September 19th, at MABA. They are both a great Dharma Monk brothers of Master Jiru.

09:15 am — Arrival

09:30 am — Chanting the Sutra

09:45 am — Sitting Meditation

10:15 am Dharma Talk by Bhikkhu Kaizhao Topic: “Practice in Daily Living”

11:00 am — Break

11:05 am Dharma Talk by Venerable Kaiyin Topic: “Death and Rebirth”

12:00 noon — Vegetarian Lunch


Venerable Kaizhao Bhikkhu

Venerable Kaizhao is very good at leading meditation practice in both Anapana Meditation and Metta Meditation. He is also an excellent Dhamma teacher and consultant.

Venerable Kaizhao renounced and joined the monastic in 1987 at Hongfu Monastery in Penang, Malaysia.   He attained the advanced class at the Buddhist College in Malaysia from 1987 through 1990.  From 1989 till the present time, Venerable Kaizhao started preaching the Dhamma in colleges and also in prisons (with more than 20 years’ experience and expertise, he is a qualified teacher for capital punishment prisoners).  He became a fully ordained Bhikkhu in Thailand in 1990.

Venerable Kaiyin

Venerable Kaiyin was born in 1968 in the Capital City, Kota Kinabalu of Sabah State in East Malaysia.   In 1987, he joined the monastic and became a monk in Hongfu Monastery, Penang, Malaysia. He then attained the mid-level class at the Buddhist College in Malaysia, after that he studied at Yuanguang  Buddhist College in Taiwan.

Venerable Kaiyin had practiced meditation techniques under the guidance of Venerable Ji Cheng, the elder Venerable Xiu Jing, the elder Venerable Sheng Yan, the Vipassana meditation teachers Goenka and Sayadaw Pak Auk.

As a former lecturer at Yuanguang Buddhist College and the administrator of Fuyan Buddhist College in Taiwan, he is now the Abbot of Santavana Forest Hermitage at Sabah and also the religious consultant of the Sabah Kota Kinabalu CiYinTemple.

The venerable is fluent in the Pali language and specializes in the studies of “Agama”, “Abhidamma”, “Commentaries of the Theravada Buddhism”, “The Path of Purification”, “Mahāprajñāpāramitā-śāstra” and “Yogacara”.

Before and also after renunciation, the Venerable had learned art painting from two art teachers Liu Chun Cao and Liu Da Yong. During the time when studying at the Buddhist College in Malaysia, he often visited and became very close to Venerable Ji Cheng and the elder Venerable Ju Mo who was famous in both Chinese brush painting and Chinese calligraphy. He was deeply influenced by these two great teachers. In addition, when he was in Taiwan, he learned Chinese Calligraphy under the guidance of Venerable Ben Hui and Zhang Mu Xi. The Venerable is very artistic and is able to integrate both art and Buddhist teachings. As he mentioned: Practicing Chinese Calligraphy is similar to practicing contemplation in meditation. By copying the form of the calligraphy repeatedly, one can rewrite the form from memorization. This process has the same function as mentioned in the section of “Object of Contemplation” in the “Path of Purification” that, from “the general form”, one “select a form” to contemplate, then repeat the contemplation until one familiarizes the form.

Contact info:
Donald F. Sloane, Director
Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
14380 Ladue
Chesterfield, MO 63017
314-323-9007 cell



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