Special Events

Pls mark your calendars
November 10
8:30am – 3:00pm
JOIN Friends of Midwest Moon Sangha and Rev. Charles “Al” Lingo, Senior Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh for a special day of dharma talks and mindful community. 
Al is a mentor in the Order of Interbeing, Protestant Minister, Civil Rights Activist, and resident dharma teacher at Breathing Heart Sangha in Atlanta Georgia.


Join us for a special opportunity to receive teachings directly from “Al” Lingo who  brings 30 years of experience of practice in the Plum Village community to St. Louis.  His dharma talks will include personal insights to the transformative journey from community organizer to Protestant Minister to Civil Rights Activist to Senior Dharma Teacher in the tradition of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.

We will also have the special gift of sharing this dharma talk and our regular Saturday morning meditation practice with members of LIFE (Lifelong Learners Institute of Faith Exploration) also meeting on the Eden Campus, led by Midwest Moon Sangha’s own Bill Perman, in an exploration of the intersection of Buddhist and Christian practices.

We shall learn how a community of differences can become an harmonious community , and needed,  comforting refuge, particularly during times of isolation and division . We look forward to seeing you at this beautiful day long retreat.

This is a time to deepen our practice together as a “sangha,” a spiritual family. It is also a chance to nourish our peace and joy, and experience real transformation and healing.

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Settle in by: 8:50am

Start of facilitated practice: 9:00am
Morning Dharma Talk: 10:45am
Lunch: 12 noon
Afternoon Dharma Talk: 1:00pm
Address: Eden Seminary, Wherli Chapel, 450 Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, MO

Sangha meets at 845a with meditation beginning at 900a.  Following regular sangha gathering, Al will speak 1045 to noon, followed by a simple lunch, and then further dharma talks 100p to 300p.

There is no cost for this Day of Mindfulness, and all Dana or generosity will go directly to our Teacher.  Please call, text, or email Daniel 314 265 2440 for a count on lunch needs.  Bring your own bowl, soup spoon, and water/tea container.

Midwest Moon Sangha meets every Saturday in Wherli Chapel  at Eden Seminary, 450 Lockwood in Webster Groves, Missouri

Please arrive and settle by 8:50 am. OPEN AND WELCOMING TO ALL.

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Bio for Rev. Al Lingo, Dharma Teacher

Rev. Charles Allen Lingo, Jr. “Al” is a lay Dharma Teacher and member of the Order of Interbeing in the Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village. He is also an ordained Protestant Minister, a lifelong civil rights activist and a community development specialist.

In 1964 Al joined Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference as field staff in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. During the 1960’s, he helped organize and participate in civil rights campaigns in Texas, New Jersey, New York and Illinois.

From 1966 and through the 1980’s he served as a faculty member of the Ecumenical Institute and the Institute of Cultural Affairs in Chicago, Bombay, Manila, and Nairobi, designing and delivering church and community programs.

Decades of working to improve societal systems for all people developed into a passion for effecting change through working to support individuals.

Since the 1990’s, Al has been a sought-after speaker and teacher.  He has led training programs and retreats across the United States and Canada, in South America, Europe and Asia. His teachings highlight the theology and interfaith mission of a new Christianity including the psychosynthesis program, “Unconditional Love and Forgiveness and the Buddhist mindfulness practices of Plum Village.

Al Lingo continues to be on a humbling spiritual journey of growth and transformation. His home is a residential Mindfulness Practice Center where he guides the Breathing Heart Sangha in Decatur, Georgia. He mentors’ aspirants for the Order of Interbeing in North America and most recently, has accepted the challenge to become a teacher of InterPlay in Atlanta.  

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