Theravāda Buddhism Web Directory

Waukesha
Wisconsin

Buddha Haksa Temple, also known as Wat Buddha Raksa. The monastery is established to conduct ceremonies and activities serving the spiritual and religious needs of the Lao and Thai communities. It is to provide religious guidance of the Buddha's teachings to the people interested.

Practice groups are listed by state: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin.

Los Angeles
CA

Founded by George Haas in 2003 and named the Best Online Buddhist Meditation by Los Angeles Magazine in 2011, Mettagroup uses Vipassanā, or insight meditation, as a way to help students live a meaningful life. Drawing from 2500-year-old Buddhist teachings and John Bowlby's Attachment Theory, the Mettagroup techniques serve as a model of how to connect with other people, and how to be completely yourself in relationships with others and with work.

Commonly referred to as "mindfulness," Vipassanā meditation is focused on living more peacefully, compassionately and wisely. Derived from the Theravada school of Buddhism, the techniques are widely acknowledged as effective ways to manage pain, stress, compulsiveness and are often used in conjunction with psychotherapy.

Most Mettagroup students begin with Morning Meditation, a guided meditation held via conference call six days a week with founding teacher George Haas. In addition, we offer several intensive courses throughout the year, as well as multiple retreats every year and ongoing one-on-one mentoring with experienced teachers. Read more in our classes section, or sign up for our newsletter and we'll let you know about courses and special events.

Cincinnati
Ohio

Our temple serves anyone interested in studying and practicing Buddhism. Using the original doctrines and practices taught by the Buddha 2500 years ago, we follow and practice the oldest version of the Buddha's teaching in the Theravada tradition. The resident monks come from Sri Lanka where the Buddha's Complete Canon was first written down from an oral tradition.

Oklahoma City
OK

Oklahoma Buddhist Vihāra is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and practice of the teachings of the Buddha. The Oklahoma Buddhist Vihāra (OKBV) began as the Oklahoma Buddhist Center in 2007 located in Del City, OK. The center moved in 2009 to South Oklahoma City and in 2014 relocated to North Oklahoma City where the name was changed. The land and property of the new location were donated on June 30th, 2014 by Mrs. Shani Wijay in memory of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Shelton P. Jayasinghe. OKBV is a residence house currently accommodating resident monks.

The Vihāra's aim is to develop and serve a spiritual community throughout Oklahoma.

Our resident monks are trained in the Theravāda tradition, but we invite people of all traditions and faiths to practice with us. Everyone is welcome. Please, invite anyone you find interested in Meditation, Buddhism, Yoga or Sanskrit and Pāli to visit and practice with us.

Prescott
Arizona

Vipassana group that holds silent meditation on Tuesday evenings.

Joshua Tree
California

Dhamma Dena, a Vipassana Buddhist center,  was founded almost forty years ago by pioneer Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison, one of only four westerners initiated as a teacher by the eminent Burmese meditation master Sayagi U Ba Khin.  The Center is named for Dhammadina, a female disciple of the Buddha, and is situated in the Mojave Desert of California, near Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Monument. 

Dhamma Dena offers daily meditation in the dharma hall, as well as offering several retreats each year.  Ruth Denison created an enduring and unique method of practicing Vipassana, focused on mindfulness in every moment, with the attention always to this present moment, as experienced directly through the movement and sensations of the body.  This  unique style of Vipassana meditation has influenced most of the contemporary Theravada teachers in the West, who now incorporate some form of mindful movement into their retreats. This style of teaching remains the hallmark of our center, and is carried on by her appointed teachers, with the same beautiful benefits to all who join us to practice here...

Visitors are always welcome for daily meditation or formal retreats.  Dedicated dharma practitioners who are able to be self-sufficient and independent may contact the center to arrange for personal practice time here, after discussing your needs with the staff.  Feel free to contact the Center about the possibility of a visit.

St Louis
Missouri

A lay group offering beginning and ongoing instruction, retreats, a small donated library, mentorship program and community to support mindfulness. Hosts guest-led retreats and speakers.

Mesa
Az

The intention of Mesa Mindfulness is to pass on meditation related events and provide support to individuals practice and the surrounding community. This includes hosting weekly sits and silent retreats as well as circulating  information about local meditation groups and other mindfulness based practices and activities. Donations are welcome but are not required.

Chelmsford
MA

Kalyana Mitta Sangha means “community of spiritual friends” in Pali, the language of the oldest Buddhist texts. Often used to describe someone in the teacher role, the term kalyana mitta can refer to anyone on the path of self-knowledge who is a guide, support, or merely co-traveler. Our group began as a “Mindfulness Meditation for Caregivers” class founded in 2005 by Abhaya Sandy Kopka, a Hospice Chaplain then working in Lowell, Massachusetts.  From time to time we are pleased to offer special events including half- and full-day workshops and retreats led by guest teachers.

Our regular meetings take place on Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. All are welcome, regardless of experience.