Wat Buddhadhamadharo (aka. Wat Concord) residing at Concord, California was found to gratify and commemorate Ven Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo, Asokaram temple, Samutprakan, Thailand, who was a significant disciple of Ven Luangpu Mun Bhuritatto a grand master of Thailand forest tradition Buddhism. In addition, this monastery is one of few official branch monasteries of Asokaram temple.
Ven Roemchai Chinwangso with 37 vassa (years in robe), the abbot of Wat Buddhadhammadharo, has ordained into monkhood since May 18th, 1975 at Asokaram temple, Thailand. He named the organization after the monastic name of Pra Sutthidham Rangsi Kampeera Mathajarn (aka. Ven Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo) at Asokaram Temple.
Vietnamese Buddhist temple.
Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara was founded on April 20, 1980. The main support for the Vihara came from a group of Sri Lankan Buddhists. Since its inception, the Vihara has been maintained by Sri Lankan, other Asian and Western Buddhists, plus non-Buddhist friends of diverse national and cultural backgrounds. Local American and Asian communities continue to support the Vihara. Venerable monks from Sri Lanka conduct the day-to-day activities and render guidance for those seeking the services of the Vihara.
Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara promotes the Theravada tradition of Buddhism found primarily in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia. The Theravada tradition is the oldest and most authentic version of the Buddha’s teachings now surviving. It preserves intact the original doctrines and practices taught by the Buddha 2600 years ago.
A vihara under the directorship of U Silananda. Teaches meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw.
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.
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.
Open Door Sangha is a community for Buddhist practice, primarily in the Insight (Vipassana) tradition, in Santa Barbara, California. The Sangha offers three weekly meditation groups, introductory meditation classes, occasional daylong mini-retreats and weekend retreats with well-known Buddhist teachers. We welcome all in an atmosphere that is accepting, free of ritual, informal and relaxed.
The Insight Retreat Center (IRC) is a community-based retreat center just outside of Santa Cruz, CA. We offer silent meditation retreats throughout the year primarily focused on insight meditation (Vipassana) and the liberation teachings of the Buddha.
IRC is entirely supported by a wide community of practitioners, volunteers and donors whose generosity is the foundation for the center. With no paid staff, the running of our retreats expresses the integration of the practice, service and goodwill of our volunteers.
Retreats at IRC are offered freely, as gifts to those who attend. This means there is no cost for retreats. Donations by those who attend our retreats make it possible to pass this gift forward to others who come to IRC.
Marin Sangha is an insight meditation (vipassana) group in Marin County dedicated to offering the teachings of the Buddha and guidance in Buddhist spiritual discipline with an emphasis on living the dharma in daily life.
Weekly teaching and meditation. Workshops, books, recordings, and other Theravadan Buddhist resources for the northern California coast.
All are welcome. Cushions, blankets, benches, and chairs provided. Donations appreciated.
Weekly sangha and guided meditation gatherings. Teaching by senior monk from Abhayagiri Monastery in person or through recordings. Meditation guide ordained as lay minister by Abhayagiri Monastery and authorized to teach by Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
The Metta Dharma Foundation, located in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, is dedicated to the study and practice of Buddhist meditation and the integration and application of Buddhist teachings in all aspects of our lives. Our classes and programs are based in the Buddha’s teachings in the Pali discourses.
We strive to support practitioners to live with wisdom, compassion and peace through foundational teachings and practices of Moral Conduct, Mental Calm and Insight Meditation, Generosity and Lovingkindness.
Thai Buddhist temple.
Los Angeles Buddhist temple was founded in 1978. The incumbent abbot of the temple is Ven. pandit Ahangama Dhammarama nayaka thero. The temple is located in the center of Hollywood. Meditation classes, dharma classes, Buddha puja (offering to buddha) and other religious activities are conducted by resident monks at the temple. There are Sri Lankan, Thai, Bangladesh Buddhist monks resident in the temple. Meditation classes are conducted by Ven. Lakkhana, the meditation master from Sri Lanka. Lot of them who attend the meditation classes become devoted Buddhists. Special attention is being given to each and every individual who attends the meditation classes. Other Buddhist priests who are resident in the temple conduct many religious activities.
The Skillful Meditation Project offers an approach to Buddhist Meditation based on what people actually experience when they meditate.
Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society is founded upon the empowering and self-revealed teaching of original Buddhism. We follow the guidance of the 4 Noble Truths. The Dharma (Truth) as revealed by the Buddha is our only Refuge. Through our founding teacher Noah Levine’s connection and empowerment from his teachers, Jack Kornfield, Stephen and Ondrea Levine and Ajahn Amaro we are directly connected to several lineages of traditional Buddhism.
L.A.Dharma is a non-sectarian Buddhist organization. Our mission is to create a focal point for insight meditation and to help develop community. Buddhist ethics, traditions, and practices inspire our activities. We host retreats, offer meditation groups, workshops and classes. L.A.Dharma operates as a division of the Insight Center, a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation, from which it inherits non-profit status. All donations are tax deductible.
We practice Vipassana meditation, a time-honored method for developing mindfulness and concentration. We offer weekly sits and retreats with on-going instruction in sitting and walking meditation by our guiding teacher, Victor Byrd, who gives regular dharma talks and leads our open discussions.
DharmaCreek Sangha is located on 200+ acres of redwood forest coastal wilderness. In the Forest Monastery tradition, we practice mindful awareness within the awesome beauty of nature. We practice being in the moment, in bare receptivity to all that arises, as we kayak in silence at sunset/moonrise on the Russian River, hike along a redwood canyon, or meditate beside a rushing sun-sparkled creek.
Monthly weekend Mindfulness in Nature, Sunset/Moonrise kayak retreats are held just before the full moon. Dana only.
The Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley promotes Buddhist teachings and meditation practices primarily from the Theravadan tradition.
TTVMC is a relatively new center, however, during its short history the center has been fortunate in hosting some of the most notable Vipassana teachers in the world. The religious advisors are Venerable U Silananda, Venerable Gunaratana, and Kyaswa Sayadaw U Lakkhana, who have generously come to the center and taught retreats ranging in weekend to a month in length.