Theravāda Buddhism Web Directory

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.

Victoria
BC

Victoria Insight Meditation Society is dedicated to supporting the practice and study of Vipassana or Insight Meditation. Vipassana, or “clear seeing,” is the meditative practice of mindful attention. We seek to cultivate insight, generosity and kindness in order to awaken body, heart and mind and to foster the possibility of freedom from suffering for all.

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.

Canmore
AB

The group is hosted by Sanghamitta (Mary Dumka), a retired psychiatrist who has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1991 and has done several years of training as a meditation teacher.

Sanghamitta’s first teacher was Mechele Calvert, a student of Bhante Piyadassi of Sri Lanka. Her current teacher is Ajahn Sona of Sitavana/Birken Forest Monastery near Kamloops, BC. She has also done retreats with Bhante Piyadassi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Bhante Gunaratana, Bhikkhu Thanissaro and Ayya Medhanandi.

Santa Barbara
CA

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.

Santa Cruz
CA

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.

Lebanon
NH

Valley Insight Meditation Society was created by a group of people who practice and study in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Our Mission, and the essence of our work, is liberation for all beings.

Our purpose is to provide opportunities for the practice, study, and teaching of Theravada Buddhism in the Insight (Vipassana) Meditation tradition.