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Boulder Dharma Punx-Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Group

Address: Currently meeting at Boulder Shambhala Center 1345 Spruce St. Boulder, CO   Boulder 80302
Tradition: Theravada, Thai Forest Tradition
Affiliation: Dharma Punx, Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, Shambhala
E-mail: boulderdharmapunx@yahoo.com
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Main Contact: Kate Gleason  Email  
Teacher: Kate Gleason, Facilitator  
Notes and Events:

Peer Led Sitting Group following the core teachings of the Buddha,
Dharma Punx & Against The Stream, in the lineage of the elders.

Wednesdays 7:30- 9:00 PM
Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center
1345 Spruce St.
Downstairs in Auxiliary Shrine Room

Please join our groups on myspace: Boulder Dharmapunx

or Facebook Boulder Dharma Punx-ATSBMG

 


Brevard County Buddhist Fellowship

Address: meets: Unity Church, 1745 Trimble Rd Melbourne   Titusville FL 32796
Tradition: Mahayana, Shin Buddhism
Affiliation: North American Shin Buddhist Association
Phone: (321) 720 - 0738
E-mail: brevard@bffct.net
Website: http://brevard.bffct.net/
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Teacher: Shanti Johnson  
Notes and Events:

The Brevard County Buddhist Fellowship gathers once a month on the second Friday of the month, between 7-9 pm, at Fields of Heather, Titusville, Florida (Next to Bikrams Yoga)

Beginner and advanced practitioners are welcomed. Free of Charge but a donation is greatly appreciated to help pay the expenses.

Please arrive 10 minutes early but if you are late, feel free to join us.
The Brevard County Buddhist Fellowship serves Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Mims, Merritt Island and Melbourne areas.

We are a member community of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship and founded in the year 2007 by our BFF Practice Leader, Ms. Shanti Johnson.

GATHERINGS INCLUDE...
Our community wishes to deeply explore into our hearts and minds in order to awaken to the Oneness of reality, symbolized as Amida Buddha. So that we can deepen our appreciation, knowledge and experience of the Shin Buddhist teachings and practices, we use readings from various Buddhist books and multimedia. In addition, we recognize the importance of practice, therefore, at the beginning of our gatherings we Go for Refuge in the Three Jewels, do inspirational prayers, practice sitting meditation and sacred chants using the Om Mani Padme Hum and Juseige chants. Even though our studies emphasize the Buddhist teachings and practices, we are open to the entirety of world spirituality. 
 
Our gatherings are Free of Charge (but donations are appreciated) and include discussion, voice meditation, fellowship and refreshments.


Buddha Heart USA - Boise Idaho

Address: 2201 Woodlawn   Boise ID 83702
Tradition: Mahayana
E-mail: bhusa_boise@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.buddhaheartusa.org
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Main Contact: Rev. Eric Schmitz  Email  
Teacher: Rev. Eric Schmitz  
Spiritual Director: Ven Master Richard Sittinger  Email  
Notes and Events:

Venue: First Congregational United Church of Christ 

Priests of Buddha Heart labor for Dharma in the United States.

Our priests are active in extending the lineage of Buddha Heart through Sanghas (training/meditation groups) in


Buddha Heart USA - Phoenix Arizona

Address:   Phoenix AZ 85250
Tradition: Mahayana
E-mail: backroadsaz@cox.net
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Main Contact: Rev Carey Avery  Email  
Teacher: Rev Carey Avery  
Spiritual Director: Venerable Master Richard Sittinger  Email  
Notes and Events:

Priests of Buddha Heart labor for Dharma in the United States.


Buddha Heritage Home

Address: 1220 Heritage Drive #63   Jacksonville TX 75766-5845
Tradition: Vajrayana, Pema Kunchok & Sogyal Rinpoche & Chagdud Rinpoche & Lama Sonam Rinpoche & Thinley Norbu Rinpoche & Balka Tulku Rinpoche & Orgyen P\\'hunshok.
Affiliation: Nyingma, Khagu,
Phone: (903) 284-8236
E-mail: buddhaheritagehome@gmail.com
Website: http://www.buddhaheritagehome.org
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Main Contact: Frankie Mae Jenkins  Email  (Phone: (903) 284-8236)
Notes and Events:

Buddha Heritage Home is my on-line site name.  It is also a physical location where I live in an apartment. 

I practice private puja daily.  I enjoy cooking Tibetan Home style meals.

I am an artist and seamstress taught by Tibetan Lamas how to draw and paint Tibetan Buddhist deities.  I also like to sew Tibetan style chuba robes, shirts and pechea covers.


Buddha Nature Club

Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Pan-Buddhist Club at George Washington University open to all people
Phone: (858) 336-5749
E-mail: djptheman@gmail.com
Main Contact: Daniel James Perez  Email  (Phone: 858-336-5749)
Teacher: Professor Hebbar  
Notes and Events:

Meetings are held every Thursday of the semester at GW Hillel, 23rd & H St. NW


Buddha Soto Zen

Address: 6550 W 22nd Ct   Hialeah FL
Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen
Affiliation: Hablamos Espanol
Phone: 415.557.5919
E-mail: info@buddhasotozen.org
Website: http://www.buddhasotozen.org
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Spiritual Director: Shotai de la Rosa Sensei  
Notes and Events:

We are an organization dedicated to Dharma teaching, the practice of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation) and the translation of Zen Buddhist literature into Spanish.

Somos una organización dedicado a la instruccion en la Dharma, la práctica de zazen (meditación sentada), kinhin (meditación caminando), y la traducción de textos Zén Buddhist al Espanol.

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Introduction to Zazen/Introducción a Zazén
WEDNESDAYS/MIÉRCOLES
7:00-7:45 PM

Please arrive 5 minutes before. For your comfort, please wear dark and loose long pants (no shorts, please) and dark t-shirt with short sleeves.

Por favor venga 5 minutos antes. Para su comodidad, por favor use pantalones largos, anchos (no cortos ni apretados) oscuros y una camiseta oscura de manga corta.
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Daily Schedule/Programa Diario

AM (MON-FRI/LUN-VIE)
5:10- 5:50 Zazen
5:50-6:00 Kinhin*
6:00-6:40 Zazen
6:40 Short service/Corto servicio
(chanting/recitación)

PM (MON-THU/LUN-VIE)
7:00-8:30 Zazen-kinhin-zazen

SATURDAY/SÁBADO (AM)
7:00-7:40 Zazen
7:40-7:50 Kinhin*
7:50-8:30 Zazen
8:30-8:45 Chanting/Recitación
8:45-9:00 Soji
9:10-10:10 Dharma talk/Plática del Dharma
10:20 Tea/Té


Buddhas Liberty Bell Sangha

Tradition: Mahayana
Affiliation: Buddhas Wisdom Association
Phone: 215-837-3543
E-mail: talkdharma@gmail.com
Website: http://www.buddhaslibertybell.org
Spiritual Director: Ven. Thich Thien Son  
Notes and Events:

Our primary goal is to share the understanding of the Buddha’s teachings. It is also our aim to make the true essence of the teachings accessible to all, regardless of religious or cultural background. Through understanding, mindfulness, and the practice of overcoming personal limitations, individuals on this path have the chance to experience the full potential of their being.

Buddhas Liberty Bell Sangha welcomes like-minded women and men of all ages to join us at our quarterly dharma teachings, at our Zen workshops, and at our monthly meditation gatherings.  We regularly practice sitting, walking and lying down meditation.  We offer friendship, support for spiritual practice, and encouragement as we quest for our right path. 


Buddhist Center - Rissho Kosei-kai International of North America

Address: 4522 Campus Dr, Suite A245  Irvine CA 92612
Tradition: Mahayana,
Affiliation: Rissho Kosei-kai
Phone: 949-336-4430
E-mail: info@buddhistcenter-rkina.org
Website: http://www.buddhistcenter-rkina.org
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Spiritual Director: Shoko Mizutani  Email  (Phone: 949-336-4430)
Notes and Events:

Our Buddhist Center - RKINA in Irvine, Orange County is the Rissho Kosei-kais regional center for North America, established for sharing the Buddha Dharma with a special focus on the Lotus Sutra (Ekayana Buddhism) for all practitioners living in the United States and Canada.

We offer a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere with a library of books from all Buddhist traditions that are available for check-out.  We also offer Dharma study session on every Tuesday evening and Dharma service on every Sunday morning.


Buddhist Center New York

Address: 114 East 28th Street Suite 1   New York NY 10016
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Karma Kagyu, Diamond Way
Phone: 212-214-0755
E-mail: NewYork@diamondway-center.org
Website: http://www.diamondway.org/ny/
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Teacher: Lama Ole Nydahl  
Spiritual Director: the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje  
Notes and Events:

Diamond Way Buddhist Center New York is part of an international network of over 600 meditation centers in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The centers were started due to the unique inspiration of Lama Ole Nydahl according to the wishes of H.H. 16th Karmapa. They are now under the spiritual guidance of H.H. 17th Gyalwa KarmapaTrinley Thaye Dorje.

Our centers consist of people and families working full-time jobs, and incorporating Diamond Way teachings and meditations into their daily lives. Members share responsibility for guiding meditations, answering questions, and giving explanations about Buddhism; their work is unpaid, and based on idealism and friendship.

For more information please see our monthly calendar, sign up for our newsletter, or feel free to contact us anytime.


Buddhist Center of Chicago

Address: 4722 N. Malden   Chicago IL 60640
Tradition: Vajrayana, Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
Affiliation: Diamond Way Buddhism
E-mail: chicago@diamondway.org
Website: http://www.diamondway.org/chicago
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Teacher: Lama Ole Nydahl  
Spiritual Director: H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje  
Notes and Events:

Diamond Way Buddhist Center: Chicago is part of an international network of over 500 meditation centers in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The centers were founded and are directed by Lama Ole Nydahl according to the wishes of H.H. 16th Karmapa. They are now under the spiritual guidance of H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje.

The main practice in all our centers is the Guru Yoga meditation on the 16th Karmapa. This meditation is guided in English and lasts around 30 minutes. There is a relaxed social atmosphere in the centers, refreshments are provided, and questions are encouraged. Our weekly meditation evenings are open to the public and are free of charge.

Public Meditations

Mondays and Fridays 8:00pm – Ten-minute talk, followed by - 8:15pm – Public Meditation 

Wednesdays 8:00pm – Public Meditation

The program begins with a short introduction on a Buddhist topic, followed by a guided meditation. The regular meditation is the Guru Yoga meditation on the 16th Karmapa and is guided in English. It generally lasts around 30 minutes.


Buddhist Center of Dallas

Address: 555 Amesbury Drive Apt.2-608 (Building 6)   Dallas TX 75206
Tradition: Vajrayana, Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
Affiliation: Diamond Way Buddhism
Phone: 2245785140
E-mail: dallas@diamondway.org
Website: http://www.diamondway.org/dallas
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Teacher: Lama Ole Nydahl  
Spiritual Director: H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje  
Notes and Events:

Diamond Way Buddhist Center of Dallas is part of an international network of over 500 meditation centers in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The centers were founded and are directed by Lama Ole Nydahl according to the wishes of H.H. 16th Karmapa. They are now under the spiritual guidance of H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje.

The main practice in all our centers is the Guru Yoga meditation on the 16th Karmapa. This meditation is guided in English and lasts around 30 minutes. There is a relaxed social atmosphere in the centers, refreshments are provided, and questions are encouraged. Our weekly meditation evenings are open to the public and are free of charge.

Public Meditations

Wednesdays 8:00pm – Ten-minute talk, followed by - 8:15pm – Public Meditation

The program begins with a short introduction on a Buddhist topic, followed by a guided meditation. The regular meditation is the Guru Yoga meditation on the 16th Karmapa and is guided in English. It generally lasts around 30 minutes.


Buddhist Fellowship of UU Clearwater

Address: 2470 Nursery Road   Clearwater FL 33764
Tradition: Mahayana, Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: Associated with the National UU Buddhist Fellowship
Phone: 727-391-1152
E-mail: truedharma108@gmail.com
Website: http://www.uuclearwater.org/content/buddhist.htm
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Teacher: Rev. Dr. Frank Tedesco  
Notes and Events:

Meditation- sitting and walking every Tuesday night 7-10 pm.

We have sponsored teachings from representatives of many traditions including Korean and Japanese Zen, Tibetan Kagyu and Gelug and others.

Active participation in interfaith gatherings.

We sponsored a visit of the Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour in November, 2008.

Volunteerism in hospice care and animal refuge work encouraged.

Located at
Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater
2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater, FL 33764


Buddhist Global Relief

Address:   PO Box 1611, Sparta NJ 07871
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Humanitarian Organization
Phone: 888.852.7579
E-mail: info@buddhistglobalrelief.org
Website: http://buddhistglobalrelief.org/main.html
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Chairperson, Founder: Bhikkhu Bodhi  
Executive Director: Kim Behan  Email  (Phone: 888.852.7579)
Notes and Events:

The mission of Buddhist Global Relief (BGR) is to combat chronic hunger and malnutrition. We sponsor projects that promote hunger relief for poor communities around the world. We pursue our mission by: • providing direct food aid to people afflicted by hunger and malnutrition • helping develop better long-term methods of sustainable food production and management appropriate to the cultures and traditions of the beneficiaries • promoting the education of girls and women, so essential in the struggle against poverty and malnutrition • giving women an opportunity to start right livelihood projects to support their families. We also seek to raise awareness of global hunger and advocate for an international food system that exemplifies social justice and conduces to ecological sustainability.

BGR SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

FACEBOOKTWITTERYOU TUBEBLOGPICASA


Buddhist Meditation Group at UUCR

Address: Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading 239 Woburn Street   Reading MA 01867
Tradition: Mahayana
E-mail: anfurst@gmail.com
Website: http://readingsangha.wordpress.com/
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Teacher: Andrew Furst  
Main Contact: Andrew Furst  Email  
Spiritual Director: Master Rich Sittinger  
Notes and Events:

Our Sangha is part of Buddha Heart USA. We’d like to extend a heartfelt and open invitation to any and all who would like to experience and learn more about Buddhism and meditation.

Communities Served

We serve the communities of Reading, North Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Stoneham, Woburn, and Wakefield.

Weekly Meetings

We meet weekly (monthly July – August) in Reading Massachusetts at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading. You’ll find information about our Sangha, location, meeting times, and more on this website. Please see our schedule for more details.

What We Do

It is our intention to provide practices that are simple. They are meant to offer peace and other benefits to our Sangha members and guests.  We hope that you might find peace in the Dharma though these efforts.

All are welcome.  There is no experience necessary.   A typical meeting includes the following activities:

  • Opening ceremony/invocation
  • Brief Dharma discussion
  • Qi-gong exercises
  • Meditation practice
  • Closing (recitation of the Five Limitless Thoughts)


Buddhist Study Group of Rocky Hill

Address:   CN
Tradition: Independent American Shin Buddhism
Affiliation: Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut
Website: http://rockyhill.bffct.net/
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Notes and Events:

This group has now integrated with the new England Institute of Buddhist Studies in Middletown.


Buddhist Temple of Chicago

Address: 1151 W. Leland  Chicago IL 60640
Tradition: Mahayana, Jodo Shinshu (Akegarasu, Kiyozawa)
Affiliation: Administratively Independent Jodo Shinshu (Otani-ha lineage)
Phone: (773) 334-4661
Fax: (773) 334-4726
E-mail: info@budtempchi.org
Website: http://www.budtempchi.org
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Founder: Gyomay Kubose  
Teachers: Yukei Ashikaga, Patti Nakai, Fred Babbin  Email  
Spiritual Director: Yukei Ashikaga  (Phone: (773) 334-4661)
Notes and Events:

Activities: Sunday services at 11 a.m. in English, 1 p.m. in Japanese (monthly).
Meditation: Sunday, 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
Dharma School and Toddler Group reforming, please write info@budtempchi.org
for info.

Wednesday discussion groups

Monthly meetings:
Shin Sangha, activities group for singles/couples interested in Buddhism.
Asoka, activities group for Seniors.

Weekly classes:
Class in Introductory Buddhism.
Taiko, Iaido and Minyo groups.
Japanese language classes, calligraphy instruction and cultural groups

Special seminars
Natsu Matsuri, annual summer festival of Japanese performing arts, crafts and food.
Publication: BTC Bulletin "Gan Ne" monthly newsletter.
Comments: established in 1944 by Reverend Gyomay M. Kubose.


Buffalo Zen Dharma Community

Address: Westminster Presbyterian Church 724 Delaware Avenue  Buffalo NY 14209
Tradition: Mahayana, Mountains and Rivers Order
Affiliation: Society of Mountains and Rivers
Phone: (716) 655-1856
E-mail: contact@buffalozen.org
Website: http://www.buffalozen.org
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Main Contact: Ray Ball, MRO  Email  (Phone: (716) 655-1856)
Notes and Events:

Zen Buddhist practice group meets weekly at 7PM on Tuesday evenings for liturgy, zazen, and recorded Dharma talks by the teachers of Zen Mountain Monastery. Orientation and introductory instruction given on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:45PM. Annual visit by an MRO teacher every spring.


Burning House Zendo

Address: 3504 Harford Road  Baltimore MD 21218
Tradition: Mahayana, Rinzai Zen
Affiliation: Dai Bosatsu Zendo
Phone: (410) 698-4648
E-mail: jeff.covey@pobox.com
Website: http://www.burninghousezendo.org/
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Teachers: Eido Shimano Roshi, Jiro Osho Fernando Afable  
Spiritual Director: Mutei Doug Murphy  
Contact: Renshin Jeff Covey  
Notes and Events:

We are a lay Zen community which meeting for meditation several times a week and for weekend and week-long retreats several times a year.


Buu Mon Buddhist Temple

Address: 2701 Procter Street   Port Arthur TX 77640
Tradition: Theravada, Vietnamese
Phone: (713) 376-4207
E-mail: cbmtemple@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.buumon.org
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Abbot Assistant: Charles Troung  (Phone: (409) 673-6625)
Teacher: Venerable Abbot Tri Quang  
Spiritual Director: Most Venerable Huyen Viet  (Phone: 409-960-1462)
Notes and Events:

Vipassana Meditation in English on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
Weekly Services on Sundays in Vietnamese at 11 am, English at 2:00 pm,
Pali Class from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm,
Vietnamese Meditation Instruction from 8 pm to 9 pm.


Canyon Mountain Centre

Address: 511 S E Highland Road   John Day OR 97845
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Suzuki Roshi & Baker Roshi
Phone: 541-932-2725
E-mail: jim@canyonmountaincenter.com
Website: http://www.canyonmountaincenter.com
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Main Contact: Jim Bauy  Email  (Phone: 541-932-2725)
Notes and Events:

We are a non-sectarian group.

We sit 3 days a week at 5:30 pm, non-wed-fri

We read and discuss and share on Mondays for a short time after mediation.

The space is used by a few others as meeting or practice spaces such as the local community garden, a yoga teacher, an accupuncturist and a family mediator.

The space is free. 

 


Carolina Buddhist Vihara

Address: 113 Woodridge Circle  Greenville, SC SC 29607
Tradition: Theravada, Sri Lankan
Affiliation: A branch temple of New Yor Buddhist Vihara
Phone: 864.329.9961
E-mail: dhammasc [ at ] hotmail.com
Website: http://www.carolinabuddhist.net
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Spiritual Director: Bhante Kurunegoda Piyatissa Maha Nayaka Thera  
Teacher: Bhikkhuni Sudhamma  
Notes and Events:

The Vihara is the dwelling of monastics; it is a community-supported house that is used for gatherings of Buddhists and friends.  We hold monthly Poya observance; monthly childrens program as announced; evening teachings Monday-Wednesdays 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (telephone to confirm), and weekly meditations for women on Tuesday mornings.


Cedar Rapids Zen Center

Address: P.O. Box 863  Cedar Rapids IA 52406-1248
Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen
Phone: (319) 247-5986
E-mail: crzc@cedarrapidszencenter.org
Website: http://www.cedarrapidszencenter.org
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Teacher: Zuiko Redding  
Notes and Events:

Small center offering zazen, dharma talks, sesshins and all-day sittings.   Schedules of our events are available on our web site.


Center for Pragmatic Buddhism

Address: First Unitarian Church of St. Louis, 5007 Waterman Blvd., St. Louis, MO  MO
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Order of Pragmatic Buddhists
Phone: (864) 525 4564
E-mail: jim.eubanks@gmail.com
Website: http://www.pragmaticbuddhism.org
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Anchorage, AK Representative: Andrew Weare (Shi Cheng Bei)  Email  
Teacher: Jim Eubanks (Shi Yong Xiang)  
Main Contact: Jim Eubanks (Shi Yong Xiang)  Email  (Phone: (864) 525 4564)
Notes and Events:

The Center for Pragmatic Buddhism (CPB) is a Western Buddhist school that emerges from a Chinese Chan, Japanese Zen and American Pragmatist lineage.  We offer weekly practice of zazen ("just sitting"), bell meditation, walking meditation, dharma talk and group discussion.  We have locations in St. Louis, MO and Anchorage, AK.


Center of Harmony Chan Buddhist Sangha

Address: 1040 Winton Road North  Rochester NY 14609
Tradition: Mahayana
Phone: 585-482-4872
E-mail: sangha@centerofharmony.com
Website: http://www.centerofharmony.com/meditation/sangha.html
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Spiritual Director: Shi Fa Neng  Email  (Phone: 585-482-4872)
Notes and Events:

Sangha

Many people come to meditate for different reasons. Some are stressed out from work, others are looking for enlightenment (good luck!) and others want to cultivate their meditation practice with the support of other practitioners. The Characters to the left translate as "Harmony at the Center of the Heart Chan Buddhist Temple". Our Sangha (community of practitioners) was formally established in March 2008 to serve those students and community members who wish to pursue in-depth study and training in Chan Meditation and Buddhist studies. We are a lay order, not monastic. There are no monks, nuns, or ascetic people wandering around. We emphasize the cultivation of insight and clarity through meditation practice; something accessible to anyone regardless of their background or religious convictions. Our Sangha is not affiliated with any other organization or temple, in China or elsewhere; however, because Master Fa Neng (法能師範) is a precepted Buddhist (via Shi Chuan Xue) in the lineage of Great Chan Master Hui Neng (慧能) (638-713 CE) and in the tradition of Great Chan Master Yunmen (雲門) (862-949 CE), our Sangha exists as a bead on a string of a long line of Buddhist practitioners dating back to Shakyamuni Buddha over 2,500 years ago.

Services: There are several courses of study and practice that are extracurricular to both Martial Arts and Meditation. They complement and add depth to ones practice. The following services are offered apart from our normal programs, and are offered free of charge as a gift of dana:

  • Triple Refuge Ceremony: This ceremony is all that is required to become a Dharma student/ practitioner of Buddhism. It is not a conversion, as we practice Buddhism as a practice... not as a religion. Buddhist practice can cultivate discipline and peace of mind through mindfulness and meditation, things which certainly do not conflict with most religions. At this occasion, people formally take "refuge" as a student of the "Three Treasures"... The Buddha (guide), Dharma (instruction), and Sangha (group of practitioners). It is at this time when one receives the black Hai Qing Robe (long Daoist-type robe with draping sleeves). This event is held quarterly, in the months of January, April, July, and October, as well as during the biannual precepts ceremony. Those wishing to take refuge and receive the precepts simultaneously, may do so at the June and December precepts ceremonies.
  • Precepts Ceremony: This ceremony is when people take 5 vows; to abstain from taking life, to refrain from lying, to abstain from stealing, to refrain from taking intoxicants to produce heedlessness, and to abstain from misconduct done in lust. At this time, they receive a Dharma Name / fo hao (佛號), a certificate to mark the occasion, and the 5 precepts in print with explication and significance. This ceremony is conducted biannually on the summer and winter solstices. In 2008, these will be held on June 20th and December 21st.
  • Interviews: Chan interviews are conducted weekly, after the meditation session.
  • Extra Practice: Students who have already taken refuge are welcomed to attend extra practice. This is held on Sundays a short while after meditation practice concludes. Those who attend the meditation practice are not required to attend extra practice. It is here when students do chanting practice (using those chants which are philosophically relevant to practice), bowing practice (moving exercise for the body/mind), in-depth philosophical analysis of various topics, and sutra study (using those classical texts which are useful for modern practice).


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