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Friendship Sangha of the Heart- Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura

Address: 5654 Ralston Street   Ventura CA 93003
Tradition: Mahayana, Thich Nhat Hanh
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Main Contact: Neal Ortenberg  Email  (Phone: 805-368-9835)
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Evening Meditation Every Monday 7:00 - 8:45 pm

The Friendship Sangha of the Heart began practicing in 1997 and is inspired by the contemporaryand timeless teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh with emphasis on mindfulness practice.

Each evening includes sitting meditation, walking meditation, dharma readings, and dharma sharing with the following special activities each month.

  • First Monday of the Month: Recitation and meditation on the Five Mindfulness Trainings (FIve Precepts).
  • Second Monday of the Month: Introduction to Meditation at 6:30 before the 7pm meditation practice.
  • Fifth Monday of the Month (once each season): Silent vegitarian potluck meal at 6:00 before the 7pm meditation practice.


Gay Buddhist Fellowship

Address:   San Francisco CA 94114
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
E-mail: inquiry@gaybuddhist.org
Website: http://www.gaybuddhist.org
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An Inclusive and Caring Community

The Gay Buddhist Fellowship supports Buddhist practice in the Gay community. It is a forum that brings together the diverse Buddhist traditions to address the spiritual concerns of Gay men in the San Francisco Bay Area, the United States, and the world. GBF’s mission includes cultivating a social environment that is inclusive and caring.

Meetings

Every Sunday at 10:30am we meditate together for 30 minutes, followed by a talk or discussion till 12 noon. Everyone is then welcome to stay and socialize over refreshments till approximately 12:30, after which those who are interested usually go somewhere local for lunch.

Please visit our website for an archive of over 300 recorded talks. 

Our sittings are held at the San Francisco Buddhist Center, 37 Bartlett Street (between Mission and Valencia Streets) Look for the red door near 21st St.
MUNI: 14/Mission or 49/Van Ness-Mission. Alight at 21st St, walk 1/2 block
BART: 24th and Mission, walk 3.5 blocks
PARKING: on street (meters free on Sundays) or in adjacent New Mission Bartlett Garage.
The Center is handicapped accessible.

Mail correspondence:
GBF
2215-R Market St. #456
San Francisco, CA 94114


Gay Mens Buddhist Sangha

Address: 57 Hartford Street   San Francisco CA 94114
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
E-mail: gmbsmail@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.gaysangha.org
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Contact: Albert Kaba  
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Meets every Sunday from 3 to 5 pm in the zendo of the Hartford Street Zen Center
2215-R Market St. #162 San Francisco CA 94114


Infinite Smile Sangha

Address: 584 Glenside Drive  Lafayette CA 94549
Tradition: Mahayana, Zen-inspired
Phone: 415 871 1622
E-mail: info@infinitesmile.org
Website: http://www.infinitesmile.org
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Contact: Judy Garvens  
Spiritual Director & Teacher: Michael McAlister  
Spiritual Director: Michael McAlister  Email  
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The Infinite Smile Sangha works to integrate a relevant approach to spirituality for 21st century living.  Michael McAlisters Zen-inspired work is currently reaching a global audience by applying teachings of wisdom, compassion, and laughter to this very life.


Insight Meditation - Modesto

Address: 2467 Veneman Ave.   Modesto CA 95356
Tradition: Theravada, Vipassana meditation (mindfulness)
Affiliation: Insight Meditation Center of the Mid-Peninsula
Phone: 209-343-2478
E-mail: insightmeditationmodesto@gmail.com
Website: http://insightmeditationmodesto.wordpress.com
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Main Contact: Lori Wong  Email  (Phone: 209-343-2478)
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Meets on Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:30pm at the Unity Church, 2467 Veneman Ave., Modesto.


Insight Meditation South Bay

Address:   Mountain View CA 94040
Tradition: Theravada
E-mail: sit@imsb.org
Website: http://www.imsb.org
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Teacher: Shaila Catherine  
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Insight Meditation South Bay (IMSB) offers mindfulness-based meditation practices to support the development of ethical living (sila), meditation (samadhi), and wisdom (panna). Founded in 2006 by Shaila Catherine, IMSB offers weekly meditation groups, monthly day longs, lecture series, intensive retreats, and sutta study classes to encourage the cultivation of mindfulness, concentration, practical daily life wisdom, loving-kindness and compassion, and the deep meditative absorptions called jhanas. Programs are held at sites in the Silicon Valley and southern area of the San Francisco peninsula, primarily in Mountain View and Los Altos.

Please see website: http://www.imsb.org 


Jonang Foundation

Address: 182 Howard Street #206   San Francisco CA 94105
Tradition: Vajrayana, Jonang Tibetan Buddhist
E-mail: info@jonangfoundation.org
Website: http://www.jonangfoundation.org
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Executive Director: Michael R. Sheehy, Ph.D.  Email  
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Jonang Foundation is a non-profit organization and online educational resource that supports and promotes understanding of the Jonang Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

We host educational and cultural preservation projects in Tibet, and work with the living Jonang tradition around the world in order to facilitate greater conservation, translation, transmission, and revivification of this little-known lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Please visit our website (www.JonangFoundation.org) for the latest updates on our projects and programs, and for information about the Jonang, zhentong, and the Kalachakra.


Joyful Dharma

Address: 114 Sycamore Ave, 7   San Anselmo CA 94960
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: (415) 845-0084
E-mail: kathrinapeterson@yahoo.com
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Contact: Kasha Peterson  
Teacher: Kathrina Kasha Peterson  
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Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 for silent sitting. If new to meditation, please come a little bit early for instructions. Meditation instructions on anapanasati and vipassana will be given on individual basis. Bring cushion for sitting. Please call for other times.


Juniper | Buddhist training for modern life

Address: 3923 Pepper Tree Ct.  Redwood City CA 94061
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: 650 299-9333
E-mail: info@juniperpath.org
Website: http://www.juniperpath.org
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Juniper offers Buddhist training for modern life. Buddhist training is a rich and dynamic path for cultivating inner calm, clarity, and strength; for infusing our lives with compassion and joy; and for dramatically expanding our inner freedom and awareness. By carefully extracting the essence of Buddhist thought from the cultural wrapper in which we receive it, Juniper is making Buddhist training relevant and accessible in modern culture. We invite you to discover our work.


Karma Counsel Organization

Address: 400 N. Genesee Ave Ste. 7   Los Angeles CA 90036
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: (213) 222-6741
E-mail: kc@karmacounsel.org
Website: http://www.karmacounsel.org
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Main Contact: Hamid Jabbar  Email  (Phone: (213) 222-6741)
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KarmaCounsel.org is an organization connecting people with Buddhist lawyers who work for donations only.


Karuna Buddhist Vihara

Address: 279 Aviador Ave.   Millbrae CA 94030
Tradition: Theravada, Sri Lanka Bhikkhuni lineage
Affiliation: Mahapajapati Monastery and Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara
Phone: (650) 556-6427
E-mail: info@KarunaBV.org
Website: http://www.karunabv.org
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President: Jamila Gunawardena  Email  (Phone: (408) 888-1132)
Main Contact: Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni  
Spiritual Director: Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni  Email  (Phone: 650-556-6427)
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Karuna Buddhist Vihara

is a Buddhist monastery offering teachings according to the Theravada Tradition in meditation and Dhamma principles. There are several meetings each week for meditation and teachings, as well as specially scheduled workshops and retreats on various topics. It is also possible for women to stay at the vihara in order to study, practice and support the Bhikkhuni(s) in residence, while learning how to bring Buddhist practice more fully into their daily lives.

These are regularly scheduled meetings:

Buddhism for Being Happy-Principles and Practice -- Sunday mornings 10-11:15 am -- followed by a vegetarian potluck lunch 11:30 am

Meditation Instruction and Practice -- 7-8pm Monday evenings

Sutta Study - 6:30-8pm Tuesday evenings

Meditation for Daily Life - 6:30-8pm Wednesday evenings, held at the Millbrae Community Center

Scheduling may vary. It is best to check the website for the current schedule and program details: www.KarunaBV.org 


Koyasan Buddhist Temple

Address: 342 East 1st Street   Los Angeles CA 90012
Tradition: Mahayana, Shingon Buddhism
Affiliation: Koyasan Shingon-shu, Japan
Phone: (213) 624-1267
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Main Contact: Rev. Keishin Kako, Rev. Koo Kanai, Rev. Ryuzen Hayashi  
Spiritual Director: Bishop Emeritus Taisen Miyata  
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The Koyasan Buddhist Temple, officially known as "Koyasan Beikoku Betsuin" of Los Angeles, is located in Little Tokyo area near the Civic Center. The Temple belongs to the Koyasan Shingon Mission founded by Kobo-Daishi (774-835 A.D.) and refers to one of the Mahayana Buddhist Schools. The Temple serves as the Koyasan Shingon Mission headquarters for the mainland United States.

Our temple follows Shingon Buddhism, a Vajrayana Buddhist sect that was established by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) at the beginning of the Heian period (9th century) in Japan. This form of Buddhism is also known in Japanese as "mikkyo" (secret teaching) and is one of several streams of practice within the Mahayana Buddhist tradition The word \\\'shingon\\\' means "true words". According to the teachings, enlightenment is not a distant reality that takes eternity to approach but a real possibility within this very life, based on the spiritual potential of every living being.


L.A. Dzogchen Community

Address: Glendale Civic Auditorium 1401 N. Verdugo Road   Glendale CA 91208
Tradition: Dzogchen
Affiliation: Dzogchen Community West Coast
Phone: (323) 696-0108
E-mail: dzcommunityla@gmail.com
Website: http://tsegyalgar.org/localcenters/losangeles/
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Spiritual Director: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu  
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Ten-zhi Lus-kyi Geg-sel 
(Tib. rten-gzhi-lus-kyi gegs-sel)
For Freeing Illnesses of the Body
From the Dzogchen Upadesha Nyingthig Yazhi Vol 2062:
Wam276-282


Lhundrup Choling Dharma Center

Address: 2481 Amherst Avenue   Los Angeles CA 90064
Tradition: Vajrayana, Nyingma
Phone: 310 445 0913
E-mail: lundrupcholing@gmail.com
Website: http://www.lhundrupcholing.com
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Spiritual Director: Khenpo Sonam  Email  (Phone: 310 445 0913)
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Located in West L.A., L’hundrup Choling was founded to preserve the sacred lineage of Nyingma Vajrayana Buddhism. Khenpo Sonam, our Spiritual Director, leads group practice and freely offers clear teachings in fluent English. Students can also receive profound transmissions from visiting teachers and great lineage masters.


Lions Roar Dharma Center

Address: 708 Alhambra Blvd   Sacramento CA 95816
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan
Phone: (916) 565-6314
E-mail: jinpa@middlewayhealth.com
Website: http://www.lionsroardharmacenter.org
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Spiritual Director: Lama Yeshe Jinpa  
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Lions Roar Dharma Center is a Buddhist practice center in Sacramento, California, USA. We practice the way of Shakyamuni Buddha as passed down through the great synthesizer of Tibetan Buddhism, Lama Tsongkapa, up to the present Dalai Lama. We follow in the lineage of Serajey Monastic University in India.

The core of Buddhist meditation training is based on yoga techniques taught by Shakyamuni Buddha and successive teachers. These techniques include sitting meditation, used to develop calm, awareness, and finally insight, as well as walking meditation. Imaginal practice is also used to creatively work with aspects of our own self nature through imagining Buddhas such as Tara, Chenresig or Vajrasattva. Discussions and Dharma talks help integrate these techniques into our daily life.  Please visit our website for meeting times.


Lotus Meditation and Education Center

Address: 1446 Summitridge Drive   Diamond Bar CA 91765
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara
Phone: 909- 861 - 1582
E-mail: baolienthienvien@yahoo.com
Website: http://sites.google.com/site/lotusmeditationeducenter
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Teacher: Ven. B . Kalyanawansa  
Teacher: Ven. Muruthamure Pannaloka  
Main Contact: Ven. Susila  Email  (Phone: 909- 861- 1582)
Teacher: Ven. Udagama Sumangala  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Walpola Piyananda  (Phone: 323-737-5084)
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This center is a Bhikkhuni Order in USA , under the guidance of Ven. W. Piyananda,the abbot of Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Viraha who is a well known scholar. We follow and practice the oldest version of the Buddhas teaching in the Theravada tradition. We welcome all Buddhists of all schools : Mahayana, Vajrayana , Zen .... and non-Buddhists people , young and adults who wish to learn Buddhism.

We  hold a "3 day retreat", " meditation classes", " Dhamma classes", "observance 10 precepts" on the last weekend of every month from Friday 8PM to Sunday 5PM. We celebrate all religious events: New Year , Vesak , Kathina, Vu Lan , Full Moon...

Monks and Nuns available to teach at this center are very knowledgeable and fluent in many languages : English, Vietnamese, Pali, Singhalese, Burmese, Japanese and Hindi.

                    EVERY SERVICE HERE ARE FREE

                   MAY THE BUDDHA BLESS YOU ALL


Mahakankala Buddhist Center

Address: 508 Brinkerhoff Ave.   Santa Barbara CA 93101
Tradition: Vajrayana, New Kadampa Tradition
Affiliation: NKT-IKBU
Phone: 805-563-6000
E-mail: info@meditationinsantabarbara.org
Website: http://www.meditationinsantabarbara.org
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Teacher: Kelsang Wangpo  
Spiritual Director: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
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MBC is a spiritual community dedicated to helping people develop inner peace, a happy mind, and a meaningful life through the practice of meditation.

We have a full range of Buddhist activities, including meditation classes, in-depth study programs, retreats, and empowerments.

Mahakankala Buddhist Center was founded in 1995  by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso while Geshe-la was spending time doing a writing retreat in Santa Barbara.


Mahakaruna Buddhist Center

Address: 304 Petaluma Blvd. N  Petaluma CA 94952
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan
Affiliation: New Kadampa Tradition
Phone: (707) 766-7720
E-mail: info@MeditationInNorCal.org
Website: http://MeditationInNorCal.org
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Teacher: Ace Remas  
Spiritual Director: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
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Mahakaruna Buddhist Center offers instruction and opportunities to practice Kadampa Buddhism. Kadampa Buddhism is a time-honored tradition that for centuries has made Buddha\'s teachings and meditation practices available to people throughout the world. Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana tradition, meaning that our primary meditation is to benefit all living beings.

We offer introductory meditation classes in cities throughout northern California and in Reno, Nevada. We also offer in depth study programs for students committed to studying Dharma. Please see our Locations/Contact page to find class locations. Please see our Calendar to see days and times of classes.

Thank you for your interest in Mahakaruna Buddhist Center. Please contact us if there\'s any way we can assist you in your study of Dharma.


Mahapajapati Womens Monastery

Address: 3368 Chapparrosa Road.   Pioneertown CA 92268
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 760-369-0460
E-mail: info@mahapajapati.com
Website: http://www.mahapajapati.com
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Main Contact: Ayya Dipa  Email  (Phone: 760-369-0460)
Spiritual Director: Ayya Gunasari  Email  (Phone: 760-369-0460)
Teacher: shared teaching responsibilities  
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Mail to : P.O. Box 587, Pioneertown CA 92268 

Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun we have an evening program of chanting followed by meditation. Tues, and Fri the nuns have the opportunity to spend time in seclusion. There is no evening program on Tues, and Fri. We strive to maintain silence on Fridays. 

We will be observing the traditional rains retreat July-October here at the monastery.

Volunteers are needed to shop for groceries, cook, and offer meals to the bhikkhunis (nuns). Please download application. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AawroKMui4VSlkw9c6wTQzSAXlBz9rXEeIZBfCY4xfg/edit?usp=sharing.


Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages

Address: 2018 Allston Way   Berkeley CA 94704
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: 1-510-809-1100
E-mail: inquiries@mangalamresearch.org
Website: http://www.mangalamresearch.org/index.html
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Spiritual Director: Founder Tarthang Tulku Lama of the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Center  
Main Contact: Jack Petranker - Director  
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Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages – Founded in 2008, the center brings scholars to Berkeley to study Buddhism, its written tradition, and its sacred texts. It also offers classes. The heart of the center is a magnificent library that holds one of the world’s greatest collections of Tibetan texts.


Middle Land Chan Monastery

Address: 1173 San Bernardino Ave.   CA 91767
Tradition: Mahayana, Zen (Chan) School, Linji, Meditation
Phone: 909-625-0187
Fax: 909-625-0189
E-mail: middleland@ctzen.org
Website: http://www.middleland.org
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Spiritual Director: Ven. Master Wei Chueh  
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We offer weekly free classes in the fundamentals of Zen Buddhism and meditation throughout the year. The classes and services are given both in English and in Chinese.

We sincerely invite everyone to join our meditation classes and all activities, to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere here, and to find the meaning of life through meditation practice and Dharma education.

All classes and programs are FREE of charge and open to the public.