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Dzogchen Buddha Institute

Address: 160-C Donahue Street   Sausalito CA 94965-1250
Tradition: Vajrayana, Dzogchen Tibetan
Affiliation: Vajrayana-Dzogchen
Phone: (415) 887-2800
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Main Contact: Hazlitt Krog  Email  (Phone: 4I5-846-36I8)
Spiritual Director: Dzogchen Khenpo Choga  Email  (Phone: 702-526-0108)
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Dzogchen Buddha Institute is the Bay Area organization established in 2002 by Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche to provide support and educational programs for the study and practice of Buddhism in the Vajrayana tradition of the Dzogchen Lineage. The Institute hosts Khenpo Chogas Bay Area teaching events, live Webcasts, meditation retreats, as well as weekly Buddha Path meditation practice.


Dzogchen Community West Coast

Address: 2748 Adeline Street, Suite D   Berkeley CA 94103
Tradition: Dzogchen
Affiliation: International Dzogchen Community
Phone: 510-644-2260
E-mail: aha@dzogchencommunitywest.org
Website: http://www.dzogchencommunitywest.org
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Spiritual Director: Choegyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche  
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The Dzogchen Community West Coast was developed in California following many visits by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu,  beginning in 1979. It is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established to help preserve his teachings and transmission for the future,  and to strengthen practice by working together. The Northern California Community organizes group practices on an ongoing basis. These ongoing practices enable participants to develop and integrate the teaching into daily life and to support each other in practice. Anyone who has received or intends to receive transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche is welcome to participate and learn.
The West Coast Community is linked to the Dzogchen Community of America, Tsegyalgar East, The original seat of the Dzogchen Community in North America, located in Conway Massachusetts, Tsegyalgar West, in Baja Sur, Mexico, and also the International Dzogchen Community, based in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands.


Dzogchen Community West Coast

Address: 2748 Adeline, Suite D   Berkeley CA 94703
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Phone: (510) 644-2260
E-mail: aha@dzogchencommunitywest.org
Website: http://www.dzogchencommunitywest.org
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Spiritual Director: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu  
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The Dzogchen Community West Coast developed in California following many visits by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, beginning in 1979. It is a non-profit organization that was established to help preserve the teachings of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu for the future, and to strengthen practice by working together. The West Coast Community is linked to the Dzogchen Community of America, Tsegyalgar, the original seat of the Dzogchen Community in North America, located in Conway Massachusetts; and Tsegyalgar West, in Baja Sur, Mexico.

There are also groups of committed practitioners in Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and southern California. To contact these communities, visit our links page. 

The Northern California Community organizes weekly group practices at the Dondrub Ling Center in Berkeley. Special events, practice explanations,Santi Maha Sangha Study Groups, Vajra Dance, Yantra Yoga, and weekend workshops are held as well. These ongoing practices enable participants to develop and integrate the teaching into daily life and to support each other in practice. Anyone who has received or intends to receive transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche is welcome to participate and learn. 


Dzogchen Community West Coast

Address: 2748 Adeline Street Suite D   Berkeley CA 94703
Tradition: Vajrayana
Affiliation: International Dzogchen Community
Phone: 510-644-2260
E-mail: aha@dzogchencommmunitywest.org
Website: http://www.dzogchencommunitywest.org
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Main Contact: Gakyil  Email  (Phone: 510-644-2260)
Teacher: Choegyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche  
Spiritual Director: Choegyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche  
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The Dzogchen Community West Coast counts among its members all those who are interested in the practice of Dzogchen as passed on to us by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. The Community is thus seen as a place for sharing and exchange for people who share the same path towards knowledge. The various community centers are considered places for the practice of awareness where it is possible to collaborate with others in the perspective of a common spiritual enrichment.

It was developed in California following many visits by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, beginning in 1979. It is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established to help preserve his teachings and transmission for the future,  and to strengthen practice by working together. The Northern California Community organizes group practices on an ongoing basis. These ongoing practices enable participants to develop and integrate the teaching into daily life and to support each other in practice. Anyone who has received or intends to receive transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche is welcome to participate and learn.
The West Coast Community is linked to the Dzogchen Community of America, Tsegyalgar, The original seat of the Dzogchen Community in North America, located in Conway Massachusetts; and Tsegyalgar West, in Baja Sur, Mexico, and the International Dzogchen Community.
It has a non-bureaucratic organization, with systems of communication and collaboration which respect the various autonomous local conditions.


East Bay Meditation Center

Address: 2147 Broadway  Oakland CA 94612
Tradition: Theravada, open to all
Phone: 510-268-0696
E-mail: eastbaymeditation@yahoo.com
Website: http://eastbaymeditation.org
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Founded in a celebration of diversity, the East Bay Meditation Center welcomes everyone seeking to end suffering and cultivate happiness. Our mission is to foster liberation, personal and interpersonal healing, social action, and inclusive community building. We offer mindfulness practices and teachings on wisdom and compassion from Buddhist and other spiritual traditions. Rooted in our commitment to diversity, we operate with transparent democratic governance, generosity-based economics, and environmental sustainability.


Eureka Mindfulness

Address: PO Box 6865   Eureka CA 95502
Tradition: Theravada, Vipassana
Phone: 707-269-7044
E-mail: cindeegrace@sbcglobal.net
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Main Contact: Cindee  (Phone: 707-269-7044)
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 Mail to : PO Box 6865, Eureka, CA 95502      

"Eureka Mindfulness" vipassana meditation and discussion group, second and fourth Weds. 7:15pm, First Christian Church 730 K St., Eureka, CA. Wheelchair accessible, fragrance free, beginners welcome. Info: 707-269-7044.


Fa Yun Chan Temple

Address: 439 8th St.  Oakland CA 94607
Tradition: Mahayana, Chan
Phone: 510-452-8982
E-mail: xinxin_shi@yahoo.com
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Main Contact: Ven. Xin Xin  Email  (Phone: 510-452-8982)
Teacher: Ven. Xin Xin  
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Wednesdays, 1-4pm: Chanting the Sutra of Amitabha and recitation of the name of Amitabha Buddha  

Saturdays & Sundays, 2-4 pm: Chanting the Lotus Sutra 

Welcome to join us for our Dharma activities.

Free DVD/VCD's and CD's of Dharma teachings in Chinese and Cantanese to take.

Free books of Buddhist teachings in Chinese and English to take.


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.


Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling (Land of Flourishing Dharma)

Address: 3500 E 4th Street   Long Beach CA 90814
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Gelugpa
Affiliation: Gaden Shartse Monastery
Phone: (562) 621 9865
E-mail: office@gstdl.org
Website: http://gstdl.org
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Teacher: Khensur Rinpoche Dakpa Tenzin  
Main Contact: Pam Adams  Email  (Phone: (562) 621 9865)
Spiritual Director: Geshe Tenzin Tsether  (Phone: (562) 621 9865)
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Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 10:30 am until noon with a question and answer time following the teaching. These classes are currently being taught by Ven. Khensur Rinpoche Dakpa Tenzin

At times other events, rituals, and talks take place at the center and those will be listed in the calendar on our website.


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


Hayward Kadampa Buddhist Meditation

Address: 22248 Main Street   Hayward CA 94541
Tradition: Mahayana
Affiliation: New Kadampa Tradition
Phone: 415-503-1187
E-mail: meditationinhayward@gmail.com
Website: http://www.MeditateInTheBayArea.org
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Teacher: Michele Katrina Thorsen  
Main Contact: Michele Katrina Thorsen  Email  (Phone: (415) 377-1906)
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These drop-in classes explore meditation and modern Buddhist practices for improving our happiness, relationships, and ability to transform problems into opportunities. The classes are suitable for everyone and consist of guided meditations, teaching and discussion. Each class is self-contained, so drop in anytime. There is no need to pre-register or bring anything. Everyone is welcome!

$12/class

We are a non-profit organization funded by class fees and donations. Any profits go towards supporting the International Temples Project for World Peace.


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: 205 Camino Alto, Suite 250   Mill Valley CA 94942
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: (415) 845-0084
E-mail: kathrinapeterson@yahoo.com
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Teacher: Kathrina Kasha Peterson  
Contact: 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, metta 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: 497 Sierra Vista Ave, Apt 4,   Mountain View CA 94043
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  
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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 weekly meetings on 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.

Regularly scheduled meetings:

Sutta Study and Meditation - 7-9pm Wednesday evenings

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


Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha

Address: 4110 N. Martin Luther King Blvd   North Las Vegas, NV CA 89032
Tradition: Mahayana, Shin / Jodo Shin­shu (Japanese)
Affiliation: Bud­dhist Churches of Amer­ica Amer­i­can Shin Bud­dhist affil­i­ated with the Jodo Shin­shu Hongwanji-ha Hong­wanji denom­i­na­tion within the Con­ti­nen­tal United States.
Phone: (702) 633-4810
E-mail: lvsangha.info@gmail.com
Website: http://www.lasvegasbuddhist.org/
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Welcome to the Las Vegas Sangha Buddhist Sangha Website. We are Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha group that meets the second Sunday of every month from 10:00am-12:00pm. We are located at 4110 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., North Las Vegas, NV 89032. School age children are welcome to attend and are encouraged to join our Dharma Classes. Each month we have a different visiting minister who is assigned by Rev. Marvin Harada, Executive Assistant to Bishop Umezu. Yearly dues are only $20 per family.


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.


Light of Buddha/Nimbus Compassion

Address: 9452 Dewey Dr., Garden Grove, CA 92841   CA CA 92841
Tradition: Vajrayana, Karma Kagyu
Phone: 7143690702
E-mail: tuyetnguyen927@yahoo.com
Website: https://www.nimbuscompassion.com
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assistant: Victoria  Email  (Phone: 714 369 0702)
Main Contact: Victoria  Email  (Phone: 714 369 0702)
Teacher: Lama Dawa  
Spiritual Director: Lama Dawa  Email  (Phone: 510 6049177)
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Loppon Lama Dawa is specialized in the following Buddha Dharma Teaching praying and empowerment ceremonies:
 
Medicine Buddha, White Tara, Green Tara Chenrezig, Amitabah Buddha... Powa


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