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Tantrayana Vajradharma Metaphysical Center

Address: 44725 E.Highway 74 #154   E.Hemet CA 92544
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, India, Tibetan,Neuroscience Whole Mind meditation
Affiliation: Tantrayana Buddhism esoteric
Phone: 951-9277351
Website: Lana Yeshe
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Main Contact: Lama Joyce  Email  (Phone: 951-9277351)
Teacher: Rev. Joyce Diane Schuls MAed  
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TVMC is a Buddhist consulting counseling service to develop the Whole Mind method to stabilization of imbalance brain function and unfication of the mind with consciousness activities.  It uses the Buddhist methods from India, Tibet, China,and modern neuroscience education to achieve this balance and harmony with the Universe.  Our Head teacher is Lama Yeshe Naljorma (Tibetan), Jyothirchandra (hindu) and American name is Lama Joyce Diane Schulz MAed, Ph.d in metaphysics and neuroscience brain education.  She is an art therapist, author, and retired educator.  The method is taught as a therapy for all individual sessions.  The meditative process is quite difficult in the beginning, and diagnostic tools are used to assess individual clients.  Group presentations can be given if requested, but the information is too general for the serious student of esoteric Buddhism or Whole Mind Unification.  The method is focused on how a person receives information and learns.  The method is quite holistic for the beginning and advanced mediator, with mantric studies, in Sanskrit and Tibet, visualization techniques, yogic activities for stress reduction, and balance.  The esoteric teachings of Tibet and India are explore for healing and past life therapy.

Tara Redwood School and Preschool- Lamas Vision for Kids

Address: 5800 Prescott Road   Soquel CA 95073
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Gelugpa (FPMT)
Phone: (831) 462-9632
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Empowering children to make a positive difference in the world

Tara Redwood School provides a curriculum and environment that nurtures the innate positive qualities within each child. The school strives to stimulate an intense interest in and joy of learning and an opportunity for each child to fully explore their particular area of interest.

We provide a program that addresses not only our students’ various talents but, just as importantly, their emotional and inner development. Our school strives to develop the ‘whole child‘ — mental, physical and spiritual.

The approach we use is an integration of Montessori and Creating Compassionate Cultures.

Tathagata Meditation Center

Address: 1215 Lucretia Ave   San Jose CA 95122
Tradition: Theravada, Burmese,Venerable U Silananda
Phone: 408 294-4536
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TMC is located on more than 1.5 acres in San Jose, California. The facilities consist of a Sangha quarters for monks, a meditation hall, separate men and women’s quarters, and a kitchen and a dining area. 

Tendai Jiko-ji Temple

Address: 504 Fayne Lane  Redondo Beach CA 90277
Tradition: Mahayana, Vajrayana, Tendai
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Spiritual Director: Rev. Jion Prosser  Email  
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Established in the early 1980's as a Tendai Buddhist outreach temple by Archbishop Jiko Kohno, spiritual director of the Osaka Jiko-ji temple and author of the book, Right View, Right Life; Insights of a Woman Buddhist Priest. 

The Easier Softer Way

Address: 11417 Washington Place   Los Angeles CA 90066
Tradition: Mahayana
Phone: 4158585586
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Spiritual Director: Matthew Sockolov  Email  (Phone: (415) 858-5586)
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The Easier Softer Way is a Buddhist community of recovering alcoholics and addicts.

We use the Buddhas teachings and the power of meditation and compassion to enhance our lives.

The Laughing Buddha Sangha

Address: 2046 Fourteenth Street   Santa Monica CA 90405
Tradition: Theravada, Sri Lanka Amarapura Nikaya
Affiliation: Dharma Vijaya Vihara Los Angeles
Phone: 310-450-2268
Website: http;//
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Spiritual Director: Akasa Levi  Email  (Phone: 310-450-2268)
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The LAUGHING BUDDHA SANGHA offers a very eclectic - Inquiry into Self practice - combining the calm observation approach of traditional Vipassana Mindfulness with the crazy wisdom irrationality of Zen Non-Duality which short-circuits the obsessive self-absorbed, self-identified mind.

Newcomers: Beginners very welcome! You will be very patiently guided. Newcomers are asked to please inquire first by phone to see if this group is possibly even for you. This sitting group encourages highly inquisitive, unflappable people with a natural, deep love of learning – who relish the abstract, and even the absurd - with a genuine taste for the indefinable existential stuff.

Experienced Meditators who are seeking a much deeper questioning into Self - and a de-mystifying, open-minded, caring conversation into Wisdom, Empathy and Spiritual Reality in our Western life-style + some poetry and laughing! Our practice is informed by traditional Theravada Buddha Dharma for clarity of view.

"BUDDHA: The JOYOUS ICONOCLAST" Study Series – offers a much more outside-the-box-Buddhism! Heart-filled heresy for a more maverick spirited inner-quest – for nourishing an iconoclast intelligence and compassionate critical thinking with a caring heart – thru some refreshing, risky, even radical spiritual considerations of Reality by developing a Dharma informed mind.

The Open Meditation Class is 7:30 - 9:30 PM, Monday Evenings and Includes: Guided Instruction - a 35 minute Silent Meditation - Dharma text study with Q&A dialogue - Metta-style Loving-Kindness Meditation with sacred poetry to conclude. The Core Study Group meets with Akasa on Tuesday evening, The Zen-Men Group on Thursdays. Sangha Shabat one Friday evening a month. Please Phone for Details. 

Akasa Levi was one of the few Americans of the counter-culture generation that lived a decade in Asia during the 70s, to be directly with the last living spiritual teachers of the pre-global era. He was a Buddhist forest monk for six years - trained and ordained into the Theravada monastic lineage by the revered Maha Nayake Ananda Maitreya of Sri Lanka. Originally a Vajrayana initiate of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Zopa Rinpoche at Kopan, Nepal - and later, a Vipassana student of S.N. Goenka and Anagarika Munindra in Bodhgaya, India - and practicing Non-Duality Advaita in satsang with Nisargadatta Maharaj in Bombay. Akasa is a Bodhi-Acharya lineage-holder of the Theravada teaching-transmission. He is known for his spontaneity and wry unpredictable humor.

For more information email Akasa at, call 310-450-2268.

You can also visit his webpage at

Three Jewels Dhamma Hall

Address: 31791 Johnson Lane   Fort Bragg CA 95437
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: Abhayagiri Monastery
Phone: 707-964-4606
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Spiritual Director: Cindy Mettika Hoffman  Email  (Phone: 707-964-4606)
Main Contact: Cindy Mettika Hoffman  Email  (Phone: 707-964-4606)
webmaster: John Gilmore  Email  (Phone: 707-964-4038)
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Weekly teaching and meditation. Workshops, books, recordings, and other Buddhist resources for the northern California coast.

Weekly Events

Sangha Meeting

Every Monday

7:00-8:30 p.m.

On the third Monday of each month, April through December, a senior monk from Abhayagiri Monastery visits to  teach, guide meditation, and answer questions.

On other Mondays the teaching is a recorded talk usually by a monk associated with the Monastery followed by meditation and discussion with tea.

All are welcome—the teachings are helpful to both beginners and longtime practitioners. Cushions, blankets, stools, and chairs are provided. There is no charge, though donations are always appreciated.

Guided Meditation

Every Wednesday

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Open to all: experienced, beginners, those with beginners mind, those with religion, those without, those unsure.

Each session includes instruction in basic meditation techniques and time for questions and answers. To sustain continuity of practice, participants are asked to commit to attend at least six consecutive sessions.

Freewill donations are accepted for use of the Hall.

The guide, Cindy Mettika Hoffman, was ordained as a lay minister in the Thai Forest Tradition of Buddhism at Abhayagiri Monastery. She was also given authorization to teach meditation by Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Tibetan Aid Project

Address: 2210 Harold Way   Berkeley CA 94704
Tradition: Vajrayana
Phone: 510.848.4238 or 800.338.4238
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Main Contact: Rosalyn White, Executive Director  Email  (Phone: 510-848-4238)
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Tibetan Aid Project rebuilds, preserves, strengthens, and perpetuates Tibet’s cultural and spiritual heritage for the benefit of the Tibetan people and all humanity.


Our primary program:

  • Funding the production, shipment, and distribution of sacred texts, art, and prayer wheels for donation to institutions and individuals in the Himalayan region.

Other program activities:

  • Sponsoring ceremonies important to sustaining the lineages of all Tibetan Buddhist schools.
  • Providing financial support for monastic centers, lamas, monks, nuns, and lay people.
  • Promoting awareness of Tibet\\\'s heritage in the West through publications, presentations, exhibits, and the production and sale of culturally significant items.

Tsem Rinpoche Foundation

Address: Unit #5 Soledad Plaza 20655 Soledad Canyon Road   Santa Clarita CA 91351
Tradition: Vajrayana
Affiliation: KECHARA - A Tsem Rinpoche Organisation
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Main Contact: Pastor Loh Seng Piow  
Teacher: Pastor Khong Jean Ai  
Spiritual Director: H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche  
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Tsem Rinpoche Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable institution dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and study of Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy and various spiritual paths. Also to provide the public with Buddhist-related and spiritual services and educational content.

Incorporated officially on 19th February 2014 in the USA, Tsem Rinpoche Foundation, Inc. operates a global group of Buddhist associations and social enterprises. This includes Kechara House, a non-profit Buddhist association in Malaysia, and Kechara Soup Kitchen, a charitable project whose primary goal is to feed and empower the homeless and underprivileged in Malaysia, Indonesia and Shanghai to become independent and self-sustaining.

University Buddhist Association at UCLA

Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Staff Member: Eric  Email  
Main Contact: Eric  Email  
Teacher: Venerable Kusala  
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Bringing the Sangha to the University
In order for students to meet and learn about a variety of Buddhist traditions, the UBA sponsors guest speakers from many of the local temples in Southern California to come and speak at UCLA.

  • Bringing the Students to the Community
    The UBA utilizes the passion of young Buddhists to reach out into the larger community and become connected beyond our college years. We sponsor field trips, retreats, and community service to forge the bonds that can last a lifetime.
  • Bringing Buddhism to the Disucssion
    The Buddhist teachings offer a perspective not found elsewhere, and a set of responsibilities unique to the religion. The UBA participates in interfaith events and dialog to make the Buddhist voice heard and understood.

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Vimala Sangha

Tradition: Mahayana, Zen, in the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Phone: 415.381.3015
Teacher: Lewis Richmond  
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The Vimala Sangha (Vimala Zen Center) is a Buddhist group based in Mill Valley, California, under the spiritual guidance of Buddhist teacher Lew Richmond. It takes its name from Vimalakirti, the householder whose wisdom was said to surpass that of all the Buddha's other great disciples.


Vimala Sangha's forms of practice and methods of inquiry are illuminated by the American experience, and respectful of all the teachings and schools of Buddhism. 


Our schedule of events is available at

Lewis Richmond's music CDs and music teaching DVD are availabel at

Waken Temple

Address: 11657 Lower Azusa Road   El Monte CA 91732
Tradition: Mahayana
Phone: +1 626 455 0077
Fax: +1 626 455 0556
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Teacher: Master Allen Hou  
Spiritual Director: Master Allen Hou  Email  (Phone: +1 626 455 0077)
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Buddhism is the Dharma of Compassion, Wisdom and Enlightenment. May all sentients find their own Sunyata, the true Buddha-nature. Thus, understand the Dharmakaya exists within one\'s own Heart.

Seek the heart and one will find the Truth.

Waken Temple operates daily 9:00AM~4:00PM. Closes on Mondays.

Wat Buddhadhammadharo

Address: 1217 Babel Lane   Concord CA 94518
Tradition: Theravada, Forest tradition
Affiliation: Theravada
Phone: 9258251645
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Main Contact: Ven Roemchai Chinwangso  Email  (Phone: 9258251645)
Spiritual Director: Ven Roemchai Chinwangso  Email  (Phone: 9258251645)
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Wat Buddhadhammadharo (or a.k.a Wat Concord) is a Theravada Buddhist monastery with a forest tradition monastery and a branch monastery of Asokaram temple of Thailand.  

The monastery has monks and missionary monks to conduct the teaching of lord Buddha, by abiding by Vinaya Pitaka (Precepts) and rules of Dhammayut Sangha of USA as its management philosophy. The abbot would be the lead in supervising and manage the development of all activities of the monastery. Other monks would assist and support to improve the organization efficiency. The main religious practice duty is as follows     

06:00AM-7:30 AM             Morning service and meditation (Not open to public) 

10:00AM                          Offsite alms round 

10:30AM                          Food offering to monastic members 

06:30 PM-8:30 PM            Evening service and meditation (Open to public, daily)

09:00 PM-12:00 AM          Extended meditation session.

Wat Buddhanusorn

Address: 36054 Niles Blvd   Fremont CA 94536
Tradition: Theravada, Thai
Phone: (510) 790-2294, 790-2296, Fax. (510) 796-9043
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Wat Buddhanusorn, “temple for the dedication of the Buddha”, was founded in 1983 and in keeping with Thai Theravadan Buddhist traditional has always relied on donations and volunteer work for its support. The main objectives behind the founding of the temple community are for propagating the Buddha’s teachings and practice, to teach and promote Thai arts, language, and culture to all those who are interested, and to serve as a pillar of the Thai community.

Wat Thai of Los Angeles Meditation Center

Address: 8225 Coldwater Canyon Ave  North Hollywood CA 91605
Tradition: Theravada, Mahasi Sayadaw, Ajaan Tong
Affiliation: Mahasi Sayadaw
Phone: +1 (818) 635 6460
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Main Contact: Nuchanach Sirin  Email  (Phone: +1(818) 635 6460)
Teacher: Noah Yuttadhammo  
Spiritual Director: Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo  
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Wat Thai of Los Angeles is the oldest Thai Buddhist monastery in America, and one of the largest centers for Thai Buddhism outside of Thailand.  Meditation courses are currently held in the meditation hall behind the main monastery grounds and meditators stay in the houses owned by the monastery.

Persons interested should contact us at or read the information at

West Covina Buddhist Temple

Address: 1203 W. Puente Avenue   Covina CA 91790
Tradition: Mahayana, Jodo Shinshu Buddhism
Affiliation: Higashi Hongani
Phone: (626) 913-0622
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Temple Communication Staff: Frederick Brenion  Email  
Temple Communication Staff: Peter Hata  Email  
Spiritual Director: Rev. Ken Kawawata  Email  
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West Covina Buddhist Temple, located in the East San Gabriel Valley of Southern Califronia, follows the teachings of Shinran Shonin and Shakyamuni Buddha, the essence of which is "Namu Amida Butsu"; when we deeply see the limitations of the self within (namu), we simultaneously awaken to the unlimited world beyond the self (amida butsu). We hold weekly Sunday Services at 10:00 am, but check our Calendar ( because there are occasional afternoon services. Directions are at Everyone is welcome.

Wisdom Kadampa Buddhist Center

Address: 1200 S Street Suite B   Sacramento CA 95811
Tradition: Mahayana, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Affiliation: New Kadampa Tradition-International Kadampa Buddhist Union
Phone: 916.668.9562
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Main Contact: Miguel P. Walters  Email  (Phone: (916) 668-9562)
Teacher: Kadam Ace Remas  
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 Wisdom Kadampa Buddhist Center is OPEN TO EVERYONE & offers meditation classes, day courses, retreats & Pujas (chanted prayers) to help us to solve our problems through the application of Buddhas advice (Dharma) to our daily lives.
     The purpose of the Wisdom Kadampa Buddhist Center is to preserve and promote the essence of Buddha Shakyamuni\\\'s teachings in a form that is suited to the modern world and way of life.
     All Center activities follow the guidance and teaching tradition of Buddha Shakyamuni & the Kadampa Spiritual Guide Geshe Kelsang Gyatso who has written over 22 Dharma texts and established the New Kadampa Tradition- International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU: to benefit all beings and support them in their quest for the full happiness of Enlightenment.

Our Centers Resident Teacher is Kadam Ace Remas who has taught in the Kadampa tradition under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over 15 years. Other Center activities are led by devoted Kadampa practitioners & students.

Our Center completely subsist on the kind donations provided by our visitors, regular membership & the blessings of the Buddhas & Bodhisattvas.

Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center

Address: 58900 Apple Canyon Road   Mountain Center CA 92561
Tradition: Mahayana, Maezumi Roshi - White Plum Asanga
Affiliation: Soto Zen
Phone: 951-659-5272
Fax: 951-659-3275
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Main Contact: Office  Email  (Phone: 951-659-5272)
Teacher: Tenshin Fletcher Roshi  
Spiritual Director: Tenshin Fletcher Roshi  
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Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center is a Zen Buddhist Training and Retreat Center located in the beautiful wilderness of the San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California.

Founded in 1981 by Taizan Maezumi Roshi as a summer retreat center for the Zen Center of Los Angeles, it is now a year-round Zen Center for residents and non-residents under the direction of the abbot, Tenshin Fletcher Roshi.

Yokoji-Zen Mountain Center is open to people in all spiritual traditions and walks of life who would like to experience the life changing practice of meditation. We offer a regular daily schedule, introductory weekends, silent meditation retreats (sesshin) ranging from 2 to 7 days, and two intensive training periods a year. Yokoji has grown up over the years, from a small collection of temporary buildings with a tent for a Zendo, into the fully fledged international Training Center of today - and a continuous cycle of year-round training has been maintained since 1995.

Please visit for more information, podcasts, videos and photos.

Zen Study Center

Address: 8811 Katella Ave  Anaheim CA 92804
Tradition: Mahayana, Zen Master Thich Thanh Tu
Phone: 714-236-0826
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Teacher: Ven Thich Tue Giac  
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Zen Study Center was founded by the Vietnamese Buddhist Meditation Congregation in 2005 to provide a warm and peaceful place to study and practice Zen Buddhism. Its primary activities include sitting in meditation, studying Buddhist teachings, and discovering the meaning of Zen practice in everyday life.

Zenshuji Soto Mission

Address: 123 S Hewitt St   Los Angeles CA 90012
Tradition: Mahayana
Affiliation: Soto Zen School of Buddhism, Japan
Phone: (213) 624-8658
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Teacher: Bishop Daigaku Rummé  
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Zenshuji is a Sōtō Zen temple dedicated to bringing the 2,500-year-old teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha to America as illuminated by Dōgen Zenji and Keizan Zenji, the Two Founders of Sōtō Zen Buddhism.

Our mission is to offer the ethnically diverse area of greater Los Angeles guidance in Sōtō Zen practice for those interested in satisfying spiritual, intellectual, and social needs. 

Zenshuji is located in the heart of Los Angeles in the Little Tokyo/Arts District area. We offer Zen practice for all people in a unique Japanese-style setting. 

Please join us. Zenshuji is an oasis of calm in the midst of the fast pace of urban life.

Zazen Hours: Sat 6:30am-8am, Sun 8am-9am, Mon 6:30pm-8pm.

“A Day of Zazen” is a monthly one-day sitting. Please see Temple News on the Zenshuji website for the date and the schedule.

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