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Ratnashri Sangha of Tampa Bay

Address: Richard Weissman, President 7040 Fernleaf Ct  Port Richey FL 34668
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Kagyu, Drigung
Affiliation: Drigung Kagyu
Phone: (727) 834-9308
E-mail: richard@ratnashri-tampabay.org
Website: http://www.ratnashri-tampabay.org
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Director & Webmaster: Jatson Dolkar  
Secretary: Cairy Britton  
Main Contact: Richard Weissman  Email  (Phone: 727-834-9308)
Spiritual Director: Drupon Thinely Ningpo Rinpoche  
Notes and Events:

 Ongoing Practices:

Saturday Meditation Practices at Hudson Regional Area Library
8012 Library Road, Hudson

Friday Night Dharma Study Group at 12733 Oakwood Drive, Hudson


Samadhi Buddhist Meditation Centre

Address: 5908 - 67TH AVE N  Pinellas Park FL 33781
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Early (Pali) Buddhism
Phone: 727-744-4377 & 727-330-8542
E-mail: pdassana@yahoo.com
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Main Contact: Venerable Upananda Thero Dedunupitiye  Email  
Teacher: Venerable Upananda Thero Dedunupitiye  
Spiritual Director: Venerable Bhikkhuni Sudarshana  Email  
Notes and Events:

Non-sectarian by nature, this centers congregation is comprised of local Americans. Conducts regular programs on samatha (tranquality) and vipassana (insight) meditations. Services include funeral service, house-warming, house-blessing, ministering to the sick and dying, guidance counseling in all areas of life, teaching Pali, Theravada Buddhism, Pali chanting.

Offered in English only, the services are open to people in Tampa Bay Area and beyond.

All services are absolutely free of charge. Donations welcome. As a non-profit organization registered in and approved by the State of Florida, Samadhi Buddhist Meditation Center issues receipts for donations for income tax purposes. Checks payable to SAMADHI BUDDHIST MEDITATION CENTER.


Samudrabadra Buddhist Center

Address: 16050 South US 41, Suite 108   Fort Myers FL 33908
Tradition: Vajrayana, New Kadampa Tradition Tibetan
Phone: (239)567-9739
E-mail: info@MeditationInFortMyers.org
Website: http://www.MeditationInFortMyers.org.
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Teacher: JoAnn Lawrence  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
Notes and Events:

Kadampa Buddhism is a joyful, extremely practical lineage of Buddhism that offers levels of study ranging from introductory, intermediate, and a very indepth program for those wishing to train up as qualified Dharma teachers. We also have weekly pujas, once a month day retreats, and bi-monthly Day Courses.

Introductory classes are open to everyone, of any faith or philosophical background.

We have introductory classes in the following locations:

Fort Myers

Naples

Bonita Springs

Cape Coral

Sanibel Island


Sanctuary Meditation Center

Address: 1112 Sanctuary Road  Naples FL 34120
Tradition: Theravada, Non-Sectarian
Phone: 239-404-1832
E-mail: hrstreak@comcast.net
Website: http://www.sanctuarymeditationcenter.org
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Main Contact: Jan Robey  Email  (Phone: 239-404-1832)
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Located on 15 acres of wooded land, Sanctuary Meditation Center offers free meditation lessons and retreats.  Visit our website for the latest information.


Skyclad Zendo

Address: 2001 Brinson Rd  Lutz FL 33558-8367
Tradition: Mahayana, Zen
Phone: 727-215-3794
E-mail: skycladzendo@yahoogroups.com
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/skycladzendo/
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Administrator: Andrew Warnick  
Main Contact: Andrew Warnick  
Teacher: Various  
Notes and Events:

Follow teachings of Toni Packer and Springwater Center. The Skyclad Zendo is a naturist Zen meditation group which follows a non-traditional approach of open inquiry through awareness, mindfulness and attention. We meet every Sunday morning for two hours of zazen au naturel, from 10 A.M. to noon in the yoga room at Paradise Lakes Resort, 2001 Brinson Rd., Lutz, FL 33558-8367. We also offer seven-day silent meditation retreats with various teachers.


South Florida Zen Group

Address: 7110 SW 182nd Way   Southwest Ranches FL 33331
Tradition: Mahayana, Korean Zen
Affiliation: Kwan Um School of Zen
Phone: 954-263-4653
E-mail: southfloridazengroup@gmail.com
Website: http://www.southfloridazen.org
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Main Contact: Carlos Montero  Email  (Phone: 954-263-4653)
Notes and Events:

The South Florida Zen Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to the practice of Zen Buddhism in the area of Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and West Palm Beach. The group offers meditation instruction and holds weekly practice sessions. The activities of the group are FREE and open to everyone regardless of religious background.

The group meets at Bo Hyun Sa, a korean Buddhist temple located in Davie.
The SFZG is affiliated with the Kwan Um School of Zen and practices in accordance to the teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn.

Meditation practice is the heart of Zen Buddhism. We invite you to come and practice with us.


St Petersburg Kadampa Buddhist Center

Address: c/o Living Room Yoga, 1608 29th Ave North  St Petersburg FL 33713
Tradition: Vajrayana, New Kadampa Tradition Tibetan
Affiliation: New Kadampa Tradition
Phone: (727) 797-9770
E-mail: parbawatiya@meditationinflorida.org
Website: http://www.MeditationInTampaBay.org
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Teachers: Angus Berry  
Teacher: Gen Kelsang Demo  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
Notes and Events:

Meditation classes in St Petersburg teach basic meditation and the practice of Kadampa Buddhism. The purpose of these classes is to help people to gain personal experience of inner peace, to overcome their daily problems, and to find real happiness in their hearts.

Our St Petersburg classes consist of guided meditations, a talk and discussion. The classes are suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced meditators. Each class is self contained, though you are welcome to attend the whole course. They provide an ideal introduction to meditation and Buddhism, teaching effective and practical methods for overcoming problems and increasing happiness in daily life.


Tallahasee Kadam Dharma Group

Tradition: Mahayana, Vajrayana, New Kadampa Tradition Tibetan
Affiliation: Kadampa Meditation Center- GA
Phone: 850-656-7066
E-mail: stayc1977@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.meditationforeveryone.org
Main Contact: Kadampa Meditation Center- GA  Email  (Phone: 404-255-1585.)
Facilitator: Stacey Turknett  Email  (Phone: 251-207-7762)
Teacher: Gen Kelsang Mondrub  
Spiritual Director: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
Notes and Events:

We meet in Barnes N Noble cafe @ the Tallahassee Mall the second and fourth sundays of the month from 1 to 2 pm to discuss the current book selection

Once monthly we meet for meditation and puja at alternating members home

We also have book talks on a regular basis  given by Gen Kelsang Mondrub of Kadampa Meditation Center - GA.


Tallahassee Buddhist Community

Address: 647 McDonnell Drive (Railroad Square )  Tallahassee FL 32310
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Non-denominational
E-mail: tbc@webdharma.com
Website: http://tallahasseebuddhistcommunity.org/
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Main Contact: Ralph Dougherty  Email  
Notes and Events:

The Tallahassee Buddhist Community is dedicated to providing support for non-sectarian and non-denominational Buddhist practice and study in the Tallahassee area.  The community supports vipassana, zen, engaged Buddhist, American Buddhist, and Vajrayana Buddhist practice.  It is a Buddhist commons responding to the needs of the local Buddhist community.

The Tallahassee Buddhist Community is at
647 McDonnell Drive in Railroad Square.
Railroad Square is off of Railroad Ave., just south of Gaines St.
Look for the signs to the Railroad Square Art Park.
As you drive into Railroad Square, go straight
and look for the big orange building on your left.


Tallahassee Chan Group

Address: 647 McDonnell Drive (in Railroad Square)   Tallahassee FL 32310-4807
Tradition: Mahayana, Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan Buddhism
Affiliation: Dharma Drum Mountain
E-mail: tallahassee.chan@gmail.com
Website: http://www.tallahasseechan.com/
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Teacher: Guogu  
Spiritual Director: Guogu  Email  
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Affiliated with the Dharma Drum Mountain Lineage of Chan Buddhism, the Tallahassee Chan Group is dedicated to the teachings of Chinese Chan/Zen Buddhism. Guogu (Dr. Jimmy Yu, Assistant Professor of Religion at Florida State University) is the Dharma teacher. He received inka (affirmation of Chan experience) from the late Chan Master Sheng Yen (1930-2009) in 1995 and is one of his senior lay teachers in the Dharma Drum Chan lineage.

The group meets every Monday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. If you have no meditation experience, please arrive 20 minutes before the meeting for basic meditation instructions.

The first Monday of each month includes a 20-minute sitting followed by a Dharma talk. Beginning in February, Guogu will be giving a four-part series of teachings entitled, "The Marrow of Zen The Marrow of Bodhidharma". Bodhidharma (ca. 5th CE) is purportedly the founder of Chan/Zen in China. In this series of talks, Guogu focuses on the recorded teaching of Bodhidharma and relates it to modern life. Beginners and advance practitioners welcome. No registration necessary. Each talk is independent and the talk is free. The dates are: February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3.

Free meditation workshops are offered regularly. For more information, please contact us at tallahassee.chan@gmail.com.


Tallahassee Kadampa Group

Address: Namaste Yoga 1369 E Lafayette Street   Tallahassee FL 32301
Tradition: Vajrayana, New Kadampa Tradition
Affiliation: Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center
Phone: 727-797-9770
E-mail: info@meditationInTampaBay.org
Website: http://www.meditationintallahassee.org
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Teacher: Kelsang Chokyan  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
Notes and Events:

Meditation classes in Tallahassee teach basic meditation and the practice of Kadampa Buddhism. The purpose of these classes is to help people to gain personal experience of inner peace, to overcome their daily problems, and to find real happiness in their hearts.

Our Tallahassee classes consist of guided meditations, a talk and discussion. The classes are suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced meditators. Each class is self contained, though you are welcome to attend the whole course. They provide an ideal introduction to meditation and Buddhism, teaching effective and practical methods for overcoming problems and increasing happiness in daily life.


True Dharma International Buddhist Mission

Address: 11319 93rd Street   Largo FL 33773-4614
Tradition: Mahayana, Korean
Phone: 727-512-4805
E-mail: truedharma108@gmail.org
Website: http://www.truedharmaworks.org
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Teacher: Frank Tedesco  
Notes and Events:

The True Dharma International Buddhist Mission is focused on spreading the teachings and practices of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and giving that leads to equanimity as taught by the Buddha. TDIBM followers have studied in many different lineages or none. Our concern is the heart-essence of the teachings and freeing ourselves from inner bondage as we serve others. We are socially engaged and committed to kindness for all sentient beings without discrimination. We teach and work in animal shelters and sanctuaries, jails and prisons, hospitals and hospices, and among homeless, wherever there is need. One major project was organizing a visit of the Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour to Clearwater, Florida 10/31-11/2008.

Our meetings consist of chanting, meditation, study and fellowship. We also schedule Buddhist films and field trips to Buddhist sites as well as retreats. Much time is spent introducing dharma to newcomers and healing those in need, We share end-of-life moments at homes and hospices perform funerals for humans and animals, including prayers and burial for road-kill. Rev.Dr. Tedesco is Certified in Thanatology (CT) from ADEC, Association for Death Education and Counseling.


Tubten Kunga Center for the Study of Tibetan Buddhism

Address: 201 SE 15th Terrace Cove Plaza  Deerfield Beach FL 33441
Tradition: Mahayana, Tibetan, Gelupa tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Affiliation: FPMT
Phone: 954-421-6224
E-mail: TubtenKunga-subscribe@yahoogroup.com
Website: http://www.tubtenkunga.org/
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Resident Geshe/Teacher: Geshe Konchog Kyab  
Main Contact: Elaine B.  Email  (Phone: 954-421-6224)
Teacher: Residnet Teacher Geshe Konchog K  
Spiritual Director: Alex S.  Email  
Notes and Events:

Our Mission – Authentic Teachings with a Modern Perspective

Our goal at Tubten Kunga Center (“TKC”) is to help students achieve their maximum potential for wisdom, happiness, and compassion. Our programs present Buddhist teachings in an authentic and traditional manner, without compromising their integrity. At the same time, we attempt to adapt the presentation of these teachings to modern mentalities, sensibilities, and situations. Our resident teacher, Geshe Konchog Kyab, has spent many years teaching to western students in the United States and Europe, following his extensive training in the Tibetan monastic system. We are also fortunate to be a part of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, which has been teaching Buddhism in the West for several decades.

Our Students – Ordinary People from All Backgrounds

At TKC, you will find students from all walks of life. Most people who attend classes and events at our center are not Buddhists, but are attracted to Buddhism’s message of peace, compassion, and wisdom. Our students are young and old, married and single, and from all religious and ethnic backgrounds. We provide an engaging selection of classes to suit all levels of interest and effort. We also attempt to foster a community atmosphere, where people can come when they need support during difficult times. We invite you to become a part of our Dharma family, or just drop in as you please!

Our Method – Education, Meditation, Community Service

We follow the inspiration of Lama Zopa Rinpoche , spiritual director of the FPMT, and present a variety of courses and programs aimed at improving the hearts and minds of all people. We believe that a combination of study, practice, ritual, and community service is the optimal method for progressing towards enlightenment. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of classes and projects, to suit their schedules and interests. Most importantly, we expect students to take what they learn into their hearts, and carry it into their every-day lives. At work, at home, in traffic – we help our students cultivate the tools for a happier lifestyle, and a more peaceful environment.

Our Lineage – The FPMT and the Gelugpa Tradition

At Tubten Kunga Center, we have been handed down one of the most authentic and unbroken lineages in Buddhism. We adhere to the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, which is the main lineage kept by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. Gelugpa Buddhism began in Tibet with the great scholar and practitioner Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1453), who personally founded many of the great Tibetan monasteries, and was tutor to the first Dalai Lama. The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) has helped share this tradition with the rest of the world, through their network of monasteries, centers, and study groups. The FPMT was founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. We are pending re-affiliation with the FPMT, and are honored to serve south Florida.

Our Heart – His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

We are supporters of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, and the Tibetan government-in-exile. Our resident teacher, Geshe Konchog Kyab, is a lifetime student of His Holiness, and we derive many of our teachings from the Dalai Lama’s commentaries and teachings. We strongly believe in the Dalai Lama’s mission of peace, harmony, and freedom for all people.

Our Organization – Volunteer Staff, Donor Supported

We are a non-for-profit organization, and we have been serving South Florida for over 10 years. Our “staff” is comprised 100% of volunteers, who give their time to serve TKC’s students. Even our resident teacher, Geshe Konchog Kyab is a volunteer. Geshe la does not receive a salary from TKC, although we do cover his living expenses and provide him with a very modest stipend for his daily needs. We rely 100% on donations and purchases from our shop to support our expenses. This is truly your center!

Our History – From Study Group to Center

Tubten Kunga Center was founded in 1994, under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, by Jacqueline Keeley. For many years, the group was composed of a core cluster of interested people, who met in public venues and at private homes. In 1999, thanks to the generosity of our donors, students and practitioners, the Center moved into a physical facility. Since May of 2000, we are grateful to host Lama Geshe Konchog Kyab as resident teacher.


Vajrapani Buddhist Center

Address: 55 West Colonial Drive  Orlando FL 32801
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, New Kadampa
Phone: (407) 245-7574
E-mail: vajrapani@meditationinorlando.org
Website: http://www.meditationinorlando.org
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Main Contact: Karen Velez, Education Program Coordinator  
Teacher: Ricc Bishop  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
Notes and Events:

General & Introductory Meditation Classes

Thursdays 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Saturdays 10:00am - 11:30am

Foundation Program (Advanced Study)

Mondays 7:15pm - 9:15pm

We also offer many scheduled pujas (chanted meditaitons) and special classes & events on a monthly basis.  See our online calendar at www.MeditationInOrlando.org. 


Wat Buddharangasi of Miami

Address: 15200 SW 240 Street,Homestead, Miami, FL 33032   FL
Tradition: Theravada, Thai (Maha Nikaya)
Affiliation: Thai Bhikkhus Council of USA
Phone: 305) 245-2702
Fax: (305) 247-3092
E-mail: mystik@icanect.net
Website: http://watmiami.org/
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Contact: P.S. Boonnom  
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WAT BUDDHARANGSI: 15200 S.W. 240th St., Homestead; http://www.watmiami.org or 305-245-2702. Open daily 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free. Meditation, Sunday 3-5 p.m. Morning chanting at 6 a.m., evening chanting, 6 p.m. Located about 35 miles from Miami; directions at http://watmiami.org/location.en.php.


White Sands Buddhist Center (monastery)

Address: 4640 Knost Drive   Mims FL 32754
Tradition: Mahayana, Vietnamese Zen, Lam Te Chuc Thanh Dharma Lineage.
Phone: 321-383-0723
E-mail: whitesandsbc@gmail.com
Website: http://www.cattrang.org
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Main Contact: Venerable Khai Thien  
Teacher: Khai Thien - Thich Tam Thien  
Spiritual Director: Venerable Khai Thien, Abbot  
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Lion pillars in stone at White Sands

The White Sands Buddhist Center (WSBC) is a Buddhist monastery that was established on May 19, 2005 in Mims, Florida, a town located approximately one hour by car to the east of Orlando International Airport. Address: 4640 Knost Drive, Mims Florida, 32754-USA.

The original infrastructure of WSBC was a resident house on an 16 acre lot that was purchased by the founders of White Sands on the patronage of the family of Dr. Chau Lam Son and Nguyen Thi Thanh Truc. The Abbot of the monastery is Zen Master Khai Thien, the 41st of the Lam Te Chuc Thanh Dharma Lineage.

Zen Master Khai Thien and other monks, nuns, and Buddhist laities held an establishing ceremony at 9:00 p.m. on May 19, 2005. On June 16, 2005, the monastery was granted authorization by the State of Florida to operate as a non-profit organization.


Yogi Tsoru Dechen Rinpoche Foundation

Address: 3239 West Trade Ave. Unit 10   Coconut Grove FL 33133
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan,
E-mail: info@ytdr.org
Website: http://www.ytdr.org
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Teachers: Tulku Tsori Rinpoche  
Main Contact: Public Relations  Email  
Spiritual Director: Tulku Tsori Rinpoche  
Notes and Events:

The Yogi Tsoru Dechen Rinpoche Foundation was created to provide Westerners access to the Buddha Dharma (Path of Awakening), and to supply Compassion and Wisdom to all human beings. The founder and spiritual leader of YTDR Foundation is Tulku Karma Gyurme Sonam Rinpoche, who is recognized as a Lama - a term reserved for senior members of the Tibetan Order.

YTDR Foundation is a non profit organization. All proceeds directly benefit the people of Tibet, and help ensure the survival of their culture.


Zendo USA

Address: 5610 SW 37 Street Davie, Fl 33314   Davie FL 33314
Tradition: Mahayana, Zen
Affiliation: American Buddhist Sangha
Phone: 954 338 5480
E-mail: contact@zendousa.org
Website: http://www.zendousa.org
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Spiritual Director: Michael Nolan  Email  
Notes and Events:

Zazen at  Broward College 3501 SW Davie Road
Davie, Florida 33314. 

Location: Pavilion: N.W. Corner of Broward College
Campus, next to the Baseball fiel 

Current class: Zen meditation / Qi gong
Day: Tuesday (September 13 2011)
Time: 6:15pm - 7:30 pm


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