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Zen Village

Address: 3570 Main Highway Coconut Grove, FL 33133   FL 33133
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: 305-567-0165
Fax: 305-567-0839
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Spiritual Director: Master Chufei Tsai  Email  (Phone: 305-567-0165)

Aspen Gold Dharma Center

Address: c/o Rev. Daito Zenei Thompson 7429 Biltmore Drive  Sarasota FL 34231
Tradition: Mahayana, Rev. Dr. Soyu Matsuoka, roshi
Affiliation: Soto Zen
Phone: (941) 929.9308
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Spiritual Director: Daito Zenei Thompson  Email  (Phone: 941.929.9308)
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Zen Wisdom is thought to be the most refined spiritual possession of Asia, with its origin in India, its development in China, and its practical application in Japan. Wherever there is poetic action, a religious aspiration, a heroic thought, there is Zen. Zen is direct- goes straight to the point- requires no mediator. It is the greatest gift the Orient can make to the Occident.

ZAZEN: Formal Zen meditation.
Meditation has been said to occupy in Buddhism the place of prayer in other religious. In a sense this is true- except that Zen meditation is not prayer, makes no assumptions at all about God, and has been practiced by adherents of many major religions.

Zen meditation is not a dreamy reverie. Nor does it seek to apply the mind to any formulated problems of philosophy, ethics, or theology. Rather, the object of meditation is to force the participant beyond the sphere where words can be used, into the realm of immediacy where Ultimate Truth can be realized.

To put it simply, Zen meditation is to be approached as an end in itself. Greater Wisdom is not its aim but is an incidental results. It is extremely practical and penetrates all phases of daily life.

Who can participate?
Anyone who desires to progress in mind, body, and spirit may benefit by attending the Zen center. Among attendants have been practitioners of Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and secular ethical philosophies, as well as other Buddhists. The only requirements are a sincere purpose and a clean body.

Application to life.
The late Reverend Dr. Soyu Matsuoka-roshi said: "Many people have inquired about the life that a Zen person should lead. As you grow in Zen, you will find that you no longer have to think about how to act, or how to live, because the life of Zen will have matured in you, and your actions will be in complete harmony with your inner spirit."

Where to Begin?

1. Study.

2. Reflection.

3. Meditation.

4. Finding spiritual friends.

Gassho, _/\_

Venerable Reverend Daito Zenei Eric Thompson, spiritual director  

Blue Ocean Sangha

Address: 736 6th Street   Miami Beach FL 33139
Tradition: Mahayana, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh\\'s Order of Interbeing
Affiliation: Order of Interbeing
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Spiritual Director: Thich Nhat Hanh  
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The Blue Ocean Sangha is a lay Buddhist community that practices mindfulness by following the teachings of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. We provide a resource for study and practice of socially "Engaged Buddhism."

We meet every Sunday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. for sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma teaching and discussion at the Miami Life Center in South Beach (metered parking available). Although blankets and chairs are provided, feel free to bring your preferred sitting meditation arrangement.

We look forward to having you practice with us. Everyone is welcome! 

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
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Teacher: Shanti Johnson  
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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.

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 Soto Zen

Address: 6550 W 22nd Ct   Hialeah FL
Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen
Affiliation: Hablamos Espanol
Phone: 415.557.5919
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Spiritual Director: Shotai de la Rosa Sensei  
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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.


Introduction to Zazen/Introducción a Zazén
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.

Daily Schedule/Programa Diario

5:10- 5:50 Zazen
5:50-6:00 Kinhin*
6:00-6:40 Zazen
6:40 Short service/Corto servicio

7:00-8:30 Zazen-kinhin-zazen

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

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
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Teacher: Rev. Dr. Frank Tedesco  
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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

Clear Water Zen Center

Address: 2476 Nursery Road   Clearwater FL 33764
Tradition: Mahayana, Philip Kapleau
Affiliation: Windhorse Zen Community
Phone: 727-391-5735
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Main Contact: Ken Rosen  Email  (Phone: 727-391-5735)
Spiritual Director: Ken Rosen  Email  (Phone: 727-391-5735)
Teacher: Lawson Sachter  
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The Clear Water Zen Center meets every Sunday morning at 8:30. The first Sunday of each month includes two rounds of zazen and a chanting service. The second Sunday of each month includes two rounds of zazen and a Dharma talk by Ken Rosen, senior student of Roshi Philip Kapleau, deceased, and Sensei Lawson Sachter. The third Sunday of each month is for beginning meditation and includes several short rounds of meditation with question and answer periods between the sittings. The fourth Sunday of each month includes three rounds of sitting with daisan offered by Ken Rosen. The fifth Sunday, if any, includes three rounds of meditation. Sensei Lawson Sachter leads multiple day meditation retreats three or four times per year and has been doing so since 1999. The Center participates in annual Buddhist activities such as Vesak and Change Your Mind Day. Many members of the Center are also members of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

Dhamma Wheel Meditation Society

Address: 1518, S. Haven Drive   Clearwater FL 33764
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 727 242-7239
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Spiritual Director: Bhante Dhammawansha  Email  (Phone: 727 536-9241)
Notes and Events:

Vipassana Meditation Thursdays at 7PM

Metta Meditation and Dhamma discussions Sundays at 6PM

Dhamma Kids group meets on weekly, times vary.

Diamond Way Buddhist Center Miami

Address: 205 NE 86th ST   El Portal FL 33138
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan
Affiliation: Diamond Way/ Karma Kagyu
Phone: 305-606-7491
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Teacher: Lama Ole Nydahl  
Spiritual Director: H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinlay Thaye Dorje,  
Main Contact: Tomas Stavel  
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Diamond Way Buddhist Centers USA consists of 40 Buddhist centers and groups, which are a part of an international non-profit network of more than 500 meditation centers in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. These centers were founded and are directed by Lama Ole Nydahl according to the wishes of H.H. the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. They are currently under the spiritual guidance of H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinlay Thaye Dorje, who now resides in India.

Diamond Way (Vajrayana - Skt.) is the crown jewel of the Buddhas teachings. Working from the absolute level it employs methods of total identification with enlightenment for the quickest possible results. Since 1972, Lama Ole Nydahl has been been working to develop a modern approach to the Buddhas teachings. Diamond Way Buddhist Centers USA is the culmination of that effort. Modern western education, stressing self-reliance and independent thought, has proven to be an excellent basis for realizing ones mind. Through such capable groups the Buddhas most effective teachings are being passed on to the most idealistic and independent people around the world

Dogwood Dharma Fellowship

Address: 9888 Pensacola Blvd.   Pensacola FL 32514
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: Unitarian Universalist Church of Pensacola
Phone: 850-418-2679
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Main Contact: Chris Yow  Email  (Phone: 850-418-2679)
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Dogwood Dharma Fellowship is an ecumenical, secular Buddhist meditation and study group associated with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pensacola.  We are not aligned with any particular Buddhist tradition, lineage, or teacher, though we learn from many. Rather, we are a community of learners who share a common interest in how the wisdom teachings of the Buddha can be integrated into our modern lives.

Together, we learn and share mindfulness and meditative techniques that help us generate awareness, presence, and compassion. We also support and encourage one another as we encounter challenges to our peace of mind. Our sessions emphasize practical application and integration of Buddhist principals into our daily routines.

Meetings are freely offered.  There are no dues or fees; however, donations for supplies and expenses are graciously accepted, though never expected.

Currently, we meet every Thursday night from 7-8:30.

Drigung Theksum Chöling - Orlando

Address:   Orlando FL 32821
Tradition: Vajrayana, Bright Dawn Sangha - American Buddhism & Drigung Kagyu -Tibetan
Affiliation: Bright Dawn Institute - Drigung Kagyu
Phone: 407-429-7546
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Co-Director: David James Morris  (Phone: 407-429-7546)
Teacher: Sensei Sayo-Shenphen  
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Our Sangha focuses on Everyday Buddhism or rather how to apply the Dharma daily in all our activities. Our meetings are balanced with meditation practice and short talks on Buddhist Philosophy. This is an important combination in the overall practice of Buddhism.

The group also hosts Vajrayana practice of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, as practiced within the Drikung Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Drolma Buddhist Center

Address: 140 W Prospect Road   Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale FL 33309
Tradition: Vajrayana, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Tibetan
Affiliation: New Kadampa Tradition
Phone: (954) 537-9191
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Asst. Admin Director: Matt Cottrell  Email  
Teacher: Kadam Nick Gillespie  
Main Contact: Jennifer Flores  Email  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
Notes and Events:

Our classes provide practical methods for developing inner peace in our everday lives.
Meditation is for everyone, regardless of religious background, race, ethnicity, gender, or orientation. We welcome everyone, including people of all faiths, to any of our Kadampa meditation centers throughout the state of Florida and beyond, in the now 1100 Kadampa meditation centers and groups worldwide.

 We sponsor classes in:

 Fort Lauderdale
    Boca Raton
    Flagler Beach
    Neptune Beach
    North Palm Beach
    Palm Coast
    St Augustine

Drolma Buddhist Center Northeast Florida

Address: offers classes in Jacksonville,St Augustine, Flagler Beach and Palm Coast  Palm Coast FL 32137
Tradition: Vajrayana, New Kadampa Tradition Tibetan
Phone: 386 793-3013
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Main Contact: Carol Lutker  Email  (Phone: 386 793-3013)
Teacher: Kadam Nick Gillespie  
Spiritual Director: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
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Weekly Meditation Classes and teachings, day courses and retreats in several locations in northeast Florida. Everyone welcome.

Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center

Address: 140 W Prospect Road   Oakland Park FL 33309
Tradition: Mahayana, Kadampa
Affiliation: New Kadampa Tradition
Phone: 954.537.9191
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Spiritual Director: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
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Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 1997 as a non-profit organization and member of the New Kadampa Tradition (International Kadampa Buddhist Union).

Drolma Center is dedicated to helping people in Southeast Florida find peace in their busy lives. We offer Buddha’s timeless teachings in a simple, practical manner that can help us solve our problems and find happiness within. The classes taught at the Center are suitable for all individuals whatever their level of interest, from those who seek simple relaxation to those who wish to find lasting inner peace and contentment through following the Buddhist path.

Drolma Buddhist Center offers a full schedule of meditation classes, pujas (chanted prayers), retreats and day courses at the main Center in Fort Lauderdale, as well as branch classes throughout South Florida.

Our main center is easy to get to and offers a beautiful quiet meditation room that can seat over 100. We also have a fully-stocked bookstore, including audio books, artwork, gift ideas, and a range of exquisitely-crafted Buddhist statues from Nepal. We also have a spacious yard that is colorful and secluded (gardeners welcome!), and has a Bodhi Tree (tree of enlightenment).

You do not need to be a Buddhist to attend the Center or to benefit from practices such as meditation.

Everyone is welcome!

Florida Drikung Dzogchen Community

Address:   Tallahassee FL 32301
Tradition: Vajrayana, Drikung Kagyu linage of Tibetan Buddhism
Affiliation: Lho Ontul Rinpoche
Phone: 850-445-0387
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Main Contact: Ron Erichson  Email  (Phone: 850-445-0387)
Teacher: Lho Ontul Rinpoche  
Spiritual Director: Lho Ontul Rinpoche  Email  
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Lho Ontul Rinpoche founded the Florida Drikung Dzogchen Community in 2001 to support his transmission of a ten-year program of Drikung Dzogchen teachings.  We meet weekly and on special practice days, and host various teachers throughout the year.

The Florida Drikung Dzogchen Community no longer meets at the Tallahassee Buddhist Community. We now meet for regular meditation practice on Sunday in the lower level of United Church in Tallahassee (UCT). This practice is open to everyone. UCT is located at:

1834 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee FL

Gainesville Kadampa Group

Address: The Sacred Earth Center 3131 NW 13th Street, #41   Gainesville FL 32609
Tradition: Vajrayana, New Kadampa Tradition
Affiliation: Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center
Phone: 727-797-9770
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Teacher: Kelsang Chokyan  
Spiritual Director: Ven Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
Notes and Events:

Meditation classes in Gainesville 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 Gainesville 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.

Gateless Gate Zen Center

Address: 1208 NW Fourth Street  Gainesville FL 32601
Tradition: Mahayana, Korean Chogye Zen
Affiliation: Kwan Um School of Zen
Phone: (352) 336-1517
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Head Dharma Teacher: Janet Griswold  
Teacher: KC Walpole, Bodhisattva Teacher  
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Meditation, chanting, and zazen each evening.

Beginners meditation instruction and dharma talk Monday evenings at 6:30.

Prison outreach and retreats on regular basis with Florida Department of Corrections inmates.

Residency program available.

Habitat of Buddha Yoga Inc

Address: 5908 67th Ave. N.   Pinellas Park FL 33781
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: None
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Main Contact: Reverend Upananda T Dedunupitiye  
Spiritual Director: Reverend Upananda T Dedunupitiye  Email  
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The Habitat of Buddha Yoga, Inc (HBY) adheres to the Buddha’s teaching that one does not have to be initiated or baptized as a Buddhist in order to be a Buddhist. While one adheres to one’s religious/spiritual upbringing one has acquired since birth, one must be able to respect all the religions; one can be a Buddhist, as one embark upon and continue a life-long process of self-transformation through Buddha Yoga (=mental cultivation) which is specifically known as “Vipassana” (Insight) meditation only found in the Buddha’s Teaching. Just as different rivers flowing from different directions become one on emptying themselves into the ocean, people from different religio-cultural backgrounds become one, as they “sit together” for self-transformation, whose ultimate step is “Absolute Awakening” (Nirvana). Unless Awakening of the moment is achieved in daily life, Nirvana will only be a dream or fantasy. The HBY welcomes people from all walks of life and different religio-cultural backgrounds to congregate together and journey into the mind wherein lays the potential of Nirvana, or Buddha Nature. The Buddha Nature remains hindered by fermentations gradually built up, as life is lived in a stressful and disharmonious way. Buddha’s Teaching is not only for Buddhists but also for all beings. The HBY wishes you a life full of wellness, happiness and peace. 

Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville

Address: 1258 S. McDuff Avenue   Jacksonville FL 32205
Tradition: Vajrayana, Karma Kagyu
Affiliation: Karma Triyana Dharmachakra
Phone: 904-357-0663
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Teacher: Lama Tsultrim Khandro  
Notes and Events:

 Please join us Saturday mornings for Silent Sitting Meditation from 10am-10:30am and Chenrezig and Amitabha Sadhana practice from 10:30am-12pm.
On Thursday for 7:00-7:15pm is Silent sitting meditation practice. Then at 7:15pm The practice of the Medicine Buddha sadhanas with Lama Tsultrim Khandro.

These sessions on Thursday and Saturday at Karma Thegsum Choling Jacksonville are offered to benefit all beings and devotional offerings are gladly accepted.


Katog Tingzinling

Address: 3900 North Miami Avenue   Miami FL 33127
Tradition: Vajrayana, Nygma
Affiliation: Katog Choling and Katog Rit\\\'hröd
Phone: 786-942-2905
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Spiritual Director: Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche  Email  (Phone: 870-446-2952)
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Katog Tingzinling is located in Miami, Florida and is an affiliate meditation center of Katog Rit’hrod. Katog Tingzinling is under the guidance of its spiritual director Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche abbot of Katog Mardo Tashi Choling in Eastern Tibet Weekly practices, & study groups are maintained around an ongoing teaching schedule offered by Khentrul Lodro Taye Rinpoche. For our current calendar containing information on all upcoming teachings and weekly practices please visit us online at

Katsel Dharma Center

Address: 4822 Limerick Drive  Tampa FL 33610
Tradition: Vajrayana, Drikung Kagyu Tibetan
Affiliation: Tibetan Buddhist
Phone: 813-436-9920
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Monk: Konchok Gedun  Email  (Phone: 813-436-9920)
Ngak Chang: Konchok Khedup  (Phone: 913-436-9920)
Main Contact: Konchok Gedun  Email  (Phone: 813-436-9920)
Spiritual Director: Lama Konchok Sonam  Email  (Phone: 813-436-9920)
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Free Weekly Classes

Wednesdays @ 7:30pm
7:00pm-7:30pm Fresh Tea
7:30pm-8:30pm Intro to Meditation

Sundays @ 3:30pm

3:00pm-3:30pm Fresh Tea
3:30pm-4:00pm Silent Meditation
4:00pm-5:00pm Intro to Buddhism

All are Welcome and Fresh Tea is Served.

Katsel Dharma Center
4822 Limerick Dr. Tampa, Fl 33610
(813) 436-9920

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Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center

Address: 85 Sailfish Drive   Atlantic Beach FL 32233
Tradition: Mahayana
Affiliation: New Kadampa Tradition
Phone: 904-222-8531
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Teacher: Carol Lutker  
Spiritual Director: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
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Offering weekly meditation classes with teaching and discussion in Jacksonville and St Augustine. Pujas, retreats, workshops. Everyone welcome.

Marco Island Community of Mindfulness

Address: 2 Marco Lake Drive #5, Marco Island, FL 34145  Marco Island FL 34145
Tradition: Mahayana, Tradition: Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hahn
Affiliation: Community of Mindful Living
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Main Contact: Martina McNaboe  Email  (Phone: 239-272-1349)

Melbourne Palchen Study Group

Address: Hoshino Therapy of Melbourne 2115 Waverly Place   Melbourne FL 32901
Tradition: Vajrayana
Affiliation: Barom Kagyu
Phone: (321) 720-1519
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Spiritual Director: Bardor Tulku Rinpoche  
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A Tibetan Buddhism study group that was created, meets, and studies under the guidance of the Venerable Bardor Tulku Rinpoche III.

Naples Kadampa Buddhist Classes

Address: c/o Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 16050 S. Tamiami Tr.   South Fort Myers FL 33908
Tradition: Vajrayana, New Kadampa, Tibetan
Affiliation: International Kadampa Buddhist Union
Phone: (239)567-9739
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Teacher: JoAnn Lawrence  
Teacher in Naples: JoAnn Lawrence  Email  (Phone: (239)567-9739)
Spiritual Director: Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
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Kadampa Buddhism is a joyful, extemely 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, onece 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 one the following days:

Fort Myers: Monday and Wed. evenings 7:30pm-8:45pm and Sundays 9:30-11:30am   at the Center (address above)

Naples: 7:00-8:15pm at the Unity Church of Naples (2000 Unity Way)

Bonita Springs: Tuesdays 7:oo pm-8:15 

Cape Coral: Tuesdays 7:00-8:15 starting in August

Sanibel Island: Wednesdays (from November to May)

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