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SGI Northern Virginia Buddhist Center

Address: 7400 Fullerton Road # 200   Springfield VI 22153
Tradition: Mahayana
Affiliation: SGI USA
Phone: (703) 451-0441
E-mail: sgiusava@gmail.com
Website: http://www.sgi-va.org
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Soka Gakkai International (SGI-USA) is a lay American Buddhist Association that promotes world peace and individual happiness based on the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism.  Our members reflect a cross section of society representing all walks of life.  Buddhism is about achieving personal happiness in your daily life.  The path to happiness begins with the first step.


SGI Orlando Buddhism

Address: Florida  FL 32708
Tradition: Mahayana
Affiliation: SGI-USA
Phone: 407-482-3939
E-mail: sgiorlandowebsite@gmail.com
Website: http://www.sgi-orlando.com
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Buddhism for world peace through inner change/Human Revolution. Title of Lotus Sutra - Nam Myoho Renge Kyo manifest Buddhahood in your life leads to peace.


SGI-USA Las Vegas Buddhist Center

Address: 2725 W. Charleston Blvd.   Las Vegas NV 89102
Tradition: Mahayana, Nichiren Daishonin
Affiliation: Soka Gakkai International
Phone: 7022586489
Website: http://www.sgi-usa.org
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Main Contact: David Sharp  Email  (Phone: 7022586489)
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The SGI is based on the teachings and philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, which places the highest emphasis on the sanctity of life. Members seek, through their practice of Buddhism, to develop the ability to live with confidence, to create value in any circumstance and to contribute to the well-being of friends, family and community.

Our philosophy is rooted in the concept of "human revolution," a process of inner transformation through Buddhist practice. It is a process that leads us to develop our character and to act not only for our personal fulfillment but also for the betterment of society.

We believe that happiness is being able to experience profound joy that comes from never being defeated by any problem in life. In fact, we use life’s challenges as catalysts to deepen and expand our inner lives. True happiness results from our efforts to manifest our highest potential — wisdom, compassion, courage and vitality.

The SGI-USA is the American branch of the SGI network, with more than 2,600 neighborhood discussion groups and nearly 100 SGI-USA centers throughout the country.

The core activity for all SGI-USA members is the neighborhood discussion meeting. These informal gatherings bring people together for Buddhist prayer, study, sharing and discussion of ways Buddhism can be applied to the challenges of daily living.


SGI-USA Oxnard Activity Center

Address: 2340 Wankel Way   Oxnard CA 93030
Tradition: Mahayana, Soka Gakkai International
Affiliation: Soka Gakkai International
Phone: 805-983-7430
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Minister of Ceremonies: Kevin Nunn  Email  (Phone: 805-484-7436)
Main Contact: Bob Nomura  (Phone: 805-983-7430)
Teacher: Scott Wilson  
Spiritual Director: Amy Walker  
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The SGI is based on the teachings and philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, which places the highest emphasis on the sanctity of life. Members seek, through their practice of Buddhism, to develop the ability of the individual.


Shakti Vihara

Address: 15 Columbia Road   Colorado Springs CO 80904
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 719 387 0700
E-mail: publicity@awakeningtruth.org
Website: http://www.awakeningtruth.org
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Spiritual Director: Ajahn Thanasanti  Email  
Main Contact: Information  Email  
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Shakti Vihara is a new Theravada Vihara for training nuns located in Colorado Springs, Colorado on the Westside. Ajahn Thanasanti hosts regular talks, Insight Meditation (Vipassana) instruction and practice, moonlight vigils, retreats and workshops. All are welcome.


Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta

Address: 1447 Church Street  Decatur GA 30030
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Kagyu and Nyingma Tibetan
Phone: 404-370-9650
E-mail: info@atlantashambhalacenter.org
Website: http://www.atlantashambhalacenter.org
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Director: Valerie Morvan  Email  (Phone: 404-370-9650)
Spiritual Director: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche  
Main Contact: Administration  Email  (Phone: 404-370-9650)
Practice & Education: Jackie Muse  Email  (Phone: 404-370-9650)
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The Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta is part of an international community of more than 170 meditation centers founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The Shambhala Buddhist path, unique in the world of western Buddhism, combines the teachings of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala principles of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world.

We also offer Shambhala Training, a secular meditation path that offers the benefits of meditation to everyone of all traditions.

We offer free meditation instruction, public sitting practice, Buddhist and contemplative classes, regular weekend classes and retreats, and community celebrations in a supportive environment of lay practitioners. See our website for details and upcoming programs. All teachings and chants are in English.

Meditation Instruction: Tuesdays 7:00pm, Sundays 10:00am
Public Sitting: Tuesdays 7-8:00pm, Wednesdays 7-8:00pm, Sundays 9-11:30am


Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco

Address: 1231 Stevenson Street   San Francisco CA 94103
Tradition: Vajrayana, Non-Sectarian, Tibetan, Shambhala Buddhist
Affiliation: Shambhala International
Phone: (415) 731-4426
E-mail: sf@shambhala.org
Website: http://www.shambhala.org
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Teacher: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche,  
Main Contact: Susan Arnesen and Noah Butter, Co-Directors  Email  (Phone: 415-796-2507)
Teacher: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche,  
Spiritual Director: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche  
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The Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded in 1973 by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, artist, author, and poet.

The Shambhala Center in San Francisco is one of twelve affiliated Shambhala Meditation Centers and Groups organized as Northern California Shambhala. We offer free public meditation, a core curriculum of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices. You are invited to explore our diverse programs designed to help San Franciscans of all traditions discover their inherent sanity, gentleness and humor.


Shambhala Meditation Group of Bellevue

Address: 25404 Battle Creek Highway  Bellevue, MI 49021
Tradition: Vajrayana, kagyu, Nyingma Tibetan
Affiliation: Shambhala International
Phone: 269-763-9406
E-mail: robertbrown43@gmail.com
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Main Contact: Robert Brown  (Phone: robertbrown43@gmail.com)
Teacher: Robert Brown  
Spiritual Director: Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche  
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This group started meeting in 1975 in Battle Creek, MI and was called Dharma Study Group. We meet every Wednesday from 7 pm till 9pm for practice and study. We also hold other practice sessions that vary with time and date including all day sitting called Nyinthun (9 hours total sittting time) which include breaks for lunch etc. Please call or emailus to be on our emailing list.

Meditation instruction is available at no charge.

We are located about 20 miles north of I-94 and about 7 miles from I-69. and 3 miles sw of Bellevue on M-78.


Shambhala Mountain Center

Address: 4921 County Road 68-C   Red Feather Lakes CO 80545
Tradition: Vajrayana, Non-Sectarian, Tibetan, Kagyü lineage
Affiliation: Shambhala International
Phone: (303) 545-0062 ext 2
Fax: (970) 881-2184
E-mail: info@shambhalamountain.org
Website: http://www.shambhalamountain.org
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Founder: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche  
Teacher: Pema Chodron, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Khandro Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche  
Main Contact: Registration  Email  (Phone: 1-888-STUPA-21 (788-7221))
Spiritual Director: The Kongma Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche  
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Shambhala Mountain Center is a mountain valley retreat located on 600 acres in northern Colorado, and home to The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya Which Liberates Upon Seeing. Since 1971 the Center has offered hundreds of programs on Buddhist meditation, yoga and other contemplative disciplines. Tamed by over thirty years of use as a contemplative retreat, Shambhala Mountain Center is a place where one of the basic truths of Buddhism—that people can be profoundly open to the wisdom of the present moment—is always readily available.

Shambhala is sometimes likened to a spiritual umbrella, a protective canopy under which many people with diverse needs and aspirations can gather to benefit from teachings and practices that can awaken their inherent wisdom and compassion. This vital role has both an inner and outer aspect: training individuals in our tradition, and connecting to other consonant groups in society. 

On the occasion of receiving the Living Peace award, His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke to the Sakyong, the spiritual director of Shambhala,  about the vital importance of furthering Shambhala\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s emerging role in the world. In particular, for Shambhala Mountain Center to be a venue where the great wisdom traditions of the world can gather and share their unique gifts of wisdom and compassion.

Learn how to meditate, delve into the wisdom teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, stretch beyond your limits in a yoga retreat, or practice mindfulness in one of our contemplative arts programs. And if R&R is what you are seeking, consider one of our relaxing, rejuvenating Retreat & Renewal weekendsAdvanced Buddhist Retreats are offered along with a multitude of other programs, including conference and group retreat rentals.


Shankli World Buddha Foundation

Address: 215 Bennett Court North   Oswego IL 60534
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: World Buddha Foundation, Buddhgaya, India
Phone: 6305511298
E-mail: info@shankli.com
Website: http://www.worldbuddhafoundation.org
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Spiritual Director: Harish Sanskrityayan  
Main Contact: Hari Jagannadhan  Email  
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To promote and celebrate the diversity of Buddhist philosophy and culture, and to represent and advocate for the Buddhist community in the public realm, confronting misunderstandings or misrepresentations of the Dharma and engaging in inter-religious dialogue.

Promoting Education, social responsibility and world peace through Buddhist beliefs.


Shaolin Chan City

Address: 8454 Glen Echo Dr.  St. Louis MO 63121
Tradition: Mahayana, Caodong Chan Lineage
Phone: (314) 383-3918
E-mail: contact@shaolinchancity.com
Website: http://www.shaolinchancity.com
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Teacher: Le Fujun  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Shi Deyang  
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A Comprehensive Traditional Shaolin Cultural Arts Center, located in St. Louis, Missouri, under the direction of Ven. Shi Deyang- 31st Gen. Shaolin Monastery Monk. Founder & Instructor: Le Fujun- Shaolin practitioner, instructor, historian, author. (Several published articles available online at http://www.shaolinchancity.blogspot.com)

Center offers Study Programs in Traditional Shaolin Wugong (kung fu), Qigong, Meditation & Chan Philosophy. Program info: http://www.shaolinchancity.com/lessons.html


Shenandoah Zen

Address:   Waynesboro VI 22980
Tradition: Mahayana, Zen
Website: http://www.shenandoahzen.org
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Weekly Zen Meditation in the Shenandoah Valley. Convenient to Waynesboro VA, Staunton VA, Crozet VA


Shield Sangha

Address:   North Bay Ontario P1B 5G3
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
E-mail: info@shieldsangha.org
Website: http://www.shieldsangha.org
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Main Contact: Tim Robertson  Email  (Phone: 705-497-1227)
Notes and Events:

Shield Sangha has been described as the one room schoolhouse of Buddhism because the group includes both people new to Buddhism and longtime meditators. To be notified of our activities, join the Sangha List on our home page.


Shimmering Void Zen Center

Address: 3312 Century Drive   Bakersfield CA 93306
Tradition: Mahayana, Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: None
Phone: 661-330-9332
E-mail: mathprof@pacbell.net
Website: http://shimmeringvoid.com
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Main Contact: Julie Cartwright  
Teacher: Rafael Espericueta  
Spiritual Director: Rafael Espericueta  
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We offer a daily sitting schedule, and occasionally day long sitting retreats.

 See our website for further details.


Shin Buddhist Fellowship of Toledo

Address: 2080 Brookdale Avenue  Toledo OH 43613
Tradition: Mahayana, Pure Land Amitabha
Affiliation: Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut
Phone: 419530-4516
E-mail: toledo.shinbuddhism@gmail.com
Website: http://buddhistfaith.tripod.com/toledo/
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Main Contact: Susan Purviance  Email  (Phone: 419- 530-4516)
Teacher: Susan Purviance  
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Simple shin practice involving the Three Refuges, homage to Shakyamuni and to Amitabha Buddha and the Great Vow as recorded in the Longer Amitabha Sutra.  Short meditation, with emphasis on chant and the three classic Pure Land Sutras, sharing of the merit.  All practice materials are distributed free to all visitors who may take them home with them.

Dharma talk or most often, questions and answers after practice.  We also honor all texts and a person\'s direct insight into the Buddhadharma.  Everyone is encouraged to deepen their meditation practice.  Beginners and more advanced practitioners welcome at all times.  Occasional outings and sharing of the merit through engaged Buddhism.  Please visit us and our website, and please do not omit sending us a brief message of fellowship and encouragment on the Guest Book page, thank you.

Samadhi of Liberation (Susan Purviance)

First Practice Leader


Shin Buddhist Fellowship of West Hartford

Address: Elmwood Community Center New Britain Avenue, West Hartford CT 06110   CN
Tradition: Mahayana, American Shin Buddhism
Affiliation: North American Shin Buddhist Association
Website: http://shin-westhartford.tripod.com
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Teachers: Lay sangha with various teachers  
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This group no longer meets in West Hartford but in Middletown. Visit www.bffct.net


Shingonji Temple

Address: 2013 250th Street   Lomita CA 90717
Tradition: Mahayana, Shingon Buddhism
Affiliation: Koyasan Shingon-shu, Japan
Phone: (323) 500-6031
E-mail: shingonji@gmail.com
Website: http://www.shingonjitemple.org
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Spiritual Director: Reverend Seicho Asahi  Email  
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Shingonji Temple is a religious center located in the heart of Southern California, dedicated for people seeking Buddhist teaching and spiritual healing.

Alongside meditation and the study of core principles taught in general Buddhism, the purpose of Shingonji is to provide guidance and instruction in the Dharmic path of Esoteric Buddhism, as preserved for nearly 1,200 years by our founder Kobo Daishi (Kukai), as well as to provide a place where people can form a community and strive to achieve Buddhahood in this lifetime for not just oneself, but for all sentient beings.

Shingonji is committed to creating an atmosphere that is open and freely accessible while maintaining a well-balanced spiritual practice for students.


Shiwa Center for Peace

Address: 1023 Loyalist Ct   Mt. Pleasant 29464
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan
Phone: 843-971-6095
E-mail: info@shiwacenter.org
Website: http://shiwacenter.org
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Teacher: Bhkang Tulku Rinpoche  
Spiritual Director: Bhkang Tulku Rinpoche  Email  (Phone: 843-971-6095)
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The key to true peace and happiness in the world lies no further than in our own hearts and minds.

Shiwa, named after the Tibetan word for “peace,” is a non-profit charitable organization, whose purpose is to assist in the development of genuine compassion and wisdom in the world. Shiwa will help to nurture the natural inborn potential for peace and happiness which is present in all of us.

Shiwa provides a non-denominational facility where participants may attend teachings, classes and seminars on a variety of topics related to personal and community development. The facility provides a location for spiritual growth through teachings, meditation and quiet reflection away from the distractions of the everyday world. At Shiwa, our wish is to help all people in realizing and following a path towards unlimited compassion, deep understanding and true happiness.

Most people face a common situation, where there is some level of discontent and a sense of confusion regarding how to find the source of true happiness within the complexity of living in a modern world. The common response is to try to overcome unhappiness by seeking material solutions outside of ourselves. In reality, the key to true peace and happiness for our inner selves, as well as in the world, lies within our own hearts and minds. All human beings contain the potential to generate compassion and gain wisdom, uncovering the true peace and wisdom that lies within. It is simply a matter of cultivating that potential – nurturing it, developing it, and implementing it in our daily lives.

Shiwa offers the opportunity to do focused retreat and receive instruction in spiritual and meditation practices. Spiritual counseling will also be available. The Shiwa Center welcomes all, as we gather to gain access to the great wisdom traditions of the world as well as modern psychology and science.

Shiwa’s founder, Bhakhang Tulku Rinpoche, has been teaching at the Center for Inner Knowing in Atlanta and has also taught in North Carolina and Virginia. He is a Tibetan Lama from Drepung Monastery in India, and is uniquely qualified to provide leadership and advice in the areas of human development and meditation. He also provides a unique perspective on bringing the timeless wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism into the modern world in a manner open and accessible to all, regardless of their religious or personal beliefs. Through participation in the Shiwa Center, people will learn to become their own teachers, and in turn, living examples of peace and compassion.

The core essence of all wisdom traditions is love and compassion. Shiwa opens its doors to teachers from diverse backgrounds and traditions to present their insights and perspectives on development of inner and outer peace. By focusing on the unity and oneness that underlies surface differences, Rinpoche hopes to dissolve divisions and narrow outlooks that often stand in the way of our fullest potential as individuals, as communities, and across the globe.

We live in a time of great opportunity: it is up to us to choose how we wish to spend our lives on this wondrous earth. May Shiwa play its part in infusing us all with peace, compassion, and love for all beings.


Siddhartha Circle

Address:   Boston MA
Tradition: Vajrayana
E-mail: info@siddharthacircle.org
Website: http://www.siddharthacircle.org
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Siddhartha Circle is for meditators and Dharma practitioners interested in gathering weekly as a sangha for meditation practice, study, and discussion of video teachings by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche and others. All are welcome. Those living at some distance from their root teacher may be especially interested, as will those seeking community for in-depth exploration and support on the Buddhist path.

Wednesday evening meetings in Sherborn, Massachusetts, begin with meditation practice. Video teachings are followed by discussion, questions, and sharing, as members endeavor to help each other live the teachings into their lives between meetings. Meetings close with a shorter meditation to dedicate the merit of our practice.

Our facilitator is a meditation instructor and mindfulness teacher who has been a student of Buddhism for over 35 years and whose teachers include Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Pema Chodron, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche,Lama Willa Miller, and others.

Siddhartha Circle also offers a Buddhist film series on the second Friday of each month.


Silent Thunder Temple

Address: 136 Jackson NE   Albuquerque NM 87108
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: independent
Phone: 505 265 3112
E-mail: mokurai81@yahoo.com
Website: www. silentthundercenter.org
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Spiritual Director: Master Mokurai  Email  (Phone: 505 265 3112)
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Silent Thunder Temple is a Buddhist monastery, a center for various Asian disciplines, including several styles of meditation, Tai Chi, martial arts and Qigong.
More information at: www. silentthundercenter.org


Silent Shin Zendo

Address: 1548 Beverly Place   Berkeley CA 94706
Tradition: Rinzai Zen
Affiliation: Rinzai-ji, Sangha of Kyozan Joshu, Roshi
Phone: 646-591-9874
E-mail: genshuosho@gmail.com
Website: http://silentshin.rinzaiji.org/
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Spiritual Director: Tokuju Genshu, Osho  Email  (Phone: 646-591-9874)
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Rinzai Zen practice in Berkeley California.  Zen instruction is available by house calls or through Skype.


Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

Address: 2483 Old Middlefield Way suite 110   Mountain View CA 94043
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Shambhala Buddhist
Affiliation: Shambhala International
Phone: (650) 292-4607
E-mail: request-info@siliconvalleyshambhala.org
Website: http://www.siliconvalleyshambhala.org/
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Main Contact: Amy Dyer  Email  
Spiritual Director: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche  
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Sunday Open House Meditation 

10:00am Tea

10:30-11:30am Meditation 

11:30am. Talk or Reading with discussion

Free meditation instruction

Wednesday Night

7:15pm-8:15 Meditation

 All Day Meditation

 Second Saturday of each month

 9:00am-5:00pm.


Singing Bird Sangha

Address: 3226 N Martin Avenue   Tucson AZ
Tradition: Mahayana, Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hahn
Affiliation: Community of Mindful Living
Phone: (520) 318-0989
E-mail: jbgraf@msn.com
Website: http://www.yahoogroups.com/SingingBirdSangha
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Main Contact: Julia Graf  Email  (Phone: 520-318-0989)
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Venue 1    Zen Desert Sangha    3226  N Martin Avenue, Tucson AZ.
We meet for silent mediation and walking mediation, a program centered around Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings, and Dharma discussion, every Sunday from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  Doors open at 4:30.  All are welcome.

Venue 2:   Office of Secretary Robinson   2415 E 6th St, Tucson AZ
We meet for guided and walking mediation and dharma discussion from 6:30 to 7:30 pm the first and third Tuesdays of the month.


Sirimangalo International Monastery & Meditation Centre

Address: 31 Beaucourt Road   Hamilton Ontario L8S 2R1
Tradition: Theravada, Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo
Affiliation: Mahasi Sayadaw
Phone: 905-581-8522
E-mail: sirimangalointl@gmail.com
Website: https://www.sirimangalo.org/
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Main Contact: Sirimangalo International Volunteer Team  Email  
Spiritual Director: Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo  
Teacher: Venerable Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu  
Notes and Events:

Sirimangalo International is a non-profit organization located in Ontario, Canada, dedicated to supporting the practice, study and teaching of Buddhist Insight (Vipassana) Meditation, in the tradition of Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo. The organization was founded by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu, an ordained disciple of the venerable Ajaan Tong, in order to help facilitate the spread of Vipassana meditation around the world.

We offer residential and online courses in Satipatthana Vipassana meditation. For more information, please see https://www.sirimangalo.org/courses/


Sitting Bull Sangha

Address:   Durham NC
Tradition: Mahayana, Non-Sectarian, Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hahn
Affiliation: Community of Mindful Living
Website: http://mindfulnessindurham.blogspot.com/p/mindfulness-trainings.html
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Our sangha meets for sitting and/or walking meditation and to discuss Buddhist writings of interest to members.  Our current meeting time is 7 PM to 8:30 PM Mondays at Durham Shambala Center, 733 Rutherford Street, Durham, NC

Contact us and find a map at:  http://mindfulnessindurham.blogspot.com/p/meeting-schedule-and-contact.html


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