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Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center

Address: 1501 Pacific Avenue, Suite #301 United Way Building   Tacoma WA 98402
Tradition: Vajrayana
Affiliation: New Kadampa Tradition
Phone: 3607547787
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Spiritual Director: Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong  
Teacher: Gen Kelsang Wangpo  
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Our Center was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 2012 based on a request for teachings. We are here to provide the people of the South Sound Region with the opportunity to learn about meditation and its benefits, and how to practice Buddha's timeless teachings.

Two Rivers Zen Community

Address: 926 Court Street   Honesdale PA 18431
Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen
Affiliation: Udumbara National Sangha
Phone: 5702517800
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Spiritual Director: Rev. Seiso Paul Cooper  Email  (Phone: 5702517800)
Teacher: Rev. Seiso Paul Cooper  
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The Two Rivers Zen Community (Formerly: “Zen Center of Wayne County”) serves to make Zen practice and study in the Soto Zen tradition truly accessible to the Upper Delaware River region and the surrounding areas.

We offer introduction to zazen (Zen meditation)*, zazenkai (day-long retreats), traditional services; Zen studies classes and special events including retreats, workshops led by visiting teachers and ongoing one-on-one private instructions for review and refinement on a regular basis. **

The Two Rivers Zen Community meets at the Court Street Zendo located at 926 Court St., 2nd floor, Honesdale, PA. 18431, at the corner of Tenth Street, across the street from Central Park. Court Street Zendo is formally designated as “Bendowa Temple” “Bendowa” means “Wholehearted Practice of the Way,” which is our emphasis at Two Rivers.

All programs, unless otherwise noted, are open to all at no fee. Voluntary donations are welcomed and gratefully appreciated.

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* Introduction to Zen form and practice available Sundays at 9:00 A.M. by previous appointment via e-mail: before 6:00 P.M. on the Saturday prior to your first visit, or by pre-arranged appointment.

 Two Rivers is a non-profit religious organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of PA.

Underdog Zendo

Address: 2950 West Chicago Ave. #201, Chicago, IL 60622   Chicago IL 60622
Tradition: Mahayana, Zen Buddhist
Affiliation: Drinking Gourd Institute, Buddhist Temple of Toledo
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Senior Dharma Teacher: Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik  
Practice Leader: Shawn Shaon Nichols  Email  
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Underdog Zendo is a vibrant Zen Practice Group located on the West Side of Chicago. We are a growing Sangha of open-minded folks coming together to practice Zazen. U-Z is dedicated to providing a positive space for all those interested in the path of enlightenment and the practice of Zen Buddhism. We hold Weekly Zen Practice every Sunday 4-6pm - All welcome!

Unitarian Universalist Society of Black Hawk County

Address: 3912 Cedar Heights Drive  Cedar Falls IA 50613
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: 319-266-5640
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Spiritual Director: Eva Chameron  Email  
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Buddhist path services on Thursday nights at 7:30pm.  Dharma talks and meditation.

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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University of Toronto Buddhism & Psychology Student Union

Address: 105 George Street, Toronto, ON   Toronto Ontario M5A 2N4
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: Buddhism, Psychology, and Mental Health program
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The Buddhism and Psychology Student Union (BPSU) is a child of the ongoing dialogue between Buddhism and the mind sciences. Our main aim is to offer a forum for University of Toronto students to openly investigate and uncover whatever implications this dialogue may bring.

Additionally, we hope to provide opportunities for our members to integrate the Dharma into their other academic and personal pursuits. Although BPSU represents students in the Buddhism, Psychology, & Mental Health (BPMH) program, everyone is welcome to attend our academic and social events. More importantly, everyone is encouraged to participate in what we feel is an expansion of what it means to study the body-mind complex.

University Prince Edward Island - Meditation Group

Tradition: Non-Sectarian
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Meditation at 7.00 pm on Thursday evenings Chaplaincy Centre\'s meditation room on the campus of the UPEI

Contacts: John DeGrace at UPEI (566-0439) or Cop Macdonald (894-5236)

Upaya Zen Center

Address: 1404 Cerro Gordo Road   Santa Fe NM 87501
Tradition: Mahayana, Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hahn
Affiliation: Community of Mindful Living
Phone: (505) 986-8518
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Teacher: Joan Halifax, Ph.D. Abbot  
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Upaya Zen Center is one of the most respected Buddhist centers in the world in the area of socially engaged Buddhism. Founded by Roshi Joan Halifax in 1990, Upaya is a place for new and seasoned practitioners to explore how the contemplative life forms a basis for social action and service.

Urban Dharma

Address: 29 Page Avenue, Asheville   NC
Tradition: Vajrayana, Drikung Kagyü, Tibetan
Affiliation: Venerable Wei Wu, Abbot & Founder of Than Hsiang Temple, Malaysia
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Main Contact: Dr. Hun Lye, UDNC Founder & President  
Spiritual Director: Venerable Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche,  
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We are at 29 Page Avenue - across from historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville.  Urban Dharma is a temple with meditation and teaching space, a Tibetan art/ritual gallery, a Buddhist library and a tea-corner for relaxation.

UD Temple Hours (Gallery closed)
Tuesday        12 noon - 5 pm
Wednesday   12 noon - 5 pm

UD Temple & Gallery Hours
Thursday      12 noon - 8 pm

Friday           12 noon - 8 pm
Saturday       12 noon - 8 pm
Sunday         12 noon - 5 pm
We encourage walk-ins, whether motivated by simple curiosity or existential crisis, drop-ins for tea and relaxation or sit-ins - sit and be.

UU Meditation (Zen)

Address: 5090 Center Street NE   Salem OR 97317
Tradition: Mahayana, Maria Kannon Zen Center
Phone: (503) 949-3188
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Teacher: Lee Ann Nail  
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Beginning instruction in Zen meditation is offered each Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Regular meditation is from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday with tea, cookies and a short Dharma talk from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Vajra Dakini Nunnery

Address: Bristol   Bristol VT 05443
Tradition: Vajrayana, Drikung Kagyu, Tibetan Buddhist
Affiliation: Drikung Kagyu
Phone: 802 453 6867
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Teacher: Khenmo Drolma  
Spiritual Director: HH Chetsang Rinpoche; Ven. Dhyani Ywahoo  
Main Contact: Khenmo Drolma  Email  
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Mail to PO Box 382 Bristol VT 05443
Vajra Dakini Nunnery is a contemplative nuns community in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.   With the blessing and patronage of H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche, founded by Ven Dhyani Ywahoo and directed by Abesss Khenmo Drolma, it is dedicated to prayers for welfare of all sentient beings.   It is open to ordained and lay Sangha through programs and retreats.

Vajra Light Buddhist Center

Address: 234 North Central Avenue  Hartsdale NY 10530
Tradition: Mahayana, New Kadampa Tradition
Phone: (914) 607-3583
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Main Contact: Daniel Morris, AD  Email  (Phone: 914-275-2877)
Teacher: Kadam Morten Clausen  
Spiritual Director: Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
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Vajra Light Buddhist Center is a Buddhist meditation center in Hartsdale, NY, in Westchester County. We offer instruction in meditation and Buddhist spiritual practice through meditation classes, retreats and special events. Taugh by qualified Western teachers, Vajra Light\\\'s meditation classes are very easy to understand and apply to our daily lives. The classes are suitable fo both beginners and more advanced practitioners.

Vajra North, Rigdrol Dechen Ling

Address: P.O. Box 31840   Whitehorse Yukon Territory Y1A 6L3
Tradition: Vajrayana, Nyingma Tibetan
Affiliation: Chagdud Gonpa Foundation
Phone: (867) 667-6951
Fax: (867) 668-5610
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Main Contact: Cheryl Buchan  Email  (Phone: (867) 667-6951)
Teacher: Lama Drimed Norbu  
Spiritual Director: H.E. Chagdud Rinpoche  
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Weekly practice of Red Tara (English concise version) on 403 Lowes St. Whitehorse

Extended practices held according to lunar calendar found on  

four retreats held per year with empowerments and teachings in Red Tara, Chenrezig, Ngondro and others with Chagdud Gonpa Lamas and Rinpoches.

Vajra Vidya Down East

Address: 161 State Street   Ellsworth ME 04605
Tradition: Vajrayana, Kagyu Tibetan
Affiliation: Vajra Vidya
Phone: (207) 422-3412
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Main Contact: Bill Lawless  Email  (Phone: (207) 422-3412)
Teacher: Bill Lawless  
Spiritual Director: Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche  
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The center follows the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism under the guidence of the Venerable KhenchenThrangu Rinpoche.  Meditation and classes meet twice weekly throughout the year.

Vajradhara Meditation Center

Address: 235 St. Marks Avenue  Brooklyn NY 11215
Tradition: Mahayana, New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union
Affiliation: New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union
Phone: 347-715-6999
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Main Contact: Matthew Riechers  Email  (Phone: 347-715-6999)
Teacher: Matthew Riechers  
Spiritual Director: Matthew Riechers  Email  (Phone: 347-715-6999)
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Vajradhara Meditation Center was established to provide people in Brooklyn with the opportunity to learn about Meditation and the practice Buddhist teachings. To fulfill this aim we have a space in Prospect Heights, located at 235 St. Marks Ave (just off Vanderbilt Ave). We also offer branch classes held at various other locations throughout Brooklyn.

The Center is run by volunteers who themselves are dedicated practitioners, and we have a warm and welcoming community.

Please feel free to drop in for a visit. Before and after classes, there is always someone at hand who can answer your questions. In addition to the beautiful meditation room, you can also check out our bookstore and gift shop, or just spend time in our comfortable lounge.

If you wish to participate in the activities at the center, we recommend that you begin with one of our General Program classes.

Vajradhara Meditation Center is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT). The NKT is an International Union of Kadampa Buddhist Centers. There are currently over 1,000 centers worldwide. In the area, we have centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and other locations throughout New York and New Jersey. From time to time we gather as a family at the Kadampa Meditation Center, home of our national Temple, for festivals, special courses, and retreats.

If you have any questions, check out our resource pages or feel free to contact us.

How to Get Started

Our weekly classes are a great place to start. A typical class will include teachings, two guided meditations and a question & answer session.

Taught by qualified Western teachers, the meditation classes are very easy to understand and apply to our daily lives. The classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners, and emphasize how to meditate and practice in our NY urban environment.

Meditation is a simple yet profound method to improve the quality of our lives and develop inner peace. Through following very simple, practical instructions we can learn to let go of the causes of our pain and dissatisfaction and to gain the inner peace and clarity we seek. We offer a wide range of classes from basic introductions to Buddhist meditation, applying Buddha’s teachings to daily life issues such as anger and improving relationships, to comprehensive study programs of Buddhist view, meditation and action. Everyone is welcome.

Vajramudra Dharma Center

Address: 154 Granite St.   Rockport MA 01966
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan
Affiliation: Asian Classics Institute
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Main Contact: Phil Salzman  Email  
Spiritual Director: Lama Sumati Marut  
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ACI–Cape Ann, Inc. is dedicated to providing for the serious study and personal practice of the authentic teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, in a western context and in ways that enhance and deepen intellectual, cultural and spiritual understanding. Our Spiritual Director is Venerable Sumati Marut. We offer a comprehensive series of courses that provide an authentic, thorough, and accurate Mahayana Buddhist education. All our classes and events are open to the public and include weekly meditation meetings, formal Asian Classics Institute Courses, monthly Dharma Days, classes and workshops offered by guest teachers, and extended teaching visits from our spiritual head, Lama Marut.

Our Vajramudra Dharma Center is located at 154 Granite Street in Rockport, MA. USA. 

Please check out our Google Calendar for our current schedule.

Vajrapani Buddhist Center

Address: 55 West Colonial Drive  Orlando FL 32801
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, New Kadampa
Phone: (407) 245-7574
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Main Contact: Karen Velez, Education Program Coordinator  
Teacher: Ricc Bishop  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
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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 

Vallecitos Mountain Refuge

Address: 100 South Plaza   Taos NM 87571
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Multi traditional
Phone: 505-751-9613
Fax: 505-751-4038
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Teachers: Diana Winston, Marcia Rose, Wendy Johnson, Therese Fitzgerald, Cynthia Jurs  
Main Contact: Rose Martinez  
Teachers: Joseph Goldstein, Steven Smith, Wes Nisker, Grove Burnett (Founding Teacher).  
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Vallecitos Mountain Refuge is a magnificent wilderness ranch and retreat center located near Taos, New Mexico.
Vallecitos offers meditation and contemplative retreats taught in various traditions in an inspirational mountain setting.

Valley Dragon Zen Sangha

Address: 1301 Rio Grande Blvd. NW Suite #2   Albuquerque 87104
Tradition: Mahayana, Shunryu Suzuki
Affiliation: Soto Zen
Phone: (505) 377-3045
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Guiding Teacher: Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton  
Main Contact: Rev. Keizan Titus O'Brien  Email  
Guiding Teacher: Rev. Zoketsu Norman Fisher  
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A Soto Zen group co-led by fellow priests Taisan joe Galewsky and Keizan Titus O'Brien. We meet weekly on Monday evenings:

6:30-7:10 zazen

7;10-7:20 service

7:20-8:00 Dharma discussion

We also have occasional guest teachers, events, and full day sits.

Vancouver Shambhala Centre

Address: 256 West 7th Avenue, Unit 208   Vancouver BC V5Y 1M1
Tradition: Vajrayana, Shambhala, Kagyu, Tibetan
Affiliation: Shambhala
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Founder: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche  
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Please join us for our Wednesday Open House every Wednesday evening.  Sitting meditation from 7-8 pm in the main meditation hall. First-time meditation instruction at 7pm in the secondary meditation hall.  Tea and cookies at 8 pm, followed by a short dharma talk or discussion.

Vietnamese Buddhist Association of Savannah, Georgia Inc.

Address: Cat-Tuong Temple 2619 US Highway 80, Garden City, GA 31408   Garden City GA 31408
Tradition: Mahayana, Vietnamese
Phone: (912) 965-1876
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Main Contact: An Van Nguyen  Email  (Phone: 912-927-4148)
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The Vietnamese Buddhist Association of Savannah, Georgia Inc. (Chua Cat Tuong) is domestic non-profit organization whose charitable purposes are educational, religious, literary and scientific.  Our organization was formed on April 2, 1997 under the guidance of spiritual leader Thượng Tọa Thích Trí Chơn.

Our first resident nun was Thích Nữ Huệ Hạnh.  Our current resident monk is Đại đức Thích Hải Quang.

We moved to our present location on January 15, 2000 and celebrated the ribbon cutting of our new temple on August 19, 2012.

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

Vipassana Buddhist Church / Center for Buddhist Development

Address: 203 East Dunklin Street  Jefferson City MO 65101
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, (Pali based teachings)
Affiliation: Centers for Buddhist Development
Phone: (573) 635-9544
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Contact: Rev. Dhammasiri (Rev. Michael Stephens)  Email  (Phone: (573) 635-9544)
Teachers: Rev. Dhammasiri (Rev. Michael Stephens)  Email  (Phone: (573) 635-9544)
Spiritual Director: Rev. Dhammaruchi (Rev. William Edwards)  Email  (Phone: (573) 635-9544)
Teacher: Rev. Dhammaruchi  
Main Contact: Rev. Dhammaruchi  Email  (Phone: (573) 635-9544)
Notes and Events:

Sundays: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM - Meditation and chanting service; 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Dharma Discussion.

Wednesday & Thursday Nights: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Meditation Class.

Contact us for more information

Vipassana Dhura Meditation Society

Address: 12118 E. Amherst Circle   Aurora CO 80014
Tradition: Theravada, Mahasi Sayadaw
Phone: (303) 861-5051
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Main Contact: Cynthia Thatcher  (Phone: (303) 861-5051)
Spiritual Director: Achan Sobin Namto  
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Offering detailed, authentic teachings in moment-to-moment mindfulness from the Thai-Mahasi tradition. Learn sitting/walking meditation, the Sixteen Stages of Insight, and mindful eating. Free correspondence program.

Vipassana Hawaii

Address: North Kohala, Hawai‘i Island   Kapaau HI 96755
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 808 889-0567
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Teachers: Steven Smith, Michele McDonald-Smith  
Main Contact: Sophia V Schweitzer  Email  (Phone: 808 889-0567)
Teacher: Michele McDonald  
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Hawai‘i Insight Meditation Center
Retreats in Hawai‘i, the mainland USA, Canada, and Southeast Asia. Land ownership opportunities and monastic community, Hawai‘i Island.
The teachings of classical Buddhism - Relevant to the issues of our day - Roots through the land in our stewardship.

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