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Open Door Sangha

Address:   Santa Barbara CA 93101
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: In the tradition of Spirit Rock, IMC, IMS
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We are a peer-led group offering three weekly sitting groups (one including a dharma talk by a senior student), classes and daylongs led by senior students, and weekend non-residential retreats taught by visiting teachers from several streams of Buddhism, but mostly in the Theravadan/Insight tradition.

Details of our current schedule can be found on our website and on our Facebook page, Open Door Sangha of Santa Barbara.

Saddhamma Foundation

Address: 1685 Suncrest Ct   Walnut Creek CA 94597
Tradition: Theravada, Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw
Affiliation: Panditarama Forest Meditation Center
Phone: 925-944-1203
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Spiritual Director: Sayadaw U Pandita  
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Saddhamma Foundation was formed to support the Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita 1989. We provide resources about Satipatthana (mindfulness) and Vipassana (insight) meditation and meditation retreats. We have extensive information for those who wish to travel to and practice meditation at the Panditarama Forest Center in Burma. From December 1st to January 31st, the Forest Center conducts the annual 60-Day Special Retreat led by Sayadaw U Pandita. Please contact us for more information.

San Fran Dhammaram Temple

Address: 2645 Lincoln Way   San Francisco CA 94122
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: (415) 753-0857
Website: http://
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Spiritual Director: Phra Anandapanyo  Email  
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San Fran Dhammaram Temple offers daily sermons in English and Thai, Dhamma discussion sessions on weekends and by appointment, annual Dhamma retreats at an affiliated retreat center, daily Sanghadana offerings, Thai culture and language classes in collaboration with Thailands Chulalongkorn Volunteer Teaching Program. Please visit our website, Youtube page (Watsanfran), or Facebook page for more information.

San Jose Dharma Punx

Address: 1041 Morse Street   San Jose CA 95128
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 408-717-3350
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Teacher: Stephanie Tate  
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San Jose Dharma Punx is a community-based urban Insight Meditation group focused on providing the teachings and practices of the Buddha to all that are interested. We welcome people from all racial, economic, sexual, social, political and religious backgrounds and preference. The Buddha said that all are capable of awakening. Our practices are steeped in the over 2,500 year old Theravadin tradition with flavors of the New School.

We are part of the Against the Stream Meditation Society and Dharma Punx nation founded by Noah Levine.

Sri Ratana International Buddhist Meditation Center.

Address: 806 N Normandie Avenue  Los Angeles CA 90029
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 323 6630282
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Teacher: Venerable B.Sumana  
Main Contact: Venerable B.Sumana  
Spiritual Director: Venerable P.Chandavimala  
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Sri Ratana international Buddhist center is non secretarian open for any Buddhists in Los Angeles area,We serve for manyfield, Meditation,Sunday school for children,housewarming,funeral service,chanting,and counselling,

Meditation on Sunday,3-5 pm,

everything is free of charge donations are well come

All service are done by Sinhalese and English.

All beings be well happy and peaceful.

Tathagata Meditation Center

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

The Laughing Buddha Sangha

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can also visit his webpage at

Three Jewels Dhamma Hall

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

Weekly Events

Sangha Meeting

Every Monday

7:00-8:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Guided Meditation

Every Wednesday

8:00-9:00 a.m.

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

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

Freewill donations are accepted for use of the Hall.

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

Wat Buddhadhammadharo

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

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

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

10:00AM                          Offsite alms round 

10:30AM                          Food offering to monastic members 

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

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

Wat Buddhanusorn

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

Wat Thai of Los Angeles Meditation Center

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

Persons interested should contact us at or read the information at

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