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Association L'École de la Forêt

Address: 278 rue Carnot, Mâcon Bourgogne, 71000 Teachers: 
Tradition: Theravâda
Affiliation: Ajahn Chah's monasteries (special link with Amarâvatî)
Phone: 03 85 39 46 97
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Contact: Michel Henri Dufour  

Buddhist Society of Australia

Address: 157 Cairnlea Dr  Cairnlea Vic 3023
Phone: 0491 866 089 0418 526 182
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Main Contact: Andrew Chung  Email  
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"Buddhist Society of Australia is an incorporated organisation also known as International Multifaith Chaplaincy Training College Australia. Providing supports for Buddhist monastics in Australia; The objects of the association are: to purchase and maintain land and building suitable for Buddhist Monasteries; to provide material supports for it to function as a seminary, providing quiet and secluded lodging where the resident monastics to undergo full time and intensive training in traditional Buddhist meditation and discipline; especially through the International Multifaith Chaplaincy Training College Australia they will be trained & qualified to provide FREE Multifaith Chaplaincy Services in Education, Health, Nursing, Emergency Services."



Denshinji - Insitution et Temple de Bouddhisme Zen Soto - Blois - France

Address: 45 Boulevard Daniel Dupuis  Blois Loir-et-Cher 41000
Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen
Phone: 02 54 56 18 56
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Founder: Shuyu Narita  
Contact: Kengan D. Robert  
Spiritual Director: Kengan D. Robert  
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Shôkôzan Denshinji Buddhist Institution is a Buddhist Temple and a religious community in the Soto Zen tradition of Mahayana Buddhism lineage ("Great Vehicle").

The Institution has been founded in Blois - France - in 1992 by Zen-master Kengan D. Robert. Registered as an Association in conformity with the relevant Law of 1901, this Institution is a member of Union Bouddhiste de France — UBF (French Buddhist Federation)

Shôkôzan Denshinji Temple is a member of the Japanese Religious Federation SÔTÔ-SHÛ (Japanese Federation of religious organizations of temples and monasteries as well as zen-masters in the doctrinal lineage of zen-master Dogen) which is the authority of the Soto lineage in Zen Buddhism tradition.

Shôkôzan Denshinji Temple\\\'s spiritual Founder is Venerable Shûyû Narita (1914 - 2004) who consecrated the Temple in 1994. The present Abbot is zen-master Kengan D. Robert who became zen-master Shûyû Narita\\\'s doctrinal heir after the decease of Venerable Taisen Deshimaru who introduced Zen practice in Europe. Kengan D. Robert is a master of the teachings and a Zen Buddhism missionary named by Sôtô-shû.

Shôkôzan Denshinji Institution\\\'s purpose is the study and, above all, the practice of Shakyamuni Buddha\\\'s Teachings within the Soto Zen tradition transmitted in Japan in 1225 by zen-master Dôgen and zen-master Keizan.

The main practice is the "Collecting of one\\\'s mind in sitting position" (jap.: zazen) which zen-master Dôgen named « Just sitting ! » (jap.: shikantaza).

Since March 2006, "Denshinji - Centre Zen Martinique" and "AZI - Centre Zen Guadeloupe" are Denshinji\\\'s branch zen-centers respectively in French Caribbean prefecture-islands Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Kyegu Buddhist Institute Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre

Address: PO box 93 Leichhardt NSW 2040   Leichhardt NSW 2040
Tradition: Vajrayana, Sakya, Drolma Podrang, Tibetan
Affiliation: Kyegu Buddhist Institute is affiliated with the Kyegu Monasteries in India and Eastern Tibet
Phone: +61-(02) 9990 1810
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President: David Butler Yeats  Email  (Phone: +61417441167)
Teacher: Resident teacher: Ven. Loppon Ngawang Lekdup  
Spiritual Director: Aenpo Kyabgon Rinpoche  

Ottawa Buddhist Society

Address: 89 Fentiman Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1S 0T7   Ontario
Tradition: Theravada, Tradition as practised in the Forest monasteries in Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Burma.
Affiliation: Ajahn Viradhammo (Amaravati, England, New Zealand) Bhante Rahula (Bhavana Center) Ajahn Sona (Birken Forest Monastery, BC)
Phone: (613) 730-2417
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Teachers: Bhante Gunaratana (Bhavana Center, West Virginia)  
Contact: Amin Kabani  

Vimokkharam Forest Hermitage

Address: 29 Perrins Creek Rd, PO Box 152, Kallista VIC 3791   Vic
Tradition: Theravada, Ajahn Chah tradition, Thai Western
Affiliation: International branch monasteries of Wat Nong Pah Pong Thailand
Phone: (03) 9755 3378
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Wat Buddha Dhamma- Kempsey

Address: 145 Kemps Road   South Kempsey NSW 2440
Tradition: Theravada, Ajahn Chah Thai Forst tradition
Affiliation: Wat Buddha Dhamma- Wisemans Ferry
Phone: 0409 389 887
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Teacher: Ajahn Khemavaro  
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Buddha in the Bush


  • Dedicated nature conservation area and animal sanctuary.
  • Preserving natural bushland for future generations
  • Spread the Buddha’s Teachings through presence of forest monks
  • Buddhist Village—Old age care for monastics and laity.


  • Rare opportunity to acquire large parcels of land in NSW.
  • Great karma of establishing monasteries which may last hundreds of years 
  • Minimal maintenance required as properties are raw land.
  • Building of huts and infrastructure will proceed slowly and according to support
  • from local community.

Buddhabhoomi Dhammadoot Sangha

Address: 168,Buddhabhoomi,Maitriya Buddha Mahavihar, golden buddha statue, Chunabhatti, Kolar Road Road, Bhopal M.P.   Bhopal Madhya Pradesh 462016
Tradition: Theravada, Social Welfare Organization
Affiliation: Government of Madhya pradesh
Phone: +919926220408
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Main Contact: Bhante Rahulputra  
Chairman: Bhante shakyaputra sagar  
Tresarar : Bhante rahulputra  
Teacher: Bhante Shakyaputra Sagar  
Spiritual Director: Ven.Bhadant Gyanjyoti Mahasthvir  
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Organization Vision & Mission:-

"THE BUDDHABHOOMI DHAMMADOOT SANGHA was founded as all social service society with the cooperation of a few individuals who are genuinely interested in social welfare and value based activities. It was constituted under the societies registrar act, 1973. It was duly registered by the registrar societies, Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal INDIA. Its registration number is 01/01/01/17275/07 Dated 03/01/2007. The institute is thus, duly registered and is at present functioning on the basis of its own private resources and income. Its preview is entire Madhya Pradesh"


 Madhya Pradesh traces its history since the times of the Mauryan Emperor Asoka, the one who renounced violence and took upon himself to spread the principles and philosophies of Buddhism. Emperor Asoka started his career from Ujjain as a viceroy of the western province of the Mauryan Empire. At that point in time, Ujjain was known as Ujjaini. Asoka, after he adopted Buddhism, constructed many stupas throughout his kingdom. Because of the keen interest shown by Asoka himself, Buddhism flourished in the state, however, after his death, his empire disintegrated and Buddhism too, took a plunge downwards, yet the legacy of past stands to remind people of the glorious age when Buddhism was at its peak.

The Buddhist community in Madhya Pradesh is linked with two important monuments of Buddhism. The first among them is the Sanchi Stupa, it is significant for Buddhist around the world despite the fact that Lord Buddha himself never paid a visit to it. Sanchi's significance lies in it being home to all kind of Buddhist architecture - stupas, chaityas, temples and monasteries. All the monuments date back from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. The other is the Barhut Stupa located in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh, Barhut is a famous Buddhist destination. The reason for this is the presence of a stupa constructed by Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century BC. Renovation work was carried out by later Sunga ruler in the 2nd century BC. The stupa to depicts Buddha in form of symbols - Bodhi tree, footprints, empty seat and wheel of dharma.

Madhya Pradesh has a strong history of Buddhism. The Buddhist community in Madhya Pradesh is a silent community. The Bhudhbhumi Dhammadoot Sangha (Reg.) is a registered society under the Government of Madhya Pradesh, India. This society is working in Madhya Pradesh from 2003 is working with a single aim to unite the community and spread Buddhism in India.   These efforts will be made more effective through the formation of New Monks in the teachings of Lord Buddha and equipped with knowledge of the present times.


The population of Buddhists is considered to be around 1% in M.P and in Bhopal, it must be around one lakhs.  The project is aimed at starting a Buddhist monastery in Bhopal. There are many parents in Madhya Pradesh and other parts of India willing to dedicate their children to the service of Lord Buddha and community by becoming monks. This project provides an opportunity for such boys to become monks. We will provide them with religious and school education to make them well-trained monks fit for modern times. The monastery will have young monks trained in teachings of Lord Buddha and its traditions. We propose that the students be provided with a library equipped with books on Buddhism. This project will concentrate on making Bhopal the centre of propagating Buddhism and its rich spiritual culture. Geographically Bhopal is the centre of India and very close to Sanchi. The condition of the Buddhist community in Madhya Pradesh is improving even though there are a good number of people living under the Below Poverty Line. On the other side in many slums and villages, the condition of the community has not grown up to the mark of development.  The community is also facing problems related to family, issues related to youths, strong political leadership and exploitations of various kinds. The community is trying to overcome these problems from different quarters. The image of the community has improved a lot in the present times. The community is becoming influential and changing to adapt to the rising situations of society. On the other side, a good number of people from the community are still divided on various issues. The process of community formation can be accelerated if a strong religious leadership comes into existence to guide them in many issues related to daily life.


 There are many social organizations working in Madhya Pradesh with the aim of socio-economic improvement of the community. These societies are working independently without relation to each other. If these societies come together then the socio-economic condition of the community can be improved faster. Bringing together these societies is to be willfully initiated. It can be done through strong social leadership.  

2.2.RELIGION-CULTURAL SITUATION:-                  

Madhya Pradesh is India’s largest state and the geographical heartland of the country.  This state has the glorious past of Buddhist culture and religion. Even today the followers of Buddhism are very active in practising the teachings of Lord Buddha. The cultural elements are lived very special in namkaran, marriage, funeral and through other paritran path and other dressings habits.                                                            


This project will create well-trained monks to work for Lord Buddha. The people will get trained monks for religious requirements. We do not have such training centres in Madhya Pradesh. This will also create certain standard practices among the Buddhists. It will also unite the community members for the community building and generously become a party to the development works done in the society. It will also create an identity of Buddhists in Madhya Pradesh. The contributions that we receive will be used for the future generation and spread of teachings of Lord Buddha.


The community is facing numerous problems to practice religion due to lack of trained monks and training centre.

• People, in general, do not visit Vihar for prayer. 

• Buddhists are divided on various issues related to religion.

• The prayers are written in Pali language which needs to be explained but even

many of the monks do not know the language.

•A large number of the Buddhists in general (common people) are not well educated in the teachings and tradition Buddhism, therefore, they do not teach children about religion. 

• A large number of Buddhists in general (common people) along with Lord Buddha worship other Gods and Goddesses.

• A large number of Buddhists practice rituals of other religions along with Buddhism. 

• A large number of Buddhists practice festivals of other religions more than Buddhists festivals.

• A large number of Buddhists make more visits to the holy places of other religions rather than the holy places of Buddhism.

• A large number of Buddhists even today follow the traditions of other religions such as shaving off the hair on the death of closest relatives, fasting on the days designated to Gods and Goddesses of other religions etc.

• The social activists of the community are working from different platforms for the same cause of the community but not united to work together.

• The community does not have a well-equipped training centre to form future monks for the community.


·        To assess the need of Buddha community and draw a comprehensive implementation plan to unite the Buddhists community.

·        To provide a better education to children's, belonging to economically poor families.

·        To aware them about the Bodh eminent person contributions in world history and introduce with Buddhism culture and values.

·        To strengthening capacities of the Buddha women's and youths to get better employment/self-employment for a sustainable lifestyle.

·        To unite different Vihars and Monks (Bhante) working in different parts of Madhya Pradesh in one platform.

·        To establish a complete rehabilitation centre with modern amenities in two districts of MP.


 This project will be implemented in Bhopal and rural Raisen districts Madhya Pradesh, covering 7 urban ward and 81 villages along with 1.50 lkh Buddha community.


    The activities under taken in the projects are involvement of various       welfare and religious activities, The main activities to be covered, under the project, are as under:

1.     Purchasing the land for Buddhist Monk, Meditation Center and pagoda, Educational & Health Rehabilitation Center.

2.     Construction of Buildings.

3.     Construction of Hospital, Schools, Dharmashala, Shramner (nobies monk) School & Training centre, Auditorium, Statue of Legends.

4.     Construction of Skill Development Center.

5.     Entire campus with the Solar Energy system.

6.     Buddhist Research centre


 Establishing and running the Educational Institutions and Research Centers on professional studies in the prescribed place as already mentioned in the sub heading that target area of the project has been the first plan.

Then fore most priority has to be given to all those who are hailing from low caste community and oppressed and depressed community for admission in any one of professional courses on the basis of marks obtained in the higher secondary course.

The spirit of integrity, fraternity, solidarity and communal harmony will be pursued along with discipline and decorum in all circumstances. 


All those who have come out with flying colors from Professional Educational Institution after completing their respective course, will be directed to serve the society in rural areas only as per the agreement executed between this Institution with intention of developing the rural and remote areas like town and people also living there be uplifted and benefited in all aspects thereof. Whereby rural development is imparted and is a great phenomenon and characteristic nature in the social aspect.


In our target area, almost People in both sex including children who have the age group between 8-12 years, are forced to be involved or are involved to be survived for their livelihood into matches, crackers manufacturing and printing works. There is no other employment opportunity in a remote village for them other than this one.

There is 25 per cent of people only have been Literates and have had the employment opportunities both in government and private sector and are separated from the weaker sectional society, that need to come mainstream of the society.

Illiterates including child labourers who are unminded for getting good quality of education is subjected everywhere in to coolly works through small cottage industries.

The other source for earning money has been the crackers and printing works in the pursuit of promoting women, especially disadvantaged women who are captivated, neglected and ill- treated by the dilapidated society.

Through women empowerment programs, their sufferings occur in their day to day life are mitigated. Sexual vulnerability and harassment against them are also being eliminated.

Dominating these women by an elite group who are having a brutal attitude, is intolerable and unbearable. Besides, there is no identity for them in all manners.

In addition to this, their exertion is exploited in all circumstances and so they are found deplorably as their low economical condition prevents their social status. Because Social status of a human being is generally determined to base on the economic development by society.

Consequently, they are politically threatened to franchise their votes. All those who are leading their social life in remote villagers are generally discriminated and are called morally good but culturally as Uncivilized.

As far as women are concerned, they have never lost their chastity with others wantonly. Perhaps, they may be threatened for sexual harassment, for which they won’t yield to fulfil the desires of the elite group.

Due to the scarcity of drinking water and much availability of muddy and contaminated water, people are suffered very much from contagious disease consuming it. Some of them are likely to lose their breath due to un preventive measure.




For establishing educational institute, School, Health rehabilitation and research centre institution with the apex of the hospital, about 100 acres of waste lands at Bhopal & Raisen district are to be purchased and arrangement of 100 acres land 99 years on lease basis for the herbal garden, dairy farm and Research Center for students.


To both Educational and Health Rehabilitation Center with apex of research center stabilized buildings is needed, to which it is expected that expense for constructing required the concreted buildings as per the estimation is given by the civil engineer who is to be appointed on behalf of the organization, for which open tender system from reputed construction contractors will be followed. Construction for the following buildings will be made, each block will be founded and so will have the tiled floors and Air- conditioned as well as lift facilities.



The aforesaid latest equipment relating to all colleges and to hospitals will be installed on open tender basis importing from abroad with help of experts concerned.


Purchase of wood and steel furniture in all kinds required to colleges and hospitals including administrative blocks, libraries, labs, student hostels and staff quarters etc. will also be made on open tender basis but on the lowest quotation.


Entire Buddhism culture will have libraries and reading rooms with Air-conditioned facilities. There will be all kinds of books required for the subject and general wide knowledge of students available. These will be used as an encyclopedia. 


Students hostel in each college for men and women will be constructed separately. Wooden and steel furniture required to students for a comfortable study and accommodation along with a very good bed and carpets. Delicious food in a separate dining hall and pure drinking water facility will be provided. To take care of them, deputy wardens according to gender will be appointed. Because the Principal concerned will be the warden in charge.


For extracurricular activities, students shall be motivated on various levels to involve in sports and games so as to enable them to have their health constructively and hygienically. Sports and games materials according to the interest of the students will be supplied. Even in professional colleges, the concept that there is” study while study and play while play” will be pursued.


Frequent Transport Facility on behalf of the organization is to be made for students in both sex but separately and conveniently. On the other hand, the organization will request the competent authority concerned of respective transport corporation to arrange for having frequent transport service to the proposed colleges for the students. Here though, an evil spirit that molestation and eve-teasing occurring among the gender base students will be avoided.


With a view to exalt the students in the highly professional education with enrichment of wide knowledge and to develop their potentiality in the respective medical and technical education, the proposed institution is to have a tie-up with foreign university colleges. Here though, the special offer will be given for students to go abroad for project works and special training at the time of completing their courses just before six months’ time. Besides, the proposed foreign tour for each student will be an opportunity for seeking related jobs easily and have an interrelationship with foreigners for the development of our national economic growth.

Alokabodhi Buddhist Group

Address:   Maidstone Kent
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: Thai Forest Tradition
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Alokabodhi Buddhist Group is the new name of the Maidstone Buddhist Group that has been meeting regularly for about 30 years.

The Alokabodhi Buddhist Group, (previously known as the Mid-Kent and Medway Buddhist Group), has been meeting regularly for nearly 40 years. It has evolved into a gathering of spiritual practitioners, committed not only to the study and practice of the Buddha-Dhamma, but also to developing spiritual friendship, something the Buddha said was of crucial importance on the spiritual Path.  We believe that spiritual friendship is a very important quality to cultivate, because it inspires, guides and supports us in our practice.

We meet every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm 10.00pm, in the quiet space of the  Garden room, The Blackthorn Medical Centre, St Andrew’s Road, Barming, Maidstone.  Meetings usually include group meditation with readings or a talk followed by discussion.  We provide a forum for learning and sharing our experiences of integrating the Buddha’s teachings into our everyday life.  If you are interested in joining us or would like to know more please use the Contact Form on our website:

The Alokabodhi sangha also meets in Ashford on the first Tuesday of each month.  Please contact Bernie Oxland for details.
We also support each other’s practice by organising events outside our weekly meetings.  These include our regular Sangha Sundays when our activities include gathering together for a mindful walk in the country (yatra), days of practice which include periods of noble silence, Days of Practice which include periods of Noble Silence, meditation, Dhamma teachings and discussions; family Sangha days, and the opportunity to visit monasteries or other Buddhist centres.

Apart from our residential retreats all our activities are on a dana basis  i.e. they are offered free of charge out of a spirit of generosity, another key aspect of the Buddhas teaching.

Aranya Giman Hala Charitable Trust

Phone: 0773146243
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Main Contact: Kumar Punchihewa  Email  (Phone: +94 0773146243)
TRUSTEE: Ms. Gayani A. Gardiye-Punchihewa  Email  (Phone: 0773146243)
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EXCLUSIVELY FOR MAHA SANGHA - Especially from Forest Monasteries Worldwide!      

Overnight Transt Accommodation, IN COLOMBO -For Maha Sangha In Transit OR Convalescing/Receiving Treatment for Geriatric Care or Illness.                                               

ADVANCE RESERVATION /PRIOR NOTIFICATION ESSENTIAL - especially to avoid mix-up of accommodation to Bhikkhus and Bhikkhunis.                                                                           

* TRANSIT ABODE FOR BHIKKHUS OR BHIKKHUNIS                                             * Demeure de transit pour les moines ou nonnes bouddhiste                                 * Durchreiseunterkunft fur buddhistische monche oder nonnen                             * Abitazione di transito per monacibuddisti o monache                                         * Morada de transito para monjes o monjas budistas                                             * Transit bolig for buddhistiske munke eller nonner                                               * Transit tehuis voor boeddhistische monniken en nonnen


Aro Ling Bristol

Address:   Bristol BS7 8NN
Tradition: Vajrayana, Aro gT
Phone: 07505 569680
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Teacher: Ja'gy  Email  (Phone: 07505 569680)
Main Contact: M  Email  (Phone: 07505 569680)
Teacher: M  
Spiritual Director: M  Email  (Phone: 07505 569680)
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Aro Ling Bristol is a city centre home of the Aro gTér – a Vajrayana Buddhist lineage whose unusual characteristics make it singularly appropriate for many Westerners. 

The teachings of the Aro gTér descend from a lineage of enlightened women, beginning with Yeshé Tsogyel. She was the female Tantric Buddha, who, together with Padmasambhava, founded the Nyingma tradition of Buddhism. 

We run regular classes, you can view our timetable here

Aro Ling Bristol is the sister centre of our rural retreat centre Drala Jong

Buddhist Monastery Tashi Rabten

Address: Letzehof 6800 Feldkirch Austria  Feldkirch Vorarlberg 6800
Tradition: Vajrayana
Affiliation: Rabten Buddhist Monasteries in Europe
Phone: +43 5522 706111
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Spiritual Director: Gonsar Tulku Rinpoche  Email  
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Buddhist monastery with regular Vinaya-activities. Weekend seminars, meditation courses, regular evening Dharma sessions. All the teachings are given by the abbot or experienced Buddhist monks and cover the wide range of the Buddha\'s teachings as found in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions.

Buddhist Text Translation Society

Address: 4951 Bodhi Way   Ukiah CA 95482
Tradition: Mahayana
Affiliation: Dharma Realm Buddhist Association
Phone: (707) 462-0939
Fax: (707) 462-0949
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Spiritual Director: Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua  
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Buddhist Canon

      In order to establish Buddhism firmly in China, scriptures were translated from Sanskrit into Chinese.

Countless people were involved in this task. National Master Kumarajiva (5th century) headed a team of over 800 in a decade-long translation project of the Tripitaka (Buddhist Canon). Because of this work, nearly the entire Buddhist Canon of over a thousand texts exists today in Chinese.

      Now as Buddhism is being planted in Western soil, the same translation work is being done form Chinese into English. The Buddhist Text Translation Society (BTTS) founded by Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua in 1970, is working toward this goal with committees headed by Bhikshus (monks) and Bhikshunis (nuns) devoted to translation, revision, editing and certification of the entire Tripitaka.

Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua (1918 – 1995)

At first glance, he looked and sounded like any other Chinese immigrant in San Francisco in the 1960s. His humble manner belied his position as the 45th Buddhist patriarch in direct lineage from Shakyamuni Buddha.

Master Hua was born in 1918 near Manchuria, China into a family of frugal farmers. He learned to read at 15, and after his mother’s death at 19, he became a monk. He meditated by his mother’s grave for three years and practiced other austerities before receiving full ordination.

At Nan Hua Monastery in Canton, Master Hua received the mind-to-mind transmission of the Patriarchs Master Hsu Yun, making him a Patriarch in direct lineage with Bodhidharma, the last patriarch of India, and Hui Neng, the first patriarch of Zen. With the arrival of the communists on the Chinese mainland, the Master went to Hong Kong to promote orthodox Buddhism. In 1962, he brought monastic, Mahayana Buddhism to America. He founded the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, the International Translation Institute, and over 20 other monasteries and temples all over the globe, with the goal of spreading Buddhism worldwide.

Buddhistiska Samfundet Malmo Chan Buddhist Temple

Address: Hillerodsvagen 6C nb   Malmö 217 47
Tradition: Mahayana, Linji-Chan
Affiliation: Bailin Chan Sí
Phone: +46(0)70-4154642
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abott: Ming Hai  Email  (Phone: +8613930431991)
Teacher: Ming Bao  
Main Contact: Yao Chi/Julian Jacobs  Email  (Phone: +46(0)73-7088605)
Spiritual Director: Jing Hui DaShifu  
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We teach and offer practice in the traditional Chinese Chan Buddhism, affiliated with the great monasteries Balin Chan Sí in Hebei and the Temple of the 4th Patriarch in Hubei, China.

Malmo Chan Buddhist Temple is a warm and wellcoming meetingplace and a place for practice and worship in the Chan Tradition of China.

It is affiliated with two monasteries in mainland China: Bailin Chan Sí in Hebei and The 4:th Patriarchs monastery in Hubei.

It\'s head is Venerable Grand Master Jing Hui, abott is Venerable Master Ming Hai and monitor is the Swedish Dharma Teacher Ming Bao.

We offer three meditation occasions a week, Dharma teachings and Buddhist ritual and social community.

DaiJus Zen Group

Address: 434 King STREET   Newtown NSW 2042
Tradition: Mahayana, Myoshinji
Affiliation: Rinzai Zen
Phone: 04321 90 771
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Classes start by teaching the physical and mental posture necessary for meditative awareness then develop into exploring ways to use this awareness in our day-to-day life.

The Rev. DaiJu has had over 8 years in Japanese Monasteries and over 12 years of experience teaching the young and old of all Faiths.

Regular Beginner and Experienced Groups are available at The Buddha Bar Healing Clinic in Newtown on Monday and Wednesday evenings as well as Saturday mornings
Private classes for individuals or groups can be arranged by contacting DaiJu directly.

Dr.Maltesh Motebennur

Address: Librarian, Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono-Hills, Doimukh   Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh 791112
Tradition: Mahayana
Phone: 919863570654
Fax: 913602277889
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Main Contact: Dr.Maltesh Motebennur  Email  (Phone: 913602277573)
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The seed of Buddhism in Arunachal Pradesh, India was sown in the 8th Century, by Padmasambhava, who was responsible for preaching the teachings of Buddha and invoking the tenets of Buddhism in the state. However, with the advent of other religions and the subsequent fragmentation of the traditional Arunachali society into various tribal and religious groups, Buddhism, with the passage of time, has been largely confined to the districts of Tawang, East Kameng, West Kameng, Upper Siang, Dibang Valley, Lohit and Changlang. Arunachal Pradesh, India as per the census of 2001, has the total number of Buddhist population is 1,43,028 which are 13.03% among its total population [Arunachal Pradesh: 2001] of 10,98,000. It can be attested by dozens of Mahāyan Vajrayan Buddhist art and architecture in the western part of Arunachal betraying the influence from Tibet. The famous Tawang Monastery is the best product of Mahayana Buddhist art and architecture of the state. It is second largest monastery in Asia. Even prior to the advent of modern education, the Buddhist monasteries played an important role in imparting knowledge and basic social wisdom. The monasteries used to play an active role in social, economic, religious life of the people.

Arunachal Pradesh, India is fortunate enough to have a rich Buddhist cultural heritage. Here Buddhism is a living religion. The migration of Khamtis brought the religion to the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh.  The Singphos and Tai Tikhaks sub-tribes of Tangsas later adopted Buddhism. The Buddhist tribes of eastern Arunachal Pradesh, India profess Therāvad Buddhism which, they said to have brought from Myanmar. With the coming of the Monpas, Sherdukpens, Membas, Khambas and other Mahayana tribes to the western and central part of Arunachal, Mahāyan Buddhism was introduced in this area. 

Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

Address: 10875 Main St. Unit 108 Fairfax, VA 22030   Centreville, VA VI 20122
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Gelugpa (FPMT)
Affiliation: FPMT
Phone: 703-774-9692
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Main Contact: Lorne Ladner  Email  (Phone: 703-774-9692)
Teacher: Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Losang Jampa  
Spiritual Director: Gabe Mata  Email  (Phone: 703-774-9692)
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The Guhyasamaja Center for Tibetan Buddhist meditation is a community of spiritual friends in the Washington DC area dedicated to the practice of Mahayana Buddhism. Our resident teacher, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa (Geshe Thinley Topgyal), is a retired abbot of Gyumed Tantric College. We follow the Gelugpa tradition, the same lineage as His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Visiting teachers who have graced the Center in the past include Ven. Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ven. Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, and Yangsi Rinpoche.

Our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, founded the center in 1994 as part of the worldwide Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. FPMT is an international family of city and retreat centers, monasteries, publishing houses, hospices, and healing centers established by Lama Yeshe.

Hwadu Meditation (Songkwang-sa)

Address: 12 Shin pyong-ri Song Kwang-myun Sunchon-si Chonnam/540-930 Korea 
Tradition: Mahayana
Phone: 82-0661-755-0107-9
Fax: 82-0661-755-0408
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Songkwang-sa, the Sangha-jewel temple in Korea, is situated in the southwest corner of the country in the province of Cholla Namdo, between the towns of Kwangju and Sunchon. The temple was also restored in 1969 to the status of a ch\'ongnim (lit. "grove of trees"), a designation reserved for major ecumenical monasteries where training is offered in all the different varieties of Korean Buddhist practice, from Son (Zen), meditation, to doctrinal study, to recitation of the Buddha\'s name. Kusan (1910-1983) appointed it\'s Son master (pangjang), large-scale reconstruction commenced. A new meditation hall and a massive lecture hall were built. And most of the minor shrines in the monastery were repaired. Kuan\'s strong leadership and his concern to receive the Son tradition of the temple\'s founder, Chinul, restored Songkwang-sa\'s place at the forefront of the Korean Buddhist tradition. In 1973, Master Kusna also set up the Bulil International Buddhist Center. Many foreign monks come from all over the world to practice Son meditation.


Address: 18-2, Jalan Medan Putra 4, Medan Putra Business Centre, Bandar Sri Menjalara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.   Kuala Lumpur
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: +603 6277 9448
Fax: +603 6272 9830
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Spiritual Director: Sis Imee Ooi  
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 Our Mission 

  • Spreading The Dharma through music and performing arts
  • Serving through a comprehensive professional Buddhist music performing arts company
  • Providing high standard Buddhist music and performance production
  • Cultivating a new generation in Buddhist music and performing arts
  • Continuing a righteous livelihood that adheres to The Dharma
  • Contributing to a better and more beautiful world

Imee Ooi

Malaysian music producer, composer, arranger and vocalist. Founder of IMM Musicworks in 1997, Imee Ooi has now released more than 50 albums of her own, and has produced countless musical works for Buddhist societies and organizations around the world. 

A devout Buddhist, Imee’s serenely pure voice and unique sense of musical arrangements has established her own genre, spreading the sounds of Dharma through Sutras, Mantras, and free composition that has transcended religious barriers and touched different cultures and age groups. Besides Asia,her music has also travelled to Europe and Russia, US and Canada, Australia and Africa, soothing and touching many hearts. 

Imee’s works have also been regarded as a significant milestone in the development of Buddhist music. With a wide range of composition sung in seven different languages, “The Chant of Metta”, “ Om Mani Padme Hum”, “The Great Compassion Mantra” , “ The Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutra ” are among some of Imee’s  most praised works. The composer and musical director of the musicals “Siddhartha”, “Above Full Moon- Master Hong Yi’s Biography ”, “Jewel of Tibet- Princess Wen Cheng ” and “ The Perfect Circle”.  To spread The Dharma through music has become the life destiny of Imee Ooi. 

Chai Yu

Malaysian music producer, composer, vocalist and sound engineer, Chai Yu joined I.M.M.Musicworks in 2005 and has since became Imee Ooi's best musical partner. Vegetarian and a devout Dharma practitioner, Chai Yu’s bright yet solemn vocal is widely appreciated by many. His compositions such as “ The Mantra of Guru Rinpoche”, “Ksitigarbha”, “ Bhaisajya Guru”, and “Pureland Dharani” add colour and variety to the I.M.M. music collection. Chai Yu aspires to spread the Dharma through his effort in music by delivering a message of harmony and integrity to his listeners. Chai Yu holds dear the wish for all beings to be enlightened.

Musical Works

  • IMM MUSIC Catalog 50 albums
  • Taiwan Wind Music Distribution Imee Ooi Series since 2003
  • Korea Contents Inc. Distribution Imee Ooi Series/Contents Korea Inc.
  • Australia Blue Angel Distribution Blue Angel/Imee Ooi Music For The Heart and Soul
  • South America Argentina The Chant Of Metta Distribution/ Spanish Version
  • HH Dalai Lama Sermon in USA by Land of Medicine Buddha 2001
  • BLIA Youth Conference Theme Songs
  • Sound Of The Human World –The Morning Prayer
  • Master Hsin Yun Buddhist Hymns compilation 1 and 2
  • Music Director of Master Hsin Yun Stadium Sermon Malaysia2012《 
  •  Various Albums by Reverend Xin Pei Taiwan
  • FGS Buddha Memorial Kao Shiong Opening Ceremony Animation Music- The Buddha
  • Numerous albums for FGS Publications since 2000
  • Song of poem by Master Sheng Yan Dharma Drum Taiwan
  • HH The 17th  Karmapa  song“ World Aspiration” 
  •  Taiwan Life TV Rev. Chuan Xi Chanting Series
  • Hong Kong Rev. Dhammapala Pali Chanting –Producer/Music arranger
  • Dong Lin Monastery China- Hymns of PurelandAlbum
  • Dong Lin Monastery China- Amitabha Chanting
  • Dong Lin Monastery China-Praises of  the Ancients Master album
  • Stories of the Buddhas and Boddhisattvas album –China Jiang Xi
  • Hymns of the Pureland  Concert with Shenzhen Orchestra  and choir- Hui Zhou China
  • Pass It On Children Buddhist Songs Pass It On Children Buddhist Songs
  • TASHI Children Buddhist Song series
  • Sonan Rinpoche chanting of Guru Rinpoche and Medicine Buddha Mantra album
  • The Stories of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
  •  Chiyu- Heart Sutra/ Seri Devi Dharani
  •  Composer/ Music Arranger/ Music Director of: Siddhartha The Musical, Princess Wen Cheng The Musical, Above Full Moon The Musical, The Perfect Circle The Musical, Kita The Musical World Tour .
  • Music Director of 50th Malaysia Merdeka Mega Show in KL Bukit Jalil Stadium.
  • Producer, director of Blessing Bell Buddhist Count Down concert
  • Hannya Shingyo- Japanese Heart Sutra – theme song for movie
  • Soundtrack for Japan Gaia Symphony
  • The Perfect Japan (Anti Nuclear Campaign) Theme Song Kanpekina Nihon
  • And numerous songs and music production for Buddhist monasteries and organizations since 1995 

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Add: 18-2, Jalan Medan Putra 4, Medan Putra Business Centre, Bandar Sri Menjalara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Tel: +603 6277 9448

Fax: +603 6272 9830

Kadampa Center for the Practice of Tibetan Buddhism

Address: 5412 Etta Burke Court   Raleign NC 27606
Tradition: Mahayana, FPMT - His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Affiliation: Tibetan Buddhist, part of the Foundation for the Practice of Tibetan Buddhism (FPMT)
Phone: 919- 859-3433
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Teacher: Geshe Gelek  
Main Contact: Jill Marie  Email  (Phone: 919-849-3433)
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Kadampa Center for the Practice of Tibetan Buddhism was officially founded in 1991 by Don Brown to provide a place for the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism following the lineage of Lama Yeshe and our current Spiritual Director Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. The word "kadampa" refers to those who are able to see the Buddha's teachings as personal advice that applies immediately to their own lives.

We are a spiritual community committed to transforming the minds and lives of individuals and societies into the highest ideals of enlightened wisdom, compassion, and skilful action through the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in the Gelugpa tradition. We are part of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an international family of city and retreat centers, monasteries, publishing houses, hospices, and healing centers who share our purpose.

Under the guidance of our resident teacher, Geshe Gelek Chodha("Geshe-la"), we offer a full range of programs that cover all aspects of the Buddhist path. Kadampa Center is part of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, famous for its emphasis upon deep understanding of Buddhist texts coupled with meditation practice. We host teachings by eminent Buddhist masters, offer courses for beginning and advanced students, and provide space for individual and group meditation. Here you will find the authentic teachings of the Buddha and a community supporting spiritual growth and practice.

All events at Kadampa Center are offered free of charge. Kadampa Center exists only through voluntary financial donations, as well as gifts of time, talent and energy.

Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico

Address: 8701 Comanche NE  Albuquerque NM 87111
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, New Kadampa
Affiliation: New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union
Phone: (505) 292 5293
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Spiritual Director: Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
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Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico is a Western Buddhist Meditation Temple in Albuquerque. The Center provides meditation classes and teachings in New Mexico, including various locations in Albuquerque, as well as Los Lunas, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Gallup and East Mountains. Taught by Westerners, the meditation classes are very easy to understand and apply in our daily lives. The classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners.

Khusangerpara Mohaboudhi Seba Complex & Orphanage

Address: Khusangerpara Mohaboudhi Seba Complex & Orphanage Vill:Khusangerpara Post: Bhabanipur   Lohagara, Chittagong
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: +8801814360037
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Spiritual Director: Venerable Jinananda Mahathera  Email  (Phone: +8801814360037)
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Khusangerpara Mohaboudhi Seba Complex & Orphanage (KMSCO) is a nonprofit organization devoted to making a difference in the community. The most Venerable Jinananda Mahathera is a devoted bhikkhu, a hard-core disciplinarian, a noble and humble friend, an inspiring spiritual leader, an exemplary teacher, a social worker, and a clever master builder who has long served the “Buddha Sasana” as a cultural attaché by contributing Buddhist Monasteries around the country.

Lancaster Serene Reflection Meditation Group

Tradition: Mahayana, Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, Soto Zen
Affiliation: Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey
Phone: (0) 1524 593621
Contact: Kate  (Phone: +44 1524 39918)
Contact: Paul  (Phone: +44 1524 593621)
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The Lancaster Serene Reflection Meditation Group was formed in 1980. We meet on Mondays at 7.30pm at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster, which is next door to the railway station. The first time you come, one of our experienced members will talk to you about our practice and give you meditation instruction. The style of meditation we practice is called ‘serene reflection meditation’ – we are part of the Soto Zen tradition of Buddhism.

The group is affiliated to The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. The Order is dedicated to the practice of the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition, known as Ts’ao-Tung Ch’an in China and Sōtō Zen in Japan. The Order was established by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett to serve as the international umbrella organization for the monasteries, priories (local temples), and meditation groups led by priests of our lineage in Britain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. The group has strong connections with Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey, a Zen Buddhist monastery and retreat centre situated in Northumberland - its Abbot is Rev Master Daishin Morgan. Senior members of the monastic community there, regularly visit the group, and also lead short retreats in Lancaster. They are also available on request to give private spiritual counselling to group members.

Mahamevnawa Bhavana Monastery of New Jersey

Address: 513 Elizabeth Ave.   Somerset NJ 08873
Tradition: Theravada, Sri Lankan
Affiliation: Mahamevnawa Budddhist Monastery in Sri Lanka
Phone: +1 484 682 5897
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Spiritual Director: Most Ven.Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero.  
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Mahamevnawa is an organization of monasteries established for the sake of spiritual development of human beings through the teachings of the Sakyamuni Buddha who was born in 500 B.C. Our only wish is to give you spiritual help in order to make your mind pure which is useful for the realization of Nibbana: the unbounded liberation. Now we have already established over 34 branch monasteries to give you a more space to practice spiritual life. In this purpose, there are thousands of people who have joined with us to practice this joyful spiritual life together. Now, we have spent 8 years with you, with our pure service. Dear friends, we invite you to taste a drop of our service with us happily. 

Mahamevnawa Monastery

Address: Waduwawa, Yatigal-oluwa, Polgahawela, Sri Lanka   Polgahawela North Western
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 0094372244602
Fax: 0094372244602
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Teacher: Bhikkhu Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Maha Thera  
Main Contact: Bhikkhu Mirigama Indawansa  Email  
Spiritual Director: Bhikkhu Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Maha Thera  
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Mahamevnawa is an organization of monasteries established for the sake of spiritual development of human beings through the teachings of the Sakyamuni Buddha who was born in 500 B.C. Our only wish is to give you spiritual help in order to make your mind pure which is useful for the realization of Nibbana: the unbounded liberation. Now we have already established over 40 branch monasteries to give you a more space to practice spiritual life. In this purpose, there are thousands of people who have joined with us to practice this joyful spiritual life together. Now, we have spent 11 years with you, with our pure service.

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