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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
E-mail: mhdforet@club-internet.fr
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Contact: Michel Henri Dufour  


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
Website: http://www.denshinji.fr
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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
E-mail: admin@kbisydney.org
Website: http://www.kbi.com.au/
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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
Website: http://www.ottawabuddhistsociety.com/
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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
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vimokkharam-Forest-Hermitage/196515614032184
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Alokabodhi Buddhist Group

Address:   Maidstone Kent
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: Thai Forest Tradition
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Website: http://www.alokabodhi.org.uk
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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: www.alokabodhi.org.uk

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.


Buddhist Monastery Tashi Rabten

Address: Letzehof 6800 Feldkirch Austria  Feldkirch Vorarlberg 6800
Tradition: Vajrayana
Affiliation: Rabten Buddhist Monasteries in Europe
Phone: +43 5522 706111
E-mail: info@rabten.at
Website: http://www.letzehof.at
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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
E-mail: info@buddhisttexts.org
Website: http://www.buddhisttexts.org
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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
E-mail: info@taozen.se
Website: http://www.taozen.se
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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
E-mail: daijuzenji@hotmail.com
Website: http://daiju.com.au/meditation.html
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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
E-mail: maltesh.motebennur@gmail.com
Website: http://www.rgu.ac.in
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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
E-mail: director@guhyasamaja.org
Website: http://www.guhyasamaja.org
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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
E-mail: songkwang@www.buddhism.or.kr
Website: http://temple.buddhism.or.kr/songkwang
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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.


IMM MUSIC

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
E-mail: info@immmusic.com
Website: http://www.immmusic.com/en/
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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.

Email Address: info@immmusic.com

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
E-mail: info@kadampa-center.org
Website: http://kadampa-center.org
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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
E-mail: info@meditationinnewmexico.org
Website: http://www.meditationinnewmexico.org
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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
E-mail: info@khusangerparamohaboudhicomplex.org/
Website: http://khusangerparamohaboudhicomplex.org/
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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
Website: http://www.lancasterserenereflection.org.uk
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
E-mail: info@mahamevnausa.org
Website: http://www.mahamevnausa.org
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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
E-mail: info@mahamevnawa.lk
Website: http://www.mahamevnawa.lk
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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.


Meetirigala Nissarana Vanaye

Address: Meetirigala 11742, Sri Lanka. 
Tradition: Theravada, Mahasi Sawadaw
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Meetirigala Nissarana Vanaye is a monastery in the strict forest tradition in Sri Lanka. It is one of Sri Lanka\\\'s most respected meditation monasteries. It was founded in 1968 by Asoka Weeraratna (the founder of the German Dharmaduta Society and the Berlin Buddhist Vihara in Germany). He equipped the monastery with all the facilities conducive to the meditative life, found an accomplished meditation master, Ven. Matara Sri Gnanarama Mahathera (author of \\\'Seven stages of Purifications\\\' and \\\'Seven Contemplations\\\', both published by the BPS), to direct the meditation training, and then, his mission accomplished, he himself entered the Buddhist order under the name Ven. Mitirigala Dhammanisanthi Thera. Meditators and monks go pindapada in the traditional style, male meditators are allowed to stay for up to 2 weeks, but only after receiving prior invitation. The meditation teacher is Ven. U Dhammajiva, a student of Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita.


Nilambe Meditation Centre

Tradition: Theravada
Website: http://www.nilambe.org/
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Contacting Nilambe in the new electronic ways is not always easy - we suggest that you come here and meet us! However, do try Upul on 0777-804 555;  Nalaka on 0777-811 653; or Pitigala on 0776-756 598. You may also want to try email:  info@nilambe.org (sometimes checked).

Getting there and away: The centre is easily reached by the Galaha/Deltota bus #633 from Kandy. It passes Nilambe Office Junction (about 17km). From there it is a steep walk through tea plantations to reach the centre. Alternatively, taxis or autorickshaws are available from Kandy. Advice can also be sought from the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy. Autorickshaws are often available from the bottom of the office junction, at Nilambe, but the gate half way up the tea estate road is locked most of the time.

General info: Meditators stay from one night to several years, and the centre can help long term meditators with visa extensions. Accommodation at the centre is in single or shared rooms. The centre has no electricity supply, and conditions are adequate but basic. Although this is a lay centre, often there are members of the Sangha undertaking personal retreats at Nilambe. The centre charges 400 Sri Lankan rupees per day (about GBP 2.15 sterling, USD 3.90 at June 2004 rates) to foreigners to cover accommodation and food. Sri Lankans may offer donations instead. The majority of resident meditators are westerners, but many Sri Lankans also use the centre (particularly around Poya days). Teaching is also available in English and Sinhala by the resident teacher, Upul. There is a good library of books and tapes in English and Sinhala. Make sure that you bring a flashlight (no electricity), an umbrella and warm clothes (cold at night). The centre provides bedsheets and pillows et cetera.


Preston Serene Reflection Meditation Group

Address:   Preston Lancashire
Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen
Affiliation: Order of Buddhist Contemplatives
E-mail: serenereflection@googlemail,com
Website: http://www.prestonserenereflection.org.uk
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Contact:: Vanessa  (Phone: 07841 471833)
Main Contact: Harry  (Phone: 07847 164088)
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The Preston Serene Reflection Meditation Group was formed in 1994. We meet on Tuesdays at 7.00pm in St Peters Room, St.Johns Minster, Church Street, Preston PR1 3BU. The first time you come, one of our group members will talk with you about our practice and show you how we meditate. Our style of meditation 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, know as Tsao-Tung Chan in China and Soto Zen in Japan. The Order was established by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett to serve as the international umbrella organisation for the monasteries, priories (local temples) and meditation groups led by priests of our lineage in Britain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, France 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 Preston. They are also available on request to give private spiritual counselling to group members.


Sera Jey Monastery

Address: Bylakuppe  Mysore District Karnataka 571104
Tradition: Mahayana
Affiliation: Gelug order of Tibetan Buddhism
Phone: 91-8223-258435
Fax: 91-8223-258781
E-mail: office@serajeymonastery.org
Website: http://www.serajeymonastery.org
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Main Contact: Abbot  Email  (Phone: 91-8223-258435)
Teacher: Acharya Geshe Lobsang Palden  
Spiritual Director: Acharya Geshe Lobsang Palden  Email  (Phone: 91-8223-258435)
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Sera Jey Monastery is one of the three main monasteries of the Gelug tradition (Lama Tsong Khapa_ in Tibetan Buddhism.  It is founded in 15th century in Tibet by Kunkhyen Lodroe Rinchen Senge.

The Monastery is primarily involved in imparting The Five Main Treatises of Mahayana Buddhism, in traditional monastic system as followed in Tibet :-

  1. Prajnaparamita    (Perfection of Wisdom)
  2. Pramana vartika (Valid Cognition)
  3. Madhyamika (The Middle Path)
  4. Vinaya (Monastic Discipline)
  5. Abhidharma (Phenomenology)

The Monastery awards the Geshe on the successful completion of the courses & Lharam Geshe the highest monastic scholarly title on merit. 

Besides, the monastery follows its traditional culture & practices; and is involved in disseminating the Buddha Dharma & promoting peace & harmony.

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Songsten

Address: Songtsen, Chanteloube La Bicanderie 24290 Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère France  Dordogne
Tradition: Vajrayana, Nyingmapa Tibetan
Phone: +33 (0)5 53 50 75 24
E-mail: info@songtsen.org
Website: http://www.songtsen.org/songtsen/EN/contact.php
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Spiritual Director: Kangyur Rinpoche/H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche  
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Songtsen is a non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving and making accessible the culture and wisdom of Tibet and to helping communities in difficulty, particularly in the Himalayan region. It takes its inspiration from the extraordinary compassion of Kangyur Rinpoche, one of the greatest Tibetan lamas of the last century. Songtsen represents more than 30 years of aid projects and cultural activities initiated and followed through by a group of Tibetans and Westerners.

Most of the organization’s office structures, as well as its teaching and retreat facilities, are located on the Côte de Jor, a forested ridge with spectacular views over the Vézère valley. The Chanteloube, Siddhartha and KRF offices are located in a restored French house known as La Bicanderie. Nestled in a secluded hillside and surrounded by forest are the traditional retreat centres of Thekchok Osel Chöling and Thekchok Ngayap Chöling.


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