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University Buddhist Association at UCLA

Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Staff Member: Eric  Email  
Main Contact: Eric  Email  
Teacher: Venerable Kusala  
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Bringing the Sangha to the University
In order for students to meet and learn about a variety of Buddhist traditions, the UBA sponsors guest speakers from many of the local temples in Southern California to come and speak at UCLA.

  • Bringing the Students to the Community
    The UBA utilizes the passion of young Buddhists to reach out into the larger community and become connected beyond our college years. We sponsor field trips, retreats, and community service to forge the bonds that can last a lifetime.
  • Bringing Buddhism to the Disucssion
    The Buddhist teachings offer a perspective not found elsewhere, and a set of responsibilities unique to the religion. The UBA participates in interfaith events and dialog to make the Buddhist voice heard and understood.

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Upaya Zen Center

Address: 1404 Cerro Gordo Road   Santa Fe NM 87501
Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen Lineage, White Plum Asanga, Thich Nhat Hanh, Roshi Bernie Glassman.
Affiliation: Zen Buddhism
Phone: (505) 986-8518
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Spiritual Director: Roshi Joan Halifax - Abbot and Founder  
Teacher: Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D.  
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Upaya is a Zen Buddhist residential, practice, and educational center dedicated to the development of the relationship between traditional Buddhism and compassionate engagement with our world. 

Upaya Zen is a model of socially engaged Buddhism. It brings together many projects focused on social transformation, including work in prisons, end-of-life care, serving the homeless, training chaplains in socially engaged practice, peace and non-violence work, training of clinicians in compassionate care, and delivering healthcare in remote regions of the Himalayas.

Upaya is a global community for those working to create racial, economic, and environmental justice, compassionate care for the most vulnerable, and a place of committed, daily contemplative practice and learning through its retreats, trainings, and programs, free Dharma podcasts, and community services.

Urban Dharma

Address: 29 Page Avenue, Asheville   NC
Tradition: Vajrayana, Drikung Kagyü, Tibetan
Affiliation: Venerable Wei Wu, Abbot & Founder of Than Hsiang Temple, Malaysia
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Main Contact: Dr. Hun Lye, UDNC Founder & President  
Spiritual Director: Venerable Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche,  
Notes and Events:

We are at 29 Page Avenue - across from historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville.  Urban Dharma is a temple with meditation and teaching space, a Tibetan art/ritual gallery, a Buddhist library and a tea-corner for relaxation.

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

UD Temple & Gallery Hours
Thursday      12 noon - 8 pm

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

UU Meditation (Zen)

Address: 5090 Center Street NE   Salem OR 97317
Tradition: Mahayana, Maria Kannon Zen Center
Phone: (503) 949-3188
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Teacher: Lee Ann Nail  
Notes and Events:

Beginning instruction in Zen meditation is offered each Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.

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

Vajra Dakini Nunnery

Address: Bristol   Bristol VT 05443
Tradition: Vajrayana, Drikung Kagyu, Tibetan Buddhist
Affiliation: Drikung Kagyu
Phone: 802 453 6867
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Teacher: Khenmo Drolma  
Spiritual Director: HH Chetsang Rinpoche; Ven. Dhyani Ywahoo  
Main Contact: Khenmo Drolma  Email  
Notes and Events:

Mail to PO Box 382 Bristol VT 05443
Vajra Dakini Nunnery is a contemplative nuns community in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.   With the blessing and patronage of H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche, founded by Ven Dhyani Ywahoo and directed by Abesss Khenmo Drolma, it is dedicated to prayers for welfare of all sentient beings.   It is open to ordained and lay Sangha through programs and retreats.

Vajra Light Buddhist Center

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

Vajra Vidya Down East

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

Vajradhara Meditation Center

Address: 235 St. Marks Avenue  Brooklyn NY 11215
Tradition: Mahayana, New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union
Affiliation: New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union
Phone: 347-715-6999
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Main Contact: Matthew Riechers  Email  (Phone: 347-715-6999)
Teacher: Matthew Riechers  
Spiritual Director: Matthew Riechers  Email  (Phone: 347-715-6999)
Notes and Events:

Vajradhara Meditation Center was established to provide people in Brooklyn with the opportunity to learn about Meditation and the practice Buddhist teachings. To fulfill this aim we have a space in Prospect Heights, located at 235 St. Marks Ave (just off Vanderbilt Ave). We also offer branch classes held at various other locations throughout Brooklyn.

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

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

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

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

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

How to Get Started

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

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

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

Vajramudra Dharma Center

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

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

Please check out our Google Calendar for our current schedule.

Vajrapani Buddhist Center

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

General & Introductory Meditation Classes

Thursdays 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Saturdays 10:00am - 11:30am

Foundation Program (Advanced Study)

Mondays 7:15pm - 9:15pm

We also offer many scheduled pujas (chanted meditaitons) and special classes & events on a monthly basis.  See our online calendar at 

Vallecitos Mountain Refuge

Address: 100 South Plaza   Taos NM 87571
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Multi traditional
Phone: 505-751-9613
Fax: 505-751-4038
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Teachers: Diana Winston, Marcia Rose, Wendy Johnson, Therese Fitzgerald, Cynthia Jurs  
Main Contact: Rose Martinez  
Teachers: Joseph Goldstein, Steven Smith, Wes Nisker, Grove Burnett (Founding Teacher).  
Notes and Events:

Vallecitos Mountain Refuge is a magnificent wilderness ranch and retreat center located near Taos, New Mexico.
Vallecitos offers meditation and contemplative retreats taught in various traditions in an inspirational mountain setting.

Valley Dragon Zen Sangha

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

6:30-7:10 zazen

7;10-7:20 service

7:20-8:00 Dharma discussion

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

Vietnamese Buddhist Association of Savannah, Georgia Inc.

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

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

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

Vimala Sangha

Tradition: Mahayana, Zen, in the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Phone: 415.381.3015
Teacher: Lewis Richmond  
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The Vimala Sangha (Vimala Zen Center) is a Buddhist group based in Mill Valley, California, under the spiritual guidance of Buddhist teacher Lew Richmond. It takes its name from Vimalakirti, the householder whose wisdom was said to surpass that of all the Buddha's other great disciples.


Vimala Sangha's forms of practice and methods of inquiry are illuminated by the American experience, and respectful of all the teachings and schools of Buddhism. 


Our schedule of events is available at

Lewis Richmond's music CDs and music teaching DVD are availabel at

Vipassana Buddhist Church / Center for Buddhist Development

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

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

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

Contact us for more information

Vipassana Dhura Meditation Society

Address: 12118 E. Amherst Circle   Aurora CO 80014
Tradition: Theravada, Mahasi Sayadaw
Phone: (303) 861-5051
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Main Contact: Cynthia Thatcher  (Phone: (303) 861-5051)
Spiritual Director: Achan Sobin Namto  
Notes and Events:

Offering detailed, authentic teachings in moment-to-moment mindfulness from the Thai-Mahasi tradition. Learn sitting/walking meditation, the Sixteen Stages of Insight, and mindful eating. Free correspondence program.

Vipassana Hawaii

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

Virginia Boudha Vihar

Address: 9108 Backlick Road   Ft. Belvoir, Fairfax VI VA 22060-1303
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: Ajahn Cha
Phone: (703) 372-1995
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Main Contact: Paritosh Barua  (Phone: (703) 372-1995)
Spiritual Director: Ven. Gayanosri Bhikkhu  Email  (Phone: (703) 372-1995)
Teacher: Ven. Gayanosri Bhikkhu  
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The Virginia  Boudha Vihar  newly established  by the group of Bengali Buddhist community  2009 . And  its our main aim is the prompting Buddhas teaching and practice meditation, or carry on our Bengali culture and heritage one to another generation.

The Virginia Boudha Vihar main object to establish Dhamma school and meditation.

Wa Dok Tea & Sutras

Address: 1971 Bardstown Rd. #5  Louisville 40205
Tradition: Mahayana
Affiliation: Zen
Phone: 502-303-1549
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Main Contact: William C. Weaver  
Spiritual Director: William C. Weaver  Email  (Phone: 502-553-2376)
Notes and Events:

We make tea, and discuss sutras every Sunday at 3PM local time.  We only allow eight guests at a maximum, and prefer groups of five, so that everyone may have plenty of time to discuss their point of view.  All guests must call in advance for an available date and reservation.  The number to call for an appointment is 502-303-1549.  We are not always able to answer, so please leave a message.  The tea we serve is a medium grade Sencha.  If this does not suit your needs or wants, please bring your own beverage.  When you call, and we agree on a date, the sutra for discussion will be announced.  We select readings from the Diamond Sutra, The Flower Garland Sutra, The Lotus Sutra, The Blue Cliff Record, The Platform Sutra, and Wind in the Pines.  If you do not possess a reading, one will be e-mailed to you, so that any purchase will not be necessary.  We accept no gifts or donations.  We do appreciate a prepared mind on the assigned sutras, and do not offer personal counseling.  This is a place for exchanging ideas on spiritual matters, and not a place to gain social advice.

William C. Weaver

Waco Zen Meditation Group

Address:   Waco TX 76707
Tradition: Mahayana, Zen
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Main Contact: Jared Shaw  Email  
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We are a group of lay zazen practitioners living in and around Waco.

Wake Up to Your Life Group of Columbus, Ohio

Address: Buddhist Center of Ohio 1005 King Ave   Columbus OH 43212
Tradition: Non-Sectarian,
Affiliation: Unfettered Mind
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"The Wake Up to Your Life" group of Columbus, Ohio is a nonsectarian group of Buddhist practitioners who come together to meditate and study the teachings of Ken McLeod, Stephen Batchelor, and other Western teachers.

Waken Temple

Address: 11657 Lower Azusa Road   El Monte CA 91732
Tradition: Mahayana
Phone: +1 626 455 0077
Fax: +1 626 455 0556
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Teacher: Master Allen Hou  
Spiritual Director: Master Allen Hou  Email  (Phone: +1 626 455 0077)
Notes and Events:

Buddhism is the Dharma of Compassion, Wisdom and Enlightenment. May all sentients find their own Sunyata, the true Buddha-nature. Thus, understand the Dharmakaya exists within one\'s own Heart.

Seek the heart and one will find the Truth.

Waken Temple operates daily 9:00AM~4:00PM. Closes on Mondays.

Walking Tree Zen

Address: 146 School Street   Keene NH 03431
Tradition: Mahayana, Soto Zen lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi (White Plum Asangha)
Affiliation: Zen
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Main Contact: Todd Watson  
Teacher: Todd Watson  
Notes and Events:

Walking Tree Zen offers Zen practice and training in the Soto tradition. We offer weekly public practice: sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), face-to-face student/teacher inquiry (Daisan), public discourses, weekend and weeklong retreats.

Washington Buddhist Vihara

Address: 5017 16th Street, N.W.,   Washington DC
Tradition: Theravada, American
Phone: (202) 723-0773
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Founder: Ven. Madihe Pannasiha Mahanayaka Thera  
Notes and Events:

Endeavoring to share the knowledge of the Dhamma of the Buddha, the Washington Buddhist Vihara, from it is very inception, has supported a policy that goes beyond ethnic and cultural boundaries. Though people of many nationalities frequent the Vihara, all regular services are conducted in the English language. This policy has greatly aided the introduction of Buddhism to the USA. In fact, almost one half of the Washington Buddhist Vihara Societys membership is made up of local Americans. As there are no language barriers, visitors and devotees who speak different languages feel quite at home at the Vihara. There is always some one to talk to.

Wat Mongkhool-Khunaram

Address: 697 St Anthony Avenue, St Paul, MN 55104   MN
Tradition: Theravada, Thai and Hmong
Phone: 952-594-9582.
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Teacher: Ajan Kosam, resident monk  
Notes and Events:

The temple operates out of a two story grey house surrounded by a grey cyclone fence. But when you leave your shoes at the door, step inside and you find a small prayer hall with statues and pictures of Buddha on the wall and a low dais where Ajan Phra Khrupras- itthamrha Kosam, the resident Thai Buddhist monk sits during services. The lay people coming there are not Lao or Thai. They are Hmong.

Wat opened in October of 2012 . Visitors are welcome and visits can be arranged by calling Mr. Yang at 952-594-9582.

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