East Asian Buddhism: Mahayana, the Great Vehicle,
Zen (Ch'an) and Pure Land
American Buddhism --
Center for American Buddhist Practice
Sutra study classes (free) every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00pm, at the Eye of Buddha store in San Diego, at the corner of Park Boulevard and El Cajon Boulevard. For more information, see
Dharma Bum Temple
541 2nd Avenue (near 2nd and Market), San Diego, CA 92101.
or phone 858-922-8811.
Free 3-hour parking is available at Horton Plaza.
Wednesday 7:00pm Zen Meditation
Friday 7:00pm Dharma Bum Meditation
Sunday 7:00pm Introduction to Meditation
Red Lotus Society
at the historic Ideal Hotel, 540 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92101. Phone is 619-808-9847.
San Diego State University Aztec Dharma Bums
Tuesdays 7pm - 8:30 pm Student Meditation Club at SDSU, Calpulli/Student Health Services, 4th floor,
UCSD Dharma Bums
Tuesdays at 7:00pm at UCSD, Treetop Computer Lounge on second floor of old student center.
Chinese Buddhism --
Hsi Fang Buddhist Temple, San Diego Buddhist Association
Buddha's Light International Association (Humanistic Buddhism)
4536 Park Boulevard -- also Buddha's Light Bookstore, 4538 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92116
For information on English-speaking laypersons' group, classes, etc.,
BOOK STUDY GROUP (ENGLISH) Sun. 1:30-2:30pm - Please drop in.
UNDERSTANDING BUDDHISM (ENGLISH) Sun. 2:30-3:30pm - Please drop in.
MEDITATION Chan Mindfulness Sun. 3:30-4:30pm - Please drop in.
CHANTING (Chinese) Amitabha Sutra/Bodhisattva Sun. 10am-12:30pm
Diamond Sutra/Repentance Service 9am-12:30pm fourth Sun. of the month
CHILDREN'S DHARMA SCHOOL Sun. 10am-12noon
YOGA CLASSES will probably resume in March 2008.
For schedule, please call 619-298-2800 or check web site.
Japanese Buddhism --
Buddhist Temple of San Diego (Jodo Shinshu tradition)
English-language, family-friendly, San Diego's oldest temple. Japanese-language services also available -- call for details.
2929 Market St.
San Diego, CA 92102
Hidden Valley Zen Center (Rinzai Zen tradition)
Soka Gakkai International (a lay organization of Nichiren's Buddhism)
SGI-USA San Diego Community Center * SGI-USA North San Diego Community Center
4828 Ronson Court 800 Los Vallecitos Blvd., Suites C & D
San Diego, CA 92111 San Marcos, CA 92069
858-514-3870 -- open daily except Wed. 760-591-9738 -- open daily except Wed.
Sweetwater Zen Center (Soto Zen tradition)
2727 Highland Ave.
National City, CA 91950
Residential Zen community offering traditional practice of group meditation, Dharma
talks, and Koan study with certified Zen teacher.
Three Treasures Zen Community (Soto Zen tradition)
P. O. Box 720896
San Diego, CA 92129
Zazen/Meditation, Home Temples in Vista and Rancho Penasquitos.
Call 760-745-4249 for an info packet. TTZC offers a compassionate and open environment for all people interested in Zen Buddhism. Zen meditation, Koan study with certified teacher, Dharma talks,
Vista Buddhist Temple (Jodo Shinshu tradition)
150-B Cedar Road
Vista, CA 92083
Zen Center of San Diego
2047 Felspar Street
San Diego, CA 92109-3551 (Pacific Beach)
Sitting and interview with either Ezra Bayda or Elizabeth Hamilton every day except Sunday.
For information and directions leave a message at 858-273-3444, and someone will return your call soon.
Korean Buddhism --
Buddhist Meditation Center
7969 Engineer Road # 204
San Diego, CA 92111
The Prajna Movement - a Buddhist association teaching meditation in the style of Master Seung Sahn
456 Skyview St.
El Cajon, CA 92020
Vietnamese Buddhism --
Temples functioning in the Vietnamese language can be found by entering the name of the
There are temples functioning entirely in Vietnamese in Bonsall, Fallbrook, San Diego, San
Marcos, Santee and Vista. The groups listed below are either fully bilingual or English-only.
The Compassionate Heart Sangha (Encinitas/San Diego) continues a decade of joyful circle gathering every Saturday from 11:00am to 12:30pm in Encinitas. Location with parking: Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024. Just off route 5. Exit east to Birmingham Ave. Left on Lake 2 blocks. Center on right. From parking lots, walk the path mindfully up a hill to a small house above the Center. Meditation, Dharma sharing, and readings from Thich Nhat Hanh. Occasional daytime and overnight retreats. We will be happy to greet you.
Deer Park Monastery (Vietnamese tradition, Thich Nhat Hanh)
2499 Melru Lane
Escondido, CA 92026
Call for schedule of weekends of mindfulness, Fri. 5pm to Sun. 5pm. Includes learning to
chant, inviting the bell, incense offerings, ceremonies, Dharma discussions, tea meditation,
and more. Day of Mindfulness every Sunday at 8:30 am.
Monday Night Meditation/Discussion Group based on Thich Nhat Hanh.
Walking, sitting, and walking meditations, supportive discussion of our practice,
and recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings.
Monday, 7-9pm at Wat Lao Navaram Monastery, 6691 Manning St., San Diego 92111.
Orange Blossom Sangha in Escondido. Sitting, walking, readings (Creating True Peace by
Thich Nhat Hanh). 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7:30-9pm, 802 Eldorado Drive (off Bear Valley
Parkway). Five Mindfulness Trainings recited on 2nd Thursday.
Spiritpoint -- Meditation and study group in Escondido based on the work of Thich Nhat Hanh.
First Sunday of the month 6-7:30pm. Day of Mindfulness, TBA, 11am-3pm.
The World Beat Sangha - Meditation and mindfulness practice for beginners to advanced.
2nd and 4th Sundays, 5:00-7:00 pm, at the World Beat Center, Balboa Park, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego.
Free and open to all people interested in living mindfully on the earth. Wear warm, comfortable,
loose-fitting clothes, and bring a cushion and mat to sit on. Chairs will be provided.
The World Beat Sangha is a community practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.
Call to confirm date: Laura Hunter, 760-740-9405.
An excellent place to start learning about Mahayana Buddhism is the web site called
"Mahayana Buddhist Sutras in English", which in turn provides links to many other sites.
May any merit arising from this web site be dedicated to the liberation of all sentient beings.
A number of groups and events both in and outside of San Diego County may be found in
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