Buddhist Resources in San Diego County

This page was last updated on: February 13, 2013
Southern Buddhism:  Theravada, the Way of the Elders

The traditions of Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.
For local Vipassana groups, click here.

For additional links, including a historical timeline, click here.

Burmese Buddhism --

For Vipassana meditation as taught by S. N. Goenka, see http://www.dhamma.org
Those who have completed at least one 10-day course in one of the Goenka centers are welcome to attend sittings at Giorgio Quintero's house, Sun. 8-9am, or Roy Menezes' house, Mon.-Sat., 6:30-7:30am and 6:30-7:30pm, Sun. 8-9am and 6:30-7:30pm.
Contact giorgio_quintero@hotmail.com or roy.menezes@intel.com

Cambodian Buddhism --

Wat Sovannkiry
3864 - 52nd Street (one block south of University Avenue)
San Diego, CA 92105
Contact Ven. Prom Khian Attagutto at 619-280-7633

Lao Buddhism --

Wat Lao Boubpharam
205 South 65th St. (off Skyline Blvd.)
San Diego, CA 92114
619-266-1717 or 619-266-9191

Wat Lao Buddhaharam
726 44th St.
San Diego, CA 92102-3606

Wat Lao Navaram
6691 Manning St.
San Diego, CA 92111

Thai Buddhism --

Metta Forest Monastery (Thai Forest tradition)
Thanissaro Bhikku, Abbot
P.O. Box 1409
Valley Center, CA 92082
619-813-8461 (5-6pm PST or 6-7pm PDT, or leave message on machine)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org contains written material by Thanissaro Bhikku and others.
SITTING: 7:00pm PST, 8:00pm PDT.  Also 5:30am during the Rains Retreat (mid-July to mid-Oct.).
Saturday morning study group 10:30-12 noon.  For info, see Vicky Grubbs' Buddhist News, or call.

Sunnataram California Meditation Monastery -- a Buddhist monastery in the
Thai tradition located in the rolling hills of Northern San Diego County
9560 West Lilac Road
Escondido, CA 92026

Wat Thai Buddhist Temple of California (Wat Buddhajakramongkolratanaram)
139 W. 11th Ave.
Escondido, CA 92025-5018

Vipassana Meditation Groups --

Alpine East County Vipassana Group meets in Alpine on the first three Saturdays of the
month, 7:30-9:30am.  We meditate, discuss issues and books we've read together, and listen
to Dharma talks from various traditions.
Contact Anne Lyon.  Mailto:alyon6@earthlink.net

Buddhist Groups at Unitarian-Universalist Church
First and Front Streets, San Diego, CA 92103
(Hillcrest/Mission Hills, near UCSD Hospital)
Mondays at 7pm, 20-minute sitting and 1-hour study group.
Wednesdays at 10am, 45-minute sitting and 1-hour study group.
Contact John Holl, Mailto:johnholl@cox.net
Sitting Wed., 10-11am, and study group Wed., 11am-noon.

Joyce Beers Center Sunday Meditation Group (Vipassana Meditation)
Hillcrest near Ralph's/Trader Joe's on most Sunday mornings.
On some Sundays, the group meets at people's homes instead.
8:00 am sitting (45 minutes) followed by a Dharma talk and/or discussion.
To be included on an e-mail list for the group, Mailto:ddlaney2@sbcglobal.net

Skillful Meditation Project (Vipassana Meditation)
Monthly Day-Long Recollective Awareness Meditation Workshops
Held at Summit UU Church or private homes in the San Diego area
Information and directions sent upon confirmation of attendance
Linda Modaro, SMP Teacher
Please contact for more information: 310-451-2036, linda@skillfulmeditation.org

Thursday Evening Meditation Group (Vipassana Meditation)
Rick Avery and Margo Wilding
Mission Hills
San Diego, CA 92103
619-543-0064 or Mailto:wildingm@sbcglobal.net
7:30 pm Thursday evenings.  All are welcome.

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An excellent place to begin learning about Theravada and Buddhism in general is the web site called "Access to Insight", which includes English translations of over 1,000 sutras from the Pali Canon, and much more besides.   http://www.accesstoinsight.org

The Discourse on the Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati Sutta) is one of the most important records of the Buddha's teachings on meditation. For a free download of Ven. U Vimalaramsi's book on this discourse, see http://www.dhammasukha.org/Study/books.htm Scroll down for a choice of four different formats in English (2 HTML and 2 pdf) plus versions in Spanish, German, Korean, and Russian.

For a timeline of the development of Theravada, see http://www.accesstoinsight.org/history.html


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A number of groups and events both inside and outside of San Diego County may be found in
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