Tibetan Buddhism: Mahayana, the Great Vehicle,
and Vajrayana, the Diamond Vehicle
The traditions of the Himalayan regions, Tibet, Mongolia, Buryatia, Tuva, and Kalmykia.
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Diamond Way Buddhist Center (Karma Kagyu tradition)
2823 Curie Place, San Diego, CA 92122
Sundays, 10am meditation -- Guru Yoga on the 16th Karmapa
Drikung Kyobpa Choling (Drikung Kagyu tradition)
Dzogchen Community San Diego (Chogyal Namkhai Norbu)
Ganapujas on the 1st (New Moon), 10th, 15th (Full Moon), and 25th days of each lunar month.
We meet in members' homes in the South Park or University Heights areas. All are welcome, and our gatherings are free of charge. Food is contributed pot-luck style. We also gather for live webcasts from our Master several times per year.
Dzogchen Natural Meditation Group (Nyingma Tradition)
Second Thursday of the month, 7:30 to 8:30 pm, in Leucadia.
We will do love and compassion practice and natural meditation, as practiced in the
Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This event is free but donations will be
accepted to cover the studio space. The Love and Compassion meditation is practiced
The natural meditation practice is as taught by Lama Surya Das - see
Encinitas (1/2 mile north of Encinitas Blvd., south side of Bird House Grill Turkish
Dzogchen Shri Singha Dharma Group of San Diego (Nyingma tradition)
Every Sunday at 11am practice the Buddha Path of Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche
at the Tibetan Healing Center, 4115 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.
The Buddha Path is a practice containing conceptual and nonconceptual meditation,
ultimately resulting in the recognition of Buddha Nature. Regular practice of the
Buddha Path quickly establishes a meritorious mindset which is the basis of happiness
and the eventual realization of awareness wisdom. Free. Call 760-815-6025 for info.
For more information about Dzogchen Shri Singha lineage and Dzogchen Khenpo
Ganden Buddha Norling (Gelug tradition)
A Tibetan meditation center founded by Geshe Lobsang Tsephel.
3018 Avenida Christina, Carlsbad, CA 92009
For info, call 858-623-9058.
San Diego Friends of Tibet (see also Volunteers for Dharamsala)
Dorothy Berger, Volunteer Coordinator
3551 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92103
San Diego Karma Thegsum Choling (Karma Kagyu tradition)
Mailing address: P. O. Box 230543, Encinitas, CA 92023
Thursday 7:00 pm Chenrezig practice, 6770 Winona Ave., San Diego, CA 92120
For info, call 619-229-1469.
San Diego Rigpa Fellowship (Nyingma tradition)
Students of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
710 13th Street, Suite 314, San Diego, CA 92101. Phone 619-906-4291.
San Diego University for Integrative Studies
3900 Harney Street, Suite 210, San Diego, CA 92110
Offering BA, MA and PhD programs with Tibetan Buddhist emphasis. Study the Dharma and
receive academic credit online and in classrooms. Accepting new students at all times.
Shambhala Center of San Diego (Chogyam Trungpa)
Sundays: Sitting meditation 9 to 11am. Refreshments at 11:00 am.
Newcomers welcome. Free meditation instruction at 10 am on Sunday mornings.
We are located at 3139 University Avenue (Art Produce Building) in North Park. Go around the back to find the Shambhala Center.
Public sitting meditation Sundays from 7 to 8 pm.
Public sitting meditation in the same location on Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, followed by discussion of 'Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior'. It is not necessary to be familiar with the book to participate in the discussion, which ends about 8:15 pm.
Public sitting meditation in the same location on Fridays, noon to 1:30 pm. Arrive before noon for free meditation instruction.
On Wednesday evenings, sitting meditation and book discussion at Anahata Yoga Studio, 960 Second Street in Encinitas. Sitting meditation practice begins at 7:45 pm, followed by a book discussion, ending by 9:15 pm. It is not necessary to be familiar with the book to participate in the discussion. Come for meditation, discussion or both.
Solana Beach Dharma Study Group
Thursdays 6-7:15pm, studying The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron.
Fridays 10:30-11:45am, studying Stumbling Toward Enlightenment by Geri Larkin.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito, 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Tibetan Healing Center
Dr. Lobsang Dhondup, Traditional Tibetan Physician
4115 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 (also in Costa Mesa and Sausalito, CA)
Tibetan Medicine, Herbology and Yantra Yoga classes with Dr. Dickey Nyerongsha.
Call 858-623-9058 and leave message in box 3.
University of San Diego, Department of Theology and Religious Studies,
Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492
Dr. Tsomo recommends two web sites regarding women in Buddhism,
Vajrarupini Buddhist Center (New Kadampa tradition)
3344 Fourth Avenue (between Upas and Thorn), San Diego, CA 92103
Hillcrest -- General introductory classes Mondays 7pm
Hillcrest -- Lunchtime meditations Monday and Friday 12 noon
Hillcrest -- Sundays Prayers for World Peace 10 am
Structured Study Program: Hillcrest -- Sundays at 4 and 6:45 pm (contact the center if interested in coming)
Retreats, workshops and empowerments offered throughout the year.
Volunteers for Dharamsala is a program run by San Diego Friends of Tibet since 1998 to
help fill some of the needs of the Tibetan community in exile in India.
Wisdom Traditions Institute and Health Center
4060 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
Energetic Chiropractic, Therapeutic Massage, Yoga, Special Events
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