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Abhayagiri Monastery
Abhayagiri Monastery is the first monastery in the United States to be established by followers of Ajahn Chah, a respected Buddhist master of the ancient Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism. Although Abhayagiri Monastery is not a retreat or meditation center, people are welcome to visit or to arrange a stay as guests and share the lifestyle of the monastic community for a time. The community's meditation and work provides visitors with living examples of the Buddhist path.

Dharma Ocean
The Dharma Ocean Foundation, under the direction of Dr. Reginald A. Ray, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the practice, study and preservation of the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, one of the most influential Tibetan lamas to teach in the West.

The Garrison Institute
Garrison’s program initiatives in Contemplation and Education, Transformational Ecology, and Transforming Trauma bring a contemplative dimension to key social change fields, and a variety of retreat programs bring teachers from diverse wisdom traditions.

Insight Meditation Society
Founded in 1975, IMS was one of the first Buddhist study centers in the US. Rooted in the Theravada tradition but offering diverse programs, almost 2700 people a year study at the Barre, MA retreat center.

Karma Triyana Dharmachakra
KTD, in Woodstock, NY, is the North American seat of the Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Karmê Chöling
Karmê Chöling is a Shambhala Buddhist retreat center which hosts meditation retreats, study seminars, and training programs designed to bring the benefits of meditation to all aspects of life.

Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies
This Ithaca, NY study center was established as a branch of Namgyal Monastery—the personal monastery of the Dalai Lama—which is located in Dharamsala, India. Namgyal Ithaca offers Western students the opportunity to study authentic Tibetan Buddhism in a monastic setting.

Sakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery, located in Seattle, WA, works to share and preserve Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture. Guided by its founder, His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, a head lama of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism, Sakya Monastery offers a variety of educational programs to foster a better understanding of the teachings of the Buddha.

San Francisco Zen Center
San Francisco Zen Center was established in 1962 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (1904-1971) and his American students. Part of the Soto Zen tradition established by Dogen Zenji in 13th-century Japan, SFZC is now one of the largest Buddhist sanghas outside Asia.

Shambhala Mountain Center
Shambhala Mountain Center is a mountain valley retreat located on 600 acres in northern Colorado. Since 1971 the Center has offered hundreds of programs on Buddhist meditation, yoga and other contemplative disciplines.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Spirit Rock provides a variety of retreats, classes, trainings and meditation instruction for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds. Located north of San Francisco, Spirit Rock’s programs are grounded in vipassana, or insight meditation, and the Buddhist teachings of the Pali Canon.

Upaya Zen Center
Upaya Zen Center is a residential Buddhist community located in Santa Fe, NM. Upaya fosters the integration of Buddhism and social service, in the areas of death and dying, prison work, peacework, women’s studies, and the environment through its Chaplaincy Training and direct service.

Zen Mountain Monastery
Set in a nature preserve in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, Zen Mountain Monastery is a monastic training center providing traditional yet distinctly Western Zen training to people of all ages and religious backgrounds. With a resident community of female and male monastics and lay trainees, the Monastery offers a variety of programs and retreats for both beginning and advanced Buddhist practitioners.


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