Information About Buddhist Organizations, Monasteries and Associations

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Links to Buddhist Organizations, Monasteries and Associations

Buddhist Association of the United States - The largest nonsectarian Buddhist association in the US.

European Buddhist Union - An umbrella organization open to Buddhists of all schools and traditions to promote fellowship and encourage co-operation. Includes an overview of Buddhism, and a schedule of meetings.

International Buddha's Light Association - Holds a myriad of activities that echoes the annual theme of BLIA World Conference in order to meet the social trend and evolution of modern times.

International Buddhist Culture TV Foundation - Produces television programs that share Buddhist beliefs and the path to enlightenment.

Metta Foundation - Offers non-sectarian teachings and develops service programs, and conducts research that enhances clarity, loving presence and mutuality between people. Offers retreats in the US.

Network of Buddhist Organisations (UK) - Promotes fellowship and dialog between Buddhist organizations. Includes a list of member organizations and a schedule of meetings.

Reiyukai Coffeehouse Links - Provides information and resources on the Reiyukai Buddhist Movement and the study of the Lotus Sutra.

ShinnyoEn Foundation - Established by a lay Buddhist order, Shinnyo-en, which translated means "Borderless Garden of Truth." The order promotes the tenets of compassion, harmony, and altruism, those universal ethical values.

True Buddha School Net - US respresentative of worldwide Tantrayana Buddhist school.

World Fellowship of Buddhists - Aims to secure unity, solidarity, and brotherhood amongst Buddhist; ,propagate the doctrine of the Buddha; and organize social, educational, and cultural activities.

Centers and Monasteries

Asian Buddhist Directory - Buddhanet's directory of Buddhist groups in Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Malaysia, Sri Lanka. Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. - Lists dharma centers and Buddhist events.

Dharma Realm Buddhist Association - A religious community with members in the United States and Canada, in Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere. The founder and teacher was the Ven. Master Hsüan Hua.

Unitarian-Universalist Buddhist Practice Groups - List of worldwide Buddhist groups affiliated with the Unitarian-Universalist Buddhist Fellowship.


Amitabha Foundation - Founded by H.E. K.C. Ayang Rinpoche to preserve Tibetan culture and support Tibetan refugees in exile. Its activities reflect the intertwining of Buddhism and Tibetan culture.

The Aro gTer - A lineage within the Nyingma tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. Information about all the associated Sanghas, teachers, and projects.

Bodhicharya - A non-profit educational association directed by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche aimed at exposing the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to the modern world while preserving it in Tibet and the Himalayas. List of projects and Rinpoche's teaching schedule.

Buddhism in Braille - Dharma Access Project provides free brailled prayers to dharma centers, friends and family members of the blind. Contact information.

Chagdud Gonpa Foundation - To preserve Nyingma teachings and to provide instruction in the traditions of Vajrayana Buddhism, especially the arts, philosophy, and meditation practices. Sponsors many events and retreats throughout the year. Established in 1983 by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.

Charitable Assistance Society Online - A group under the guidance of H.H. Dalai Lama and other Lamas that supports a number of charitable activities and Buddhist programs. Listing of activities and events.

Chokling Tersar Foundation - Organization devoted to preserving the tradition of the Chokling Tersar lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Based in California, place for teaching and practice of the Vajrayana tradition of Buddhism following the lineage passing through Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. The spiritual heads are H.E. Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, the abbot of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, one of the largest monasteries in Nepal.

Dhagpo Kagyu Ling - European center for the Kagyu buddhist tradition affiliated with Karmapa Thaya Dorje. Schedule, projects, contact information.

Dharma Friendship Foundation - Dedicated to the study and practice of Buddhism. Online library of articles and Dharma audio, plus class information. Resident teacher: Venerable Thubten Chodron. Located in Seattle, Washington.

Dharmaling - Organization for the Preservation of the Vajrayana Tradition - A site dedicated to Mahayana-Vajrayana Buddhism, of Tibetan School. Teachings, advices, mailing list, and even possibility to ask question directly to a Sangha member.

Diamond Way Buddhism - Karma Kagyu tradition. Ole Nydahl's organisation, supporting the Karmapa Thaye Dorje.

Dorje Ling Buddhist Center - Representing the 700-year-old Jonang Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of Tulku Tashi Gyaltsan Rinpoche, with centers in Atlanta, New York, and Taiwan. Information on lineage, teachers, events; photo gallery, and audio teachings (RealAudio required.)

Dudjom Tersar - Organization under the direction of Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche to preserve the Dudjom Tersar lineage of H.H.Dudjom Rinpoche, Lineage. Contains information on centers, schedule of events, prayers and other texts, and photo galleries.

Emaho Foundation - This non-profit organization is devoted to the work of ZaChoeje Rinpoche. All of his work is centered on teaching and assisting the region of Tibet he is responsible for, as appointed by H.H. the Dalai Lama.

Ewam - An organization in the Nyingma tradition directed by Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, especially to preserve the lineage of Tsa-sum Ling-pa. Information on the teachers, locations, current projects, and schedule of events.

The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition - Organization devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation, and community service.

Institute of Buddhist Learning and Practice - IBLP was established by His Eminence Khejok Rinpoche, abbot of the Dhe-Tsang Monastery in Tibet. Its purpose is to spread Buddhist teachings, in particular of the Gelugpa tradition. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

Intercollegiate Diamond Way Buddhist Network - University groups that are part of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism, under the direction of Lama Ole Nydhal. Contains teachings, listing of centers, and links to other Diamond Way sites.

International Kalacakra Network - Entirely dedicated to the Kalachakra Tantra practice as a resource for pratitioners. Contains extensive illustrated documentation, Kalachakra calendar, mandala images, teachings by various Lamas, and links to discussion groups.

Jewel Heart - A spiritual, cultural, and humanitarian organization that translates the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism into contemporary life.

Jnanasukha - Dedicated to the female buddha Yeshe Tsogyal in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. Projects include scriptural translation, sacred art, education, and spiritual retreats.

Jonang Foundation - Resource center for information regarding the Jonang Tibetan Buddhist tradition as well as projects hosted by Jonang Foundation.

Kagyu Media Lab - A volunteer organization working with sanghas throughout the world to share recorded dharma material.

Karmapa Thaye Dorje and the Dhagpo Kagyu Mandala - Information concerning the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Thaye Dorje and his European centers.

Kunzang Palyul Choling - Centers under the direction of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo. Information on each center and its activities.

The Liberation Prison Project - Offers books and study material to prison inmates.

Light of Berotsana - Group founded to translate Tibetan texts into English. Information on translation projects and group members.

The Longchen Foundation - The Longchen Foundation is a community of Buddhist teachers and students practicing meditation in the Mahayana and Dzogchen traditions of Buddhism. Located in the UK, led by Rigdzin Shikpo.

Mindrolling - Devoted to Mindrolling Tibetan monastery in India. It is one of the major monastic lineages in the Nyimgma tradition. Included is information about its history, associated centers in India, Tibet, and China, teachers, news and contact data.

Muktinath - Annapurna - Nepal - Muktinath Foundation International is a non-profit group working to preserve the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site Muktinath - Chumig Gyatsa - and the cultural and religious heritage connected to it. Includes biographies of its Abbot, Lama Wangyal, his Grandfather, image galleries, news, and travel information.

Nalandabodhi, and Karmapa News - Nalandabodhi is a network of Buddhist meditation and study centers, and offers an extensive curriculum of Buddhist studies and practice. This site contains the current news about Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje, as well as an archive of news references compiled since his escape in January, 2000.

Nitartha Institute - Modeled on the Tibetan tradition of monastic colleges, or shedra, preserving the tradition of analytical meditation, contemplative study, and dharma conversation (debate). Includes curriculum, listing of faculty, and list of publications.

Norbulingka Institute - Located in Dharamsala, India, dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan art and culture.

Osel Dorje Nyingpo - Dedicated to the teaching of Tantric Vajrayana Buddhism under the direction of Ven. Khempo Yurmed Tinly Rinpoche. Biography of Khempo Yurmed, projects, translations, and his teaching schedule.

Osel Study Group - A group situated in Goa, India which offers the ability to register and to request or offer prayers, pujas, tsa tsa, prayer flags, and distant Reiki.

Palyul Ling International, Tibetan Buddhist Centers in the Nyingma Tradition - Centers located worldwide. History and teachings of Buddhism and the Nyingma school. News. Contact information and links to centers.

Pema Kod Project for the Preservation of Buddhadharma - A project involving reconstruction and preservation of the very sacred Pema Köd retreat land in Northern India. Project history and description.

Pundarika Foundation - Information on world-wide teaching schedules of Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, and Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, newsletters (require Acrobat Reader,) and other activities of the organization.

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde, Denmark - A place in Europe for teaching and practice of the Vajrayana tradition of Buddhism following the lineage passing through Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. The spiritual head is Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche.

Rangjung Yeshe Institute - An international institute for Buddhist higher studies in Boudhanath, Nepal, modeled on a traditional Tibetan Shedra, under the guidance of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Chokling Rinpoche.

Rangrig Yeshe Center - An organization in the Nyingma Tradition under the direction of Shyalpa Rinpoche. Teaching schedule, contact information, and projects.

Rigpa Shedra - A study college, established in 2000, at the principal teaching centre of Lerab Ling, in the South of France. Schedule, information about teachers, curriculum, and how to participate.

Ripa Ladrang Foundation - Supports and preserves the teaching, practice and study of Tibetan Buddhism, of the Nyingma tradition and Ripa lineage. Under the direction of H. E. Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche. Information on the teachers, teaching schedules, foundation projects, requesting divinations, and photo galleries.

Sakya Ngor Ewam Phende Ling - Centers in the Ngor Sakya tradition under the direction of H.E. Phende Rinpoche. Includes basic teachings on Tibetan Buddhism, the Sakya lineages and Lamas.

Sangye Temple Buddhist Organisation - Information about Sangye Temple, directed by Khenpo Sangpo Rinpoche. Brief biographies of the teachers, their projects in Tibet, and teachings.

Satdharma - The purpose of Satdharma is to propagate the unique transmission of the Karma Kagyü lineage that the Vajra Regent received from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and conferred upon the current lineage holder, Patrick Sweeney, Trime Lhawang.

Sertok Gaden Choekhorling Monastery - Information about the founding of the monastery,its director, Ven. S. Chusang Rinpoche, and associated monasteries.

Shambhala Europe - Information about the European community of meditation centers in Europe led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Shambhala Organisation - Shambhala is an international community of 165 meditation centers led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche; founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Program, news, teachers of Shambala Organisation.

Siddhartha's Intent - An international Buddhist association of non-profit centers, with the principal intention of preserving the Buddhist teachings, as well as increasing an awareness and understanding of the many aspects of the Buddhist teaching, beyond the limits of cultures and traditions. Under the guidance of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Tara Dhatu - Pure Realm of Tara - Organization dedicated to inspiring and uplifting humanity through the sacred arts, focusing on the Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara. Tara Dhatu also has charity programs aiding Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal.

Tibet Foundation - Aims to disseminate the works of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and his message of peace and harmony; to further the understanding of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, and to work towards their continuity and preservation.

Tibetan Nuns Project - The project provides basic humanitarian aide to refugee nuns from Tibet now living in India. Five different nunneries, each from a different Tibetan Buddhist tradition, receive support. Listing of projects and ways to donate to them.

Unfettered Mind - Ken McLeod - Individual and group instruction in Buddhist meditation methods and guidance in how to take apart the habituated patterns that keep us from being completely present in our lives.

United Trungram Buddhist Fellowship - A worldwide organization providing teachings, meditation guidance and engaged in social welfare work. It follows the Trungram Tradition of the Kagyu School of Vajrayana Buddhism. Information on centers, projects, teachers, and Tibetan calendar.

Vairotsana Foundation - Meditation centers under the direction of Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche. Practice schedules, center contact information, projects, and biographies of teachers.

Wisdom Path - A non-profit educational organization under the direction of Lama Lhanang Rinpoche of the Nyingma Longchen Nying-Thig tradition with centers located mainly in California. Listing of projects, Lama's biography, center schedules, and contact information.

The Zangdok Palri Institute - Founded by Dzogchen Ranyak Patrul Rinpoche the Institute presents a non-degree course in general Buddhist studies, and a six-year degree course for Dzogchen practitioners. Detailed information on both courses, schedules, and enrollment forms.

Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal - Dharma activities and publishing of the teachings of the lineage holders of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Biographies, online teachings, book excerpts, and online book catalog are available.


Community of Mindful Living - Provides support for individuals and meditation groups worldwide who wish to practice in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition.

Dharma Drum Mountain - An International Buddhist cultural and educational foundation founded by Chan Master Sheng-yen.

Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association - Taiwanese Dharma Drum Chinese Ch'an Buddhist association for teaching Zen in the United States. In the Lin-Chi (Rinzai) lineage.

Naropa Institute - Private, non-profit liberal arts college in Boulder, Colorado characterized by its unique Buddhist educational heritage.

Schools of Zen Buddhism - Graphical depiction of the historic schools.

Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun - A virtual temple for the study of Zen in the tradition of Ch'an Master Hsu (Xu) Yun.

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