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A listing of Buddhist centers in the Dixie heartland!

1) Nashville area

2) Other Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, West Virginia

3) Georgia

4) Louisiana, Alabama

5) Florida

1) Nashville Area Temples, Meditation Centers and Mindfulness Groups: If you find a good group not listed here, please let us know at

The Buddhist Temple
99 Lyle Lane, Nashville TN 37210
Tel: (615) 271-1711
You are invited to visit this Theravada temple, a short 15 minute drive from campus, which offers a great dharma talk and vipassana meditation session led by a monk in English on Sundays 9am-10:30am and repeated Wednesday evenings 7:30-9pm, with additional activities in Burmese at other times.

Padmasambhava Buddhist Center
Nashville Tibetan Buddhist Group
419 E Iris Drive, Nashville, TN 37204
Tel: (615) 292-6219
This temple is a block from Vanderbilt One Hundred Oaks and has regular events many days of the week, with a variety of offerings; meditation practices, dharma talks and study groups - a little something for everyone. Sunday 11am-noon is the introductory talks; all activities are in English and all are welcome. The activities are well-attended and attract a diverse crowd. Padma Gochen Ling is their retreat center an hour and half outside of Nashville.

12South Dharma Center
2301 12th Ave. South, Suite 202
Nashville, TN 37204
This physical location hosts three different Buddhist/meditation groups, each with a different emphasis. These groups are One Dharma Nashville, Against the Stream, and Nashville Zen. Entrance is on the second floor with stairs at the rear of the building.
One Dharma Nashville
Nashville Zen
Against the Stream

Music of the Heart Sangha
Affiliated with the international mindfulness community led by renowned Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, this pleasant group meets
 in a beautiful setting near Green Hills (about 15 minutes from campus) every Sunday 9:30-11am for mindfulness practices. Join their google-group for details. They also host semi-annual retreats in Nashville led by visiting monks and nuns from Magnolia Grove Monastery (in Mississippi).

Circle of Friends Mindfulness Meditation & Interspiritual Study Group (Creating True Peace Sangha)
Address: Variable, currently meets at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd, Nashville, Tennessee 37215
An interspiritual group that explores a broad range of topics such as mindfulness and general awareness.

Wat Buddharam Thai Temple
5214 Old Nashville Highway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Tel: (615) 890-5570, (615) 895-4518

Lao Buddhapathip Temple
104 Glenmont Drive, Nashville, TN 37210
Tel: (615) 832-8360

Lao Buddhist Temple of Nashville
14131 Old Hickory Blvd, Antioch, Tennessee 37013
Tel: (615)-941-8652

Cambodian International Buddhist Temple
131 Dellway Dr., Nashville, Tennessee 37066

Nashville Mindfulness Center
Phone: (615) 673-3366
7618 Buffalo Rd., Nashville, TN

Mindfulness Group
3511 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37215
A GREAT meditation session (30-40 min) and Buddhist-themed talk (20min) on Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church on Belmont Blvd.  This group is led by Gordon Peerman and Kathy Woods.

Outside of Nashville  - Buddhist centers in the South

2) Mississippi, non-Nashville Tennessee, West Virginia:

Magnolia Grove Monastery
Magnolia Village Meditation Retreat and Mindfulness Practice Center
123 Towles Rd, Batesville MS 38606
Telephone: (662) 563-0956
Set on over 100 rural acres with over a dozen buildings, this beautiful retreat center currently hosts an amazing 32 nuns and monks who are super friendly and willing to share mindfulness techniques to everyone from beginners to experts. Dormitory-style accommodations available for those who wish to stay overnight or longer. This is one of the American temples under Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hahn and the Order of Interbeing.

Padma Gochen Ling
Monterey TN

Turtle Hill Sangha
50 Myers Road, Summertown, TN 38483
Tel: (931) 864-2219

Quan Am Buddhist Monastery
3500 South Goodlett Street, Memphis, TN 38118-5014
Phone: 901-362-8070

Viet-America Buddhist Temple
3943 Hawkins Mill Road, Memphis, TN 38128
Phone: (901) 266-0935

Wat Buddharam Thai Temple
1580 Robin Hood Lane, Memphis TN 38111
Phone: 901-414-9961

Shambhala Center of Lexington
315 West Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY 40508
Tel. 859 225 4183


The Bhavana Society
Rt. 1, Box 218-3, High View, WV 26808
Tel: (304) 856-3241


3) Georgia ========

Atlanta Amitabha Society
Mietoville Academy
4450 Business Park Court, Lilburn, GA 30047
Tel: (770) 923 8955
Tel: (770) 925-1459
Spiritual Director: Ven. Master Ching Kung
Tradition: Mahayana, Pure Land Buddhism

Tzu Chi Atlanta
2000 Clearview Ave #100, Atlanta GA 30340
Tel: 770-986-8669
An international Buddhist charity with many strong chapters across the US.

Dharma Jewel Buddhist Monastery
2550 Henderson Mill Rd NE, Atlanta GA 30345
A wonderful place. Buddhist ceremonies in English and Chinese. Zen meditation retreats. Meditation and dharma classes in English. All activities free of charge.

Atlanta Soto Zen Center

1167C Zonolite Place, Atlanta, GA 30306

Drepung Loseling Monastery

 1781 Dresden Dr., Atlanta, GA 30319

Tibetan temple with numerous activities

Chua Quang-Minh

Vietnamese Buddhist Association of Georgia

1169 Benteen Avenue, SE, Atlanta

Georgia Buddhist Vihara

1683 South Deshon Road, Lithonia, GA 30058

3153 Miller Road, Lithonia, GA-30038

Tradition: Theravada, Sri Lankan

Jun Dung Sa Buddhist Temple

900 Beaver Ruin Road, Lilburn, GA 30047

Tradition: Mahayana, Korean

Kim Cang Monastery

4771 Browns Mill Road, Lithonia, GA 30038

Tradition: Vietnamese Pure Land and Zen

Wat Lao Buddha Phothisaram

4433 E Conley Rd

Conley, GA 30288

Lao Wat Buddha Khanti

4052 Zoar Church Road, Lithonia, GA 30058

Wat Buddhabucha

3094 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034-1610

Tel: (404) 284-2416

Tradition: Theravada, Thai (Dhammayut Nikaya)

Georgia Meditation Center

Dhammakaya Temple

4522 Tilly Mill RD. Atlanta, GA  30075


4) Louisiana, Alabama ========


Gold Dharma Monastery
3645 Florida Avenue, Kenner, Louisiana 70065
Tel: (504) 466-1626
Affiliation: Dharma Realm Buddhist Association (DRBA)

Lien Hoa Temple

1731 Stumpf Blvd., Gretna, LA 70056

Tel: 504-227-0781

Teacher: Thich Nguyen Tam


Tzu Chi New Orleans

2325 Vainbridge, Kenner LA 70062

Tel: 504-782-5168


Lien Tri Monastery

2276 West Red Fox Road, Mt. Vernon, AL 36560

(251) 829-9660


5) Florida ==========


Guang Ming Temple

6555 Hoffner Ave, Orlando FL 32822

Tel: (407) 281-8482

The largest temple in Florida, this Chinese-style building encompasses three stories and has a bookstore, meditation hall, Grand Hall, cafeteria, and more. In addition to separate Chinese and English services on Sundays, they offer classes on Buddhism as well as cultural events such as tai chi and yoga. It is part of the Fo Guang Shan / International Buddhist Progress Society.


IBPS Miami Temple

9341 Northwest 57th Street, Tamarac FL

Tel: 954-933-0055

Affiliation: Fo Guang Shan / Buddha's Light International Association

Florida Buddhist Vihara
2208 Maydell Drive, Tampa, FL 33619
Tel/Fax: (813) 621-1337


Palm Beach Dharma Center

1205 North Federal Hwy, Lake Worth, FL 33460


Buddhist Cultural Centre of Florida – Phap Vu Temple

716 N. Dean Road Orlando, Florida 32825

Tel (407) 277-7262

Tradition: Vietnamese Zen


Tzu Chi Miami Service Center

8070 Pasadena Blvd, Pembroke Pines FL 33024

Tel: 954-538-1127


Tzu Chi Orlando Service Center

5401 Alhambra Dr #A, Orlando FL 32808

Tel: 407-292-1146


Gainesville Vipassana Society
5811 NW 31st Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32653
Tel: (352) 337-9993


Tallahassee Buddhist Community
647 McDonnell Drive, Tallahassee FL 32310
Tel: (850) 222-7304


Wat Buddharangasi of Miami
15200 SW 240 Street, Miami, FL 33032
Tel: (305) 245-2702, Fax: 247-3092
Tradition: Thai Theravada


Wat Florida Dhammaram
2421 Old Vineland Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746
Tel: (407) 397-9552, Fax: (407) 397-2577
Tradition: Thai Theravada


Wat Mongkolratanaram
5306 Palm River Road, Tampa, FL 33619
Tel: (813) 621-1669
Tel: (305) 245-2702
Tradition: Thai Theravada

Wat Mongkolratanaram of Fort Walton Beach
741 Mayflower Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Tel: (904) 863-2906
Tradition: Thai Theravada


Wat Punnawanaram
1024 Carlton Drive, Melbourne, FL 32935
Tel: (407) 255-1465
Tradition: Thai Theravada


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