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Nashville Dharma Centers & Resources

The Nashville Insight Meditation Group

Buddhist Vipassana (or insight) meditation in the Theravada tradition.

The Nashville Mindfulness Center

Mindful meditation in the tradition of Zen master and Nobel Peace prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh.

The Nashville Zen Center

Zen practice in the Soto tradition (Japanese), in the lineage of Zengaku Soyu Matsuoka, Roshi.

One Dharma Nashville

Meditation group that embraces all Buddhist traditions with emphasis on core practices which can be utilized by anyone, whether Buddhist or not.

Padmasambhava Buddhist Center

Practice according to the Nyingma Lineage, the most ancient Buddhist school of Tibet. Founded by two eminent Tibetan masters, Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche.

The Shambhala Meditation Group of Nashville

Study and practice in the tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a well-known Tibetan Buddhist meditation master who was a pioneer in introducing the dharma to the west.

Circle of Mindfulness

An Interspiritual Mindfulness Meditation and Study Group offering sitting practice in the style of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Thich Nhat Hanh. Study and discuss teachings from all spiritual paths and traditions.

Nashville Buddhist Festival

The Nashville Buddhist Festival gives participants the opportunity to experience methods and meet practitioners from all the major traditions of Buddhism. Annual or bi-annual event.


Online Educational Resources – Tibetan Buddhist

Unfettered Mind & Ken McLeod (Rita's mentor)

Unfettered Mind is a Buddhist service organization that provides instruction, training programs, and guidance in Buddhist methods for being awake and present in your life. Ken McLeod was authorized to teach in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition by the great master Kalu Rinpoche. As a westerner who was teaching other westerners, he has evolved ways of teaching and languaging the teachings which make them easily accessible and relevant to the western mind. Every retreat, workshop, and class he teaches is available for free downloading by Podcast. This is a major generosity. Ken is the primary mentor to Luminous Mind.

Buddhist List of Lists

Buddhism is full of lists. This is a great guide compiled by George Draffan

Rigpa Shedra Wikipedia

Look up terms and more in this extensive wikipedia.

The Berzin Archives

A searchable collection of translations and teachings by Dr. Alexan der Berzin primarily on the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.Valuable information on the levels of vows.

Cyber-Shedra Distance Learning Program – Namdroling Montana

Study Buddhist philosophy in the tradition of the Nyingma school of Tibet. Correspondence course includes regular lessons, tests, readings, and correspondence with Khenpo Tenzin Norgay.

Mirror of Wisdom

Video collection covering both introductory and advanced teachings and practices, mainly from the Nyingmapa lineage of the Tibetan tradition, some from famous historical figures.


Free online talks in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and a dharma store with many audio & video resources.

Alan Wallace Online

Free podcasts, videos, and downloadable articles. Integrating Buddhist contemplative practices with Western science to advance the study of the mind.

The Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu / North America

Norbu Rinpoche periodically gives worldwide Dzogchen teachings and transmissions via the Internet.


Online Educational Resources – Theravada

Access to Insight: Readings in Theravada Buddhism

Comprehensive & reliable resource for the practice and study of Theravada Buddhism. Includes a self-guided tour of the Buddha's teachings, based on excerpts from the Pali canon. Links sections includes free dharma talks & e-books.


Online Educational Resources – General Buddhism


A multi-media resource center for learning about meditation, wisdom and compassionate action. Find links to the most effective teachings on the web and a directory of Dharma centers and practice groups.


BuddhaNet is a Buddhist information service and a communication link for Buddhist in all traditions. Includes audio and written teachings and a world Buddhist directory.

The Buddhist Channel

News, articles, book reviews, dharma courses, and links


A wiki resource offering links to free audio teachings and more.

Ashoka E-Dharma University

Online courses in all schools of Buddhism, both self-paced and instructor-led. Low cost.


General Spirituality


Online resource for all spiritual paths. Take the Belief-O-Matic quiz to find out what spiritual paths most closely align with your personality.


Buddhism & Science / Mind / Psychology

Institute of Biocognitive Psychology

Based in Nashville with worldwide reach, Dr. Mario E. Martinez combines research in modern cognitive science and medical anthropology with ancient Tibetan Buddhist psychology to view and treat the processes of aging, health and illness as dynamic bioinformational fields that cannot be reduced to their cognitive, biological or cultural components. Individual appointments available.


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