What we're about
Who We Are: People interested in learning meditation techniques for spiritual uplift, stress reduction, and personal growth; and also anyone interested more specifically in the teachings of the Buddha straight from the scriptures yet adapted to our needs here and now. Charlotte-born fully ordained Buddhist female monk, Ayya Sudhamma, brings to the group her nearly 20 years of experience living in Theravada Buddhist monasteries to offer a variety of meditation techniques and Buddhist wisdom. People of all religions are welcome. (We don't want to convert anyone.)
What We Do: We offer a variety of classes, such as meditation for stress reduction, mother-and-child meditation, women-only meditations, meditation for spiritual uplift, and traditional Buddhist lectures and discussion. Meditations are guided by Ayya Sudhamma.
Where We Meet: Most meetings will take place at the Charlotte Buddhist Vihara, a monastic residence in northeast Charlotte, in the "Shamrock" neighborhood near Shamrock Dr & Eastway Dr (also not far from Shamrock & Sharon Amity). Occasionally we meet at Great Woods Zen center which is in east Charlotte. In good weather some meetings may be held outdoors at a park, or in other locations on request; to make sure you get to the right plce, the address is given after you sign up for a particular meeting.
Both Charlotte Buddhist Vihara and Great Woods Zen each have a temple cat.
(Sorry about some of our group photos of hiking, gardening and other random activities; after our weekend meditation retreat at a YMCA camp last April the photos from our outdoor activities were posted, and Meetup randomly chooses what photos to highlight.)
* Tuesdays 7 pm - 8:30 pm
* Wednesdays 10:30 am - 11:45 am
* Thursdays 7 pm - 8:30 pm
* Saturdays 2 pm-2:30 pm meditation, Optional 2:35 - 4 pm Dhamma teaching/discussion
* Some Sunday morning program for all (times to be announced but usually 10:00-ish) followed by Lunch then teachings for children (small ones then teens). Dates are announced a month or two in advance.
* Last Sundays of the month we often meet for lunch and social time together at a restaurant.
Our meetings may be adjusted in response to input from members like you. All feedback is welcome.