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.)

Current Schedule:

* 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.

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Upcoming events (4+)

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"An Evening for Personal Growth" (Tues 6 pm) Meditate with the Monk
-Meditation for Insight (guided aloud by leader as needed for newcomers)
-Dhamma talk (lecture based on Buddhist wisdom teachings)
Suitable for all levels of meditation experience from 1st timer to oldtimer. Location is in northeast Charlotte. (Address will be provided.)

If planning to attend please sign up well ahead of time. Please bring your own cushion if possible.

On ZOOM - 6pm Beginner's Meditation Workshop

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While beginners are welcome at all our Meetups, the first Tuesday of the month is specially dedicated to people unfamiliar with meditation. There will be instructions on meditation beforehand and/or clear guidance during the meditation, and a lecture on the topic of meditation. There's usually time for Q & A as well.

Location is in northeast Charlotte. (Address will be provided when you sign up.)

If planning to attend please sign up well ahead of time. If more than 10 people sign up we will run short on good cushions, so nice if you bring your own if you have one.

MEET ON ZOOM - Morning Meditation 10:30 am Weds - Meditate with the Monk

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This is an introductory class on meditation and Buddhism, 10:30-11:45 am, followed by optional Q & A. All are welcome but please sign up in advance.

*6 PM* ON ZOOM "Meditation for Awakening" (Thurs eve) Meditate w/Monk

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Basic instruction in meditation plus guidance how to use meditation for awakening.

Past events (2,068)

ON ZOOM Beginner's Buddhism: An Introduction

Charlotte Buddhist Vihara