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What is a "Dhamma Center"? For the purposes of this list, it's an institution of some sort established primarily to offer instruction in Theravada Buddhist meditation practice. For example, a Thai or Sri Lankan forest monastery, an urban lay vipassana meditation center, or a retreat center with an express commitment to the Theravada teachings would be counted here as "Dhamma Centers". Not counted are such things as: meditation centers, retreat centers, or monasteries whose primary teachings come from other Buddhist traditions (e.g., Zen, Ch'an, Tibetan, Son, Nichiren, etc.); an adult-ed school that offers occasional classes in yoga and vipassana; a study group that hosts scholarly lectures on Buddhism; a gathering place (church, temple, ashram, etc.) that offers primarily non-Theravada Buddhist forms of meditation; and so on.
We draw the line in this way not to exclude anyone, but simply to keep this resource clearly focused to best serve those seriously interested in pursuing Theravada forms of meditation practice.
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Note: DharmaNet also maintains Directories of World Dharma Centers and USA Dharma Centers, that are inclusive of all Buddhist traditions. If your interest is not primarily Theravadin, please look there. Also, see DharmaNet's Buddhist InfoWeb for quick links to online resources.
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