Monday, 22 August 2011

East Coast Buddhist Organizations

East Coast Buddhist Organizations Image
NYC Lower Manhattan

NYC Mid-town Manhattan

NYC Upper West/East side

NYC Brooklyn

NY near NYC

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to liberating insight into the true nature of life.

Buddhist practices such as meditation are means of changing oneself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path that ultimately culminates in enlightenment or even buddhahood.

Because Buddhism is not about worshiping a creator God, some do not see it as a "religion" in the usual, Western sense.

The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical: Nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change for the better is possible.

Thus Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, gender, or even religion. It teaches practical methods that enables all people to utilize and realize its teachings to transform. It helps people be fully responsible for their lives and to develop wisdom and compassion.

There are at least 350 million Buddhists (not counting the 1 billion in officially atheist/communist China) and a growing number of them are Westerners.

They follow many different forms of Buddhism, but all traditions are characterized by nonviolence, lack of dogma, tolerance of differences, and (usually) a meditation practice.

At present this directory only lists Buddhist organizations operating in the northeast: NYC, NY State, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont.

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