The Community of Mindful Living in Southern California
Sanghas Practicing in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh in Southern California
“A sangha is a community of friends practicing the Dharma [teachings of the Buddha] together in order to bring about and maintain awareness. The essence of a Sangha is awareness, understanding, acceptance, harmony and love. When you do not see these in a community, it is not a true Sangha, and you should have the courage to say so. But when you find these elements are present in a community, you know that you have the happiness and fortune of being in a real sangha.” – Thich Nhat Hanh from Friends on the Path: Living Spiritual Communities
You may also like to read our list of Frequently Asked Questions about participating in a Sangha.
For the most current information on Sanghas in your area, visit our main Sangha Directory.
Southern California Sanghas
In an effort to support successful Sangha building, we also provide the following list of Southern California Sanghas.
Please send additions and corrections to:
Phill Conrad at firstname.lastname@example.org
When you do, please also consider updating your entry at the Instructions are available at that site. .
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Altadena Tranquil Lotus Sangha (Pasadena) (Formerly Pasadena Tree House Sangha). Tuesday 7:30pm. For more information contact: Eran James at email@example.com (Current as of 09/04/2013)
Baby Step Sangha (Claremont, CA) Meets Mondays at 5:30pm at the Kresge Chapel of the Claremont School of Theology. Email contact is: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. (Current as of 12/17/2013)
Compassionate Heart Sangha of Los Angeles (Hollywood). Every Sunday 11 am - 1 pm, Woman’s Club of Hollywood - Hospitality House, 1749 N. La Brea Ave (south of Franklin Ave) Los Angeles, CA 90046. Parking and entrance in rear. For more info please contact email@example.com Website:groups.yahoo.com/groups/lachsangha (Current as of 10/17/2013).
Flowing River Sangha (NE Los Angleles, Silverlake) Every Saturday morning from 7-8:30. Contact : Joshua Kaufman, True Shining Ocean atJkaufmanlcsw@gmail.com, or at 323-496-3333. (Current as of 10/19/2013).
Korean Sangha (Los Angeles). For more info please contact Chang at firstname.lastname@example.org or 562-697-1878. (Current as of 09/04/2013)
Malibu Sangha, (Malibu), Thursday at 7:30pm For more info contact: Rosemary Alden at email@example.com (Current as of 09/04/2013)or
Ocean Wave Sangha (Long Beach). No longer manifesting. (Current as of 05/22/2014--will remove listing on or before 05/22/2015).
Organic Garden Sangha (Culver City), Saturday 7-8:30 am, GODA YOGA, 9711 Washington Blvd. @ Watseka, Culver City (please enter at back door). For more info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gregory at 310-866-6766. www.organicgardensangha.org. (Current as of 09/04/2013)
Sacred Sands Sangha (Lancaster). Meets at Center of Light which is the Antelope Valley's Center for Spiritual Living. The address is 1030 W. Ave L-8 Lancaster ca 93534. We meet every Tuesday at 6:15 in the small room at the back of the church. For more information, please contact Dianna Rimer at 661-361-0117 or email@example.com. (Current as of 09/04/2013)
San Gabriel Sangha (Rosemead). Meets Thursday evenings from 7:00pm-8:30pm on the University of the West campus in Rosemead in room ED 207. Visit sangabrielvalleysangha.org for more information and directions. (Current as of 02/22/2014)
Smiling Lotus Sangha (Palos Verdes, Carson, Long Beach), Every Sunday 6:00pm – 8:00pm. For more information please contact: Niparpon Johansen/Mumm firstname.lastname@example.org http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smilinglotussangha/ (Current as of 08/26/2013)
Topanga Mountain Sangha (Topanga). We meet the second the fourth Sunday of the month from 4-5:30 PM in Topanga, CA. For more info, telephone: Sherry Modell at 310-993-3739 (Current as of 09/11/2013)
Empty Wave Sangha (Laguna Beach). Second and fourth Tuesday at 6 pm. Contact John Olson at email@example.com. (current as of 09/04/2013)
Palm Tree Sangha (Fountain Valley). Vietnamese--4th Saturday of the month. Vietnamese and Westerners--2nd Sunday of the month. For more information please contact Chan Huyen at 714-963-8086. (current as of 08/06/2009)
Riverside Smiling Sangha (Riverside County). Meets Mondays at 7 pm at various sangha members homes. For more information please contact Kitty Huang via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (Current as of 08/03/2009)
SAN BERNADINO COUNTY
No Mud, No Lotus Sangha (Redlands), We meet on Monday Nights, every other week for guided, walking, and silent meditation, dharma discussions, and tea. All are welcome! For details, contact: Lynn Flewelling via email at email@example.com (Info current as of 09/04/2013)
No Coming, No Going Sangha (Morongo Valley, in the desert near Joshua Tree National Park). Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Visit our website at nocomingnogoingsangha.org. Contact us by email through our website or call Donna Thomas, 760-369-8917. (Info current as of 10/08/2010)
SAN DIEGO COUNTY
Compassionate Heart Sangha (Leucadia), Saturday 10am-11:30pm. For more information please contact Tim Motley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-583-8081, or Jan McClure at email@example.com or 760-942-2630 or 760-613-2873 . http://compassionateheartsangha.com/ (Current as of 09/02/2013)
Deer Park Monastery (Escondido), 2499 Melru Lane. Thursday and Sundays Days of Mindfulness, 8:30 am-4 pm. Monthly mindfulness retreats. www.deerparkmonastery.org (Current as of 08/06/2009)
Dharma Bum Kids Sangha (San Diego) We practice mindfulness in kid-friendly form, and include mindful eating, mindful playing, arts and crafts, beginning anew, and lots of fun guided meditations... 2nd and 4th Sundays from 11:00am-12:30pm.
Located at Buddha For You, 6145 El Cajon Blvd. Suite D, San Diego, CA 92115 (Next to Vons in the shopping center) Contact: David Viafora firstname.lastname@example.org (Current as of 02/14/2012)
Healing Garden Sangha (San Diego) sits for 15 minutes twice a week at the San Diego Veterans Administration Medical Center off La Jolla Village Dr. For more info please contact Jan McClure at 858-8585 ext 5566 for details. (Current as of 08/21/2012).
Open Heart Sangha (San Diego) We enjoy sitting meditation, walking meditation, and Dharma sharing every Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. The 4th Sunday of the month, we recite the Mindfulness Trainings. Join us in Room 323 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, 4190 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92103. This is across the street from UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest. For more information, contact Pete(email@example.com). (Current as of 09/04/2013)
Palomitas de Paz Sangha (Vista) Plum Village Tradition, Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1600 Buena Vista Drive, Vista CA 92081, Saturdays, 9-10:00 am, Sitting and Walking Meditation, Blanca.firstname.lastname@example.org, (760)598-6805 (Current as of 09/04/2013)
Peaceful Shores Sangha (La Jolla). 6 to 18 persons meet at 6:30 pm every Friday for meditation, dharma presentation, circle discussion, and joyful singing, followed by an informal teatime. We take weekly turns leading. Info contact: Carolyn Marsden, 858-232-7107. email@example.com. (Current as of 09/04/2013).
Still Ripening Sangha (Escondido), Deer Park Monastery, 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido. Order of Interbeing aspirants and members. Meets periodically during Deer Park Monastery Days of Mindfulness, typically on the third Sunday of the month after lunch, under the pepper tree by the dining hall. To confirm meeting days/times, or for more info, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Current as of 08/04/2009)
Wat Lao Sangha (San Diego), No longer manifesting. (Current as of 09/06/2013--listing to be removed on or before 09/06/2014)
World Beat Sangha (San Diego). The World Beat Sangha is a community practicing in the Plum Village tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. All people of all ages and all faiths are welcome to come and practice with us. We offer Meditation and Mindfulness practice for beginners to advanced. We gather every Sunday from 5pm to 7pm, but sometimes there is a change so it is good to call and check for updates. The World Beat Center is located in Balboa Park at 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego. Call to confirm: World Beat Center 619-230-1190 or email email@example.com . To learn more about the World Beat Center visit http://www.worldbeatcenter.org (current as of 09/04/2013)
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Beginner's Mind Sangha (Santa Barbara). Sunday evenings 6:30-8:00 PM. Meets at: Santa Barbara Yoga Center, 32 East Micheltorena Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Phone for SBYC: 805-965-6045. Contact number for Sangha: 805-886-5179, Rachel Gately (Current as of 05/22/2014)
Live Oak Sangha (Goleta) A mindfulness practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and in affiliation with the Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship (www.uua.org/uubf). Meets Tuesday evenings 7-8:30pm at Live Oak UU Congregation of Goleta, for sitting meditation, walking meditation, and other activities including book study, discussion, recitation of the five mindfulness trainings. For more information, contact Jan Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org, 805 570 3133), or visit www.liveoakgoleta.org and click on the link for the "UU Buddhist Sangha". (Current as of 09/04/2013)
Meditation at SBCC (Santa Barbara) Meets Thursdays 1:30pm-2:00pm at the Santa Barbara City College in the Administration Building (Room A-112). (Current as of 09/08/2014)
Wabi Sabi Sangha (Santa Barbara), Offers occasional days of mindfulness for practitioners in the Santa Barbara area and beyond. Consult http://www.wabisabisangha.org for an updated schedule of meetings. For more info, contact email@example.com, or phone 805-973-7744. Not currently meeting as a weekly practice community. (Current as of 05/22/2014).
Being Peace of Ojai (Ojai), For the schedule and more information, please visit Ojai Mindfulness. You may also call or text Kenley Neufeld. 805-252-2448. (Current as of 03/30/2014)
Friendship Sangha of the Heart (Ventura), Monday 7-8:45pm. Sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura (just west of Victoria Ave). For more info please contact Neal Ortenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: http://sites.google.com/site/friendshipsanghaoftheheart/. (Current as of 08/03/2009)
FRIENDS OF CML YAHOO GROUP
To receive announcements and information about upcoming mindfulness community events, join the Friends of CML Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/friendsofcml
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAY DHARMA TEACHERS
ORDAINED BY THICH NHAT HANH
Karen Hilsberg, Culver City
Chan Huyen, Fountain Valley,
Kenley Neufeld, Ojai, 805-252-2448
Hung Nguyen, Rancho Bernardo, 858-243-2447
SANGHA BUILDING SUPPORT
If you would like to start a new sangha in your neighborhood, support is available. Please contact one of the following people for guidance: Phil Stein (LA County) at email@example.com or 310-322-3212, Dollie Meyers (LA County) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-306-4789 (Current as of 09/04/2009)