About Buddhist Directory
Buddhism in the Northeast USA
At this present time, this Buddhist Directory site is only listing Buddhist organizations operating in Northeast USA. New York City, NY State, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey & Vermont. If you know of any Buddhist organizations in this area that are not listed or wish to change a listing please let us know.
Buddhist Directory allows you to find a center or organization in your area faster by showing centers close to you instead of finding places on the other side of the state like many other directories. Four ways to search the listings. 1. Scroll through all the listings alphabetically. 2. Select Category: Choose an area’s listings. 3. Search box: Put in any words you choose and search. 4. Search by letter: Click on any letter and see all organizations beginning with that letter.
Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to 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 – a path that ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood.
Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshiping a creator God, some people do not see it as a religion in the normal, Western sense. The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible. Thus Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, or gender. It teaches practical methods (such as meditation) which enable people to realize and utilize its teachings in order to transform their experience, to be fully responsible for their lives and to develop the qualities of Wisdom and Compassion.
There are around 350 million Buddhists 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, by the practice of meditation.