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Welcome to

Ames Buddhist Mahasangha

American Zen

Ames Buddhist Mahasangha is an ecumenical American Buddhist sangha (with primarily Korean Soen and Vietnamese Thiền lineage roots). As a modern American sangha, we vow to act with compassion, wisdom and equity, to share resources, and to build relationships that empower liberation from dukkha.  We are based in Ames, Iowa, but include members across the country.




What’s Happening

Buddhist Study Group

2nd and 4th Sundays, 4:30–6pm Central, hybrid in-person and Zoom.  We are currently examining  a video series by Pema Chodron on living and dying, focused partly on the Tibetan Book of the Dead. All are welcome.

Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, 1015 Hyland Avenue, Ames IA 50014

Join online at https://bit.ly/3mT7nc9 (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 204 489 222)

Zoom link and schedule available at Calendar – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames (uufames.org)

Weekly Meditation Practice

Sundays 6–7pm Central, hybrid in-person and Zoom. This group practices mindfulness and sitting meditation practices from a range of contemplative traditions. Beginners are always welcome!

We are currently doing a back-to-basics series, working with brief recorded talks and meditations by teachers Jack Kornfeld and Tara Brach.

Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, 1015 Hyland Avenue, Ames IA 50014

Join online: https://bit.ly/3mVpwGq (or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID: 258 912 292)

Zoom link and schedule available at Calendar – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames (uufames.org)


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