Welcome. We are a Sangha, or Buddhist community, for laypeople – which means we are open to beginners as well as those who have been practicing for many years.
If it’s your first time here, please consider the following ways to get involved and learn more.
#1 Attend an Orientation
If you haven’t visited our Sangha before, the best way to familiarize yourself with our grounds and offerings is by attending an orientation. Orientation covers our history, teacher’s lineage, how services are conducted, meditation techniques, and the practices we follow during services. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice during orientation.
Information to Review Before Your Visit
Orientations are held every other month on the first Sunday. View our Calendar for the next orientation date. Please register at least 24 hours in advance.
Contact Us With Questions or to Sign Up
#2 Attend a Sunday Meditation Service
Each Sunday of the month from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, Anattasati Magga offers a different Buddhist service. Each service includes a 30-minute meditation, chants and recitations, and a Dharma class.
Registration is not required for meditations or Sunday services, but if it is your first time visiting the Sangha please arrive ten minutes early.
Meditation is offered in Asheville & Bryson City, NC and Sonora & Lotus, CA. View our Calendar for an up-to-date meditation schedule.
#3 Attend a Retreat
Anattasati Magga hosts silent retreats twice per year and offers practice days throughout the year. Each retreat includes:
- Services throughout the day
- Dharma classes
- A Dharma theme
- Silent work periods
- Meal time ceremonies (Modified Oryoki)
Retreats are open to all interested ages 14 years and older. Prior attendance at a service or orientation is not necessary to attend a retreat.
#4 Get Spiritual Guidance
Anattasati Magga Founder and Teacher Sujata (Nancy Spence), offers regular Dokusan, individual spiritual guidance to support community members in their spiritual practice. Those interested bring their questions about meditation, lay practice, Buddhist philosophy and concerns to the Teacher.
The Teacher does not provide ways to ease everyday life; the Teacher points the way to liberation.
#5 Stay Informed
Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when we add new retreat dates, announce classes, other events and more.
You can also follow us on Facebook for updates on Anattasati Magga offerings.