The Dharma Friends
Serving Nevada County and the surrounding Areas

Buddhist Meditation Groups
(Groups are listed alphabetically)

 The Mindfulness Meditation Group which is led by Buddhist nun, Ani Karma Drolma, meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 7-8:30pm. The group's format is two twenty minute meditations and a forty minute  discussion in between meditation.  This group is the vision of Venerable Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche which is to have a place in every community for people to gather, learn to meditate, and to quiet their minds.  There is no Buddhist emphasis, just people who want to learn calm abiding meditation that can be integrated into every day life.  No prior experience needed and there are no fees.  This is an on-going gathering. Location: Judith's house down the street from Briar Patch Co-op.  Call for directions. Contact:  Ani La (530)478-9335. Guiding Teacher:  Ani Karma Drolma (Ani La)

The Bear River Meditation Group meets Mondays from 7-9pm.  The evenings include periods of meditation, scripture recitation, listening to short audio Dharma talks and tea and Dharma discussion. Meditation instruction is available for those new to the practice. The Bear River Meditation Group regularly offers full day Saturday and half day Sunday retreats throughout most of the year. These retreats are led by senior monks from Shasta Abbey as well as monks from other temples within the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. The retreats are free and open to the public. "Dana" are greatly appreciated. Meditation instruction is provided for those unfamiliar with the practice of Serene Reflection Meditation.  Location:  Applegate Community Center, 18014 Applegate Road, Applegate.  Contact:  Lay Ministers: Andrea Spark and Pam Johnson
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 The Dharmata meditation group meets every Thursday at 7pm.  The Dharmata’s teachings mainly draw from the Prajnaparamita, the timeless non-conceptual wisdom of Buddha. Anam Thubten is the founder and Spiritual Advisor of the Dharmata Foundation based in Point Richmond.  The Nevada City group begins with a guided meditation lead by David Christie (a student of Anam Thubten's) followed by video or book study and group discussion.  Location: Private home of highway 49, five miles south of Grass Valley Contact:  David Christie at for directions and more information.

The Diamond Way Buddhist Group (Tibetan meditation) meets every Tuesday night at 6:30PM for a meditation followed by a discussion.  Diamond Way (Vajrayana) are Buddha’s highest teachings and are practical tools suitable for modern people who wish to unfold the mind’s full potential. The meditation involves visualization and mantra recitation.  Diamond Way Buddhist Group was founded in the Karma Kagyü tradition by Lama Ole Nydahl,and operates under the spiritual guidance of H.H. 17th Karmapa Thaye DorjeLocation:  12528 Short Circle, Nevada City (call for directions). Website: or Contact: Gary at (530)470-0425. Click Here for more information about Diamond Way.

 The Mountain Stream Meditation Group: The group practices Insight meditation – Vipassana (in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings) is the simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness.  The various methods of this practice have been well preserved in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. Location: Mountain Stream Meditation Center at 710 Zion Street, Nevada City CA.  Contact:  Paul Steege  Tel: (530) 887-9400 or (530) 272-6425.  Guiding Teacher:  John Travis.  Website:
Programs at Mountain Stream:
*Monday Evenings 7pm-8:30pm, Meditation and Dharma talk
*First Monday of the month, Beginner’s Mind:  Introductory class
*Second and fourth Wednesday of the month 7:30-9pm:  “Let’s Awaken now” program; Includes Guided meditation, teachings, community dialog, simple rituals, chanting, and more.  Click here for more information.
*First Sunday Program 10am-noon: Includes meditation with instructions, teachings, discussion, community ritual, and mindfulness practice in action. Click here for more information.
*First Sunday Family Program 11:30am-12:15pm:  Families with children aged 4-12 come join Mountain Stream teacher Heather Sundberg for songs, stories, short meditation, games, and more.

The Northern California Jewel Heart Study Group meets on Thursday from 6:00-7:30pm.  The group studies Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist principles based on the authentic and accessible teachings of Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche. Gelek Rimpoche was born in Lhasa, Tibet in 1939 and was recognized as an incarnate lama at the age of four.  He was carefully tutored by some of Tibet's greatest living masters.  Gelek Rimpoche was among the last generation of lamas educated in Drepung Monastery.  In 1959 he was forced to flee to India.  He later edited and printed over 170 volumes of rare Tibetan manuscripts that would have otherwise been lost.  In the late 1970's Gelek Rimpoche was directed to teach Western students by his teachers.  Since that time he has been teaching Buddhist practitioners around the world.  This group offers  meditations, group discussions, and occasionally visiting teachers throughout the year.  Location:  Downtown Grass Valley (please call or email for directions). Cost:  Free  Contact:  Joe at (916) 580-8258 or  Website:

Shambhala Meditation Group meets every Wednesday at 6pm. “Shambhala” is the name of a mythical kingdom in ancient Tibet where an enlightened society is said to have flourished. Our group is affiliated with Shambhala International founded by the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now administered by his son and spiritual heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Shambhala is committed to bringing the practice of sitting meditation to anyone who is interested in practicing. We offer sitting meditation, walking meditation and free meditation instruction. We engage in a variety of study including the works of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Pema Chodron and other Shambhala Buddhists.  Location:  Alicia's House.  Call or email for directions. Contact:  Alicia Hundley or 530-913-7898 

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