Welcome to Open Awareness Buddhist Center!

Open Awareness Buddhist Center 250TThe Open Awareness Buddhist Center is a place of refuge and sanctuary for all beings. The Sangha of Open Awareness is a fellowship of practitioners who are committed to ethics, honesty, respect for all, and to providing a welcoming atmosphere with the pure intention of benefiting sentient beings through Dharma activities. These include the gathering of merit and wisdom, sharing the teachings of the Buddhadharma, and meditating – all as taught in the Tibetan traditions.
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Lama Karma Chotso Will Be Teaching in the Bahamas

Please register for this event at: SivanandaBahamas.org

Greetings from the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas! In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, our prayers are with the people of the Bahamas and the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, which suffered the brunt of that massive weather event.

The ashram staff are safe and the buildings and grounds have sustained no damage. Thankfully, New Providence, Nassau, and Paradise Island were not in the direct path of the storm, and hurricane preparation and evacuation protocols were in place. For more information on how to help the people on our sister islands, please read here.

 Our message to potential guests says that the best way to contribute to the Bahamas and support the ashram’s well-being right now is to make their plans to visit. This is the perfect time to be promoting your program!


A two weekend seminar taught by Lama Karma Chotso.

What is death? What does the mind experience when dying? How does one assist another person in their transition from this life? How do we prepare for our own death?

These and other questions on death and dying will be discussed in this seminar. Lama Karma Chötso will teach relevant sections from books such as The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Translation of Tibetan title: The Great Liberation by Hearing in the Intermediate States), adding from her own experience as a hospice chaplain, and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism for the past 36 years.

The sessions will include teachings, discussions, meditations, and sessions for practicing dying.

This seminar is open to the public and recommended for anyone concerned with the above questions, who works and/or lives with the terminally ill. The Tibetan Buddhist view on death and dying can add new perspectives and practices that bring support, understanding and compassion to the last actions of this life.

Dates and Suggested Donation
Weekend 1:

November 16-17 – Saturday Sessions: 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00
Sunday Session: 2:00-5:00
(Suggested Donation for the Weekend: $90 / $75 for OABC Members)

Weekend 2:
December 7-8 – Saturday Sessions: 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00
Sunday Session: 2:00-5:00
(Suggested Donation for the Weekend: $90 / $75 for OABC Members)

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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The Venerable Lama Karma Chotso

Lama Karma Chotso, Resident Teacher at Open Awareness Buddhist Center
Lama Karma Chotso

Lama Karma Chötso began to study and practice the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in March, 1982 after meeting Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche in New York City when he gave the Kalachakra empowerment. She took refuge with him there and 4 years later he ordained her as a novice nun. Lama Karma Chötso entered the three-year, three-month retreat, a meditation retreat held in strict seclusion, in 1986 and completed the retreat in 1990.

Lama Karma Chötso has practiced the Buddhadharma for 35 years. She studied Madhyamaka under the guidance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche for many years and her teachings reflect this. She also teaches extensively on instructions in Vajrayana practices, Tibetan language, and she is trained in thangka painting.

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Our Sangha is very active in the South Florida community. Dharma practice at the Residence flourishes as members participate in a variety of programs and activities. The Sangha members provide powerful support to one another on the spiritual path.

Membership dues also provide financial support to Open Awareness Buddhist Center’s ongoing projects and members enjoy discounts to multiple events.

To All Seeking Refuge

Open Awareness Buddhist Center invites every person seeking refuge in the Buddha’s teachings of wisdom and compassion to practice with our Sangha.

You are welcome regardless of racial or ethnic background.
You are welcome regardless of your faith.
You are welcome regardless of your age, education, or preferred language.
You are welcome regardless of your gender or sexual orientation.
You are welcome regardless of your political affiliations.
You are welcome regardless of your abilities or disabilities.

Individually and as a sangha, we vow to respond to ignorance, hatred, and oppression with skillful means and loving kindness in order to end the suffering of all sentient beings.

Stupa Garden of Merit Miami Buddhist Temple El Portal
Stupa Garden of Merit Miami Buddhist Temple El Portal

The garden of the Open Awareness Buddhist Center, called “The Stupa Garden of Merit”, opens onto the Miami Little River that flows with the tides. The garden, with four (4) large stupas, paths for circumambulation, and surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers, is a place of tranquility, peace and beauty available to everyone.

Open Awareness continues a 20-year tradition of chanting practices and meditations along with the weekly offering of traditional Tibetan butterlamps. Please see our calendar to choose the events you’d like to attend. You will always be welcome.

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Brendan Kennedy Seminar: January 18th – 20th

Brendan Kennedy has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for over 30 years. His main teachers are: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dilgo Khyentse Rimpoche, Chatral Rimpoche, Sokste Rimpoche and Lama Surya Das. Drawing on his deep study of Ramana Maharishi and Nisagardatta Maharaji, Brendan illuminates the complementary similarities between Dzogchen and Avaita Vedanta through experiential teaching. …

First Light for the New Year 2019

First Light is a ceremony to welcome in the New Year of 2019 with the lighting of over one hundred traditional Tibetan butterlamps. Chanting will include the practices of Green Tara, Medicine Buddha and Fire Puja along with prayers for peace, harmony and an end to violence. Begins at 9 a.m.