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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Pet Blessing Day is almost here!

Pet Blessing Day is almost here! Sunday, October 3rd from 12 noon – 2pm at the Open Awareness Buddhist Center we encourage you to bring your furry friends (caged or leashed, please), walk the sacred Stupa Garden of Merit Kora path, meet Lama Karma Chötso and receive a blessing! Get more info at the registration link here.


Listen with Lama: The Science of Mind – Special Guest: Dr. Richard Davidson

LIVE on Zoom, Thursday, September 9th, 7:00pm

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/listen-with-lama-the-science-of-mind-with-dr-richard-davidson-tickets-167100190167

The Listen With Lama Summer Series of virtual chats enters its 3rd session, featuring the teachings of Tibetan Meditation Master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.

Hosted by Lama Karma Chötso of the Open Awareness Buddhist Center in Miami, Florida. She focused for the first two sessions on YMR’s life through his New York Times bestselling books and award-winning documentaries.

Session #3 takes the investigation into what science has learned about his mind., Dr. Richie Davidson, renowned neuroscientist and founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be our featured guest.


Dear Open Awareness Buddhist Center Community,

In an abundance of caution to check the spread of COVID-19; all on premises activities have been suspended until further notice. The Open Awareness Buddhist Center will be conducting a program of online meetings using Zoom on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Both sessions are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. See details below.

You are encouraged to stay informed and follow expert advice for managing the current health crisis.  Up to date information can be obtained at the Florida Department of Health website: Florida Department of Health.

Stay safe and stay healthy!

On the following Tuesday Evening’s 7 – 8 PM Online:
Starting on 9/14.
Foundations of Buddhism and Meditation

Lama Karma Chotso will conduct teachings via Zoom Meeting on the core principals of the Buddhadharma for both beginners and seasoned practitioners.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 499 095 515
One tap mobile:
+16468769923,,499095515# US 

Suggested Donation: $20
* No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

In addition to topical teachings on Tuesday evenings, Lama Karma Chotso typically provides basic instructions for those who are new to meditation.  These instructions have been recorded and are available here: Meditation Instruction

Garden of Merit Stupa Open Awareness Buddhist Center Miamibuddhism.com Feature Southernmost Tibetan stupas in the U.S. They were built to counter negativity and balance the elements, thereby benefiting the physical environment and all the beings sharing that environment. A basic design was shown by Buddha Shakyamuni when his disciples asked him how a reliquary should be constructed and what it should symbolize. The Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism has kept the basic design. These four stupas in Miami, Florida were built to face the four cardinal directions and symbolize various events in the life of the Buddha. Come experience the peace of our garden.

Meditation in the Stupa Garden of Merit
6pm to 7pm

Starting with a silent meditation for 15 minutes, then circumambulating the stupas while chanting mantras for 15 minutes, then back to silent sitting for the last 15 minutes.

Suggested Donation: $20
* No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Foundations of Buddhism and Meditation: Spanish Translation

On the following Thursday nights: 9/16 and 9/23. From 7pm to 8pm (Perú) – 8pm to 9pm (Miami)

KTC Perú le está invitando a una reunión de Zoom programada.

Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra, el tratado sobre la Naturaleza Búdica

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84374045269
ID de reunión: 843 7404 5269

Sunday Morning 10:00-11:00 AM (MIA) 9:00-10:00 AM (Peru) Online

Medicine Buddha and Short Green Tara Chanting Practice

Join Lama Karma Chotso online via Zoom Meeting as she leads the chanting of the Short Green Tara and Medicine Buddha practices.
These protective and healing Vajrayana practices provide a supportive experience for better coping with the current health crisis or any of life’s challenges.

Green Tara Text: 21 Praises of Tara
Medicine Buddha Text:  Medicine Buddha

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 845 3715 3500
One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,199196656# US

Suggested Donation: $20
* No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Grand Stupa of Reconciliation
Lamas, Peru

Great Stupa of Reconciliation – Lamas, Peru

In the region of San Martin, in the Peruvian jungle, near the city of Lamas and the town of Rumizapa, is the Great Stupa of Reconciliation Rime Jangchub Chöten.

Its construction began in 2014 thanks to the effort and collaboration of Buddhist practitioners of various traditions and supporters. It is 15 meters high and contains one hundred thousand Tzatzas, with carefully prepared mantras during days of meditation and contemplation.

The intention of this project is to contribute to the happiness and peace of the region by sharing skillful means, mental training techniques and practical and contemplative knowledge with deep respect for local traditions.

To learn more about this transformational project, click here: Great Stupa of Reconciliation

Open Awareness Buddhist Center encourages the support of this wonderful project being completed by our sister sangha in Peru, Rime Jangchub Chöten. Please click the Donate button below to make an offering in support of this important activity:


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.

PDF – Open Awareness Buddhist Center Ethical Guidelines

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