Las Vegas

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An ad in Vegas using Buddha image and words to lure new customers, "Religious Nightlife" and "Your prayers have been answered"

Las Vegas is the largest city in the State of Nevada, USA. It has a 2013 population of about 2.05 million residents. Approximately 30 to 40 millions tourists visit Las Vegas annually.

Las Vegas Buddhist facts and trivia

  • A large percentage of international tourists are from Asia and predominantly Buddhist.
  • There is a non-stop daily flight from Tokyo to Las Vegas due to demand.
  • The mega-casino Mandalay Bay has a Buddhist theme and is filled with Buddhist statues and Asian gardens and decorations.
  • The restaurant at the top of the Palms Hotel & Casino is called Little Buddha.
  • MGM Grand paid $10 million to change their entrance from a walkway entering a Lion's mouth to a different Lion away from the entrance to please the Asian market.
  • The Tao nightclub at the Venetian features several Buddha statues, one very large 20 foot Buddha statue floating over a pond and their billboard advertising features a Buddha with the words, Religious Nightlife, Spiritual Dining, and Your prayers have been answered.
  • Steve Wynn, owner of Wynn Hotel and Casino has been involved with most of the mega-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, either in development, ownership, or management. He was born Jewish but states that he is a Buddhist and that the Dalai Lama is his teacher.
  • Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino has a large shrine to the Buddhist god, Brahma who like other gods in the Buddhist cosmology is impermanent and subject to rebirth like the rest of us until one attains nibbana (nirvana). The statue has four heads which is just symbolic for the four brahma viharas.

Las Vegas Dhamma / Dharma Groups

Las Vegas is a city of replicas with nearly actual size replicas of the pyramids of Egypt (Luxor casino), the Eiffel Tower (Paris Las Vegas), the canals and gondolas of Venice (Venetian casino), the Statue of Liberty and New York skyline (New York hotel & casino) and here is a replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda at Chaiya Meditation Monastery, approx. 26 feet high (8 meters)
The Maha Bodhi Temple replica at Maha Bodhi Las Vegas, 37 feet high (11.3 meters)

Maha Bodhi Las Vegas

  • Non sectarian Buddhist and vipassana
  • Meditation, talk, discussion, and tea
  • One meeting per month, email for schedule
  • Located in central, southeast Las Vegas
  • Las Vegas, Nevada 89121

Nevada Buddhist Vihara

  • 2040 Abels Lane
  • Las Vegas, Nevada 89115
  • Contact Bhante Subuthi (702) 457 7938
  • Bhante Subuthi and Nevada Buddhist Vihara maintain a close spiritual and friendly alliance with *Vipassana Foundation. Bhante Subuthi is one of the members of the board of directors for
  • Vipassana Foundation.

Vipassana Sangha

  • Led by Bhante Nawala Lakkana
  • Meetings at Lohan School
  • Fridays at 6:00 pm to approx. 7:30 pm

Chaiya Meditation Monastery

Las Vegas Mindfulness Meditation Group

  • Meditation inspired by the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and other teachers
  • Tuesday 7-9 p.m.
  • Contact Linda Drucker (702) 240-6275
  • email at shantilinda@gmail.com

Temple White Lotus

  • Address: 900 E Karen Ave D-202, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
  • Web site: http://www.templewhitelotus.org/
  • Contact: Yin Shu (William Chamberlin)
  • Programs: 5:00 to 6:30 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Sunday

Lotus in the Desert Sangha

  • Sahara West Library (2nd floor Conference room)
  • 9600 West Sahara Ave
  • Las Vegas, NV 89117
  • (702) 525-6490
  • Sunday 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. (Mindful Movement, Sitting, Dharma Talk & Discussion)
  • email at sangha@lotusinthedesert.org
  • web site: http://www.lotusinthedesert.org/

Wat Bhodhiyana

Thai Wat, Las Vegas (temple)

  • 2920 McLeod Dr., Las Vegas, Nevada
  • more info coming soon

Buddhaya Nandharam Temple

  • 5320 Kell Lane, Las Vegas, Nevada 89156
  • (702) 437 3320

Wat Buddhaphavana

  • 2959 W. Gowan Rd., N. Las Vegas, Nevada 89030 (702) 648 9975

Wat Lao Buddhamixay Association of Las Vegas

  • 360 N. 14th St., Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 (702) 598 0903

Wat Lao, Las Vegas

  • Another Lao temple in NE Las Vegas, contact (702) 598 0903

Wat Thai Las Vegas

  • 2117 Alta Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106 (702) 384 2264

Thai Temple of Nevada

  • 3604 N. Torrey Pines Dr.,Las Vegas, Nevada 89148 (702) 395 7596

The Red Rock Vipassana Sangha

  • Meditation Thursdays 7:30 pm
  • 10311 Birch Bluff Lane, Las Vegas, Nevada 89145
  • Contact Ed Coppola (702) 228 3873

Lohan School of Shaolin

  • 3844-3850 Schiff Dr.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • (702) 364 5875
  • web site: lvlohans.com

Zen Center of Las Vegas (formerly known as Great Brightness Zen Center)

  • 2461 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89121
  • Meditation (Chanting, Sitting, Walking, Dharma Talk in evenings):
  • Mon, Wed, Fri: 6-7 a.m.
  • Tue, Thurs: 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Sun: 9-10:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m. Bows)
  • Beginner's practice: 1st Monday of every month 6 p.m.
  • email at zencenteroflasvegas@gmail.com
  • web site: http://www.zenlasvegas.com/

Boulder City Tibetan Buddhist Center

  • Meditation and service Sundays 9:30 am
  • 515 Cayuga Ct., Boulder City, Nevada 89005
  • (702) 294 5108 & (702) 293 1685
  • web site: www.tibetanbuddhistcenter.org

The Five Buddha Shrine

  • 3043 Garnet Ct., Las Vegas, Nevada
  • (702) 641 0522
  • web site: www.five-buddha.org

True Dharma Assembly Las Vegas

  • Meditation and study groups in Chinese and English
  • Second Saturday of each month
  • and last Sunday of each month
  • Contact Katie (702) 292 4341
  • Lin Zhang (for Chinese speakers) (702) 835 2832

Vajrarupini Buddhist Center

  • Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
  • Kadampa (Vajrayana Tibetan) Buddhism
  • web site: meditateinlasvegas.com

Vast Awakenings

  • Sundays in the afternoons
  • 2220 E. WigWam, Las Vegas, NV 89123
  • Check their website below for all their programs.
  • Contact Jon Spiel at (702) 616 0690

Las Vegas Shambhala Meditation Group

  • Wednesdays, 7 pm
  • 2nd Sunday of each month, 9 am
  • 221 View Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Contact: Carol Colmus (702) 877 9336

Las Vegas Diamond Way Center

  • Thursdays 7:45 pm and Saturdays 10:30 am
  • 2715 Duck Pond Court
  • Henderson, Nevada 89074
  • Contact: Sara Finnerty (702) 260 4426
  • web site: diamondway.org

Tibetan Buddhist Sangha of America

  • 4350 W. Spring Mountain Rd.
  • Ste. 111 113
  • Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
  • Contact: Mark Chen (702) 321 0917

Nevada Buddhist Association

  • (Mahayana, Pure Land)
  • 4189 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89103 (702) 252 7339
  • Instruction in English including meditation, Sundays at 1 pm
  • web site: www.buddhism.meetup.com/541/

SGI, USA

  • (Nichiren) Las Vegas Community Center, 1201 S. Jones Blvd., Ste. A
  • Las Vegas, Nevada 89102 (702) 258 6489

SGI USA Buddhists

  • 2725 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
  • Phone:(702) 258-6489

SGI Las Vegas

  • 4955 S Durango Dr, Las Vegas,NV 89113
  • (702) 933-6060

SGI Sahara Las Vegas

  • Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV

SW Vietnamese Buddhist Temple

  • Blue Diamond

Dzogchen Shri Singha of Las Vegas

  • Spiritual Head: H. E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche
  • meets at Lohan Temple, Wednesdays 8 pm, Sundays 1:30 pm
  • contact Betsi Drayman 219-1191, Justin Armour 610-2016
  • or Edgar 204 1331
  • spiritualseeker17@yahoo.com
  • web site: groups.yahoo.com/group/dzogchenlasvegas/

Quan Am Buddhist Temple

  • 2611 S. Buffalo Ave.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada 89117
  • (702) 220 3463

Amitabha Society of Las Vegas

  • 3375 S. Decatur
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • (702) 252 3042

Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha

Korean Buddhist Un Joo SA

  • 5586 W. Viking Rd.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
  • (702) 873 1894

Buddhist Group Las Vegas

  • Address: 2715 Duck Pond Ct Henderson NV 89074
  • Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Karma Kagyu, Diamond Way
  • Phone: : (702) 2604426

Duong Tieu

  • Address: P.O.BOX 71595 Las Vegas NV 89170
  • Tradition: Mahayana
  • Phone: 702 423 6414
  • Fax: 702 423 6414

Lotus Meditation Center Kuan Yin Temple

  • Address: 2715 South Torrey Pines Drive Las Vegas NV 89146
  • Tradition: Mahayana
  • Phone: (702) 597 1957

Tzu Chi Foundation

The Blue Lotus Beacon Center of Las Vegas

Here and Now Center

  • 6370 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
  • Phone:(702) 547 4373

Kannon Temple Las Vegas

  • 1600 E. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada

Desert Dharma

  • Desert Dharma Meditation Group
  • Lohan Priest Greg Pergament
  • Greg Pergament: Cell: 5256490

Padma Rigdzin Ling Buddhist Monastery

  • Address: 1210 Jessica Ave, Las Vegas NV 89104
  • Tradition: Vajrayana, NyingmapaLongchen Nyinthig
  • Affiliation: Nyingmapa BuddhistLongchen Nyinthig
  • Phone: (208) 819 2205

Tathagata Correct Dharma Center

  • 3532 Wynn Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89102
  • Phone: (702) 388 1190

Online Dharma Groups based out of Las Vegas, no set location, uses other facilities:

49 Dhamma / Dharma Groups in Las Vegas.

City of Dhamma

Las Vegas is home to 49 Dhamma / Dharma Centers, for a population of 2.1 million works out to one Dhamma center for every 43,000 people, a very high ratio of Dhamma centers, compared to the average, in a non-Buddhist country.

There are also numerous Yoga studios, shops that sell Buddha statues and Thangkas, Buddhist themed casinos (statues and art) and vegetarian or vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants located throughout the city of Las Vegas.

See also