Volusia Buddhist Fellowship is a nonsectarian Buddhist organization based in DeLand, Florida. We are administratively and politically independent and not part of any formal organizational hierarchy, but our spiritual leadership is a Zen Master in the Lam Te Chuc Thanh Dharma Lineage (Rinzai) and a Sensei with the Bright Dawn Center for Oneness Buddhism.
Bright Dawn emphasizes the universal teachings of the historic Gautama Buddha, focusing on individual spiritual growth rather than any sectarian dogma or ritual.
Regular meetings are at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia, 116 S. Clara Ave., DeLand, and are held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and on the last Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. The monthly Sunday meeting is a good time to get acquainted with members and leadership. Our 5 p.m. meeting is followed at 6 p.m. by a social hour with tea and snacks.
We also organize and participate in several regular special events, including the annual Change Your Mind Day and meditation retreats. Please check our Meetings and Events page for updates.
Volusia Buddhist Fellowship meetings and events are open to anyone with an interest in meditation and/or Buddhism—it is not necessary to consider oneself a Buddhist to attend. Meetings are fairly informal, with a short service consisting of some group readings, a short dharma message from the meeting leader, a period of meditation and time for open discussion.
We typically meditate for around 20 minutes. We have guided meditation on the first and third Wednesdays and most Sunday meetings, so those new to meditation are encouraged to attend those meetings. However, all are welcome to attend any meeting, and those who need instruction are always encouraged to ask for guidance.
Volusia Buddhist Fellowship’s primary dharma teacher is Sensei M. Sekiyo Sullivan, author of Wisdom ~ Compassion ~ Serenity: First Steps on the Buddhist Path. Click the image at right for ordering information.
For more information, please feel free to phone us at (386) 738-3715, mail us at PO Box 893, DeLand, FL 32721-0893 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.