Volusia Buddhist Fellowship is a nonsectarian association of Buddhists who come to our group with many different interests and from different backgrounds. In the US, there are many different Buddhist organizations representing different cultural traditions—Japanese, Chinese and Korean Zen and Pure Land, Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, several Tibetan and westernized Tibetan lineages, Theravada orders from Thailand, Sri Lanka and elsewhere, and so on.
In some large communities, there may be thriving Buddhist groups representing several of these traditions. Being in a relatively small community, however, we decided early on to create a spiritual garden in which many forms of Buddhist practice could take root and flourish. Thus we emphasize those Buddhist teachings that are most universal—those that will help us, as individuals and as a community, to build our practices on a solid foundation.