American Buddhist Seminary Temple at Sacramento

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American Buddhist Seminary Temple at Sacramento:

  • Address: 423 Glide Avenue, West Sacramento CA 95691 CA
  • Tradition: Theravada
  • Website:
  • Teachers: Venerable T. Shantha, Venerable O.Pannasara
  • Spiritual Director: Venerable (Bhante) Madawala Seelawimala Mahathera

The Temple at Sacramento was started in November 1996 by American Buddhist Seminary (ABS) headed by Bhante Seelawimala with the collaboration of a small number of Sri Lankan Buddhists living in the greater Sacramento area and the San Francisco Bay Area. The cost of maintenance of the Temple has been carried by local donors, as well as donors from many parts of the United States.

A major goal of the Temple is to help fulfill the religious, spiritual and educational needs of traditional Buddhists and American born Buddhists who are increasingly interested in learning and practicing Buddhism. The Temple is also expected to be a setting for practical training of monks who are learning to meet the unique needs of Buddhists living in America. Training of monks includes teaching how to communicate Dhamma in English, and management of an American temple which is greatly different from managing a temple in a traditional Buddhist country. Due to financial limitations the current number of resident monks serving the community is limited to two monks.