A Weekly Opportunity to
Meet, Learn and Practice

The Emory Buddhist Club is part of Emory University's Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, whose mission is to provide varied and rich opportunities to enhance religious and spiritual life through prayer, worship, service, education and outreach. All on-campus Buddhist Club events are free and open to the public.

Club Events

About the Emory Buddhist Club

  The Emory Buddhist Club is a student-led effort. Our primary mission is to provide a free, weekly, on-campus opportunity for anyone with any interest in Buddhism to meet, practice, and learn with senior Buddhist teachers from the Atlanta area.

  When the university is in session, we meet every Thursday, at 6pm. These weekly meetings are on Emory's main campus, in Atlanta, Georgia, in Cannon Chapel , room 106.   They are always free and open to the public.

  We also coordinate periodic field trips to nearby Buddhist communities and centers.

  We welcome anyone, regardless of experience, point of view, or focus.

  For additional information, please contact us at info@buddhistclub.org or at (762) 218-2182. If you would like to receive news about upcoming events by e-mail, please subscribe to our events mailing list.

Our Buddhist Teachers
Each Thursday, we host a senior teacher from one Atlanta's diverse Buddhist centers. Our guest teachers provide instruction, guide practices such as meditation, lead discussion, and answer questions. We also generally have tea and snacks.

Geshe Dadul

  Geshe Dadul Namgyal is a Tibetan Buddhist monk, and a Senior Resident Teacher at Drepung Loseling Monastery, Atlanta. He is also a Translator/Interpreter for the Emory-Tibet Partnership, working on a modern science curriculum to be used in Tibetan monasteries and nunneries. He has also served as an English Language translator for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Bhante Wajirabuddhi

  Bhante Panamwela Wajirabuddhi is a Sri Lankan monk and the Abbot of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara in Atlanta. He holds a Thripitakavedi Degree from Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University in Anuradhapura. In 2000, he moved to Atlanta were he founded the Georgia Buddhist Vihara, a Theravada Buddhist Temple and Vipassana Meditation Center.

Ven. Jian Sou Shifu

  Ven. Jian Sou Shifu is a Chan Zen nun. She trained at Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Taiwan. She is the Abbess of the Dharma Jewel Monastery, an Atlanta branch of Chung Tai Chan Monastery.

Michael Elliston

  Michael Elliston is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest born in the United States. He trained with Matzuoka Roshi at the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago. He is the founder of the Mokurai Silent Thunder Order, and the founder of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center.