Welcome to Open Awareness Buddhist Center!

The Open Awareness Buddhist Center is a place of refuge and sanctuary for all beings. The Sangha of Open Awareness is a fellowship of practitioners who are committed to ethics, honesty, respect for all, and to providing a welcoming atmosphere with the pure intention of benefitting sentient beings through Dharma activities. These include the gathering of merit and wisdom, sharing the teachings of the Buddhadharma, and meditating – all as taught in the Tibetan traditions.

Stupa Garden of Merit Miami Buddhist Temple El Portal
Stupa Garden of Merit Miami Buddhist Temple El Portal

The garden of the Open Awareness Center, called “The Stupa Garden of Merit”, opens onto the Miami Little River that flows with the tides. The garden, with four (4) large stupas, paths for circumambulation, and surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers, is a place of tranquility, peace and beauty available to everyone.

Open Awareness continues a 20-year tradition of chanting practices and meditations along with the weekly offering of traditional Tibetan butterlamps. Please see our calendar to choose the events you’d like to attend. You will always be welcome.


The Venerable Lama Karma Chotso

Lama Karma Chotso, Resident Teacher at Open Awareness Buddhist Center
Lama Karma Chotso

Lama Karma Chotso is the resident teacher at Open Awareness Buddhist Center.

Lama was ordained as a novice Buddhist nun by Kalu Rinpoche in 1986 before entering her retreat in strict seclusion for three and a half years.

She has given lectures at the Whole Life Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Sunshine Cathedral, Dania Library, St. Thomas University, Barry University. She has given blessings at the Miami Seaquarium and Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, was Chaplain for Hospice Care of Broward County,  taught meditation and Tai Qi to the inmates at Broward Correctional Facility and taught Tibetan Buddhism with at Florida International University.

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Our Sangha is very active in the South Florida community. Dharma practice at the Residence flourishes as members participate in a variety of programs and activities. The Sangha members provide powerful support to one another on the spiritual path.

Membership dues also provide financial support to Open Awareness Buddhist Center’s ongoing projects and members enjoy discounts to multiple events.

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