Modern Buddhism In the Roanoke Valley

Located  in  Roanoke ,  Virginia.  Dharmapala Kadampa Buddhist Center provides meditation classe and teachings in Southwest Virginia. Dharmapala Kadampa Buddhist Center was established to provide people with the opportunity to learn about and practice Buddha’s teachings.  Dharmapala Kadampa Buddhist Center is part of the world-wide New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU).  Based on the books of the modern day Buddhist teacher, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, we present Buddha's teachings in an accessible manner that can be easily integrated into our modern lives.


The Center is run by volunteers who themselves are dedicated practitioners.   Please feel free to drop in for a visit. We are open when activities are taking place. You can check our online calendar for the dates and times of events.   In addition to our beautiful and peaceful meditation

 room, we also have a community room where you can enjoy a cup of tea and enjoy conversation with others or just spend time quietly before class begins. 


If you wish to participate in the activities at the center, we recommend that you begin with one of our General Program classes. The General Program Drop In Meditation Classes are suitable for both experienced meditators and those who are new to meditation.  The purpose of meditation is to cultivate those states of mind that are conducive to peace and well-being.  The General Program Drop In Meditation Classes are held Sundays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.


You are also welcome to attend the chanted prayers and meditations that are held throughout the month.  You can see the calendar for times and schedule.   If you have any questions, you can visit our FAQ's   and   Where to Start   pages.  For information not included on these pages please contact us at 540-521-7989 or by email at


Dharmapala Kadampa Meditation Center is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT).  The NKT is an International Union of Kadampa Buddhist Centers.  There are currently over 1000 Centers worldwide.  Throughout the year there are opportunities to gather with others at different locations regionally and nationally for festivals, special courses and retreats. You can learn more about the New Kadampa Tradition at

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