Las Vegas Dhamma (Dharma) / Meditation Groups
Dharma in Sin City? See the article below!
Maha Bodhi Las Vegas
Non-sectarian Buddhist and vipassana
Meditation, talk, discussion, and tea
Occasional meetings and programs
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Located in central, southeast Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada 89121
Located in Central Las Vegas
See Maha Bodhi Las Vegas
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Contact and RSVP to David via e-mail at:
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See Las Vegas Dhamma Wiki page
for the complete list of all Dhamma / Dharma centers in Las Vegas.
Sin City Dharma
Las Vegas, also known as, "Sin City" is home to a high number of
Buddhist Dharma groups
Why is Las Vegas so open to Buddha-Dharma?
One reason could be that there is no "sin" in Buddhism. Gambling, per se,
and other Las Vegas activities are not forbidden in
Buddhism. The Buddha's teachings assist us in overcoming greed and
attachments to things such as ego and extreme viewpoints.
Addictions are to be avoided of any kind. While it is certainly possible to
become addicted to gambling, it can be just as easy
to become addicted to many other things, including compulsive behaviors and
In the Buddha's teachings, there is no "sin." Negative or unwholesome
things might happen because of attachment (or greed),
aversion (or hatred), and delusion (or ignorance). Participating in
entertainment activities is not forbidden and can be done in
moderation, especially without extreme attachment and greed. Studies show
that the vast majority of all tourists and locals
who do gamble, do so with a strict budget.
It is specifically mentioned in the discourses of Buddha, Digha Nikaya,
Sigalaka Sutta, number 31, that lay people should not waste their money and
one way of wasting money is described as addiction to gambling. The
discourse does not prohibit gambling or entertainment, just the addiction to
There are some who believe that it is inappropriate to live in Las Vegas or
especially to work in casino establishments. Such a
viewpoint fails to understand the intentions of our actions. The Buddha
only was opposed to livelihoods that directly harmed
others with violence, including trading in weapons, poisons, and animal
flesh. A casino black jack dealer has no intention of
creating a gambling addict anymore than a TV cable installer wants to create
a TV watching addict. Working at a casino is not
a wrong livelihood.
The viewpoint against living or working in Vegas fails to understand the
interconnectedness of all life, people, and economies.
A tourist may come to Las Vegas, win some money, take it back to his home in
Cleveland and buy some lunch at a cafe in
Cleveland. The cafe owner is then receiving gambling money (indirectly)
which he then uses to pay his employees. One of
the employees uses the wages to buy some products at a store in Cleveland,
which pays another owner which pays another
employee, who then might use the wages to make a trip to Las Vegas. The
cycle goes round and round, it is all inter-connected, just like Indra's Net and the circle of life. To say that you
can not live or work in Las Vegas so that you do not
touch gambling money is foolish, it is all connected no matter where you
Las Vegas Buddhist facts and trivia:
* A large percentage of international tourists are from Asia and
* There is a non-stop daily flight from Tokyo to Las Vegas due to demand.
* The mega-casino Mandalay Bay has a Buddhist theme and is filled with
Buddhist statues and Asian gardens and decorations.
* The restaurant at the top of the Palms Hotel & Casino is called Little
* MGM Grand paid $10 million to change their entrance from a walkway
entering a Lion's mouth to a different Lion away from
the entrance to please the Asian market.
* The Tao nightclub at the Venetian features several Buddha statues, one
very large 20 foot Buddha statue floating over a pond and their billboard
advertising features a Buddha with the words, Religious Nightlife, Spiritual
Dining, and Your prayers have been answered.
* Steve Wynn, owner of Wynn Hotel and Casino has been involved with most of
the mega-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, either in development, ownership,
or management. He was born Jewish but states that he is a Buddhist and that
the Dalai Lama is his teacher.
* Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino has a large shrine to the Buddhist god,
Brahma who like other gods in the Buddhist cosmology is impermanent and
subject to rebirth like the rest of us until one attains nibbana (nirvana). The statue
has four heads which is just symbolic for the four brahma viharas.
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