Urban Dharma | Buddhist Community in Asheville, North Carolina
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Changing Minds. Transforming Cities.

Our motto expresses the vision of living the transformative teachings of the Buddha in a contemporary context. At Urban Dharma, we strive to integrate rather than compartmentalize, engage rather than retreat, commune rather than isolate.

We believe that Buddhist teachings have much to offer—not only to those who self-identify as Buddhist, but more fundamentally to all who seek to live intentional, compassionate, and balanced lives. And we believe that we can do this best when we have a community that is welcoming, open, and supportive.



Visit the temple at 697-C Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC. Regularly open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 5pm.

Our Programs


Stay tuned as Urban Dharma offers a number of special programs throughout the year. We regularly host visiting teachers, offer short multi-week courses on special topics, celebrate Buddhist holy days, and organize educational, artistic, and cultural programs that resonate with our vision and mission.

The best way to keep abreast of Urban Dharma events is to visit our Facebook page.

Coming to the Temple

Though we have not yet reopened our regular daytime hours, there are many events happening each week. The full monthly calendar of events is available at

If you have general questions about the temple, see if they are answered in our FAQ and temple information pages.
If not, shoot us an email at and we would be happy to help.

Library floor seating area.

At this time we are still asking that everyone wear masks inside of the temple.

Upcoming Events

Urban Dharma hosts a number of special programs throughout the year. Some of these feature visiting teachers, some are multi-part, short-courses on special topics, celebrations of Buddhist holy days, and sometimes educational, art and cultural programs that resonate with the vision and mission of Urban Dharma.

To get UD event announcements,
follow our Facebook page or subscribe to our mailing list.

How we serve the community

Learn & Practice

Urban Dharma is focused on providing educational and spiritual support and training for those interested in the teachings of the Buddha. Although our spiritual director is grounded in the Tibetan tradition, Urban Dharma is home to several different practice groups and we host teachers and programs from various Buddhist traditions. We believe that Buddhist teachings have much to offer—not only to those who self-identify as Buddhist, but more fundamentally to all who seek to live intentional, compassionate, and balanced lives.

Temple & Sanctuary

Conveniently located in the heart of West Asheville, our temple is a sanctuary and sacred space for all those seeking silence, inspiration, or solace. We offer a meditation space to rest the body and mind, a consecrated Buddhist shrine to experience the sacred and be blessed, and an extensive library (in the back) for studying Dharma.

Gifts, Books & Art

Our temple doesn’t have a shop, but if you are interested in small quality gifts with hints of the exotic East, meditation-related items, sacred art and decor and a selection of books on Buddhism, spirituality and holistic living, and a much larger range of items, please visit the online store Tibetan Spirit. Tibetan Spirit is a popular, online Buddhist practice supplies store, offering high-quality, yet affordable, Dharma supplies to practitioners and communities that do not have easy access to such items.

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