Buddhist Meditation Center

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The International Buddhist Meditation Center (IBMC) in Los Angeles was founded in 1970 by Ven. Dr. Thich Thien-An, a scholar and Zen Master from Vietnam.

When Dr. Thien-An died in 1980, Ven. Dr. Karuna Dharma, one of the founders of the center, became the abbess. Under her direction the IBMC staff continued IBMC’s activities. IBMC was one of four original Zen centers founded in the United States to promote meditation and Buddhism in English to interested Americans.

Today, the temple offers classes, and IBMC monastics can perform weddings, funerals and blessings when given advance notice.


There is limited free guest parking behind the temple. The best area to find street parking is on Vermont Avenue between Olympic Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard.