Note: The group is no longer meeting at Pretlow Library sine May 2016. 

The Dharma Discussion Group has been meeting regularly through 2014 on Tuesday nights. The first Tuesday of each month, the group meets at the Mary D. Pretlow Library in the Ocean View area of Norfolk at 7:00 PM. The group meets in the Temple’s Buddha Hall the other Tuesday evenings each month at 7:30 PM. 

Everyone is invited to attend any Tuesday evening they can.  Unlike taking a class, the group is informally structured so that each evening’s discussion is unique.  Participants in the discussion read sutras related to each topic to prepare for the discussion.  They research the topic on their own and also receive suggested reading from one of the Venerable Teachers.


The topic for the month of November is Dependent Origination.  Topics covered earlier in 2014 are Karma (see related articles on the web site), Compassion (including Anger Control), Bodhisattvas and the Five Skandhas (the Five Aggregates of Human Life and Clinging.)

For more information about the group or to be added to the group’s email distribution list to receive suggested sutras for reading and schedule reminders, contact Mark Palamara by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call or text mark at mobile phone number 757-406-1726.

Weekly Schedule


8.00 am - 9.00 am: Public Services in English: Such as chanting, Meditation,  Dharma discussing

10:30 am – 12.30 pm: Public Services in Vietnamese: Such as chanting, Dharma discussing (with English translator), offering to the deceased ones 


English Dharma Class, open discussion.
@ Dharma Hall, Virginia Beach
1st, 2nd and 3rd  and 5thTuesdays, 7pm-8.30pm.

English Dharma Class, open discussion.
@ Pitts Center, Southern Shores, NC
4th Tuesday, 6.30pm - 8.30pm 


5:45 - 6:45 pm: One Hour Meditation. Public is welcome. English language introduction. Silent, seated meditation in the Dharma Hall.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Public service in English: Chanting, meditating, Dharma discussing in English


8:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Chanting 21 time Great Compassion Mantra (Vietnamese)


423 Davis Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Phone: (757) 689 - 3408

Direct: 757 - 406 - 1726 (Mr. Mark P.)

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