Deep South Dharma is a Buddhist community founded by Christie Bates, a Dharmacharya (Minister) of the Embracing Simplicity Contemplative Order, and Jaya Judy Seeley, who was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh into the Order of Interbeing. Rooted in the prose of Theravada and the poetry of Mahayana, Deep South Dharma is also flavored by the spiritual soil of our native Southern United States. We are open and accessible to good-hearted people of any religion or none, whether you are curious about Buddhism or just want support for your contemplative practice. Scroll down to find out all the ways you can connect with us, and send us any questions!
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Online Practice Group
The Deep South Dharma Podcast
Stream the Deep South Dharma Podcast for talks, meditations & conversations with people who utilize contemplative practices and principles to make a difference in their communities. This will also keep you aware of our meditation retreats and other events in various locations.
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One Community, Varied Lineage
Acharya Christine Bates (She/Her/Hers)
Embracing Simplicity Contemplative Order
Sharing her deep interest, practice and study of the early teachings of the Buddha, Christie was ordained a Dharmacharya (Minister) in October 2016 by Venerables Pannavati and Pannadipa. Christie is a contemplative spiritual director, licensed professional counselor in MS and TN, and is the author of Accepting Your Resurrection. Her training since 1985 has included 11th Step, contemplative Christian, & Buddhist practices, leading to the Dharmacharya Path. Her chief interests are to help bring clarity where there is confusion and to help practitioners learn to be good friends to themselves and to the world. You can hear her on the Deep South Dharma podcast or read her articles on Dharma and well-being at Medium
Jaya Judy Seeley
Order of Interbeing
Known as "Auntie Jaya" to the monastic community at Magnolia Grove Monastery in Batesville, our co-founder Jaya Judy Seeley was ordained as a member of the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh. She belongs to the 43rd generation of the Lam Te (Linji) Dhyana School and the 9th generation of the Lieu Quan Dharma Line.
As an experienced leader, adult educator of holistic modalities (including massage and yoga) and Sangha Facilitator, Jaya integrates mind and body as a foundation to Buddhist practice.