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Deep South Dharma

A Buddhist Community

Based in Oxford, Mississippi, with Offerings Locally and Globally



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!


Where to Find Us

We Make It Easy to Connect and Learn More!

Join us locally, online, and via podcast - See details below!

   Deep South Dharma in Oxford

           Anyone Can Drop In!

         Saturdays 10-11am in Oxford, MS   Join the Deep South Dharma Oxford Practice Group as often as you can for meditation, fellowship, and discussion. We meet at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford, just 9 minutes from Ole Miss down Highway 314, at          31 County Road 198. You'll want to arrive in time for meditation at 10am. This group is appropriate for beginners, experienced practitioners, and the simply curious.

     Deep South Dharma Online

   Practice with Us from Anywhere!

       Wednesday  SUSPENDED for now

The Wednesday Night Zoom Group is on hiatus while we decide how best to use this time and space to stay in touch with and serve our "extended sangha!" Subscribe below so you won't miss updates when they occur!

  The Deep South Dharma Podcast

  Recordings You Can Use Anytime!

            Join us Whenever You Like

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. Subscribe to Deep South Dharma at Anchor, Breaker, Spotify, Google, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts  Overcast, and Apple Podcasts!


Spiritual Friends

One Community,  Varied Lineage

Acharya Christie Bates

Embracing Simplicity Contemplative Order

Known for her warmth and ability to "translate" between contemplative traditions, Christie was ordained a Dharmacharya (Minister)  in October 2016 by Venerables Pannavati and Pannadipa. Practicing a dedicated contemplative path since 1985, Christie is also a contemplative spiritual director, licensed professional counselor and the author of Accepting Your Resurrection. Her training 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.

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. Her mission focus is heart-filled - with deep listening, practice development and guidance in practice skills.


Contact Deep South Dharma

31 County Road 198, Oxford MS 38655