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Deep South Dharma

A Buddhist Community

Based in Oxford, Mississippi, with Offerings Locally and Globally

Currently meeting via Zoom Mondays at 7-8pm CT to support your practice!


Deep South Dharma is a Buddhist community founded by Rev. Christie Bates (Passatininna) 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 devotional bent 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 a meditation  practice. Scroll down to find out all the ways you can connect with us, and send us any questions!

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Where to Find Us

We Make It Easy to Connect, Learn and Grow!

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


Oxford Mindfulness Group News

In-Person is On-Pause

We have discontinued in-person meetings for the time being. Watch this space or subscribe to our occasional newsletter to be notified when we meet in person again!

Gyan Mudra

Online Practice Group

Monday nights at 7 CT!!, Our online group has moved to Mondays. Join us These sessions of meditation and dharma discussion are appropriate for beginners, experienced practitioners, and the simply curious. The first Monday of each month features a different Guest Teacher!

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  The Deep South Dharma Podcast

            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!

Noble Friendship

One Community,  Varied Lineage


Rev. Christie Bates (She/Her/Hers)

Embracing Simplicity Contemplative Order

Trusting the path of deep interest, study and practice of the early teachings of the Buddha, Christie was ordained Acharya Passatininna  in October 2016 by Venerables Pannavati and Pannadipa.  Rev. Christie is a contemplative spiritual director, licensed professional counselor in MS and TN, and 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 finder her on Insight Timer, the Deep South Dharma podcast or read her articles on Dharma and well-being at Medium 

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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. 

You can learn more about Jaya by listening to one of our most popular episodes on the Deep South Dharma podcast, called, "Welcome Home."

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