Acharya Christie Bates

About The Teacher

Christie's current creative project is the Deep South Dharma podcast, which she produces and releases weekly. Known for warmth and ability to "translate" between traditions, Christie was ordained a Dharmacharya (Buddhist minister) in October 2016 by Venerables Pannavati and Pannadipa after practicing a dedicated contemplative path since 1985. As spiritual director, Licensed Professional Counselor (TN and MS), the author of Accepting Your Resurrection (2008), and now podcaster, Christie serves to help people reclaim their gifts - and the profound joy of making things - from the suffering of addictions, compulsions and attachments. Her training has included family recovery, contemplative Christian and Buddhist practices, which led her eventually to the Dharmacharya Path. She was instrumental in the establishment of Buddhist recovery circles in Nashville, TN and was founder and teacher of Embracing Simplicity Nashville from 2014-2019. Since relocating to Oxford MS in the Spring of 2019 to play at grandmothering, Christie has co-founded Deep South Dharma, a Buddhist community with offerings locally and globally. Her chief interest is to help practitioners see through delusions of self so as to be mirrors of truth and beauty in a hurting world. Information on groups, retreats, and the Deep South Dharma podcast can be found at


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