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Welcome to the Gampopa Center in Annapolis! We are a community of Buddhist students and practitioners. The center has recently moved and is now located in the Eastport Professional Building, 918 Chesapeake Ave., Annapolis. We gather several times a week to study and practice: we recite traditional chants, practice various meditation techniques, discuss traditional texts, and more. Please take a look at our ongoing calendar for upcoming meetups.

ABOUT THE CENTER

The Gampopa Center was founded in 2009 in Annapolis, Maryland, by Lama Phurbu Tashi Rinpoche based on the Buddhist understanding that the teachings of Buddha can bring us peace, happiness, and freedom. Lama’s students were excited to welcome a qualified Tibetan Buddhist teacher into the community and wanted to provide a place for learning and practicing Dharma.

As a growing community of lay Dharma practitioners, we are grounded in but not limited to the Karma Kagyü lineage. The Center consists of a small shrine room, and we are actively looking to enlarge our facility.

ABOUT OUR MAIN TEACHER

Our community is grateful for the opportunity to learn and practice under the direction of an authentic, accomplished guide, Lama Phurbu Tashi Rinpoche.

Born in Tibet in 1973, he is a monk, scholar, and author. The Dalai Lama and the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa have glowingly endorsed his book The Lamp of Reasoning and Scriptures of the Sage, the Buddha.

He has completed a traditional three-year retreat under the guidance of the Very Venerable Bokar Rinpoche, who subsequently appointed Lama Phurbu Tashi Rinpoche to be a three-year-retreat teacher. He has received advanced Buddhist training from masters in India, Sikkim, and Nepal. Now a citizen of the United States, Lama Phurbu Tashi Rinpoche makes his home in Annapolis, Maryland.

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The Gampopa Center has an open door policy. Friends and members are welcome to come and go as you wish. While we do not charge for most sessions, you are welcome to make a donation if you are so moved.

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Buddhist Service: Essential Practices and Studies of Buddha’s Teachings

These Sunday morning teachings are appropriate for everyone - beginners and seasoned practitioners. Focus will be on supporting everyday practice. Rinpoche will teach on 'Concise Prayers for Daily Practice'. This daily prayer book was compiled by Gampopa Center Spiritual Director Lama Phurbu Tashi Rinpoche and is used in all practices conducted at the Gampopa Center. It is designed for those who are interested in regular practice but have limited time to do more extensive versions of traditional practices. The contents of this book originate from practices composed by enlightened masters and teachings from the Buddha.

Meditation

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Join us in the study and practice of various methods of meditation, rooted in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Sessions are led by Lama Phurbu Tashi Rinpoche. The suggested donation is $10 per session; however, donations in any amount will be accepted.

Sheng Zhen Gong with Jill Penaloza

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Sheng Zhen Gong, the qigong of Unconditional Love, is a powerful and fun way to strengthen the body, calm the mind, and open the heart. In this class students will learn how to gather and store healing energy (qi) and how to release energy that has become stuck. Over time and with practice, the movements and contemplations of Sheng Zhen Gong will allow students to experience a deep sense of inner peace and joy. Sheng Zhen Gong involves slow, rhythmic, gentle movements that are accessible to all levels of health and physical functioning. In a typical class we’ll practice standing and seated moving forms as well as seated and prone non-moving forms. Both moving and non-moving forms promote healing that is unique to each student and can enhance and accelerate traditional healing approaches. New students are always welcome and no pre-registration is required. $15 drop in. Jill Penaloza is a Certified Sheng Zhen Gong Teacher and a Licensed Art Psychotherapist in Annapolis. For more information about this class please call Jill at[masked]. To learn more about Sheng Zhen Gong go to www.shengzhen.org.

Sheng Zhen Gong with Jill Penaloza

Gampopa Center

Sheng Zhen Gong, the qigong of Unconditional Love, is a powerful and fun way to strengthen the body, calm the mind, and open the heart. In this class students will learn how to gather and store healing energy (qi) and how to release energy that has become stuck. Over time and with practice, the movements and contemplations of Sheng Zhen Gong will allow students to experience a deep sense of inner peace and joy. Sheng Zhen Gong involves slow, rhythmic, gentle movements that are accessible to all levels of health and physical functioning. In a typical class we’ll practice standing and seated moving forms as well as seated and prone non-moving forms. Both moving and non-moving forms promote healing that is unique to each student and can enhance and accelerate traditional healing approaches. New students are always welcome and no pre-registration is required. $15 drop in. Jill Penaloza is a Certified Sheng Zhen Gong Teacher and a Licensed Art Psychotherapist in Annapolis. For more information about this class please call Jill at[masked]. To learn more about Sheng Zhen Gong go to www.shengzhen.org.

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