What we're about


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.


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.


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.


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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