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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.


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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Dungeons and Dragons Club

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New Dungeons and Dragons Club in Annapolis. Meeting weekly, 4:00-6:00pm. Wednesday. Teens and up.

Morning Green Tara Practice

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According to Tibetan tradition, Green Tara is the female manifestation of the Buddha’s omniscient mind, and she is especially swift in granting wishes and helping practitioners achieve both short-term and ultimate happiness. Green Tara practice entails meditating, chanting, visualizing, and reciting mantras. Texts will be provided. All are welcome to come as observers or participants in this beneficial practice within a supportive community. There is no charge to participate, but you are welcome to make a donation to the center. No advance reservation required.

Thrive Recovery Yoga

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Come experience the next level of recovery. Out of the chaos and confusion comes clarity, vitality, confidence, and gratitude. Yoga teachings parallel and enhance the effects of successful recovery models. Through practice, participants learn to access a place of centeredness, authentic joy, and true peace. Whether you have battled addiction yourself, or have cared for loved ones in active addiction, this group will support your recovery path. While it is not intended to replace your existing supports, TRY opens up sustainable ways to enjoy life. Find out how to transcend struggle, and manifest your potential. Discover complete freedom and liberation from negative cycles and thought processes. Be enlivened by a compassionate and caring community. Give yourself a well-deserved break and find palpable relief from the all-encompassing toxicity of addiction. It is time to THRIVE, not just survive. Come feel great every Friday night! All recovery communities welcome Anonymity observed Beginners encouraged—experience not necessary Bring yoga mat, blankets, props, etc. if desired Please contact Stevie with any questions: [masked] http://www.gampopacenter.com/thrive-recovery-yoga

Adult Ballet with Isabella Scapini-Burrell

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This class is designed for men and women who have enjoyed ballet in their youth, or are now dance teachers or are retired dancers, and who would like to reconnect to themselves in movement through the joy of ballet. The class will consist of traditional barre and center practices. We will work on body attunement, alignment, weight transfer, breath and flow of movement and musical timing, so we can feel freer and more grounded in our bodies and movement expressions in ballet class as well as outside of class. This class is part of our Gampopa Center Punch Card Program. The Punch Card is good for any of the eligible classes -- including yoga, ballet, and pilates. See your teacher before class to learn more! $15 drop in. About the teacher: Isabella internationally trained in Ballet until her early twenties. She continued her study of movement and dance in undergraduate and graduate school. She is now a psychotherapist and dance/movement therapist in private practice in Annapolis who still finds barre work and moving across the floor with others the most centering and joyful workout. Contact Isabella at [masked] with any questions.

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Buddhist Philosophy

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