What we're about

The Guhyasamaja Center is a community of spiritual friends in the Washington DC area dedicated to the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. We follow the Gelugpa tradition, the same lineage as His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, founded the center in 1994 as part of the worldwide Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (www.fpmt.org).

Whether you are new to Buddhism or a long-time student, we offer classes from FPMT's carefully designed curriculum to help you deepen your knowledge and establish your daily practice. Classes are informal and emphasize how to integrate Buddhism into daily life.

Website: http://www.guhyasamaja.org (http://www.guhyasamaja.org/)

Like the Center? Take a few minutes to become a member. (http://guhyasamaja.org/index.php/practicing-generosity/membership)

We are located at: 10875 Main Street, Unit 108, Fairfax, VA 22030

Our mailing address is: The Guhyasamaja Center, P.O. Box 1511, Centreville, VA 20122

Questions? Write to us at info@guhyasamaja.org or call 703-774-9692.

Blog: http://www.guhyasamajacenter.wordpress.com (http://www.guhyasamajacenter.wordpress.com/)

The Center is an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Weekend Retreat on the Heart Sutra with Ven. George Churinoff

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The Heart Sutra is one of the most famous Mahayana Sutras, setting out in a clear and concise way the Bodhisattvas' practice of the Perfection of Wisdom - the meaning of and meditation on profound emptiness, the ultimate nature of all phenomena. Often recited before teachings and other spiritual occasions, the Heart Sutra was inspired and blessed by the Buddha. It occurred as a inquiry by Shariputra, the foremost in wisdom amongst Buddha's Hearer disciples, to Avalokiteshvara the great Bodhisattva, concerning how the Bodhisattvas perform their practice of the Perfection of Wisdom. The seminar will consist of an explanation of the meaning of the very words of the sutra, drawn from revered Indian and Tibetan commentaries on it, along with sessions of meditation as well as periods for questions and answers. Suitable for all those wishing to better understand the meaning of emptiness, both new and experienced students. Lunch, on your own, 12:30-2:00 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday. Biography A physics graduate from MIT, Venerable George earned a Masters degree in Buddhist studies from Delhi University, India. He took ordination in 1975 and studied the Geshe Studies Program at Manjushri Institute, England, where he also served as Spiritual Program Coordinator. Venerable George was instrumental in founding the Masters Program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy, where he also served as Program Coordinator. After studying and teaching there for eight years he spent several years at Tushita Centre in Delhi, followed by three years as Lama Osel Rinpoche's English curriculum tutor at Sera Je Monastery in South India. Venerable George has done many retreats in the sutra and tantra traditions and taught extensively in FPMT centers all over the world. He taught the Basic Program as resident teacher at Dorje Chang Institute, New Zealand and at Land of Medicine Buddha, USA. Venerable George now resides in North Carolina where he recently completed a three year meditation retreat. Suggested Donation: Members, $30 per day or $60 for all 3 days; Non-Members, $40 per day or $75 for all 3 days. No one turned away due to lack of funds, please give what is comfortable for you.

Weekend Retreat on the Heart Sutra with Ven. George Churinoff

Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

The Heart Sutra is one of the most famous Mahayana Sutras, setting out in a clear and concise way the Bodhisattvas' practice of the Perfection of Wisdom - the meaning of and meditation on profound emptiness, the ultimate nature of all phenomena. Often recited before teachings and other spiritual occasions, the Heart Sutra was inspired and blessed by the Buddha. It occurred as a inquiry by Shariputra, the foremost in wisdom amongst Buddha's Hearer disciples, to Avalokiteshvara the great Bodhisattva, concerning how the Bodhisattvas perform their practice of the Perfection of Wisdom. The seminar will consist of an explanation of the meaning of the very words of the sutra, drawn from revered Indian and Tibetan commentaries on it, along with sessions of meditation as well as periods for questions and answers. Suitable for all those wishing to better understand the meaning of emptiness, both new and experienced students. Lunch, on your own, 12:30-2:00 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday. Biography A physics graduate from MIT, Venerable George earned a Masters degree in Buddhist studies from Delhi University, India. He took ordination in 1975 and studied the Geshe Studies Program at Manjushri Institute, England, where he also served as Spiritual Program Coordinator. Venerable George was instrumental in founding the Masters Program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy, where he also served as Program Coordinator. After studying and teaching there for eight years he spent several years at Tushita Centre in Delhi, followed by three years as Lama Osel Rinpoche's English curriculum tutor at Sera Je Monastery in South India. Venerable George has done many retreats in the sutra and tantra traditions and taught extensively in FPMT centers all over the world. He taught the Basic Program as resident teacher at Dorje Chang Institute, New Zealand and at Land of Medicine Buddha, USA. Venerable George now resides in North Carolina where he recently completed a three year meditation retreat. Suggested Donation: Members, $30 per day or $60 for all 3 days; Non-Members, $40 per day or $75 for all 3 days. No one turned away due to lack of funds, please give what is comfortable for you.

Weekend Retreat on the Heart Sutra with Ven. George Churinoff

Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

The Heart Sutra is one of the most famous Mahayana Sutras, setting out in a clear and concise way the Bodhisattvas' practice of the Perfection of Wisdom - the meaning of and meditation on profound emptiness, the ultimate nature of all phenomena. Often recited before teachings and other spiritual occasions, the Heart Sutra was inspired and blessed by the Buddha. It occurred as a inquiry by Shariputra, the foremost in wisdom amongst Buddha's Hearer disciples, to Avalokiteshvara the great Bodhisattva, concerning how the Bodhisattvas perform their practice of the Perfection of Wisdom. The seminar will consist of an explanation of the meaning of the very words of the sutra, drawn from revered Indian and Tibetan commentaries on it, along with sessions of meditation as well as periods for questions and answers. Suitable for all those wishing to better understand the meaning of emptiness, both new and experienced students. Lunch, on your own, 12:30-2:00 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday. Biography A physics graduate from MIT, Venerable George earned a Masters degree in Buddhist studies from Delhi University, India. He took ordination in 1975 and studied the Geshe Studies Program at Manjushri Institute, England, where he also served as Spiritual Program Coordinator. Venerable George was instrumental in founding the Masters Program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy, where he also served as Program Coordinator. After studying and teaching there for eight years he spent several years at Tushita Centre in Delhi, followed by three years as Lama Osel Rinpoche's English curriculum tutor at Sera Je Monastery in South India. Venerable George has done many retreats in the sutra and tantra traditions and taught extensively in FPMT centers all over the world. He taught the Basic Program as resident teacher at Dorje Chang Institute, New Zealand and at Land of Medicine Buddha, USA. Venerable George now resides in North Carolina where he recently completed a three year meditation retreat. Suggested Donation: Members, $30 per day or $60 for all 3 days; Non-Members, $40 per day or $75 for all 3 days. No one turned away due to lack of funds, please give what is comfortable for you.

Teachings on the Jataka Tales With Ven. George Churinoff

Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

The Jataka Tales - The Life Stories of the Buddha - are drawn from the Buddha's own explanations to his disciples concerning his own previous lives as a Bodhisattva. The Jatakas were one of the six special texts studied in depth in the Kadampa Tradition of Lama Atisha and are revered as a source of inspiration for those in meditative retreat and as examples for practice in everyday life. The talk will consist of reading and background information on several of he jatakas drawn from three great collections. Time will be allotted for meditation on the material as well as discussion and question and answer. Biography A physics graduate from MIT, Venerable George earned a Masters degree in Buddhist studies from Delhi University, India. He took ordination in 1975 and studied the Geshe Studies Program at Manjushri Institute, England, where he also served as Spiritual Program Coordinator. Venerable George was instrumental in founding the Masters Program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy, where he also served as Program Coordinator. After studying and teaching there for eight years he spent several years at Tushita Centre in Delhi, followed by three years as Lama Osel Rinpoche's English curriculum tutor at Sera Je Monastery in South India. Venerable George has done many retreats in the sutra and tantra traditions and taught extensively in FPMT centers all over the world. He taught the Basic Program as resident teacher at Dorje Chang Institute, New Zealand and at Land of Medicine Buddha, USA. Venerable George now resides in North Carolina where he recently completed a three year meditation retreat.

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