About The Center

Tashi delek! Greetings and many blessings to you!

The Gampopa Center is a spiritual community where we learn and practice the teachings (philosophy, meditation, and science of mind) of Buddha. Our dharma center holds a variety of spiritual practices, ranging from meditation to philosophical study and Sadhana practices. Rooted in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the Gampopa Center draws on the teachings and practices of countless realized figures across many different lineages and schools of thought.

From the start Rinpoche has stated “My intention to teach here is to bring some spiritual benefits to the material world. Not for any other reason, not even to establish Buddhist communities or turn the people on to my way. Although still of course I teach meditation according to Buddha’s teachings, otherwise it wouldn’t help you if I teach something from my own ideas; because I am not an enlightened being. The teachings of the Enlightened One (Buddha) is proved by countless thousands of great scholars and enlightened beings. This is the way to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and enlighten ourselves; this is the way that can bring us peace, happiness and freedom of suffering.”

About The Sangha

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.

Rinpoche’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 (the teachings of the Buddha).
In accord with this vision, the Gampopa Center holds weekly study sessions, short courses, and special events at our Annapolis location. Our location offers the perfect environment for friends and members to fully experience the teachings. Inspired by the great eleventh-century teacher Gampopa, the Center’s namesake, the Sangha strives to enable others to receive direct insights into the teachings of the Buddha.

As a growing community of lay Dharma practitioners, we are grounded in but not limited to the Karma Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Since 2009 our continuing objective is to sustain a Sangha in Annapolis. The Center’s mission is to offer an authentic tradition and make it relevant to the lives of modern day people.

The Center consists of a beautiful shrine room, and the Standing Buddha Lounge. Look for the large Shakyamuni banner on the outside of the building. We are on the second floor.