Introduction to Buddhism

An exploration of the foundations of Buddhist thinking and practice.
Introduction to Buddhism
The Gampopa Center of Annapolis (map)
Sundays at 10:30 AM
Suggested drop-in cost is $10

The Gampopa Center will host an introduction to Buddhism class from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sundays. The text we will study is Traleg Kyabgon's classic, The Essence of Buddhism.


The Essence of Buddhism is a very clear and comprehensive explanation and overview of Buddhism. One reviewer notes, “Although this book is immense in its scope, Traleg Kyabgon never allows us to lose sight of the key point and ultimate meaning of all the Buddha’s teachings: that it is possible to get to the root of suffering and to bring about lasting happiness for ourselves and others; and that the only way to do this is to work with, understand, tame, and transform our mind.”

The group will read the text aloud and then discuss it. It is not necessary to own or read the book in advance to attend a meeting. But people who plan to attend regularly are encouraged to own a copy of the book. People of all belief systems and current practitioners of all levels are welcome to join in and share in the conversation.  

The class will be led by Tree Marr, a devoted student of both His Holiness the Gwalwang Drukpa and Lama Phurbu Tashi Rinpoche. Tree has been studying meditation since 1973. She started at the Gurdjieff Foundation in New York City  where she studied meditation, self observation and the Movements for 10 years.  It was through this connection that Tree had the great fortune to witness the 16th Karmapa perform the Black Crown Ceremony in NYC in both 1976 and 1980. This was her initial introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.  Since then she has been blessed to study with many great masters always hoping seeds will be planted and someday sprout into wisdom.


It is the Gampopa Center’s wish to provide teachings and on a no-charge basis for those wish to explore Buddhism. While there is no fee for weekly sessions, attendees are encouraged to make a small donation if they are so moved.

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