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.