The Buddhist Network of Greater Baltimore

The Buddhist Network of Greater Baltimore is a loose affiliation of Buddhist centers and practice groups in the Greater Baltimore area. Representatives from the various groups started to meet informally in late 1999 in order to open lasting lines of information, communication, friendship, and cooperation, and to plan our first joint event, Baltimore's first annual Buddha Day Celebration.

The BNGB can be reached at

Members of the BNGB
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News about Buddhist events in the Baltimore area is posted to our announcements list. Please subscribe there to receive the latest updates.

The following are the groups which are members of the BNGB. You may want to view this map to see where they are all located.

Please note that all of these groups are Buddhist. Unless otherwise noted, they are not secular meditation centers and all agree on this common definition of what it means to be Buddhist:

A Buddhist is someone who understands the dangers of samsara, recognizes the Three Jewels -- Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha -- as the ultimate protection, and determines to rely sincerely upon them throughout his or her life and to endeavor to refrain from harming any sentient being.

Kadampa Buddhism

Kadampa Meditation Center Maryland

School: Kadampa Buddhism (NKT)
Teacher/Spiritual Director: Spiritual Director: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
Resident Teacher: Gen Kelsang Chogden
Contact: Kelsang Chogden
Phone: (410) 243-3837, Fax: (410) 243-3837 (call first to alert us)
Address: 2937 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Kadampa Buddhism offers the path of wisdom and compassion. We offer instruction in all levels of Buddhist meditation, including regular daily and weekly practices, retreats, courses and study programs.

Nichiren Buddhism

SGI-USA Baltimore Community Center

School: Nichiren Buddhism
Contact: Steve Harvey
Phone: 410-808-9094
Address: 1111 Park Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201

Basic practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo for individual happiness and world peace. Discussion-type meetings in members' homes; also study meetings and conferences, etc. Many different types of activities with an extremely diverse membership.

Theravadan Buddhism


School: Theravada
Teacher/Spiritual Director: Mother Sayamagyi and regional teachers
Contact: Orin Hargraves
Phone: 410-346-7889
Address: 4920 Rose Drive, Westminster, MD 21158

IMC-USA Offers Vipassana training in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.


School: Insight Meditation/Vipassana/Mindfulness
Teacher/Spiritual Director: Tara Brach, Spritual Director; Trish Magyari, Resident Teacher
Contact: Trish Magyari
Phone: 443-939-0232
Address: 6080 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209

Our peaceful and welcoming group meets every Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm at Baltimore Yoga Village for sitting meditation followed by walking meditation and/or mindful movement (often with guided instructions/dharma considerations); intros and announcements; a short dharma talk and discussion about bringing the teachings alive in our daily life; and lovingkindness meditation. We have occasional half-day and full-day retreats, as well as sangha gatherings.

The Mindful Way

School: Insight Meditation
Teacher/Spiritual Director: Debbie Haverson
Contact: Mimi Marks
Phone: 443-275-1823
Address: 1710 Dulaney Valley Road Towson, MD 21286

The Mindful Way meets at 7PM Mondays at the Towson Universalist Unitarian Church, TUUC, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road. Mindful days of silence are shared with another sangha on occasional Saturdays.

Thai Forest Buddhism

School: Theravada
Teacher/Spiritual Director: Jonathan Coppola
Phone: 410-547-0004
Address: 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, MD 21210

Thai Forest Buddhism offers outdoor meditation every Friday from 6-7 pm at the Robert E. Lee Park. In order to obtain directions to the meeting place for any given week, or to be advised of cancellations due to inclement weather, please contact the teacher.

Tibetan Buddhism

The Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

School: Shambhala Buddhist Lineage (Kagyu, Nyingma, Shambhala)
Teacher/Spiritual Director: The Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Contact: Chris Kreeger (Center Director)
Phone: 410-243-7200
Address: The Marylander, 3501 St. Paul St. Baltimore, MD 21218

The Baltimore Shambhala Center is part of an international organization of Shambhala Centers that offers Tibetan Buddhist study and practice. Also offered are Shambhala Training (a series of secular weekend workshops of talks and meditation based on basic innate wisdom and courage) and Nalanda Path, (a series of experiential designs and practices integrating a contemplative perspective and meditative principles into everyday life). The Nalanda Path (or Gate) offers single-day theme-oriented events as well as Dharma Art Weekends. Check our Web site for up-to-date information on ongoing events and introductory and intermediate classes.

The Bodhicitta Foundation

School: Drikung Kagyu
Teacher/Spiritual Director: Acharya Lama Gursam
Contact: Lance David Bergerson
Phone: 410-653-6638
Address: 12-A West Aylesbury Road, Timonium, MD 21093

The Bodhicitta Foundation is a center in Baltimore for the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Our intention is to provide authentic Tibetan Buddhist meditation within a respectful environment that will inspire all attendees to quickly advance in their practice. Our center offers a Sunday Meditation practice from 9:00-11:00AM. Practitioners of all levels are welcome.

The Ja Ling Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Center

School: Rimey Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
Teacher/Spiritual Director: Teachers: Tupten Lama, Norovbadam Dolgorjav, Geshe Yishey Chendo, Lobzang Zodpa, Tshering Sherpa
Director/Founder: Sherab Dolma (Barbara Kaufman)
Contact: Barbara Kaufman (Director/Translator, Buddhist Studies Program)
Phone: 410-558-0428 or 717-927-6950
Address: 508 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

The Ja Ling Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Center aims to share the Tibetan Buddhist cultural heritage with the people of Maryland. We do this by inviting Tibetan Buddhist Lamas from all the different schools to teach and be part of our community. Ja Ling is inspired by the Rimey (non-sectarian) tradition movement, following the example of His Holiness the Dalai Lama by acknowledging that each of the different schools ultimately share the same philosophical views and practice while having their own unique attributes. We conduct Buddhist Teachings, meditations, and Tibetan Language classes every week. Please check our website for the monthly schedule of teachings.

Zen Buddhism

Baltimore Dharma Group

School: Soto Zen. Buddhists and non-Buddhists are welcome here.
Teacher/Spiritual Director: Rev. Dai-En Bennage, Mt. Equity Zendo
Phone: 410-429-0219
Address: Homewood Friends Meeting House, 3107 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

BDG offers a wide variety of practice and study opportunities: Meditation Instruction, Sunday Morning Zazen and Service, Children's Service, and Thursday Night Study Group. Always call before you visit the first time.

Baltimore Zen Center

Teacher/Spiritual Director: Spiritual Director: Venerable Pohwa-seunim; Resident Teacher: Jb MuSsang Jaeger
Contact: Jb MuSsang Jaeger
Address: 913 Reece Road, Severn, Maryland 21144

The Baltimore Zen Center, Temple of the Enlightened King, is the Baltimore area branch of the Blue Mountain Order of the World Zen Fellowship. We are dedicated to serving the greater Baltimore area by offering the teachings and practices of lineage Seon (Zen). Our purpose is to serve and support lay practitioners in their daily Zen practice. We have weekly beginners' meditation classes every Tuesday, Dharma meetings every full and new moon, and sitting meditation gatherings monthly. Our practice is geared toward those who have to balance family responsibilities, school, work, and other 'real world' issues, but desire to explore life's deep questions through Buddhism.

Burning House Zendo

School: Rinzai Zen
Contact: Mutei Doug Murphy
Phone: 410-698-4648
Address: 101 West Ridgely Road Lutherville, MD 21093, USA

Burning House Zendo gathers three times each week and periodically for longer retreats. Please call or email with any questions or to inform the sangha of your plans to attend.

Fresh Breeze Mindfulness Sangha

School: Practice in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen; open to all who aspire to live mindfully, regardless of religious background or affiliation.
Teacher/Spiritual Director: Thich Nhat Hanh
Contact: Carol Fegan, Chan An Cu
Phone: 410-323-2180
Address: 5824 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212

Every Saturday 8:30 - 10:45 a.m. at Govans Presbyterian Church: sitting and walking meditations, sutra readings and dharma discussions in the style of Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh's practice center in France. Newcomers, please call/email for orientation before your first session.

Howard County Dharma Group

School: Soto Zen
Teacher/Spiritual Director: Steve Hagen
Contact: Jeff Soulen
Phone: 410-419-4659
Address: Ellicott City, Maryland

The Howard County Dharma Group provides a place for those who wish to establish, maintain, and deepen a meditation practice with the support and encouragement of others. We gather every Thursday evening for zazen (sitting meditation) and kinhin (walking meditation), and periodically for longer retreats. Please see the website for more information.

Lotus Heart Meditation Group

School: Zen
Teacher/Spiritual Director: Thich Nhat Hanh
Contact: Ed Simons, Dex Westphal
Phone: 410-744-2185 (Ed), 410-467-0842 (Dex)
Address: St.Luke's Church, 800 W. 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211

Sundays, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sitting and walking meditation, readings and discussion. Buddhist meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. All are welcome. Meet in the second floor of the main building.

Zen Community of Baltimore, Clare Sangha

School: Soto-Rinzai Zen
Teacher/Spiritual Director: Bruce Seiryu Blackman, Sensei
Contact: Carl Pohlner, BNGB Representative
Phone: 703-255-4769
Address: Mark Wiess, 138 Chargeur Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136

ZCB is a lay, multi-faith group offering Zen practice and training in the White Plum and Zen Peacemaker traditions. See webpage for schedule -- principally days of silence, quarterly retreats, orientation meetings, and Zen precept study. We currently meet at Holy Trinity Spiritual Center, 8400 Park Heights Ave North, Pikesville, MD 21208. ZCB is linked with groups meeting weekly in Baltimore, and with groups holding retreats outside Baltimore.

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2018-04-17 09:23:40