Our Sangha

Every Sunday from ten to one the Medicine Buddha Sangha meets at Susquehanna Yoga and Meditation Center, 12-A Aylesbury Road, Timonium 21093, to teach the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhist meditation. The weekly sessions are led by our senior practitioners. We also receive the teachings of our Tibetan teacher, Lama Gursam of the Bodhicitta Foundation, and other Tibetan lamas who visit the Baltimore area.

Practitioners of all levels are welcome. Please wear comfortable, respectful, casual clothes. We sit on floor cushions or chairs provided at the center, and we open and close our meditation session by reciting short prayers and mantras from our prayer book.

Buddhism is a philosophic system taught by Sakyamuni Buddha, born Siddhartha Gautama, about 2,500 years ago in India. The teachings emphasize moral responsibility, loving kindness and compassion, and developing wisdom through the practice of meditation. The teachings of the Buddha do not interfere with other religious commitments you may have.

The Medicine Buddha Sangha is affiliated with the Bodhicitta Foundation, Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Tibetan Meditation Center, Frederick, Maryland.

If you want a personal copy of the prayer book we use every Sunday, it can be downloaded from Lama Gursam's website. It also has instructions on how to print it. There is no need to make a copy for the Sunday meditation.

We will perform Buddhist prayers for the dying on request. Please call 410-653-6638 for more information.

Sangha News

Acharya Lama Gursam will be visiting Baltimore from Monday July 16th to Thursday July 19th. He will be teaching on pranayama and shamatha meditation at the Lance David and Paula Bergerson residence, 302 Sophia Court Pikesville MD 21208, Phone: 410-653-6638.

Pranayama is the conscious awareness of breath: the life force that both energizes and relaxes the body. The term is derived from the Sanskrit, prana, meaning "life force," and ayama, meaning "extension." Pranayama is an integral part of physical yoga and mind meditation. Calm abiding meditation or shamatha is the practice of single-pointed meditation used most often through mindfulness of breathing. Shamatha is common to many Buddhist traditions and may be accomplished by concentration on a meditation-object such as an image, mantra, or the breath.

Yogi Lama Gursam attended the Tibetan University in Sarnath, Varanasi, India to attain bachelors and masters degrees in Buddhist Philosophy, History, and languages. After university Lama Gursam assisted His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Rinpoche in the Jangchubling Monastery in Dehra Dun, India where Lama volunteered for five years as an assistant, as a teacher, and helped with many other duties. Lama Gursam completed the traditional 3 year retreat and he continues to take Dharma teachings and short retreats. Lama travels every 6 months to give Dharma teachings and meditation instruction in Europe and North and South America. Lama Gursam is the spiritual director of Medicine Buddha Sangha.

Our regularSunday schedule is:

  • 10‐11 AM Quiet Mindfulness Meditation — Brief instructions will be given if requested. Q&A at the end of the session. Both beginning and advanced practitioners are welcome.
  • 11:15‐12 PM Tibetan Dharma Practice — The practice includes visualization and mantra recitation.