Best Zen Meditation Centers In Washington Near Me

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1. Sky Above Great Wind Zen

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3 reviews
Sky Above Great Wind Zen
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 1701 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6:30PM Tue

Telephone: +1 202-599-8242

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Review: "Sky Above Great Wind is a diverse meditation community."

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CP Smith: Sky Above Great Wind is a diverse meditation community. Beginners are welcome; families are welcome! My grandson first sat at age 4. Zen is about experience: your experience. No creeds. No dogma. Come, sit with an open mind, and see what happens. Resident teacher, Sensei Susan KoDo Efird, has over two decades of practice experience. She is an eloquent speaker, and equally eloquent with her calm presence and manner. The chance to practice with an authorized Zen teacher such as Sensei Susan Efird is the opportunity of a lifetime. Don't miss it!

Kris Herbst: I loved learning the basics of Zen mediation and practice from the Sensei Susan Efird, who is warm and welcoming presence. She encouraged me to participate fully in the weekly sessions. In her short Dharma talks, she is both knowledgeable and wise as she speaks from her heart, making zen relatable to my everyday life choices. The weekly sessions with her Zendo group, in a beautiful wood chapel space, were an island of peace and mindfulness that I treasured.

Karin Hillhouse: Sky Above is a perfect place to explore traditional Zen: sitting that is just sitting, walking that is just walking, chanting that is just chanting. And... “as if your life depends on it.” Through regular talks on classic koans (the thousands-of-years-old riddles of Zen), the Heart Sutra, and Master Dogen’s writings, KoDo makes concrete, everyday life come alive in astonishing (boundless) ways. We see a few lines of Japanese calligraphy written in a sprig of Nandina leaves on the altar. We recognize the floorboards as an enduring gift from the carpenter who laid them and the countless others who brought trees from the forest. We understand that “Zen is life.” We are amazed. And we are grateful. Thank you, Sky Above!

2. Kadampa Meditation Center DC - OFFERING IN PERSON AND ONLINE CLASSES

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36 reviews
Kadampa Meditation Center DC - OFFERING IN PERSON AND ONLINE CLASSES
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 1200 Canal St SW, Washington, DC 20024, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7PM

Telephone: +1 202-430-6540

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Kelsang Pagma: Beautiful and very blessed! A truly incredible place to contemplate and meditate on heartfelt and practical teachings from Gen Demo and other Teachers while making connections with others traveling spiritual paths.

Robert Wolski: We had a wonderful time. Everyone was very nice, and made us feel very comfortable and welcome with it being our first visit.
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Sara Blackburn: I went on a weekend retreat to KMC DC and it was wonderful. It was worth the drive down from Philadelphia. The temple is beautiful and easy to access. It is a very open place with welcoming people. The teachings and meditations were uplifting and contemporary. I was able to take what was taught and apply it to my life. It is a good place to go to heal and grow.

Resident Teacher: I went to this temple for its Grand Opening weekend, which was quite impressive. The external appearance is modest but clean, with a little nice landscaping (and the ornaments on the roof, which are spectacular). The meditation hall is what really shines about the building, and the community is small but welcoming, and professional. If you're looking for a place to learn about some meditation of the Buddhist variety in the DC area, this is a great one in the SW quadrant of the city.

Amy Buttell: Kadampa Meditation Center - DC offers a quiet oasis of peace from stress and conflict. Located in the vibrant SW, near to the National’s Ballpark, KMC-DC offers a wide variety of classes, retreats and chanted prayers. Gen Demo, the resident teacher, provides profound teachings with grace and humor that directly apply to modern life. I moved to the DC area in May and found KMC-DC very welcoming. Every time I attend a class or retreat, I learn methods that I can immediately apply to my life to help reduce stress and anxiety. I’m very happy to be a part of this community and hope that thousands more in the DC area will learn about us and benefit from the timeless nature of Buddha’s teachings.

M D: Literally my new favorite place. The wisdom is life giving.
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William Toriello: The Teacher, Gen Demo, gave practical teachings that opened my mind. I walked away with some profound teachings that I was able to take home and continue to use as a morning meditation. The guided meditations were very inspiring giving me the feeling of inner peace. Her teachings are light, to the point and mixed with humor.

Christine Hoese: My husband and I began attending the DC mediation ctr in January as a new year's resolution to cleanse our minds and souls. Gen Demo's teachings have and continue to offer us both a great deal of spiritual advice on how to live a more peaceful life through meditation practices. By offering our kindness and generosity towards others, we learn to be better people. Our Thursday and Friday nights are no longer spent drinking at a bar. As a couple we now look forward to our meditation sessions and life teachings presented to us by our lovely Buddhist teacher Gen Demo. We even discuss that evening's mediation topic on our walk back to our house. Very productive and enriching way of life in this new year. Glad we're off to a good start.

Andre Douglas: Helping me find what I've been seeking my adult life. That's Inner Peace.
Response: Right on Andre! Thank you :)

Eli Campbell: This Meditation Center is great, and with locations across the DC Area from Capitol Hill to Adams Morgan their classes are really easy to catch any day of the week! The teachers are knowledgeable and work with you to find your personal path, and the seasonal workshops are always a treat if you can make it!

3. IMCW Center for Mindful Living

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IMCW Center for Mindful Living
Location
4.4
Prices
4
Classes
4.3
Facilities
5
Teachers
4.7

Address: 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20016, United States

Telephone: +1 202-986-2922

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Review: "Wonderful meditation center."

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Jeanie Bridwell: Meditation classes & practice for every stage and groups so that everyone feels a sense of belonging. Practicing kindness in a world of sometimes strangling judgment. A welcome breath of fresh spiritual air.

Roger Myers: Hugh Byrnes - and Insight Meditation of Washington... Sunday at 10:30 Weekdays at 7:30 Lots of workshops, counselling, massage etc.

Susan M: Thank you for all the lessons and growth experienced with Tara, Jonathan, Hugh, La, etc. I appreciate all that you do. 🙏🏼

Paulette Paglia: Wonderful meditation center. Very blessed it's close to home.
Response: Thanks Paulette! so glad you are near.

4. SGI-USA DC Buddhist Center

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6 reviews
SGI-USA DC Buddhist Center
Location
5
Prices
4.2
Classes
4.2
Facilities
4.6
Teachers
4.1

Address: 3417 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, United States

Telephone: +1 202-338-5491

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Joeey Chow: Amazing !!! Change ur life !!!

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Albert Monroe: I am a member of SGI-USA and this Buddhism has really helped me deal with the struggles in my life!

5. Potomac Zen Center

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4 reviews
Potomac Zen Center
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 1423 Powhatan St, Alexandria, VA 22314, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7PM Fri

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Review: "This is a Yoga/Physical Therapy/Massage place where Zen practice ..."

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Ben Nall: We joined sometime around 2006 and continue to practice virtually, and in person, as opportunity allows.

Sateesh Nutulapati: This is a Yoga/Physical Therapy/Massage place where Zen practice happens multiple times every week organized by Potomac Zen Center. Great place - effective practice.

Pohwa Sunim: I highly recomand this place as the best place in the world to practice real zen together with experienced teachers.

주장자: Thank you.

6. Meditation Center of D.C.

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8 reviews
Meditation Center of D.C.
Location
5
Prices
4.5
Classes
4.6
Facilities
4.2
Teachers
5

Address: 3325 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: +1 703-329-0350

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Kate Moore: I have been going here on and off for a couple of years but decided to start going more often. I try to go as much as possible. Everyone is very nice and understanding. Sometimes I go on Saturday at 3 or in the evenings but mostly during the day. I talked with Rose and she was very helpful. The Monks will sit with you personally if you get in touch with Rose or May. They really helped me built consistency in my practice. I hope to see you there.
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Larry Brown: During one of their day retreats I had one of the greatest experiences of my Life!💡

7. The Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center

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12 reviews
The Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center
Location
4.3
Prices
4.8
Classes
4.6
Facilities
4.9
Teachers
4.2

Address: 10875 Main St Unit 108, Fairfax, VA 22030, United States

Telephone: +1 703-774-9692

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Lorne Ladner: I’ve been involved with Guhyasamaja Center for years as a student, volunteer, teacher, and director as well. I’ve benefited greatly from my involvement and feel that it’s a good, supportive community for those with a serious interest in Buddhist teachings and practices.

Felicity Noel Keeley: If you're looking for an authentic Buddhist experience this is the place to go. Guhysamaja Center is in the same lineage as His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They have a range of intro teachings to deeper teachings for more advanced students. The community is warm and welcoming. I feel at home when I arrive.

Mahiya H: Anyone who's wanting to evolve and grow and become this bigger better person should attend at least one of their meets. I honestly didn't even wanna leave there, it's heaven.. i hope you are fortunate enough to go here once.

Pablo DC: Good bunch of people and an excellent, excellent teacher in Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsand Jampa.

P T: Excellent teachers! They have excellent practitioners who are willing to share the practice!

Socialist Emu: I'm a buddhist myself. I love my religion!

8. US Zen Institute

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US Zen Institute
Location
5
Prices
5
Classes
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 19225 Liberty Mill Rd, Germantown, MD 20874, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: +1 301-353-9781

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Review: "If you live near, do go to the regular meditation sessions and classes!"

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Jiayin Liu: It is the best place for meditation and to explore the mind by practicing Buddha’s teachings. Ven. Dhammadipa is a friendly and very knowledgeable teacher. I am so grateful for all the opportunities to learn meditation from him and the meditation retreats that I attended truly changed my life in the best way. The community is also very positive and the monastic members are all friendly and nice people. I feel nothing but appreciation of this place. Highly recommend going here.

Krystal Xu: I fly across the country just to attend meditation retreats at this serene place with Ven. Dhammadipa who is such a true master and role model who genuinely cares about teaching you not only great meditation technique but emotional intelligence to benefit your life regardless of your background. The monastic staff are so friendly and caring as well. If you live near, do go to the regular meditation sessions and classes! This temple also has a beautiful Buddha hall. Although it’s a humble place, it’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

Jo Zhou: So many reasons for me to drive 40min regularly from DC to come here for medication. The teacher provides structured and systematic instructions that was hugely helpful for me to gain a more well rounded understanding of meditation and make improvements. The teachings are also friendly to other religions or in my case people with no religion. The meditation hall is beautiful and serene. The other monastic members and staff here are super nice and welcoming as well.

Donna Blaszczyk: I am so grateful to have completed another retreat at this center. Everyone there is patient and caring. I feel their ultimate goal is for each and every meditator to gain as much benefits as they can from their practice. Beginners as well as more advanced meditators are in very good company with Ven. Dhammadipa as he is an amazing teacher as well as a lovely person... a learned PhD scholar with an ability to explain the practice in a way that makes it all come together. Truly a gem.

Shawyoo Xu: The real place to learn about the tire concept of Buddha and meet great teacher for meditation! Change your mind and change your life, for real!

Shanlien Hsu: Good place to rest your mind and give it a break. Also a nice place to learn Buddha teaching in English or Chinese.

Tina Lin: I love this place. I learn meditation from here.

Yei Thek Wang: Nice place :)

9. Mahamevnawa Monastery

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33 reviews
Mahamevnawa Monastery
Location
4.4
Prices
4
Classes
4.7
Facilities
4.7
Teachers
4.1

Address: 5004 Stone Rd, Rockville, MD 20853, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6AM

Telephone: +1 301-570-1573

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Review: "It's convenient place to meditate and relax.."

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Rambukkana Meththaji: You will be able to learn the Supreme Buddha's teaching here. There are Dhamma classes and meditation sessions conducted by Venerable monks for adults and kids as well. And it is for free. And nice place to meditate and have some relaxation for our busy daily routing.

Nimal WIckramarathne: Place is a religious cult. Will indoctrinate you to their loku swaminwahanse and you will be a slave of this place for life.

Lakmal De Silva: Buddhist Temple - Perfect place for worship Lord Buddha and his meditations.

Yamuna Pitiwalaliyana: Perfect place for learning supreme Buddha's teaching, learning meditation from Monks . Great place to relax. It's all free !

Ishara Rupasinghe: A very precious place that all the buddhist people have in Washington.

Shameera Kalubo (ෂම්මා): A great place to have medication and follow Buddhism in Washington ,MD area.

Nishantha Awwahandi: It's convenient place to meditate and relax..

Priyankara Hennayake: This is a good place to meditate and learn Dhamma.

Adelina: My husband and I had a wonderful experience here!!

Damith de Silva: Very peaceful ❣️