There are scores of places where you can dip into meditation in a shared environment — churches, religious communities, yoga studios, self-help groups, etc. A list could stretch out for screen after screen. Here I am just going to list a few links here.
You can also check out the blog Capital Dharma, which started up fairly recently and, hopefully, will be around for a while.
- Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) for Vipassana meditation with founding teacher Tara Brach. This group has meetings all around the DC area. Consult the web site for specifics and the archive of Tara Brach‘s weekly Dharma talks, which are extraordinary vistas into the human soul and meditative practice. Jonathan Foust, Hugh Byrne and Ruth King are among the guiding teachers. Also note that IMCW has sitting and neighborhood groups, mentoring, classes, workshops and retreats across the DC area so there are many options to choose from. IMCW also has a training program for meditation teachers.
- Shambhala – DC – affiliated with Shambhala International, a worldwide network of urban meditation and retreat centers. Shambhala was founded by Tibetan meditation master and scholar Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
- Meditation in DC – Vajrayogini Buddhist Center offers the path of Kadampa Buddhism.
- The Mindfulness Center (Bethesda) offers a full range of wellness and healing services, as well as meditation class. Dr. Deborrah Norris leads a family business.
- Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center is in the tradition of Vietnamese Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh. It has activities in Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and Columbia in Maryland, and Chevy Chase in DC. See website for scheduling and location.
- Vajrayogini Buddhist Center follows the Kadampa Buddhist tradition.
- The International Buddhist Center
- Sahaja Meditation Center offers classes in several locations across Virginia, Maryland and the District. See the site for scheduling and place.
- Circle Yoga: hosts a sangha in the zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh (like Stillwater in MD) at Circle Yoga on Monday evenings (7-8:30 pm), Wednesday morning (6:30-7:30 am!) and Fridays, 12-1 pm.
- The Center for Mindful Living, in the heart of Bethesda, is affiliated with the IMCW. It offers a variety of meditation classes and practices.
- Visit Yourself is a service for the workplace. Klia Bassing, a IMCW member, leads sessions at the World Bank.
- Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington: Training hearts and minds to reach their full potential. IMCW members lead mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) lessons.
Also see my meditation page where I point to some other options, including an abundance of online resources.
Updated: November 13, 2013