Burning House Zendo is a Rinzai Zen Buddhist community in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. We actively encourage those contemplating meditation, Buddhism or Zen practice to come join us. The Zendo tries to maintain at least one day a week for newcomers introduction and instruction. Please see our schedule for days and times of our weekly services and information on introductory classes for anyone interested in learning about Zen practice.
We come together to share sitting meditation and fellowship several times a week and share weekend and week-long practice periods several times a year. If you’re new to Zen, we offer introductory classes to help you become comfortable with seated meditation and the procedures for practicing together at a Zen center. You can read an introduction to our tradition in our beginners manual.
We began meeting together for Zen practice in the early 1990s. We met for several years in a member’s home and in various churches in the area, and began renting our own space in the summer of 2001. We left there in 2009, and have now moved into our second independent home.
Burning House Zendo welcomes everyone. We respect and support all people, no matter their ethnic origin, race, gender, cultural background, socio-economic class, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical ability. What we all share is the intention to grow in our practice and compassion so our sangha may be a refuge for all.
Burning House Zendo recognizes our shared responsibility for the conservation of the planet’s resources. We have chosen to purchase our electricity to be sourced from 100% renewable sources through our energy provider and Clearview Energy. In the warmer months, we keep our AC unit off when we are not in the zendo. In the winter months, we keep the heat at a minimal level when we are not in the zendo.
Let us know if you have any questions. We hope we’ll see you soon!