We are a community of Zen students who sit together on a regular basis to support one another in staying awake, moment-by-moment, to see and live our true nature, our at-one-ment with all.  One Heart Sangha exists to support the ongoing practice and compassionate presence of its members. Our lineage is that of the White Plum Asanga which was established by Taizan Maezumi Roshi and draws heavily on the teachings of the Soto School of Zen, founded by Dogen Zenji in the 13th century.


We offer morning and evening weekly sitting (zazen) practice sessions, monthly all day sittings (zazenkai), and longer residential practice sessions (sesshin). Zen practitioners and beginners welcome - we are a welcoming group!


Upcoming Residential Sesshins

August 29 - September 2, 2018 (download the flyer here)


Sesshins are held at Holy Trinity Spiritual Center, conveniently located 20 minutes from downtown Baltimore


8400 Park Heights Avenue North

Pikesville, MD 21208


To register, please RSVP at registration@silverspringzendo.com and pay below:


August Sesshin





Upcoming Events

Washington, DC Street Retreat

September 20-23, 2018  

Led by Roshi Grover Genro Gaunnt

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   Sensei Bob Jin Gen Ertman

Sensei Bob Jin Gen Ertman

Sensei Bob Jin Gen Ertman is a dharma heir of Rose Mary Myoan Dougherty, Sensei, and a long-time member of the Silver Spring Zendo/One Heart Sangha.  He is currently serving as the guiding teacher for the sangha. He is also a member of the Zen Peacemakers and is grateful for the way it has shaped his practice in all of life. He writes and teaches haiku as a practice of being fully in the present moment. He received the precepts at Boundless Way Zen from James Ford, David Rynick, & Melissa Blacker.  Bob is a retired federal attorney and lives in Annapolis with his wife, Phyllis.  Together they are facilitators of a Mindfulness Practice Group at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis. In his spare time, Bob collects fossils, with his daughter Hallie when he can (They began when she was 4 - she's 28 now).


Sensei Rose Mary Myoan Dougherty is the sangha's first guiding teacher and founder of One Heart Sangha/Silver Spring Zendo.  She began her Zen studies with Charlotte Joko Beck and is dharma heir of Janet Jinne Richardson Roshi. She completed the End of Life Counseling Program at Metta Institute in California. She currently teaches in the Baltimore area.