I practice Tibetan Buddhism which is in the Mahayana tradition and my study is focused primarily in the Gelug and Drikung Kagyu lineages, so what you will find here is heavily biased in that direction. Please note that I am no expert, nor advanced practitioner. I am often lucky to get a daily meditation in some days. I recognize, however, that all of life is dharma when you open your eyes and heart.
There are many other Buddhist lineages (e.g., Theravadan, many flavors of Zen, Cha'an (Chinese Zen), Thai Forest, Dzogchen, etc.), so if you find yourself interested in Buddhism, but a particular tradition does not speak to you, please continue your search--there are many beautiful teachers out there.
If you are aware of organizations/groups in Pittsburgh not mentioned here or discover a broken/inaccurate link, please post a comment with info. Thanks!
May this page be of benefit to all beings, and plant the seed of enlightenment in all who see it.
- Official Website of the Drikung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism
- Garchen Buddhist Institute
- Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (Gelug)
- The Knowledge Base
- ACI - LA/Mahasuka Center
- Shambhala -- founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, based in Kagyu lineage
- Shambhala SunSpace -- blog for Shambhala Sun magazine
- Dzogchen Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism
- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama (Gelug)
- His Holiness the 17th Karmapa (Kagyu)
- Lama Marut (Gelug)
- Venerable Thubten Chodron (Gelug)
- Venerable Pema Chödrön (Shambhala)
- Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh (Unified Buddhist Church)
- The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh
- Essence of Buddhism, Traleg Kyabgon
- How to Meditate, Kathleen McDonald
- Shambhala Publications
- Wisdom Publications (FPMT)
- Shambhala Sun
- Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center (Tibetan/Kagyu, but the space is used by other groups)
- Buddhist Society of Pittsburgh (Multi-lineage Buddhist community)
- Dzogchen Sangha of Pittsburgh (Lama Surya Das)
- Laughing Rivers Sangha (Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh tradition, Pittsburgh)
- Soka Gakkai International - Pittsburgh (Nichiren)
- Pittsburgh Buddhist Center (Sri Lankan Theravada tradition, Natrona Heights)
- Applied Buddhism blog (J. Sumitta Hudson/Pgh. Buddhist Center)
- Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Group (Shambhala, Tibetan Vajrayana)
- Plum Blossom Zendo (Soto-Rinzai lineage of Zen Master Taizan Maezumi Roshi & the White Plum Asanga)
- Stillpoint, (Soto Zen tradition, Lawrenceville)
- Zen Center of Pittsburgh (Japanese Soto Zen tradition, Sewickley)
Please note that I do not have personal experience with most of these groups. I list them for informational purposes only.