About Us

 

Leeds Buddhist Centre is a community of friends exploring the Buddhist Path, including mindfulness, meditation, bodywork and Buddhist teachings, cultivating clarity, kindness, energy, sensitivity, and calmness.

We run weekly drop-in sessions for newcomers and weekly sangha nights for regulars, plus meditation drop-ins and other events, including day retreats. Click the link for more information.

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The centre is part of the Triratna Buddhist Community. We are a new tradition, drawing from different Buddhist traditions and presenting the Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible to many of us in the west.

Please browse our pages or, if you prefer, you can look at our calendar of classes, retreats and events.

 

 

Latest News

Tejananda Weekend

                the gap, kleshas and simply being According to a fundamental teaching common to all schools of Buddhism, the cause of all our self-inflicted suffering is craving. And craving, both ‘for’ and ‘against’ the things that turn up in our lives, is the fundamental expression of ignorance. Craving, aversion and ignorance together are the principal kleshas, ‘disturbing emotions’ that afflict our mind and being and, by extension, our relations with others and the world. Yet, as Sangharakshita has observed, craving and the other kleshas are not inevitable – there is a ‘gap’ between our feelings, even strong ones, and reacting into kleshas. This is why awakening is possible. In this weekend of led meditation and inquiry, we’ll explore this ‘gap’, from which can emerge insightful meditative ways of working with our reactions. In this exploration, the perspective of direct experience and the body will be central. In a very direct sense, the gap is to be found in the body – the somaor living, energetic sensate quality of the body. And once ‘in the gap’, it’s possible that formless meditation or ‘simply being’ will also open out vistas of ‘the open dimension’ that hint at the ending of suffering and its cause. Please bring vegi/vegan food to for a shared lunch. The event is run on...

Exploring Buddhist Practice Day Retreat

On Saturday 8th December 10am til 4pm With Uddyotani, Samanartha and Hridayavaca At Triratna Leeds Buddhist Centre This is a day retreat for people who have completed an Introductory course or similar program with the Triratna Buddhist Community, who are familiar with the meditation practices we teach and who haven’t yet had the opportunity to study in a group. With meditation, discussion, study and ritual through the day, it’s a chance to explore together with others who want to deeper their practice and understanding of Buddhism. We intend in the new year to offer people the opportunity to join a new study group, and we hope this day will help us get a sense of who might be interested. If you’d like to come on the day please email us at enquiries@leedsbuddhistcentre.org or sign up on the noticeboard. This event is run on Dana with a suggested donation of £20-£40. Please bring vegan/vegi food to...

Celebrating Sangharakshita’s Life and Commemorating his Death

                          Dear sangha friends Last week we learned of the death of our teacher Sangharakshita on Tuesday 30thOctober. It has been a sad week as we take in the loss and grief felt by members of the Triratna community throughout the world, and as we appreciate what we have been given. This Thursdays Sangha night, the 8th November, we will celebrate Sangharakshita’s life, his teachings and the Triratna Buddhist Community that he established. We will take time to reflect on all we have been given as a result of his work and inspiration including our connection with the Dharma and our sangha here in Leeds. Please join us for an evening of gratitude and remembrance. There will be a meditation followed by a short talk and the opportunity to offer your own thoughts and recollections, bringing Sangharakshita to mind and reflecting on how his teachings have affected us. If you are not able to attend but would like to send in your thoughts to share you can email these to Uddyotani at the Centre. Sangharakshita’s vigil and funeral There is a vigil taking place at Adhisthana through the week and the opportunity for anyone go and view Bhante’s body. We don’t have any plans to go as a group from the Leeds Centre but individuals are welcome to go by themselves and full details can be found here https://thebuddhistcentre.com/viewing-bhantes-body. The funeral is to take place on Saturday 10th October between 12.30 and 4pm at Adhisthana. Everyone is welcome and some of us from Leeds are going to pay our respects. For anyone wanting...