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Closure of Leeds Buddhist Centre premises

Dear friends With great regret we have decided to close Leeds Buddhist Centre premises to the public for a while to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in view of the government’s guidance. It’s likely that the Buddhist Centre premises will be closed for several weeks. What this means is that from today, Wednesday 18th March, classes are cancelled including Wednesday lunchtime meditation, Friends night on Thursdays and the Saturday day retreat We want to find ways we can stay connected with each other and as a sangha through this time. We are planning to offer some online activities during the closure, and we will send you more information about these through the Dharma Diary email, on the Centre website and Facebook pages.  ... Read more

Dates of Classes in January 2020

The Buddhist Centre has reopened for 2020! The Wednesday lunchtime drop-in meditation sessions for newcomers and regulars restarted on 8th January; The Thursday evening classes for regular meditators restarted on 2nd January; The Monday teatime drop-in meditation sessions for regular meditators will restart on 20th January; An Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation course for newcomers will begin on Saturday 25th January, 1030am-1pm, for 8 weeks. The Sunday morning meditations on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month restarted on 5th and 19th January. You are welcome to join... Read more

Heart and Mind Day Retreat

        Exploring Ritual and Devotion in Buddhist Practice What does ritual mean to you? Does it leave you inspired, connected, curious or just uncomfortable? This day of discussion, meditation and puja aims to help us find our own relationship with ritual and to deepen our practice together. Please bring vegan/vegi food for a shared lunch. This event is run on a dana basis. With Uddyotani and Giles At Leeds Buddhist Centre Date/Time Date(s) – 23/02/2019 10:00 am – 4:00... Read more

Newcomers’ Class

Life with Full Attention Tuesday Evening Starts at 7.00 p.m. Finishes 9.15 p.m. New program commences Tuesday 16th January Join us for an 8-week exploration of mindfulness for people exploring Buddhism. It’s based on the book by Maitreyabandhu, Life with Full Attention. On the course we’ll explore different aspects of mindfulness such as awareness of the body, feelings, thoughts, and the environment using different practices. The course is suitable for newcomers and for people already practising Buddhism or mindfulness. You are welcome to come whenever you can. You will gain more, the more classes you come to. Cost: These classes are run on a drop-in basis and there is no charge. However the centre relies on the generosity of the people who use it. If you can, please help us to make mindfulness, meditation and Buddhism available to everyone by putting a donation in the dana bowl or by taking out a regular standing order to support the centre. Booking: No need to book – just turn up on the evening by 7.00... Read more

New Buddha Figure and Shrine at Leeds Buddhist Centre

On Sunday afternoon, 17th December 2017, the Leeds sangha gathered together to unveil and dedicate our stunningly beautiful new shrine and Buddha figure in a moving day led by Uddyotani and Samanartha. Those present also placed their own commemorative writing and art in special boxes which were then sealed into the body of the Shrine itself. These boxes also included items from each of our Ordination training centres – Tiratanaloka and Padmaloka and items from our two main Ordination Centres in Spain – Guhyaloka and Akashavana. There was also a warm message from our founder Sangharakshita who congratulated Leeds on the beautiful new shrine and remarked that he saw it as marking a new and exciting phase in the development of the Leeds Buddhist Centre. We owe enormous thanks to Amritasukha who had the vision for this shrine and who created the new Buddha for us. Major thanks too to Jinaputra whose practical skills made the construction possible and to Samanartha for his hard work and dedication in building the shrine with Jinaputra. Thanks also to Giles for the images. This project began many months ago and is only the first, but most important stage, of a plan which will transform the whole area of the Shrine room at Leeds. May this new shrine inspire us greatly in our devotion to the Buddha, our practice of the Dharma and our friendship in the... Read more