Come Alive to Peace and Contentment

Meditation and Buddhism in the Heart of York

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Change Your Life - Change the World

Our experience of the world is forever changing. Things can go well, and this makes us happy, joyful and content. But sometimes things can go less well and this can lead to sadness, disappointment, frustration and even anger. The Buddha called these ups and downs of life The Worldly Winds. And he taught a way of dealing with them that can lead to true peace and contentment – whatever might befall us in our lives. At York Buddhist Centre we are committed to passing on the Buddha's wisdom in ways that are accessible to people in the West. Our approach is practical and friendly. No one is expected 'to become a Buddhist' we are just very happy for you to join us and enjoy the benefits of what we teach.




A Friendly, Vibrant Community

We teach meditation and Buddhism at our new centre at 17 Walmgate which is the hub of our friendly, thriving community: local people who are meditating together and exploring the Buddha's teaching on how to be truly happy in their lives.

We are part of the Triratna Buddhist Community, a worldwide Buddhist movement with centres in over 20 countries. Unlike many of the traditional Schools from the East, we practise a form of Buddhism that is very practical and more accessible to us in the West. 


In the Heart of York

York Buddhist Centre

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Open to All

We welcome everyone over 18. You don’t need to consider yourself a Buddhist or wish to become one. We are simply happy to share the Buddha’s teachings to help everyone lead happier, more fulfilled lives in this often turbulent world. No one at York Buddhist Centre receives any payment. We offer our classes freely as an act of generosity.

In order to make our classes available to all, we do not charge.* However since we have no other income, we do rely on the generosity of those who use our Centre, for our continued existence. So if you are able to give a donation or take out a regular standing order, it would be appreciated very much indeed. 

*Except for a registration fee on some courses

Come and Join Us for Meditation at Buddhist Centre

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Mitra Ceremony

Mitra Ceremony

Wednesday 15 February 7pm – 9:15pm

This evening one of our community - Dave - will take part in a ceremony to mark his passage into a deepening of his spiritual livfe. Mitra ceremonies are very joyful and moving occasions filled with a sense of loving-kindness. The evening will begin with tea and cake at 6.30 with the actual programme beginning at 7.00 pm. This will include a short meditation, a talk, a break for refreshment, and then a Three-Fold puja ritual during which Dave will become a mitra. It is customary, for those who wish, to give cards and small gifts to the new mitra at the end of the ceremony.

7pm - 9.15pm All welcome!

Gender Diverse Day Retreat - Manchester Buddhist Centre

Gender Diverse Day Retreat - Manchester Buddhist Centre

Sunday 26 February 10:30am – 4:45pm

This will be a practice day led by Dharmamayi and Nagakusala including meditation, Dharma study, bodywork and Puja.
Suitable for anyone who considers themselves to be Buddhist and gender diverse. “Gender Diverse” is an umbrella term to describe a variety of
experiences someone may have in respect of their gender identity,
expression, or understanding where it does not conform to the norms and
stereotypes others expect.

Manchester Buddhist Centre, Turner Street, Manchester, M4 1DZ 10.30 to 16.45

 The Path to Happiness - An Introduction to Buddhism

The Path to Happiness - An Introduction to Buddhism

Finding a sense of peace in this turbulent world is not easy. This course - A Path to Happiness - is another in our Introduction to Buddhism series and will show you how you can create more positive mental states and calmness through the way you engage with the world. It is also a classic introduction to Buddhist thought and practice. Perfect for complete newcomers and also those who have already attended other introductory courses.

Studying the Buddha's Vision for a contented life and the seven practical approaches that are needed to ultimately attain it. There will also be a guided meditation each week.

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Explore our Meditation Archive

Over 400 videos are available on demand from our Facebook page (click the video tab) or our YouTube Channel (just search for Triratna York). All the meditations are guided so they are suitable for everyone (even if you have never meditated before). Meditations include Body Awareness, Self-care, Giving and Receiving, Mindfulness of Breathing and Loving-Kindness for ourselves and others. So dive in and enjoy the wonderful benefits of regular meditation.