Find Peace in a Turbulent World

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 still meet online via Zoom, Facebook Live and YouTube Live (see Classes and Courses). But increasingly we are now meeting at our new Buddhist Centre on Gillygate 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

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

We're Moving to a bigger Buddhist Centre on 18th July

Our current home at 38 Gillygate is too small for us now so we are moving to a much bigger space at 17 Walmgate where we can accomodate more people. We will also have a relaxing social area and better facilities generally. come and see us there from 19th July onwards!

A Guide to the Buddhist Path

A Guide to the Buddhist Path

Wednesday 13 July 7pm – 9:15pm

An Introduction for Newcomers * A Refresher for Regulars Join any week * No need to book, just turn up.

Over eleven weeks we'll explore the Buddha's teaching on life, ethics, suffering, happiness, friendship, myth, ritual, wisdom, compassion, death and rebirth. Open to all. We will also have a guided meditation each week. A Foundation Course in Buddhism for newcomers and a refresher for regulars.
This is a weekly drop-in so come when you can. Do as many classes as you are able.

Everyone is welcome: A perfect introduction for those new to Buddhism. Based on the Book: Tools for Living Your Life by Vajragupta (also available to buy)

Come Alive to Peace and Contentment In Your Life this Autumn

Come Alive to Peace and Contentment In Your Life this Autumn

We all want to be happy and content in our lives but, somehow, true and constant happiness seems to elude us. The Buddha discovered the reasons for this and dedicated his life to teaching others practical ways to deal with disappointment, anxiety, anger, fear and upset. His teachings worked and spread rapidly throughout the Eastern world. Now they are available in an accessible form in York at the York Buddhist Centre.

This Newcomers' Course is a practical, friendly and easy-going Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation and is open to all those over 18. The course is by donation but there is a £12 registration fee which includes a free course guide.

Meeting the Conquerors Sangha Retreat

Meeting the Conquerors Sangha Retreat

Friday 9 September – Sunday 11 September

The Conquerors are four mythical Buddhas who arose some time after the Buddha's passing as a means of keeping the qualities of Shakyamuni alive in the world. They are not real but, mysteriously, not quite unreal either. Four of them represent a specific quality of the historical Buddha which we might like to cultivate. The fifth is a mythical representation of all the Buddha's qualities. During this weekend we will be learning about them, meditating on them and exploring how they can help us to transform our lives.

This is our regular Autumn residential sangha retreat at the Beamsley Project at the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Beginning with dinner at 6pm on Friday 9th September and ending at 3.00pm on Sunday 11th September. All food and bedding provided.

Vision and Transformation - Following the Buddhist Path

Vision and Transformation - Following the Buddhist Path

This Introductory Course offers a lively introduction to the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path, which represents a way of following a spiritual path in ever-more skillful ways. There will be an emphasis on simple experiential exercises that help create positive emotion and build connections between people. Newcomers are very welcome but this course is particularly useful for those who have already attended the 'Come Alive to Peace and Contentment' Course

Studying the Buddha's Vision for a contented life (or Awakening) 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.