Come Alive to Peace and Contentment

Meditation and Buddhism for Everyone in the Heart of York

Classes and Eventsor Fleamarket at YBC on 9th Marchor Gender Diverse Meditation Morningor Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation Course

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.  'to become a Buddhist' we are just very happy for you to join us and enjoy the benefits of what we teach.

Recognising that people have different needs, we aim to welcome everyone, regardless of their:
Age, Gender and Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Disability, Race, Colour, National Origin, Ethnic Origin, Religious Belief, Economic Status, Social Status, Parental Status. You can read our Diversity Statement here.                                          

A Friendly, Vibrant Community

A Friendly, Vibrant Community

We teach meditation and Buddhism at our centre at 17 Walmgate, York YO1 9TX. 

This 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.

York Buddhist Centre is part of the worldwide Triratna Buddhist Community which was founded in 1968 by Sangharakshita, an English Buddhist monk who spent 20 years in India absorbing the depth and breadth of the Buddhist teachings.

Unlike most Buddhist Schools, which practise in a very particular way, we teach from the whole of the Buddhist tradition which means that Triratna Buddhism is particularly accessible and effective for those of us in the West.

A Sustainable Buddhist Centre in the Heart of York

A Sustainable Buddhist Centre in the Heart of York

York Buddhist Centre

As a spiritual community we take our practice of ethics seriously, and the time has now come to respond to the need to extend this practice to include a global perspective: what we consume and buy has a direct effect on communities across the globe; what we do and how we live now has a direct effect on future generations. 
This Centre is therefore committed to the 10 Steps of the Triratna Sustainable Centre Scheme

 

 

Open to All

Open to All

We welcome everyone over 18. You don’t need to be a Buddhist. We are simply happy to share the Buddha’s teachings to help everyone lead happier, more fulfilled lives in this turbulent world. 

Access: There is one step up at the front door and we have a ramp for wheelchair access. Please contact us in advance if you have access issues:  enquiries@yorkbuddhistcentre.org

We do not charge for any of our classes.* and no one at our centre is paid. However since we have no outside 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 it would be appreciated very much indeed. 

*Except for a small booking fee on some events

Pop-up Flea Market - one day only!

Pop-up Flea Market - one day only!

Saturday 9 March 10am – 4pm

For one day only York Buddhist Centre becomes a Flea Market. Come and browse the large variety of bric-a-brac - Tools and Garden Equipment, framed pictures, CDs and LPs, books, toys, crockery, ornaments, electronics, art and craft materials, kitchen items, picture frames, collectables, household items...and much more! Bargains for everyone plus coffee/tea and cake @£3

Free admission - get there early to nab a bargain (image is just for illustration)

The Journey not the Destination

The Journey not the Destination

Sunday 24 March 10:30am – 4:30pm

Our tendency in the West is often to be very goal oriented. This may or may not have its benefits sometimes but, in the spiritual life, when we attach ourselves too ardently to a goal we are setting up a very big obstacle which actually prevents us getting there. During this day retreat, led by Shakyapada, we will be exploring and reflecting upon C. P. Cavafy's much-loved classic poem. There will be short talks, some meditation, periods of reflection and discussion. The day will end with a short devotional ritual.

Everyone over 18 who has a regular meditation practice is welcome. Please bring vegan food to share for lunch. Booking is essential as places are limited.

Gender Diverse Morning - An Introduction to Meditation

Gender Diverse Morning - An Introduction to Meditation

Sunday 7 April 10am – 12:30pm

This is a morning of guided meditations and social contact for anyone who considers themselves to be gender diverse and would like to know more about the benefits of meditation. “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 which others expect.

Participants do not need to have meditated before but regular meditators are very welcome too. The day will be led by Shakyapada Jenny Roberts who is an ordained Buddhist trans woman

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.