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

We've Moved to a bigger Buddhist Centre at 17 Walmgate

Take a look at the video below :-)

Turn-of-the-Year Celebration

Turn-of-the-Year Celebration

Wednesday 21 December 7pm – 9:15pm

Wednesday 21st December is the Winter Equinox, the day when the darker days begin to give way to light and we begin to move towards Spring. So this is a time for rejoicing in the regeneration of the natural world and of ourselves.

Four members of the sangha will each be giving a short talk about a teaching that opens their heart, followed by a short meditation and a specially written Puja to celebrate the turn of the year and the returning of the light.

Going Deeper in Meditation - Entering  Samadhi and Dhyana

Going Deeper in Meditation - Entering Samadhi and Dhyana

Sunday 22 January 10:30am – 4pm

A day at York Buddhist Centre exploring our meditation practice, with Shakypada and Amalasara, looking at how we can set up conditions for accessing deeper states of being such as samadhi (complete calmness of the mind and body) and dhyana (pleasurable states of being).

Open to all those over 18 who have a regular meditation practice. We will be practising Mindfulness of Breathing and other body-based meditations.

Come Alive to Peace and Contentment in your Life in 2023

Come Alive to Peace and Contentment in your Life in 2023

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 unsatisfactoriness 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.

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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.