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

Celebrating the Buddha's Awakening

Celebrating the Buddha's Awakening

Wednesday 18 May 7pm – 9pm

Traditionally the Buddha let go of everything that caused him suffering and finally attained Awakening on the full moon night of May/June. This year that is 16th May. so this evening we will be celebrating this momentous event in the world's history (when according to legend, the earth shook in response)

The evening will include a talk by Shakyapada about the Buddha's Enlightenment and how he finally realised Enlightenment after years of struggle. All welcome

One Woman’s Right Livelihood: From the Mountains of Nepal to the Community and Kitchen at Taraloka

One Woman’s Right Livelihood: From the Mountains of Nepal to the Community and Kitchen at Taraloka

Wednesday 18 May 7pm – 9:15pm

Wednesday 25th May
During this special evening Shakyapada will be talking to her friend Akashadaya about her experience of living and working in Nepal for two years on Overseas Voluntary Service and her subsequent five years at Taraloka Retreat Centre where she lived and worked in community with other Buddhists.

Everyone is welcome. There is no charge for the evening but a small donation would be appreciated to help meet our running costs.

A Guide to the Buddhist Path

A Guide to the Buddhist Path

Wednesday 18 May 7pm – 9:15pm

An Introduction for Newcomers * A Refresher for Regulars
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)

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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.