York Buddhist Centre is part of The Triratna Buddhist Community, a worldwide movement founded by our teacher Sangharakshita in 1968. Triratna draws on the entire Buddhist tradition, practising Buddhism in a fresh and practical way and making the Buddha’s teaching more accessible to many of us in the West. Our teachers are practising Buddhists who strive to incorporate the ideals of Buddhism into their daily life.
We offer courses in Buddhism and meditation in a friendly, supportive environment. Our meditation techniques can be used by anyone regardless of religious beliefs. Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Buddhist meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity and a calm-seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging in meditation you learn the patterns and habits of your mind. The practice offers a means to cultivate new, more creative ways of being. With regular work these nourishing, focused states can deepen into a profoundly peaceful and energised mind.
We welcome everyone to our Centre and our online events. We run everything in a spirit of generosity, giving our time freely. We do not charge for classes* so that everyone can access the Buddha’s teaching regardless of their means. We do however ask those who are able to consider making a donation towards the cost of running the Centre - we have no other income and rely on the generosity of those who attend our classes.
*except for a small registration fee on some courses
The Scarborough Team
I came across Buddhism about 18 years ago, studying a module in Indian Religions at university. I saw the Buddha’s Noble 8-fold path written up on the whiteboard, and knew immediately, without any doubt, that I had to find out more, and try to live following his teachings. Thus I have dived in with Triratna, going on retreats, attending several years of study, and immersing myself more and more over the years, and now training for ordination.
I’m delighted to be living back in Yorkshire, after a recent 5 year spell across the Pennines in Manchester, where I worked for Breathworks (mindfulness organisation) based at the Manchester Buddhist Centre. In Scarborough I am continuing to work (remotely) for Breathworks, as well as setting up practice as a Nutritional Therapist, and in both roles I hope to support people’s wellness, directly or indirectly. And this same thing draws me to wanting to share the Dharma (Buddha’s teachings), and help people find out for themselves how Buddhism and Meditation can help us navigate our lives, particularly in these uncertain times.
I’m very much enjoying working with Mahasraddha and Rachel as a little team, and really looking forward to meeting the people who will attend the classes we’ll be running in Scarborough in 2022.
I’m also looking forward to playing table tennis as often as I can, and swimming in the sea, as well as getting out to explore the Moors and the Yorkshire Wolds.
My name is Mahasraddha, which means ‘Great Faith’, a name given to me when I was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1997. I was ordained whilst working as a research scientist before moving to Manchester to work full time at the Manchester Buddhist Centre.
Apart from a period back in academia, I have continued to work full time for the Dharma taking on various roles and responsibilities, including teaching Buddhism and meditation both in the UK and beyond. I am deeply passionate about the Dharma (the Buddha’s teachings) and meditation as my life has been immeasurably and deeply enriched by both - I have also witnessed this in many other people's lives.
Based on this enthusiasm and passion, and over 20 years of committed Buddhist practice, I am very excited to be part of a Team starting Buddhism and Meditation classes in Scarborough for its good folk and beyond.
Really looking forward to developing a life in Scarborough (I’m actually a Brummie), including sea swimming and music performance.
My name is Rachel Whittaker. I discovered Buddhism around six years ago and learning to meditate has turned my life around.
Meditation has helped me deal with my chronic health and has given me new tools to manage life going forwards in a kinder and more open way.
I moved to Scarborough from Kent a year ago to be closer to family when my parents died. I know that I wanted to be part of a new beginning in Scarborough, starting with friendships in my new community. I know the people of North Yorkshire are a friendly and creative bunch and I hope to share my experience of my Buddhist practice with anyone who has curiosity and a desire to discover the hidden gems within ourselves and within the Buddhist teachings.
I have many interests, including sea swimming, crafting, photography and singing. I was thrilled to discover a hedgehog in my garden during lockdown.
Safeguarding and York Buddhist Centre
We believe that anyone taking part in Centre activities has a right to be free from any forms of harassment or abuse.
The safeguarding policy for adults in this section outlines specific grounds for safeguarding concerns. If you are not sure whether there is a safeguarding concern please contact the safeguarding officer. If there is a possible ethical concern that is not safeguarding, contact the safeguarding officer or a trusted Order member.
N.B. We do not have a specific safeguarding policy for children as we do not allow any people under the age of 18 to take part in any of our events at present unless they are accompanied at all times by a legal parent or guardian.
Reporting Concerns: If you become concerned about someone, including yourself, being harassed or abused, please contact the safeguarding officer, the safeguarding contact or a trustee. Details are given below.
Shakyapada is the Safeguarding Officer: email@example.com mobile: 07896 130 018
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Mark Jones is a trustee: email@example.com
How we will respond: You will be listened to in confidence and taken seriously. Any information you give will be evaluated in light of our policies and national guidance to enable us to act legally and fairly. We will work with you to take appropriate action.
The trustees and the centre team reserve the right to take appropriate action to protect anyone who enters the charity’s properties.