Regular classes and one-off events

Vision of a Perfect Life - Introducing Buddhist Practice

Vision of a Perfect Life - Introducing Buddhist Practice

Wednesday Evenings from 10th January to 6th March - 7.00pm to 9.15pm

We are taking a break from this theme on Wednesday 14th February for a special evening celebrating Parinirvana day
Introducing Buddhist Practice.
Finding a sense of peace in this turbulent world is not easy. These eight evenings are both an introduction for newcomers and a refresher for our more experienced regulars. Each week we will explore part of the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path - a classic introduction to Buddhist thought and practice.

Open to all over 18. There is no need to book, just turn up on the night.

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)

Parables from the White Lotus Sutra - The Burning House

Parables from the White Lotus Sutra - The Burning House

Wednesday 20th March - 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm

Part of the Parables from the White Lotus Sutra series.
The White Lotus Sutra is a popular and ancient Buddhist text originating over 1000 years ago. It uses the entire cosmos for its stage, employs a multitude of mythological beings as actors and "speaks almost exclusively in the language of images as it explores Buddhist faith and practice. In this series we will be looking at a number of very evocative parables which are contained within the text.

In this first week Joan will be exploring the parable of ‘The Burning House’ and the questions and teachings which this parable has contained within it.

Parables from the White Lotus Sutra - The Return Journey

Parables from the White Lotus Sutra - The Return Journey

Wednesday 27th March - 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm

Part of the Parables from the White Lotus Sutra series.
The White Lotus Sutra is a popular and ancient Buddhist text originating over 1000 years ago. It uses the entire cosmos for its stage, employs a multitude of mythological beings as actors and "speaks almost exclusively in the language of images as it explores Buddhist faith and practice. In this series we will be looking at a number of very evocative parables which are contained within the text.

In this second week Mark will be exploring the parable of ‘The Return Journey’ and the questions and teachings which this parable has contained within it.

Parables from the White Lotus Sutra - The Jewel in the Cloak

Parables from the White Lotus Sutra - The Jewel in the Cloak

Wednesday 3rd April - 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm

Part of the Parables from the White Lotus Sutra series.
The White Lotus Sutra is a popular and ancient Buddhist text originating over 1000 years ago. It uses the entire cosmos for its stage, employs a multitude of mythological beings as actors and "speaks almost exclusively in the language of images as it explores Buddhist faith and practice. In this series we will be looking at a number of very evocative parables which are contained within the text.

In this third and final week, Tasha will be exploring the parable of ‘The Jewel in the Cloak’ and the questions and teachings which this parable has contained within it.

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

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week One, Victory Over Mara

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week One, Victory Over Mara

Wednesday 10th April - 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm

The Buddha is said to have taken 7 weeks to become fully Enlightened, weeks which he spent meditating and reflecting under and around the Bodhi Tree. This week Shakyapada relates the story of the Buddha's Awakening on the full moon night of May, 2500 years ago and introduces Mara, a mythical figure who represents everything that holds us back - our shadow side - and the Earth Goddess who ultimately helps break the last fetter which was binding Gautama to mundane existence. Together we will explore the imagery of this profound archetypal story and see how the symbolism of Mara and the Earth Goddess can help us too to transform.

All over 18 welcome. Newcomers are also very welcome too. No need to book, just turn up.

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Two, The Place of the Unwinking Gaze

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Two, The Place of the Unwinking Gaze

Wednesday 17th April - 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm

In this series we're joining the Buddha as he moves from his initial Awakening towards full and perfect Enlightenment. This week Jo explores the first full week of the Buddha's Awakening when he sits at the top of a small hill and gazes back at the nearby Bodhi Tree where he had realised Awakening. He feels deep, deep gratitude. Gratitude directed to the ancient tree, just down the hill. which has sheltered him from the sun and rain with it's vast canopy of huge heart-shaped leaves

All over 18 welcome. Newcomers are also very welcome too. No need to book, just turn up.

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Three, The Cloister Walk

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Three, The Cloister Walk

Wednesday 24th April - 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm

In this series we're joining the Buddha as he moves from his initial Awakening towards full and perfect Enlightenment. This week the Buddha is walking up and down near to the Bodhi Tree, reflecting on his experience of Awakening. He is incredibly aware and his mind is sharp and crystal clear as he takes each step. It is in this week that he realises that all things, all experiences, arise on conditions and that nothing is permanent or fixed - the basis of all his subsequent teaching. This evening Shakyapada will explore with us what this means and how an understanding of change can help us to transform our lives for the better.

All over 18 welcome. Newcomers are also very welcome too. No need to book, just turn up.

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Four, The Jewelled House

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Four, The Jewelled House

Wednesday 1st May - 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm

In this series we're joining the Buddha as he moves from his initial Awakening towards full and perfect Enlightenment. This week the Buddha sits and meditates deeply, really absorbing his experience so far. And as he meditates a host of devas gather around him and create a small house. He has ceased to be in time and space. He is no longer restricted in the way we are - he is just constantly here, now, as part of everything that is arising, absorbing what it means to be Enlightened. This evening Shakyapada will explore with us what this means and how we might begin to understand - at least on an intellectual level - what it means to be Enlightened.

All over 18 welcome. Newcomers are also very welcome too. No need to book, just turn up.

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Five, Under the Goatherd's Banyan Tree

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Five, Under the Goatherd's Banyan Tree

Wednesday 8th May - 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm

In this series we're joining the Buddha as he moves from his initial Awakening towards full and perfect Enlightenment. The Buddha is continuing to experience the deep bliss of Awakening in the shade of a large banyan tree when he is disturbed by someone who barges in on him - the first person he has encountered since Enlightenment. He is an arrogant Brahmin called Uhungajataka and, as a Brahmin he insists that he is superior to all others. The Buddha however takes issue with this.

All over 18 welcome. Newcomers are also very welcome too. No need to book, just turn up.

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Six, Under the Mucalinda Tree

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Six, Under the Mucalinda Tree

Wednesday 15th May - 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm

In this series we're joining the Buddha as he moves from his initial Awakening towards full and perfect Enlightenment. The Buddha has moved again and is is sitting under the 'Mucalinda Tree' when a great storm arises. The Buddha is going to get soaked and become very cold. But a great Naga or serpent called Mucalinda lives in the tree and comes down to the ground and winds his coils around the Buddha seven times opening his (cobra-like) hood above the Buddha's head, keeping him warm and dry. And, after 7 days, the rain stops and the Naga transforms into a beautiful young man who bows to the Buddha.

All over 18 welcome. Newcomers are also very welcome too. No need to book, just turn up.

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Seven, Under the Rajayatana Tree

Seven Weeks to Enlightenment - Week Seven, Under the Rajayatana Tree

Wednesday 22nd May - 7.00 pm to 9.15 pm

In this series we're joining the Buddha as he moves from his initial Awakening towards full and perfect Enlightenment. The Buddha is now fully enlightened, all that remains is for him to go out into the world and teach the Dharma. He is preparing himself to leave and deciding where to go when two passing merchants chance upon him. The experience of seeing him stops them in their tracks. They are deeply moved by the blissful state which radiates from him. Both suddenly feel full of deep devotion and feel the need to make an offering of rice and honey - the first ever offering. At this, the earth shakes and the Four Great Kings appear, concerned that the Buddha has no bowl with which to receive the rice.

All over 18 welcome. Newcomers are also very welcome too. No need to book, just turn up.

We also run classes in Scarborough

More Information

Don't miss out! Subscribe to our mailing list to receive news and details about upcoming events.

We won't share your details with anyone and you can unsubscribe with one click at any time.