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East Kent Soto Zen

Address:   Nonington, Dover Kent CT15 4HH
Tradition: Mahayana, Japanese Soto Zen: Gudo Nishijima, Kodo Sawaki
Affiliation: Treeleaf Zendo (
Phone: 01304 842673
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Main Contact: Andy  
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Just sitting (Shikantaza) meditation in the tradition of Soto Zen.

Edinburgh Theravada Buddhist Group

Address: 0131 337 0901 (Muriel Nevin) or 0131 556 7000 (Myint Su)   Scotland
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: Harnham Buddhist Monastery
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Contact: Neil Howell  (Phone: 0131 226 5044)
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The Edinburgh  Buddhists practice in the Forest Sangha tradition of the venerable Ajahn Chah of Thailand. We are affiliated with the Ratanagiri monastery in Harnham and Amaravati in Hemel Hempstead.

We meet every Thursday evening for meditation and group discussion. All are welcome, whether you\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'re looking for a regular practice or an occasional meditation. We begin the evening with chanting and meditation, followed by group discussion or a dhamma talk.

7:30 - 9:30 pm, Christ Church Hall, Holy Corner, Bruntsfield Place in Edinburgh.   Every Thursday, by donation.

Forres Dhamma Friends

Address: 1 Leask Road   Forres Scotland Iv36 1SW
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: Theravada Forest Sangha
Phone: 07921211434
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Main Contact: Claralynn nunamaker  Email  (Phone: 07921211434)
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 Please join us for Sunday mornings for chanting (Pali and English), meditation, and discussion. 10-11 am, 1 Leask Road in Forres. 

Freely Given Retreats

Address:   Devon
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Insight Meditation
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Main Contact: Stewart Moir  Email  
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Freely Given Retreats is a charity committed to making Insight Meditation retreats available to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. 

We run a small number of retreats each year in different venues in rural Devon mainly with Gaia House teachers, but also in association with other groups such as Rebel Dharma and Ecodharma.

The generosity of previous retreatants and others allows our retreats to be offered freely. Donations are invited at the end of each retreat and these are the main source of future funding. 

Gaia House

Address: West Ogwell  Newton Abbot Devon TQ12 6EW
Tradition: Theravada, Mahayana, Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: Insight Meditation / Vipassana / Zen
Phone: +44 (0)1626 333613
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Teacher: Christina Feldman  
Spiritual Director: Yanai Postelnik  Email  (Phone: +44 (0)1626 333613)
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Gaia House is an old Georgian country house set in its own mature parkland gardens amongst the rolling hills of Devon, deep in the English countryside.

We provide a year-round timetable of Group Retreats, mainly in the Insight Meditation tradition but with many Zen retreats.  Additionally, we also provide an extensive facility for Personal Retreats, where individuals can conduct solitary retreats within the house and grounds for up to 3 months.

Gar Trinley Yongkhyab Ling

Address:   Edinburgh Scotland
Tradition: Vajrayana, Drikung Kagyu
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H.E.: Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Dorzin Rinpoche  
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We currently meet twice a month for meditation, puja and Dharma discussions. We are a small charity aiming to grow the Drikung Kagyu tradition in Scotland and welcome everyone from all backgrounds.

Glasgow Theravada Buddhist Group

Address: 165 Hill Street, Glasgow, G3 6UQ Harnham Buddhist Monastery   Scotland
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: Aruna Ratanagiri,
Phone: 0141 564 5994
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Contact: Paul Hansen  
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Meetings take place usually on the first Friday of every month except during winter retreat.

Gloucester Buddhist Centre

Address: 29 Southgate Street   Gloucester Gloucester GL1 1TP
Tradition: Mahayana, Shingon
Phone: 01452-527566
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We want to spread the non-religious life-changing tools of Buddhism.

We aim to provide education about Buddhism.

To be a focal-point for like-minded people

To encourage multi-cultural awareness.

Run courses, treatments and workshops to improve your life.

To support the local community.

Gomde Lindholme Hall

Address: Lindholme Island, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster,Yorkshire UK, DN7 6DT   Doncaster Yorkshire DN7 6DT
Tradition: Vajrayana, Chokling Tersar - Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
Phone: +44 (0)1302 842503
Fax: +44 (0)7880 705440
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International Centre for the Study & Practice of Tibetan Buddhism

We have a new centre established under the guidance of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche to help others understand more about Buddhism. 

Our aim is to celebrate the teachings of the Buddha and other realised masters of Vajrayana Buddhism. We would like everyone, wherever they are, to feel included in this project so come and visit us.

Regular Meditation Groups: Tuesday evenings 7-9pm. 

All are Welcome (please call 01302 842503 for bookings)

Hampshire Buddhist Society

Address:   Hampshire
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
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The Hampshire Buddhist Society was founded in 1966 as a local affiliate of the Buddhist Society, founded in 1924. It now consists of two groups that meet in Southampton, offering two of the traditional forms of Buddhism, both rooted in the Buddha’s ancient teachings.

Harrogate Zen Group

Address: 46 St Clements Road  Harrogate HG2 8LX
Tradition: Mahayana
Affiliation: Zen River Buddhist Training Temple, Uithuizen, NL
Phone: 01423884000
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Weekly meditation group within the Soto Zen tradition open to people of all faiths or none.

Harrow Zazenkai

Address: Sittings are at Flat 3, 4 Stuart Avenue, South Harrow, Middlesex UK HA2 9BB   Middlesex
Tradition: Mahayana
Affiliation: White Wind Zen community
Phone: 020 8422 9757
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Contact: Frank Tettsu Woods  
Spiritual Director: Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi  
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The main activity at Harrow Zazenkai is sitting - zazen. And in this context we unfold the forms of chanting, listening to teisho tapes by Anzan Hoshin roshi, Daruma-kata Aiki - a movement practice - and oryoki. Practice interviews are regularly available with practice advisors at Dainen-ji by telephone and email. We also have the opportunity for face to face interviews with visiting practice advisors when we hold Introduction to Zen Workshops. Formal students travel regularly to Dainen-ji and this helps keep the practice environment fresh.

In addition to our daily schedule, one-day sittings are held monthly. Other sitting times and instruction in sitting posture are available by appointment.

Hastings Buddhist Meditation Group

Address: 4 St Marys Terrace   Hastings East Sussex TN34 3LS
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: 00441424460707
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Group Faciltator: Peter Easter  Email  (Phone: 01424460707)
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Wednesday evenings (not weekly) at St Marys Terrace, Hastings. Silent meditation followed by a led discussion on an aspect of the Buddhas teaching, how to apply this in everyday life and the benefits of such application. There is no charge. Facilitated by an experienced practitioner of 25+ years standing and ordained in the Soto Zen tradition. Ring or email for further details.

Hazy Moon Zen Sangha - North London

Tradition: Mahayana, Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: White Plum Soto and Rinzai
Phone: 0781 7382910
Main Contact: Manu  Email  (Phone: 0781 7382910)
Teacher: Manu Bazzano  
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We sit every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm and on the last Saturday of each month from 10am to 4pm. Atmoshpere is informal and friendly. We practice zazen, open discussion and reading from Dharma texts. On Saturdays a vegetarian lunch is provided.

Hereford Drop-in Class - Janchub Ling

Address: 21 King Street (Friends Meeting House)   Hereford Herefordshire HR4 9BX
Tradition: Vajrayana
Affiliation: New Kadampa Buddhist Tradition
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Teacher: Mandy Nicol  
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Meditations in the Buddhist tradition for everyone.

Classes consist of guided meditations and advice on how to use meditation to find calm in our busy daily lives.

Dates: Classes run throughout the year, usually with breaks for the school holidays. See 'upcoming classes' on website for current dates. 

Thursday Evenings, 7:30pm - 9pm, with Kadampa teacher Mandy Nicol.

Hermitage of the Awakened Heart

Address: Ynys Graianog, Ynys, Criccieth, Gwynedd Wales, U.K.   Criccieth Wales LL52 0NT
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Kagyu/Nyingma
Affiliation: Awakened Heart Sangha
Phone: 01766 530 839
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Spiritual Director: Lama Shenpen Hookham  Email  (Phone: 01766 530 839)
Contact: Tara  Email  (Phone: 01766 530 839)
Main Contact: Dashu  Email  (Phone: 01766 530 839)
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We run monthly open meditation days on or around the full moon, daily meditation sessions morning and evening.

We are available for group and solitary retreats for practitioners. Usually these are for students of Lama Shenpen Hookham, however, practitioners are welcome to stay by appointment.

Please contact us for more information.

Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds

Address: 31 St Pauls Street   Leeds LS1 2GJ
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan, Gelugpa
Affiliation: FPMT
Phone: 07866 760460
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Main Contact: Wendy Ridley  Email  (Phone: 07866 760460)
Teacher: Ven Mary Reavey  
Spiritual Director: Lama Zopa Rinpoche  
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Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds was founded in 1996 under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  As a non-residential centre run by volunteers, our aim is to provide a peaceful place for meditation and a community of support for the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism.  We honour the work of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and are affiliated to the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) which is part of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

We regularly host Geshe Tashi Tsering, the resident teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London, and other highly respected teachers - both lay and ordained - from the FPMT network.  As a registered charity, our aim is to make meditation and Buddhist teachings available to anyone who requests them. 

In a typical week our programme includes:

Monday 18:30-19:30 Meditation for Beginners

Tuesday  18:30-19:30 Chanting Meditation/Puja

Thursday 12:30-13:00 Lunchtime Meditation 18:30-20:00 Discovering Buddhism

Sat & Sun  Varied programme.

Jamyang Coventry

Address: c/o The Koco Building The Arches Spon End (Mail Address Only)  Coventry Warwickshire CV1 3JQ
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan
Affiliation: FPMT, Jamyang Buddhist Centre London
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Tutor: Ven. Lobsang Dawa  Email  
Main Contact: Ven. Lobsang Dawa  Email  
Teacher: Geshe Tashi Tsering  
Spiritual Director: Lama Zopa Rinpoche  
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Classes in Buddhism and Meditation are held on Monday nights during term time.  Additional Saturday Morning classes are also planned.  For times and dates, please look up the website, or Email us.

Jamyang Study Group

Address:   Liverpool Liverpool
Tradition: Mahayana, Vajrayana, Tibetan, Gelugpa
Affiliation: The FPMT
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Main Contact: Mary Currell  Email  (Phone: 07789 327254)
Spiritual Director: Lama Zopa Rinpoche  
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Learn how to meditate and study Buddhism in the city centre of Liverpool. We meet weekly on a Monday evening 6.30pm to 8.30pm and have regular Sangha teachers.  

Please look on website to find forthcoming events.

Kadampa Meditation Centre Manchester

Address: 76 High Lane, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9XF   Manchester Manchester M21 9XF
Tradition: Vajrayana, New Kadampa Tradition
Phone: (0161) 861-7012
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Spiritual Director: Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
Teacher: Gen Kelsang Lhachog  
Main Contact: Kelsang Phachog  Email  (Phone: 0161 861 7012)
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Kadampa Meditation Centre Manchester (KMC Manchester) is a modern Buddhist meditation centre serving Manchester and the surrounding region.  We offer meditations and talks that everyone is welcome to attend and that provide lasting solutions to our daily problems through integrating Buddha's teachings into our daily lives.  

Mondays 8 - 9pm, Tuesday or Thursday 7.30 - 9pm, Friday 11am - 12pm

We also run day time classes, classes for children, weekend workshops and have a vegetarian / vegan World Peace Cafe open Thursday - Sunday each week.  

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Kagyu Samye Dzong London

Address: 15 Spa Road   London London SE16 3SA
Tradition: Vajrayana, Kagyu Lineage
Phone: +44 (0)20 3327 1650
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Spiritual Director: Lama Zangmo  
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Our centre in Spa Road opened in 2010 and we offer teachings and courses on meditation and Tibetan Buddhism. Visitors are encouraged to join in the regular meditation practices, there is a Tibetan tearoom and yoga, martial arts and alternative medicine consultations are also being offered. Please see our website for more information.

Karuna Institute

Address: Natsworthy Manor, Widecombe-in-the-Morr Nr. Newton Abbot Devon TQ13 7TR   Devon
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 01647 221457
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The integration of mindfulness practices with western psychotherapeutic and Craniosacral Biodynamic practices is entirely unique. The Institute is evolving its own wisdom tradition, which acknowledges its ancient roots in Buddhist psychology, ethics and practice and also its roots in western psychodynamic psychotherapeutic practice. It provides unique contemporary trainings at the forefront of orthodox and complementary healthcare.

There are three complementary streams of activity generated within the Institute:

  • Trainings in Core Process Psychotherapy, a mindfulness-based psychotherapy tradition
  • Trainings in Craniosacral Biodynamic Therapy
  • Retreat giving, including associated trainings

More specifically, the Institute offers the following core Trainings:

  • MA Programme : 4 year Professional Training in Core Process Psychotherapeutic Practice (Validated by Middlesex University)
  • MA Programme : Post-Qualification Training in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapeutic Practice (validated by Middlesex University)
  • CPD courses in Core Process Psychotherapy and Supervision Training
  • The Primal Sympathy: an Interdisciplinary Post-Graduate Training in Pre- and Perinatal Therapy : 2 Year Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Course
  • Craniosacral Biodynamics : Diploma Course 2 Year Professional Training
  • Advanced Seminars and Diploma in Cranioscaral Biodynamics

As well as

  • retreats
  • training in Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga.

Kidlington Zendo

Address: 23 Osborne Close   Kidlington Oxfordshire OX5 1TU
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: 01865 371109
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Main Contact: Michael Pockley  Email  (Phone: 01865 371109)
Teacher: Michael Pockley  
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This group has migrated to Oxford, although may sometimes meet in Kidlington, particularly next year.

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Lama Ngedon Drime

Address: 27 Chantry Drive   East Ayton North Yorkshire YO13 9EY
Tradition: Vajrayana, Karma Kagyu and Soto Zen
Phone: 01723 862496
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Lama Ngedon Drime's aim is to promote the benefits of practicing a joint Vegan/ Buddhist lifestyle as a way of developing compassion in action.

Lancaster Serene Reflection Meditation Group

Tradition: Mahayana, Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, Soto Zen
Affiliation: Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey
Phone: (0) 1524 593621
Contact: Kate  (Phone: +44 1524 39918)
Contact: Paul  (Phone: +44 1524 593621)
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The Lancaster Serene Reflection Meditation Group was formed in 1980. We meet on Mondays at 7.30pm at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster, which is next door to the railway station. The first time you come, one of our experienced members will talk to you about our practice and give you meditation instruction. The style of meditation we practice is called ‘serene reflection meditation’ – we are part of the Soto Zen tradition of Buddhism.

The group is affiliated to The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. The Order is dedicated to the practice of the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition, known as Ts’ao-Tung Ch’an in China and Sōtō Zen in Japan. The Order was established by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett to serve as the international umbrella organization for the monasteries, priories (local temples), and meditation groups led by priests of our lineage in Britain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. The group has strong connections with Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey, a Zen Buddhist monastery and retreat centre situated in Northumberland - its Abbot is Rev Master Daishin Morgan. Senior members of the monastic community there, regularly visit the group, and also lead short retreats in Lancaster. They are also available on request to give private spiritual counselling to group members.

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