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Totnes Meditation Group

Address: 44 High Street   Totnes Devon TQ9 5SQ
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: Gaia House
Phone: 01803 520798
E-mail: andrew@bodatcha.plus.com
Website: http://totnes-meditation-group.org/
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Notes and Events:

We are a friendly independent Buddhist meditation group meeting weekly on Thursday nights at 7:30pm in Birdwood House, Totnes.


Triratna Hereford

Address: Saxon Hall, Hoarwithy Road   Hereford Herefordshire
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: Triratna Buddhist Community
E-mail: mhwesthope@yahoo.co.uk
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/triratna.hereford/about/?ref=page_internal
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Meditation and Buddhism in Herefordshire for beginners and those already practicing with Triratna.
 
Led by members of the Triratna Buddhist Order.


Tumbleweed Zen

Address: 40 Ambleside Drive Headington   Oxford OX3 0AQ
Tradition: Mahayana, Lin Chi (Rinzai) Zen, Hsu Yun branch
E-mail: pockley@gmail.com
Website: http://praguezen.blogspot.co.uk/
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Main Contact: Michael Pockley  Email  
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We are a very informal group which meets in members' homes in and around Oxford. 

We meet for meditation and friendship. If you are a beginner and would like to be taught to meditate, please feel free to ask - there's more than one ordained Zen priest available to help.

However,  tuition is entirely voluntary and so long as you sit still on the cushion and breathe quietly, you are free to meditate with whichever technique you personally prefer.

For those going through a difficult period (i.e. life), Zen counselling is available. That's the same as normal counselling, only it's free.

If you seek a "religious" experience - rituals, special clothes, etc. - then you will find us rather dull. Fortunately Oxford is very well served by groups which can provide a "cultural" approach to Buddhism, from the rich colour of the Tibetans to the hardcore austerity of Japanese Zen. However, if you like the idea of sitting in peace on a black cushion for about half an hour, followed by tea, biscuits and friendly conversation, we should suit you well.  

You will not see a schedule on our website - we don't have one. If someone says, "I can host next Thursday at 7 pm!" then all those on the mailing list will be informed. Newcomers are not expected to host - in fact, nothing is expected of anyone except turning up when they've said they will!

There is no charge for anything. If, after meditation, you drink a lot of tea and eat a lot of biscuits, then you can donate tea and biscuits. That's all. 


UK Bodhi Association

Address:  
Tradition: Vajrayana, Tibetan tradition, Nyingmapa school
E-mail: europebodhi@gmail.com
Website: http://www.buddhistweb.org/index.php/bodhi-institute/introducing-the-european-bodhicitta-society-ebs
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Main Contact: Sheng Lei Lei  Email  (Phone: +44 7912523582)
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Introducing the European Bodhicitta Society (EBS)
 
The European Bodhicitta Society has been established under the guidance of Khenpo SoDargye from Serthar Buddhist Institute (Larung Gar) of Serthar district situated in the province of Sichuan. With the purpose of promoting the spirit of Mahayana Buddhism to benefit everyone in Europe, the European Bodhicitta Society was founded on the first of August in 2009. After two years of development, the number of members has increased from three to over 40 people living in different European countries.

The EBS promotes the Mahayana Buddhist teachings by integrating theories with practices. It plays a proactive role in advocating charity, such as environmental and animal conservation, popularising vegetarianism and in encouraging social cohesion and development.

Under the teachings of Buddha and the guidance of Khenpo SoDargye, the EBS, as well as all its members, strive to promote the theories and practices of Buddhism to everyone in Europe and to let everyone find true happiness.

Our study approaches

Based on Khenpo SoDargyes requirements, the European Bodhicitta Society has set up three study groups, namely: Preliminary practice of Great Perfection (Dzogchen) Study Group, Study Group B, which mainly study Shantidevas Bodhisattva way of life (Bodhicaryavatara) and a new class introduced in 2012. Beside this, each year, the European Bodhicitta Society will commence new study groups, these include the Preliminary practice of Great Perfection, Pure Land class, and Bodhicaryavatara study group. We also aim to initiate a study group focusing on Vajrayana practice such as Dzogchen, and other classes such as Madhyamika (Middleway) and Pramana (Buddhist Logic).

Our main study approach is by mean of online discussions, which takes place every week. In addition, occasionally, our UK Bodhicitta Socieity also holds some seminars physically. All our studies are managed by Serthar Buddhist Institute. Serthar Buddhist Institute provides learning materials, records our study performance and statistics, arranges lesson plans, organises exams and awards, evaluates the teaching achievements after the end of each semester and issues related certificates and prizes. Moreover, the European Bodhicitta Society is supervised by a specially appointed monastic from the Institute.

The reasons for creating the Bodhicitta Society

The European Bodhicitta Society was founded during the financial crisis. In the era of materialism and when our life highly depends on money, an economic downturn has been particularly detrimental to many people. This is also the proof that money cannot bring sustainable happiness and does not solve the spiritual emptiness within us. Money cannot help us in finding the true purpose of life but rather deviates us from doing so. Many people spend a large proportion of their time on things and activities, which become meaningless when facing the pain, anxiety and fear. That is why we believe that the way of Dharma is the only way to real happiness and fulfilment. In light of this need, Khenpo SoDargye has called for the establishment of Bodhicitta society of which the EBS is also part of it.

Joining us

Dear friends, if you understand Chinese, if you have a loving heart, and if you wish to understand more about life and Buddhism, the European Bodhicitta Society is the right place for you. We welcome anyone regardless of race, name, age, nationality, education or religion. We provide free opportunities to study Buddhism, and work together to promote philanthropy, and social harmony. Please join us in exploring the potentials of compassion, and bring enlightenment to all living beings.


Uma Buddhist Centre

Address: St Johns Close Upperby  Carlisle Cumbria CA2 4JL
Tradition: Vajrayana, New Kadampa Tradition Tibetan
Affiliation: New Kadampa Tradition
Phone: 01228 594603
E-mail: info@uma.org.uk
Website: http://www.meditateincarlisle.org.uk
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Teacher: Kelsang Lhachog  
Spiritual Director: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso  
Notes and Events:

Uma Buddhist Centre offers a range of courses, study programmes and retreats.   Offering both a basic introduction to meditation and Buddhism as well as a more in-depth study.  We provide Educational talks to schools and groups and we also run weekly classes in Carlisle, Brampton, Penrith, Cockermouth and Whitehaven.


UniDharma

Address: Via Cairoli, 11 (4° piano)   Genova Liguria 16123
Tradition: Mahayana, Chinese Zen (Chan)
E-mail: info@unidharma.it
Website: http://www.unidharma.it
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Teacher: Da Xing Fa Shi  
Spiritual Director: Da Xing Fa Shi  Email  (Phone: +39 3331413195)
Notes and Events:

Buddhist meditation (Chan) with Buddhist monks. Study and traditions of Buddhist texts. Dharma talks and Buddhist ceremonies.


University of Birmingham Buddhist Meditation group

Address: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Road   Birmingham B15 2TU
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Affiliation: Sessions are led by experienced Buddhists practising within the Triratna Buddhist Community
E-mail: buddhist@guild.bham.ac.uk
Website: https://www.guildofstudents.com/studentgroups/societies/buddhist/
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We meet every Wednesday 3-5pm - check our facebook page or email us for rooms.


University of Sunderland Samatha Group

Address: Postal contact:Kath Jones 15, North Terrace Oxhill Stanley Co. Durham DH9 7LD, UK   Sunderland Tyne & Wear
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: Samatha Trust, UK National Organisation
Phone: 01207 283361
E-mail: kathannejones@gmail.com
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For details, see: http://www.samatha.org/what-we-offer/classes/sunderland


Valdarno International Meditation Group

Address: La Costa 8   Cancelli Toscana 50066
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: Samadhe Viharaya Firenze
Phone: +39 338 3429115
E-mail: anapanasatibhavana@aol.com
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Teacher: Upasaka Stefano  
Notes and Events:

Siamo un gruppo di meditazione e studio del Dhamma. Pratichiamo la meditazione Samatha Vipassana Yuganaddha. Spediamo libri di molte tradizioni Buddhiste in molte lingue gratuitamente previa Dana per coprire le spese di spedizione dei libri e aiutare nel nostro progetto.

Offriamo corsi di meditazione per la tranquillità interiore (Samatha Bhavana) nella vostra associazione o palestra. Per meditare non devi aderire a una specifica tradizione o religione. Solo nelle zone di Firenze/Reggello/Pontassieve.   

Il nostro progetto è quello di creare un centro residenziale di studio e meditazione non settario nell'alto Valdarno Toscano. Per coloro che fossero interessati al nostro progetto ci possono contattare per ulteriori informazioni.


Varapunya Buddhist Society

Address: 92 Constitution Street   Aberdeen Scotland AB24 5EX
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 01224 632557
E-mail: varapunya@gmail.com
Website: http://www.varapunyabuddhistsociety.org
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Teacher: Ven. Sujan  
Notes and Events:

Varapunya meditation centre was set up in September 2012 along with pious devotees Venerable Sujan set up  as a centre for study and practice of Buddhist meditation in Aberdeen, Scotland. It is a centre for learning and sharing personal direct experiences of practicing meditation for a better understanding of its concept and practice in order to apply in daily life and enhancement of spiritual journey.

The guiding principles of the Centre’s activities are primarily based on the teachings of the Buddha within the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. The centre also offers secular Mindfulness based courses to help you to build foundation for better understanding of personal life, relationships and professional work.


Veneto International Buddhist Meditation Centre

Address: Via Aquileia 21, Verona   verona Veneto 37135
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 0039 0452587886
Fax: 0039 0452587886
E-mail: veronatemple@gmail.com
Website: http://www.veronatemple.com
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Treasurer: Ms Renata Pasi.  (Phone: 0039 3394850164)
secretary: Mr.Lesli Asoka Vedamuhandiram  (Phone: 0039 3287665276)
Main Contact: Mr Ivano Galeotti  Email  (Phone: 0039 3929635700)
Teacher: Rev Franz Zampiero  
Spiritual Director: Rev Gammedagama Piyadassi Thero  Email  (Phone: 0039 3277786511)


Vipassana Haarlem

Address: Nieuwe Gracht 86zw, Haarlem   Haarlem Noord-Holland 2011 NK
Tradition: Theravada, Mahasi Sayadaw
Phone: +31 23 202 67 69
E-mail: info@vipassanahaarlem.nl
Website: http://www.vipassanahaarlem.nl/
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Notes and Events:

Vipassana Haarlem offers beginner courses as well as meditation groups and days for more experienced meditators.


Vipassana in Rosenheim

Address: Max-Josefs-Platz 22   Rosenheim Bayern 83022
Tradition: Theravada
E-mail: Gregor@Joepgen.net
Website: http://www.Vipassana-Rosenheim.de
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Main Contact: Gregor Joepgen  Email  (Phone: +49 (0)178 1706517 )


Vivekarama

Address: Mowbray Villa 16 St Bedes Terrace Sunderland   Sunderland Tyne & Wear SR2 8HS
Tradition: Theravada, Burmese
E-mail: nandapala43@googlemail.com
Website: http://www.vivekarama.org.uk
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Main Contact: Venerable Dr Ashin Nandapala  Email  
Notes and Events:

Our aims: 

  1. To practise, propagate and perpetuate Buddhism and in particular Theravada Buddhism.
  2. To make provision for religious ceremonies for Buddhists.
  3. To provide facilities for training and education in regard to Buddhism.
  4. To provide opportunities and accommodation for fellowship and debate in regard to Buddhism.
  5. To establish or to secure the establishment of a centre for the above activities to be known as the Vivekarama Meditation Centre (hereinafter referred to as “V.M.C.”) and of such centre or centres for the above activities as may from time to time be practicable and desireable.

Why Sunderland? 

Sunderland does need a Buddhist Centre.

There has been no Buddhist monastery in Sunderland and the nearest one is approximately 30 miles away in Hexham. With great help from The Venerable Ashin Nandapala, Vivekarama Charity is established in Sunderland. It is going to be the first Buddhist Monastery founded in the city.


Wake Up Edinburgh

Address: Himalaya Centre, 20 South Clerk Street   Edinburgh Scotland EH8 9PR
Tradition: Mahayana, Zen
Affiliation: Wake Up International; Thich Nhat Hanh
E-mail: edinburgh@wkup.org
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/307054879386245/
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We are a group of young people, aged 16 - 40, who come together to practise the art of mindfulness in the midst of everyday life.

Mondays 6:30-8:30


Wat Abhidhamma Buddhavihara

Address: Russia, Saint Petersburg, Gorelovo, Dachnaya sSreet., 182  
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: 8-812-421-07-24
E-mail: info@buddhavihara.ru
Website: http://www.buddhavihara.ru
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Spiritual Director: Phra Ajahn Chatree Hemapandha  Email  
Teacher: Sayadaw Ashin Veluriya  
Main Contact: Anton Andreev  Email  
Notes and Events:

Wat Adhidhamma Buddhavihara is a theravada monastery, which was founded by Phra Ajahn Chatree Hemapandha and the Sangha of Thailand.

We have a ceremony every Sunday:

13.00 - chanting Buddhist mantra

14.00 - ceremony of Sangha dana

14.30 - Dhamma talk by monks of Buddhavihara

15.00 - sitting and walking meditation

16.00 - mantra of blessings

17.00 - lesson of thai or burmanese language

 Every first weekend of every months we offer to participate in retreat.


Wat Buddha Piyawararam Meditation Center

Address:   Frankfurt
Tradition: Theravada, Mahasi Sayadaw
E-mail: buddhapiya@msn.com
Website: http://watthaigoetzenhain.de.to/verein-mitgliedschaft.html
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Teacher: Ajaan Chanestr, Ajaan Ofer, Ajaan Sakkarin  
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Wat Buddha Piyawararam Meditation Center

Address: (Thailandische Buddhisten e.v. Meditationszentrurm) Dietzenbacher strasse 6 Dreieich-Gotzenhain Frankfurt 63303 Germany   Frankfurt
Tradition: Satipatthana Vipassana
Affiliation: Mahasi Sayadaw Lineage
Phone: 49 61 038 33253
EMail: buddhapiya@msn.com
Website: http://www.buddhapiya.org
Spiritual Director: Ven. PhraThepsitthajaan (Thong Sirimangalo) 
Teachers: Ajaan Chanestr, Ajaan Ofer,Ajaan Sakkarin 


Wat Buddhabharami TDKV e. V.

Address: Wöschenhof 11   Hamburg - Tonndorf Hamburg 22045
Tradition: Theravada
Affiliation: Dhammadhutas Mönchgemeinschaft Europa
Phone: 040 / 793 00 232
Fax: 040 / 793 00 234
E-mail: wbh@wat-hh.de
Website: http://www.wat-hh.de
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Spiritual Director: Phrakhru Khunasarasophon Gunasampanno  Email  (Phone: 040/79300235)
Notes and Events:

Thailändisch - Deutscher Kulturverein, zum Erhalt und Ausbau eines buddhistichen Tempel in Hamburg, als Halt und Zufluchtsort für alle Menschen die das innere Glück suchen. Es werden regelmäßig traditionelle buddhistische und thailändische Zeremonien und Feste durchgeführt. Gäste sind herzlich willkommen.


Wat Dhammapateep

Address: Kouterdreef 37   Mechelen Antwerpen B-2800
Tradition: Theravada
Phone: +32 15 290099
E-mail: info:watdhammapateep.be
Website: http://www.watdhammapateep.be
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President: Waldimar Van der Elst  Email  
Main Contact: President  Email  (Phone: Waldimar Van der Elst)
Spiritual Director: Phra Khruvinaithorn  Email  (Phone: Somsak Subhalert)
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Thai Theravada Buddhist Temple and Socio-Cultural Association.

Activities: Meditation, Dhamma Retreat, Novice Training, Language School (Thai, Dutch), Thai Traditional Dance School, Thai Vegetal Sculpture, Thai Theravada and Culture Info session.


Wat Phra Dhammakaya Manchester

Address: Edgeley Road, Edgeley, Stockport, SK3 0TL Manchester M6 6WY   Manchester
Tradition: Theravada, Thai
Affiliation: Dhammakaya Foundation
Phone: .+(44)-161-477-4947 0798 915 8874, 0754 018 5853,
E-mail: watmanchester@hotmail.com
Website:
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Teacher: Phra Wud Suvuddhiko Phra Surin Mahavayamo Phra Nicholas Thanissaro  
Spiritual Director: Phra Wud Suvuddhiko  
Contact: Phra Nicholas Thanissaro  
Notes and Events:

How to get here?

By car: from M60 exit at junction 2 about 2 minutes

By train: from Manchester Piccadilly leave at Stockport

By bus: bus number 11, X69, 368, 369, 371, 383


Wat Phra Singh UK

Address: 88 High Street, Runcorn WA7 1JH   Cheshire
Tradition: Theravada, Thai
Affiliation: Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai Thailand
Phone: 01928 575444 (Temple) 01928 723422 (Home) 0151 420 9515 (Office)
Website: http://www.watphrasinghuk.org/2.html
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Main Contact: Tony Collacott Trustee of Wat Phra Singh UK  Email  (Phone: 0777 601 1975)
Spiritual Director: Luang Por Sopano.  
Notes and Events:

We are very pleased to announce that we exchanged contracts to purchase The Waterloo Hotel, 88 High Street, Runcorn WA7 1JH on Friday 21 December 2012 and completion is set for 18 January 2013. That is when the hard work really starts !! Keep checking our website or our Facebook pages for news ....

EMail:

thirasak@watphrasinghuk.org

trustees@watphrasinghuk.org

tony@watphrasinghuk.org


Waveney Valley Buddhist Society

Address: 45 Common Road Bressingham   Diss Norfolk IP22 2AY
Tradition: Vajrayana, Kagyu, Nyingma, all other traditions welcome
Affiliation: Tibetan
Phone: 01379 687360
E-mail: alexanderzangmo@googlemail.com
Website: http://www.waveneymeditation.co.uk
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Main Contact: Ani Kunlek Zangmo  Email  (Phone: 01379 687360)
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Small, informal, monthly house meeting with meditation, prayers and reflective sharing on a chosen topic. Weekly meditation sessions. Help offered with individual queries. Other events include meditation courses with invited teachers and practice days. People of any faith or none welcome.


West London Buddhist Centre

Address: 45a Porchester Road   Paddington London W2 5DP
Tradition: Non-Sectarian, Triratna Buddhist Community
Affiliation: Triratna Buddhist Community
Phone: 020 7727 9382
E-mail: info@wlbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.westlondonbuddhistcentre.com/
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Teacher: Paramananda  
President: Atula  
Founder: Sangharakshita  
Main Contact: Ratnaprabha  Email  (Phone: 020 7727 9382)
Notes and Events:

A centre for meeting Buddhists, and for learning meditation and mindfulness. We have courses in meditation and Buddhism, as well as yoga, Chi Kung and other disciplines.  There is a library, yoga studio, two shrine rooms, and a meeting space with cultural activities.  Visit any weekday 10:30-7, or for classes on weekdays at 1pm, Saturdays at 10am, or Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays at 7pm.  westlondonbuddhistcentre.com for our activities and bookings.


West Wight Sangha

Address: Yew Tree Cottage Weston Road  Totland Bay Isle of Wight PO39 0EY
Tradition: Non-Sectarian
Phone: 001983756884
E-mail: stephen-parker@supanet.com
Website: http://west-wight-sangha.blogspot.com/
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Main Contact: Stephen Parker  Email  (Phone: 01983756884)
Notes and Events:

The West Wight is the Western side of the Isle of Wight, situated off the Southern coast of England. There is a thriving Buddhist community on the Island made up of a number of different groups. The West Wight group, or Sangha, is non-denominational and meets weekly, Tuesday 19:00 - 21:00 to meditate and discuss the Dharma, the Buddhas teachings.


Western Chan Fellowship

Address: c/o 24 Woodgate Avenue, Bury   LANCS Lancashire BL9 7RU
Tradition: Mahayana, Chan
Phone: +44 (0) 1617611945
E-mail: teacher@westernchanfellowship.org
Website: http://www.westernchanfellowship.org
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Spiritual Director: Dr Simon Child  Email  
Teacher: Dr Simon Child  
Contact: Simon Child (Teacher)  Email  (Phone: 0161 761 1945)
Notes and Events:

The Western Chan Fellowship provides a programme of intensive Chan (Chinese Zen) retreats in the UK. We are a lay organisation who have fully authorised teachers who have received Dharma Transmission from Chan Master Sheng-yen. Refer to our website for details of our current programme.

We also have a network of local Chan groups in the UK and in some parts of Europe. Our website gives contact details and locations.

Our website holds an extensive library of Dharma teachings and other literature such as retreat reports by past participants on our retreats.


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