Current Programme

Buddhist Centre Programme for Spring 2020

The current programme of evening meditation, discourse and discussion and weekend Buddhism courses.

Buddhist teachings are traditionally given freely, but the Centre relies on voluntary support. If you wish to contribute, suitable donations are: evening/day classes £3.50/£1.50 waged/unwaged; weekend courses suggested donations per day £10 waged. At weekends, a light lunch is normally available but you are welcome to bring your own food.

We do not provide printed programmes. Please check this website from time to time for updates on the programme.
The Summer 2020 Programme will start after Easter on Monday 20 April.

Monday Evenings

Basic Meditation

6 January – 30 March, 7.30 – 9.00pm

Drop-in meditation classes. Simple guided meditations to develop a peaceful mind and a happy heart. Suitable for all. Please ensure that you arrive by 7:20 as we start promptly.

Wednesday Evenings

Silent Sitting Meditation

8 January – 1 April , 7.30 – 8.15pm

A silent, unguided sitting meditation of about 45 minutes. Suitable for those with prior experience. These sessions may not always go ahead, so please check with to avoid disappointment. Please ensure that you arrive by 7:20 as we start promptly.

Thursday Evenings

A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

9 January – 2 April, 7.30 – 9.00pm

Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara serves both as a guide to Buddhist practice and as an expression of the aspiration to benefit all sentient beings. Written in the early eighth century, Shantideva’s observations and advice can be as helpful today as they were then. Selected readings from his text will be followed with a short discourse, reflection and discussion. During this programme, we will mainly studying the meditation and wisdom chapters. Suitable for all.


We continue with weekend courses offered by Jamyang Bath at the Lam Rim Bristol Buddhist Centre. We currently have details of one course during this programme but more are being planned:

A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life – Chapter 4

Led by Andy Wistreich and Shan Tate

Sunday 12 January, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Shantideva’s ‘A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ is probably one of the most important texts in all of Mahayana Buddhism. Chapter 4 addresses conscientiousness.
This Mind of Enlightenment (Bodhicitta) is an altruistic attitude of universal compassion. It is possible for any human to develop it through study and practice. It brings great happiness to oneself and others, and it clears away all the obstacles and problems of our life.
Andy and Shan have been teaching Buddhism worldwide for over 30 years. As well as clear and inspiring teaching, there will be plenty of scope for discussion and meditation, making for a very lovely retreat day.
No booking required – just drop in. More details here.

Tsog Days

The following are Tsog Days during this programme:

  • Sunday 5 January
  • Sunday 19 January
  • Tuesday 4 February
  • Tuesday 18 February
  • Wednesday 4 March
  • Wednesday 18 March
  • Friday 3 April

The following are Festival Days:

  • Monday 9 March: Buddha’s Day of Miracles

Tibetan New Year is on Monday 24 February: Iron Mouse Year 2148

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