A UK-registered charity, Bethnal Green’s London Buddhist Centre at number 51 Roman Road has long been a place to dip out of the city and into a space of connectedness and calm. Located in a Victorian Grade II listed former fire station, this Roman Road institution has been welcoming Londoners to OMMMM in its expert-led meditation, yoga and mindfulness classes since it was founded in 1978.
Supported by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council, the London Buddhist Centre offers drop in meditation sessions on almost every day of the week, along with a packed schedule of events, which include yoga, meditation, poetry nights and monthly retreats to their beautiful second home in the serene Suffolk countryside. Evening classes and workshops here might range from creative writing courses to talks from leading Buddhist practitioners.
Outreach work at the London Buddhist Centre also includes entire programmes focusing on meditation and mindfulness to promote health and wellbeing in local businesses, schools and the local community. While the Breathing Space faction focuses on eight week courses led at the Buddhist Centre with a focus on combating stress, anxiety, depression and addiction through the mode of mindfulness and meditation.
Not just a place to zen out to a soul-soothing guided meditation, the London Buddhist Centre also plays host to an ever-rotating roster of events. Monthly events include poetryEast, a live poetry night in which published poets take to the stage to wax lyrical while one off lectures and seminars exploring Buddhism in the context of our world offer light mid-week enlightenment.
London Buddhist Centre Suffolk Retreat
Offering the opportunity to break from your screens and the stresses of everyday life, the London Buddhist Centre also offers a retreat in the Suffolk countryside, giving its members the opportunity to recalibrate in a space that’s truly conducive to calm. The Vajrasana Buddhist Centre is a haven nestled into verdant British pastures. Designed by Walters and Cohen, the architecture combines a bare, modernist aesthetic with the stripped back principles of Dharma for a completely refreshing space to reconnect with the present moment.