Welcome to the Buddhist Council of Wales site. Here you will find details of events, information and news relating to the organisations which are members of the Council and also to other Buddhist organisations – a resource for all Buddhists in Wales.

Sunday 30 November 2014

Lam Rim Buddhist Centre in Raglan, Wales


Lam Rim Buddhist Centre

The Lam Rim Buddhist Centre is a Charitable Trust founded in 1978. Its aim is to maintain an educational programme of Buddhist teachings based on the finest principles of meditation, human growth and personal development. The Spiritual Director is the Ven. Geshe Damcho Yonten, formerly Abbot of Samtenling in Norba, Ladakh, and graduate of Drepung Monastic University, Lhasa.The Centre is situated in beautiful countryside in South Wales. Pentwyn Manor is a well built, nicely appointed, Mock Tudor style house which stands in 81/2 acres of field garden and coppice, amid rolling farmland close to The Black Mountains. This delightful setting provides a peaceful atmosphere which is highly conducive to meditative reflection.

Accommodation is available for groups or individuals, either in shared bedrooms or in a limited number of single rooms. Everyone is welcome whether their interest is to attend a course, to make meditation retreat, or just to visit the Centre for a quiet weekend or to find out more about what's going on. Delicious vegetarian food is provided which is as much appreciated as one of the highlights of a weekend at Lam Rim. Many of the vegetables are grown in the Centre's own garden. In order to preserve an environment which is calm and conducive to a contemplative life, visitors as well as residents are requested to observe the five Buddhist precepts undertaken by all lay Buddhists; avoidance of killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and the taking of intoxicants.

Prayer Path at Lam Rim Buddhist Centre Wales
Long term individual retreats and/or study facilities are now available in The Coach House. This is set apart from the main Centre, and has recently been converted into 4 self-contained apartments by Andrew Yeats of ECOARC.

The programme of weekend courses presented by the Centre is both interesting and varied, extending beyond a purely Buddhist theme to include courses in Yoga, Tai Chi and Alternative Therapies. Meditative training of several types is also available according to a carefully constructed programme. In addition to this regular programme, from time to time Lam Rim and its residents and friends are blessed by the presence of visiting High Lamas who have come to Europe from India in order to give teachings and initiations into the practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

We are a community of individuals who are committed to the aims of the centre. Many of us have been involved in the centre's activities since it started in 1978.

Saturday 29 November 2014

Sounds of Silence - Soundcloud for Aro Ling Buddhist Centre in Cardiff

Aro Ling Buddhist Centre offers supportive material to help people with their practice. They have created a stream on Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/aro-ling-cardiff.

There are three files on their Soundcloud at the moment to aid meditation practice: 10 minutes, 15 minutes and 20 minutes of silence with a bell at the end to signal the end of the meditation session. It can be distracting to be clock-watching while we are meditating, but sometimes we have limited time, so now you can run one of these files for your chosen length of practice and relax, knowing that a bell will sound at the end of the session.  Aro Ling Cardiff says that you can let them know if you would like longer sessions and they will be happy to make the files for you.

It is possible to follow Aro Ling Cardiff at Soundcloud, and there is an app for mobiles that can be downloaded, so that you can always have your timed silence with you for a meditation session.

Sunday 2 November 2014

Westerm Chan Fellowship - Cardiff & Mid-Wales

The Western Chan Fellowship was formed in 1997 and registered as a charity in 1998. It was based on a network of local groups which formed following the first teaching visit to the UK in 1989 of the Venerable Chan Master Dr Sheng Yen. Master Sheng Yen was the Abbot of two monasteries in Taiwan and head of the Institutes of Chung Hwa Buddhist Culture in Taiwan and New York. 

Cardiff Chan Group

Cardiff Chan Group's aim is to offer a mutually supportive environment for individuals who wish to develop their own practice. There is no requirement to be Buddhist.

Cardiff's group leader is Eddy Street, a Retreat Leader within the Western Chan Fellowship, who has over 30 years experience behind him.

Rob Stratton is the primary contact for any enquiries about activities. Rob is an approved Meditation Instructor with the Western Chan Fellowship.

Practice days and Weekend Retreats

The practice days are designed to help practitioners - Buddhist or otherwise - develop their own meditation practice.

A 'drop in' Practice Day format of gentle sitting has been developed, which both more experienced practitioners and beginners seem to find equally helpful. The day is organised so that individuals may come and go depending on their own needs and interests. Some stay all day, others for part of the day.

Meditation instruction for beginners is available before the start of the day and is best arranged beforehand.

Instruction and talks are given either by Eddy Street or Rob Stratton.

Current activities in Cardiff are postponed until further notice and further updates or news will be added to the website and sent via the mailing list.

Rob Stratton by tel: 029 20 229 665 or e-mail or subscribe to the mailing list

Mid-Wales Chan Group

The Mid-Wales Chan (Chinese Zen) meditation group meets monthly on a Saturday, at Pant-y-Dwr (7 miles north of Rhayader, on the Llanidloes road).

Meetings start at 10 a.m. and consist of two 40 minute sits separated by 10 minutes kinhin walking meditation, followed by discussion, tea and biscuits, finishing around 12.30 p.m.

John Senior by tel: 01597 870 277 or e-mail

Sunday 26 October 2014

Samatha Trust - Llanfyllin, Llangunllo & Pembrokeshire

The Trust's purpose is to foster the development of Samatha Meditation, a traditional technique of self-cultivation leading to inner-strength, tranquility and knowledge. The meditation method has its origins in ancient India, but developed over recent centuries in Thailand and was brought to Britain in 1963.

The Trust has a national centre in Wales, a converted farmhouse with individual accommodation, forest meditation huts and a purpose built shrine hall, where regular courses for beginners and experienced meditators are held in a rural setting. The grounds consist of more than 80 acres of hill country, including rivers, footpaths and substantial areas of woodland.

Local classes offering instruction in meditation are held in many parts of Britain. Other activities from time-to-time include: groups for experienced meditators and study groups working on aspects of Southern Buddhist (Theravada) theory, practice and texts; chanting; celebration of puja and occasional work relating to Mahayana and other traditions.

The Samatha Trust is constituted by Deeds of Trust and is a registered charity, No. 266367 (est. 1973).

There are regular meetings and classes held in Llanfyllin, Llangunllo and Pembrokeshire.

Monday 20 October 2014

Rissho Kosei-kai Dharma Time study

Join Rissho Kosei-kai members and friends from accross Europe and Africa for the Dharma Time online study group covering the basic teachings of Buddhism on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm.

For details on how to connect please email Rev Mizumo or RK-UK.

Friday 17 October 2014

Palpung Changchub Dargyeling

Palpung Changchub Dargyeling 

Palpung Changchub Dargyeling is a Karma Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist Centre under the spiritual guidance of His Eminence 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche.
It is located in Brynmawr, Wales, in the midst of the beautiful landscapes of the Welsh Valleys. The Centre has a resident teacher, Venerable Choje Lama Rabsang, whose guidance and teachings are available for Buddhist students as well as anyone interested in exploring Buddhism.

The Centre´s focus is to preserve the unbroken pure lineage of Buddha Dharma and to serve humanity and every sentient being, bringing harmony and peace in this world. Towards that aim the Centre holds regular courses, retreats and events as well as group practices on auspicious days and hosts visits of great Buddhist Masters. There are Meditation Classes introducing one to Calm Abiding meditation, every Tuesday and Sunday as well as long term courses on Mindfulness Meditation.

The Centre has a cosy lounge and library, just call ahead to ensure someone is in. Everyone is very welcome!


Wednesday 15 October 2014

Autumn at Aro Ling Cardiff - Nyingma Buddhism

The Autumn programme at Aro Ling Cardiff is detailed below.

Monday closed
Tuesday 19:00–20:30 Meditation Group – open group, all welcome
Wednesday 14:00–15:00 Tibetan Yoga – through these movements Mind finds itself in its own free space
Wednesday 15:45–16:15 Children’s Story-time – stories from Buddhist Traditions
Wednesday 17:30–18:30 Tibetan Yoga – through these movements Mind finds itself in its own free space
Thursday 19:00–20:30 Courses on Vajrayana Buddhism – for details see below
Friday 10:30–11:30 Tibetan Yoga – through these movements Mind finds itself in its own free space
Friday 12:00–13:00 Guided Meditation – enjoy a delightfully different lunchtime break
Saturday 10:00–12:00 1st Saturday of the month: Meditation – discover the spaciousness of Mind, & learn how to start or establish a regular practice
Saturday 10:00–12:00 Other Saturdays – courses & events – for details see below
Sunday closed (unless we are running a weekend event)

Upcoming courses:

The Body of Visions – 
the rich and dramatic symbolism of inner Tantra
Thursdays, 5 week course, 19:00 – 20:30, 06 Nov – 04 Dec, £6 per night, or £25 for the course
These five weeks will explore tantric theory and imagery, and practices of vision, voice, gesture, and music. It will include an evening of empowerment, and a presentation of Tibetan Tantric arts. Attend for particular evenings or for the whole course.
Week 1: The path of transforming ordinary appearance into realised appearance
Week 2. Tantric imagery – a visual presentation
Week 3: Padmasambhava – Guru Rinpoche, the tantric Buddha
Week 4: Yeshé Tsogyel and other important women in Tibetan Buddhism
Week 5: Empowerment and the Vajra Master

Tibetan Yoga through these movements Mind finds itself in its own free space. Saturdays, 3 week course, 10 – 12, 11 – 24 October, £15 for the course
Tibetan Yoga offers a range of exercises suitable for all ages, abilities and body types. The exercises range from simple to challenging, from low impact to high impact. It is an enjoyable practice that can benefit everyone.

Weaving the elements release neurosis into the skies of the elements Saturdays, 4 week course, 10 – 12, 08 – 29 November, £6 per session, or £20 for the course
Weave the elements earth, water, fire, air and space into thread cross designs and amulets to release oneself or others from neurosis and health problems. Discover the significance of the elements to our emotional state.

Thursday 4 September 2014

Yungdrung Bon Meditation Group, Swansea

Yungdrung Bon is the pre-Buddhist spiritual tradition of Tibet. Yungdrung Bon was taught by Buddha Tonpa Sherab in Wol-mo Loong-Ring (Shambala), he taught the indigenous people some causal Bon (Gyu-yi Bon) aspect of teachings, such as healing arts, prayer flag hoisting and medicinal plant fumigation.

Beginning from 8th century, Tibetans also imported Dharma from India. Since then, Tibet had two major religious traditions; Yungdrung Bon and Dharma. Yungdrung Bon has five sub-schools and Dharma with five sub-schools under their umbrella respectively. Both the traditions emphasise the generating of indiscriminate love and compassion and have similar views on the path. However, there are historical and geographical differences.


The focus of these evenings is on the Dzogchen Ngondro foundation practices which employ a combination of mantra, visualisation and meditation. Whilst these are generally associated with Yungdrung Bon (The Ancient Buddhism of Tibet) and Buddhism, their essence has Universal Application and can be adapted and utilized by anyone – regardless of the faith or belief system one ascribes to.

These sessions are FREE of charge however, if you wish to make donations, these are always most welcome. Offerings such as flowers, incense, candles, food etc. (ALL FRESH) can be brought in and dedicated for the benefit of yourself, your family / friends. This being a positive karmic act and if, at any point, you wish to sponsor / dedicate the prayers from any session for a particular purpose, please advise your local um-zey (prayer leader) / named organizer in order that these may be done.


In Wales, practices are held every Wednesday evening and there is also an all-day practice on every month.

Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:30 pm for 6:45pm start
Venue: Silver Horse Tibetan Buddhist Temple, 105 Sway Road, Morriston. SA6 6JD
Entry: Free. Donations welcome.
The focus of the first part of the evening is on the Dzogchen Ngondro foundation practices.

Each Dzog-chen Ngon-dro practice will commence with Dhe-chen Gyalpo (The King of Great Bliss), Mitak Gyud-kul (The Mortality Prayer), Sem-kyed (The Generation of Enlightened Mind), and Kyab-dro & Chak (The Seeking of Refuge) thereafter the following practices will be included on a rota basis:

Yig-gya (One Hundred Syllables) on the first week
Mandal Bulwa (Mandala Offering) on the second week
Lamei Neljor (Acquiring the Jang-chub Sem (Enlightened Mind) of the Lama on the third week
Nying-po Nam-soom (The Three Heart Essences) on the 4rth week – starting at the beginning of the rota the following week.

Following on from the rota-ed practice, we will either be saying the Dedication Prayer and proceeding to the Ngo-zhi practice or, if there are people in attendance who have not received the loong (transmission) of Dzog-chen Ngon-dro, we will have a short break to allow our guests to partake of refreshments –if they wish – and then to leave.

The second part of the evening focuses on Dzog-chen Ngo-zhi Principal practises and, as mentioned above, is only open to those who have received the loong of the Dzog-chen Ngon-dro. Again, these practices will be done on a rota – a different one each week - in the following order:

1) Ma-gyud (Gong-chöd Nam-soom) – first week
2) Phowa (Yeshe Sang-thel) – second week
3) Tse-drub (Jari ma) – third week
4) Chöd (Khadroi Ghe Gyang) – fourth week
5) Zhi-ney – fifth week
6) Du-tri su Drib-jong – sixth week
7) Trul-khor – seventh week
8) Sa-dhak Lu-nyen Chöd-thab – eighth week
9) Jam-ma Nying-thik – ninth week
10) Sherab Mawei Seng-ghe – tenth week.

At the end of the Ngo-zhi practice, we will conclude in the usual way with Yeshe Walmo and Ngo-wa Mönlam.

Amanda Nyima Lhadron, 01559 372273 or 07815 717848

Jane Pedma Lhamo, 02920 691792 or 07885 319969

Angela, Metok Lhaze, 01639 849541 or 07789 308434

ONE DAY A MONTH PRACTICE - This is held on the second Sunday of each month

VENUE: Silver Horse Tibetan Buddhist Temple, 105 Sway Road, Morriston. SA6 6JD unless alternative arrangements are made. Please contact the organisers to confirm.

TIME: 9.30 to 4.30 p.m. From morning to lunch Dzogchen Ngondro will be practised and is open to all. After lunch Jinpa Namzhi will be practised and this will be for practitioners who have received the loong (transmission) of the foundation practice of Dzog-chen Ngondro.

CONTACTS: as above.


The Dzogchen Ngondro practice day starts at 9.30am, ending about 5pm. Bring your own lunch, folders and equipment. This day is open to all including public.

This Group Practice day is free and donations are collected to cover the cost of the days venue.

Contacts: as above

Saturday 2 August 2014

Dharmavajra Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Swansea

Springfield House

Founded by the modern-day meditation master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 1993, Dharmavajra Kadampa Buddhist Centre exists to help people discover their own experience of inner peace through meditation and putting Buddha’s teachings into practice.

Buddhism has a timeless and universal relevance, and can be practised by anyone in any culture, regardless of race, gender or age. Through training in meditation and other Buddhist practices we can improve the quality of our lives by developing inner peace, compassion and wisdom.

Drop-in meditation classes in Swansea (Monday lunchtimes, Wednesday evenings, Family and Saturday mornings), Cardiff, Newport, Bridgend and Carmarthen will restart on Monday 1st September. There are also a variety of Free Public Talks and Day Courses and Meditation Workshops throughout the Autumn, plus a free Open Day on Saturday 13th September. You can stay in touch with the Centre with the monthly e-newsletter, on the Facebook page or by visiting Reception on Wednesdays from 12noon to 2pm.

Open day

Enjoy the Grade-II listed building, gardens, shop and Buddhist features on this special Open Day.

Feel free to explore the building and find out about its changing uses over the past 150 years and how it is now used to help people develop inner peace.

This event is free, with refreshments costing £1 each.

Saturday 13th September, 12noon to 4pm

Guided tour of Springfield House: 1pm to 1:30pm

Taster meditation session: 2pm to 2:30pm

Autumn 2014 Meditation Workshops & Day Courses

Saturday 27th September: Overcoming Anger Day Course

Learn meditation techniques to overcome anger and experience a lightness of body and mind..

11am to 4pm with registration and morning coffee from 10:30am.
£20 per person including lunch and refreshments.

Saturday 4th October: The Power of Mantra Workshop

An inspiring introduction into the practice of mantra and the many benefits it brings to our life.

10:30am to 1:30pm, with registration and morning coffee from 10am.
£10 per person including refreshments.

Saturday 29th November: Death and Dying Day Course

Learn how to prepare for death and help those who are dying or have recently died.

11am to 4pm with registration and morning coffee from 10:30am.
£20 per person including lunch and refreshments.

Saturday 13th December: Refuge and Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony

A Bodhisattva is a person who, motivated by great compassion, has developed a spontaneous wish to attain enlightenment for the sake of all living beings. By taking the Bodhisattva Vow he or she undertakes to follow the Bodhisattva's way of life by practicing the six perfections of giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration, and wisdom.

10:30am to 4:30pm, with registration and morning coffee from 10am.
£25 per person including lunch and refreshments.

Thursday 31 July 2014

Film night at Cardiff Buddhist Centre - Samsara

Film Night at Cardiff Buddhist Centre. Friday, 1st August, 18:00 hrs — Samsara

Samsara of course refers to the ever turning wheel of life, and Ron Fricke’s film captures the interconnections that link our existence by capturing sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. Like Koyaanisqatsi (see Film Night on 2nd May) before it, Samsara dispenses with dialogue and conventional narrative, and leaves it up to the viewers to draw their own interpretations. Join us for what promises to be a breathtaking non-verbal, visual guided meditation.

The film starts at 19:00, with supper beforehand (bring a dish to share) from 18:00.

Thursday 24 July 2014

Longchen Foundation

The Longchen Foundation is a community of Buddhist teachers and students practicing meditation in the Mahayana Maha-Ati (Dzogchen) tradition of Buddhism.

The Longchen Foundation was established in 1975 by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, both acknowledged as accomplished masters of the Kagyu-Nyingma and Nyingma traditions respectively and as two of the great meditation masters of the 20th century. They appointed Rigdzin Shikpo as spiritual director of the Longchen Foundation and entrusted him to realise their vision for the development and spread of the teachings.

Longchen’s mission is to preserve and disseminate the essence of the Buddha’s teaching, in accordance with Nyingma tradition, whilst at the same time creatively adapting its teaching style and methods to the needs of modern Western students. This rare combination – having ancient and authentic teachings and practices conveyed in a way that is directly applicable to our current times and culture is one of the unique hallmarks of the Longchen approach and something that those practising within the tradition value very highly. The emphasis throughout is to present the teachings directly in English using methods and language appropriate to Western students.

As a non monastic organisation, we emphasise the importance and potential of practising within every facet of life – family, work, relationships etc. Far from being a distraction to the path, with the right inspiration and connection to the teachings, the various challenges of our every day lives in the West can become opportunities to open more fully to our immediate experience and to develop wisdom and compassion in order to benefit others.

Local Groups

This is a newly formed Longchen group led by Andrew Patching and supported by Trish Bartley. We currently meet together in the evening at the Friends Meeting House in the centre of Bangor about once a month. There is a talk on one of the topics from the Path of Freedom programme, followed by discussion and a meditation period,. You are very welcome to stay for a cup of tea and a chat at the end.

You are invited to make a donation to cover costs of the evening.

For further information about the group and for the date of the next meeting, call Trish Bartley on 01758 721236 or email

call Pat MacDonald on 01766 513131 or email

Monday 21 July 2014

Rokpa Cardiff


Rokpa Cardiff is a branch of Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland, a Tibetan Buddhist Centre established in 1967 with branches worldwide.

Rokpa Cardiff is under the direct guidance of Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche and the Venerable Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, who are respectively the co-founder and Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling. They are known for their work worldwide, especially in the fields of humanitarian aid and interfaith dialogue.

Weekly Events

with Anthony Harris

The meditation will be led by Anthony Harris – a qualified psychotherapist, who started learning the techniques of meditation in 1980. These techniques have been handed down from teacher to student since the time of the Buddha. Anthony’s main teachers are from the Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery in Scotland. He has been running meditation classes on a regular basis for the last 10 years as part of Rokpa Cardiff – a branch of Samye Ling Monastery. After a busy day at work, or shopping in Cardiff, why not call in on your way home and learn how to be ‘more happy’ and ‘less stressed’ by learning these techniques for yourself. The meditation instruction is open to everyone.
There will be a donation bowl left out for the classes.



Every Tuesday
7.30pm – 8.30pm

Every Wednesday
7.00pm – 8.00pm


Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun
7.00am – 8.30am (8.30am – 9.45pm on Fri, Sat, Sun)

Every Sunday
5.30pm – 6.30pm
17 Princes Avenue
Caerphilly CF83 1HR

Every Sunday
6.30pm – 7.15pm

Please contact for further information

Friday 11 July 2014

Peace Mala - the voice of tolerance needs to be louder

peace mala 
"The voices of intolerance are all around us

– the voice of tolerance needs to be louder"

A Peace Mala is a symbolic bracelet that promotes friendship, respect and peace between the faiths and all people in our world. It cuts through all forms of prejudice and celebrates what makes us different from each other.
It is a vision for the future. Wearing the Peace Mala is a promise to help create a better world.

childrens hands wearing peace malas

A Peace Mala is a symbolic double rainbow bracelet that promotes friendship, respect and peace between people of all cultures, lifestyles, faiths, beliefs and none. It is a vision for the future. Wearing the Peace Mala is a promise to help create a better world.

More information on this organisation and their important work can be found at

Peace Mala Registered Office,
122 Clydach Road, Morriston, Swansea SA6 6QB, Wales UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 1792 774225
Registered Charity No. 1118053

Thursday 10 July 2014

Aro Ling Buddhist Centre - new programme

Aro Ling Buddhist Centre
Whitchurch, Cardiff

Aro is a Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist tradition concerned with transforming our experience of everyday being. We aim to engender creativity & spaciousness, sincere determination & natural gallantry, cheerful courage & perceptive consideration. Our teachers are not monks or nuns, but ordained Tantrikas who live quite ordinary lives. The Aro teachings come to us from a lineage of enlightened women, including a female Tantric Buddha, Yeshé Tsogyel, and the visionary Lama, Aro Lingma. The Vajrayana path is suited to those who appreciate humour and seek to use their everyday circumstances as the path to realisation.

Meditation Group
Tuesdays 19:00 – 20:30

Weekly meditation group - all welcome.
Suggested donation £5

New programme of events starts in September:

Day-time, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays:
Tibetan Yoga and meditation

Thursday evenings: 
Courses on Vajrayana Buddhism

Saturday mornings:
Workshops, courses and retreats

Call in to Aro Ling during the day
Wednesday, Thursday or Friday:

  • for private meditation practice
  • to browse the library
  • to enjoy a quiet space
  • to have a cup of tea and a chat
For full details go to aro-ling.org, call in, or visit our Meetup and Facebook pages

aro.ling.cardiff@gmail.com  07092 010756
rear of 35 Merthyr Road, Cardiff, CF14 1DB

Aro Ling Cardiff is staffed by volunteers and will be open as indicated to the best of our ability.
All teachers are ordained practitioners. Aro Ling Cardiff is a not-for-profit organisation. Any profit is donated to the Buddhist Charity, Sang-ngak-chö-dzong, registered charity number 1019886.

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Tiratanaloka Buddhist Retreat Centre, Talybont-on-Usk Brecon

Buddha in the Garden at Tiratanaloka

Tiratanaloka is a community of 8 Dharmacharinis living together, running retreats and taking care of the retreat centre. As the Tiratanaloka Ordination team they offer a training for ordination. This training has two aspects: getting to know and understand the Order, which is based on Sangharakshita’s vision, and deepening one’s practice to the point at which it becomes effective.


All retreats are either for women who have asked to join the Triratna Buddhist Order, called Going for Refuge retreats, or for Dharmacharinis, which include training for private preceptors and Post Ordination retreats for those recently ordained.

Click here for details on upcoming retreats.

Friday 20 June 2014

Satipanya Buddhist Retreat, Powys

The Satipanya Buddhist Trust is grounded in the Buddhist Tradition of Theravada as practised in South-East Asia.

Satipanya is located in Powys, Wales, in UK, south of Shrewsbury and near the Shropshire border.

Upcoming courses include:

Eleven Week Summer Course Mahasi Tradition

Sat. start dates: 05, 19, July; 02, 16, 30 Aug. 13 Sept. End: Sun. 21 Sept.

Eight Nights minimum from Sat pm to Sun am

A challenging course easily modified for beginners. Can stay for more than one week. Start on one of the listed Saturdays. Alternative Sun. possible for established meditators.

Day Retreat

Sat. 18 Oct.

Kick Start/Top up. Day long Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00 Please bring food to share.

Weekend Retreat

Fri. 24 Oct. @ 17.00

Sun.26 Oct. p.m.

Weekend.  An easier schedule with opportunity for discussion. Day retreatants also welcome.

For further information please visit the website

Saturday 14 June 2014

The Awakened Heart Sangha

The Awakened Heart Sangha (AHS) is a mandala of students, teachers and supporters continually evolving around the core principle of Openness Clarity and Sensitivity and the path of Awakening for all beings.

The Awakened Heart Sangha runs regular non-residential courses and residential retreats that are open to everyone, whether you are just making a tentative exploratory visit or whether you have been studying and practising for years. These events offer the opportunity to come together to practise intensively, to receive teachings from Lama Shenpen or other teachers, and to share mutual inspiration and support.

For information about current courses please see the Calendar of Events

Friday 13 June 2014

Natural Heroism teaching at Aro Ling Cardiff

Natural Heroism—and the martial arts associated with this principle—enable us to discover ourselves as heroes and heroines. We can discover strength and fearlessness, whilst also embracing gallantry, gentleness and honour.

Ngakma Sang-gyé will demonstrate the physical practices associated with Natural Heroism. She is a practitioner of Tactile Responsiveness Therapy—Tibetan Massage—and has over 20 years experience massaging people from all walks of life and levels of fitness and health.

Ngakma Sang-gyé will be teaching at Aro Ling Cardiff at 10am on Saturday 21st June. 

Saturday 7 June 2014

NATO SUMMIT 2014 PROTESTS IN WALES (August 30-5 September)

NATO SUMMIT 2014 PROTESTS IN WALES (August 30-5 September)


At this year's summit the US will be pressuring European governments to increase their already huge military budgets at a time when poverty and inequality are soaring. NATO expansion has contributed to a dangerous crisis in Ukraine threatening a regional war. The week of action will open on Saturday 30 August with a mass march through Newport. There will also possibly be an multi-faith vigil, details to be confirmed.To add your name or your organisation to the statement below please email



No to NATO. No to War. No to Austerity.

Statement issued by No NATO Newport 03.02.2014

Wales could see its biggest protests in a generation as 60 world leaders meet at the Celtic Manor in Newport for the NATO summit on 4th -5th September to plan their war on the world. Previous summits in Chicago and Strasbourg saw thousands protest war, austerity and global inequality.

From August 30th people will flock to South Wales for international actions including a weekend march and Counter Summit, week-long peace camp, and protests on the summit’s opening day.

NATO is the nuclear-armed military alliance binding Europe to US foreign policy, a foreign policy post-Iraq increasingly unpopular around the world. It is also the military alliance currently occupying Afghanistan.

War is the enemy of the poor. The world’s 85 richest people have as much as poorest 3.5 billion. The annual sum needed to end world hunger is $30 billion while the US Military’s budget is $530 billion per year.

Money into war is money out of our communities. In the UK, 500,000 people had to resort to food banks last year. While public services are slashed, one day of war in Afghanistan could fund 100,000 nurses.

This autumn the powerful will make their voices heard at the NATO summit. We must make sure that the voice of the millions around the world who need peace and justice is also heard.

Supported by - Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), People's Assembly Against Austerity, Public & Commercial Services Union (PCS), Student Assembly Against Austerity, Black Triangle, Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights, Veterans for Peace UK, Child Victims of War, CND Cymru, Plaid Cymru Youth, Green Left, Wales Green Party, Rhondda Cynon Taf UNISON, Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg/Welsh Language Society, Swansea Community Palestine Link, Swansea Action for Palestine, Swansea University People & Planet, Disarm Swansea University, Cardiff Stop the War Coalition, Aberystwyth Peace & Justice Network, Bro Emlyn for Peace & Justice, Bangor & Ynys Môn Peace & Justice, Plymouth Stop the War Coalition, Newcastle Stop the War Coalition, Newcastle Palestine Solidarity Campaign, North East People's Assembly, Food Not Bombs Wales, South Wales Anarchists, Socialist Resistance, Socialist Labour Party, Socialist Party Wales, Newport Against The Bedroom Tax, Newport People's Assembly, Wrexham People's Assembly, Cardiff People's Assembly, RCT People's Assembly, Cardiff Trades Council, Merthyr Trades Council, Newport Trades Council, Torfaen Trades Council, Cardiff Left Unity, Cymru Wales IWW, Yr Aflonyddwch Maw

Initial Signatories include - in a personal capacity - Rt Rev. Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales; Jeremy Corbyn MP, Chair, Stop the War Coalition; John McDonnell MP, Chair, Labour Representation Committee; Jill Evans MEP, Plaid; Bethan jenkins AM, Plaid; Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM, Plaid; Simon Thomas AM, Plaid; Pippa Bartolotti, Leader, Wales Green Party, Dr Derek Wall, International Co-ordinator, Green Party of England & Wales, Jack Mcglen, Equalities & Diversity Coordinator, Green Party of England & Wales, Andrew Murray, Unite the Union, Chief of Staff, Paul Mackney, Former General Secretary, UCU, Co-Chair, Greece Solidarity Campaign, Mark Campbell, UCU National Executive Committee, Marianne Owens, PCS National Executive Committee, Darren Williams, PCS Acting Wales Secretary, John Davidson, PCS Scotland Committee, R&C Assistant Group Secretary, National Editorial Board , Steve Ryan, PCS Wales Committee, Belinda Robertson, Robertson, Unite Wales, Regional Women's and Equalities Officer, Joanne Galazka, Unite Wales, Unite Community Co-ordinator, Ramon Corria, Secretary, Cardiff Trades Council, Roy Davis, President, Caerphilly Trades Council, Richard Morse, Secretary, Torfaen Trades Council, Terry Evans, Secretary, Policy Development & Campaign Committee, Cymru Wales UNISON, Ian Thomas, UNISON, Senior Steward, Cardiff and Vale Health Branch, Martin Chapman, UNISON, Senior Steward, City and County of Swansea Branch, Comrade Jamie Von Insole, NUJ, South Wales, Alan Milne, Wirral West Constituency Labour Party, Cllr Sue Lent, Deputy Leader, Cardiff Council, Cllr Darren Williams, Cardiff, Labour; Cllr Dilwar Ali, Cardiff, Labour; Cllr Jonathan Evans, Cardiff, Labour; Cllr David Groves, Cardiff, Labour; Cllr Daniel De'Ath, Cardiff, Labour, Cllr Iona Gordan, Cardiff, Labour, Cllr Garry Hunt, Cardiff, Labour, Cllr Chris Davis, Cardiff, Labour, Cllr Siobhan Corria, Cardiff Labour, Cllr Mary McGarry, Cardiff, Labour, Cllr Cecilia Love, Cardiff Labour, Cllr Susan Elsmore, Cardiff, Labour, Cllr Ray Davies, Vice-Chair CND Cymru, Caerphilly, Labour, Cllr Peter Foley, Bridgend, Independent, Emma Hughes, Co-editor, Red Pepper, Asa Winstanley, Journalist, Associate Editor, Electronic Intifada, Emily Trahair, Editor, Planet - The Welsh Internationalist, Andy Worthington, Journalist & Author of "The Guantanamo Files" & "The Battle of the Beanfield", Jonathan Neale, Author & Climate Activist, Johnny Void, Blogger, Jonny Jones, RS21 Website Editor, former Deputy Editor, International Socialism Journal (2009-13), Tom Fowler, Website Editor, Radical Wales, Kelvin Mason, Peace News, Dr Lina Dencik, Lecturer, Cardiff School of Journalism; Professor Christopher Norris, Philosopher and Literary Critic, Mab Jones, Comic Poet, Stevie Krayer, Writer, Lindsey German, National Convenor, Stop the War Coalition, Dr Kate Hudson, General Secretary, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), Chris Nineham, Vice-Chair, Stop the War Coalition, Prof Dave Webb – Chair, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), Betty Hunter, Honourary President, Palestine Solidarity Campaign; Roger Cole, Chair, Peace & Neutrality Alliance, Ireland, Joe Lombardo, Co-coordinator, United National Anti-war Coalition (UNAC), USA, Joanne Baker, Coordinator, Child Victims of War, Rob Griffiths, General Secretary, Communist Party of Britain, Hanef Bhamjee OBE, Secretary, Action for Southern Africa/Formerly Wales Anti-Apartheid Movement,Dr Carol Norris MBE, Jill Gough, National Secretary, CND Cymru, Robin Gwyndaf, Is-Lywydd Cymdeithas y Cymod yng Nghymru / Vice-President of the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Wales; Jane Harries, Cydlynydd Cymdeithas y Cymod a Chrynwraig / Coordinator of the Fellowship of Reconciliation in Wales & Quaker; Dr John Cox, Vice-Chair, CND Cymru, Ben Griffin, Ex-SAS, Veterans for Peace; Chris Cole, Drone Campaign Network/Drone Wars UK; Adam Johannes, Secretary, Cardiff Stop the War Coalition; Ross Saunders, Secretary, Cardiff Against The Cuts; Phil Steele, Bangor & Ynys Môn Peace & Justice; Lotte Reimer, Aberystwyth Peace and Justice Network; Wendy Lewis, Cor Cochion/Cardiff's Red Choir; Paolo Fiora, FFCHS, Freedom From Covert Harassment surveillance; John McArdle, Black Triangle, Dee Murphy, Swansea Community Palestine Link, Uma Sims, Secretary, Cardiff Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Harry Rogers, Bro Emlyn for Peace & Justice, Hayley Kemp, Plymouth Stop the War Coalition; Roger Nettleship, South Tyneside Stop the War Coalition; Stuart Evans, Treasurer, Welsh National Rights Movement/Mudiad Hawliau Cenedlaethol Cymru; Alan Thornett, Socialist Resistance; Peter Davies, Cymru IWW; Simon Hales, Derbyshire Green Party member, Peter Edwards, Cardiff SWP, GMB member, Len Arthur, Left Unity Wales, UCU member, Rob Abrams, Disarm Swansea University, Liz Screen, Socialist Labour Party Wales; Jan Underwood, UCU member, Bangor; Rev. Rufus Maychild, Iseum of Pandora; Dr Tomasz Pierscionek, Academic Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry, Editor, London Progressive Journal, North East Regional Council Executive, BMA; Aaron Kiely, NUS Black Officer; Fiona Edwards, Secretary, Student Broad Left; Sam Dathi, Organiser, Student Assembly Against Austerity/National Officer, Stop the War Coalition; Tom Costerton, Organiser, Student Assembly Against Austerity; Ally Rooms, SOAS Stop the War; Marienna Pope-Weidemann, Counterfire; Clare Birkett, SOAS Counterfire; Ruairidh Paton, SOAS Counterfire; Glenn Page, National Chair, Plaid Cymru Youth; Aled Morgan Hughes, National Secretary, Plaid Cymru Youth ; Daniel Roberts, Director of Policy and Campaigns, Plaid Cymru Youth; Cerith Dafydd Rhys Jones, Director of Press and Communications, Plaid Cymru Youth; Peter Gillibrand, Chair, Carmarthenshire Plaid Cymru Youth, Local Plaid Cymru Youth chair for Carmarthenshire; Sebastian Power, , Former Co-Spokesperson, Federation of Young European Greens, Green Party International Committee, Young Greens of England and Wales Committee

Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, Llandudno

Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, Llandudno.

Meditation Courses for a Calm and Peaceful Life

Day courses in June

A Different Way of Life
Saturday 14th June, 10.30-4.00pm, £25 per person.
Modern Kadampa Buddhism teaches us how we can use our everyday experiences as an opportunity for spiritual growth. On this course you will receive invaluable advice on how to transform every aspect of your life so it becomes more meaningful and happy.

For further information, please visit the website.

Monday 2 June 2014

UK Dzogchen Community - Kunsel Ling Retreat Centre Hay-on-Wye

The UK Dzogchen Community - Kunsel Ling

The Dzogchen Community U.K. bought 'Kunselling', an old stone farmhouse with a sunny courtyard and outbuildings in an idyllic Welsh valley, not far from Hay-on-Wye. Rinpoche first stayed at Kunselling in November 1998 and consecrated it as an authentic, sacred site for the practice and continuation of the Dzogchen teachings, naming it 'Kunsel Ling', meaning 'The Place of Total Luminosity'.

For further information please visit the UK Dzogchen Community Kunsel Ling website. 

Events in July at Kunsel Ling

Dance of the Song of the Vajra Deepening Course with Cindy Faulkne

From Sunday, 06 July 2014 - 10:00 To Thursday, 10 July 2014 - 14:00

Who can attend: Dzogchen Community members who have received transmission from Chogyal Namkai Norbu

This course, taught by Cindy Faulkner, is not suitable for beginners. It is necessary to have learnt the steps before. Cindy became a student of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and the Vajra Dance in 1996 and has been authorised to teach since 2005.

Vajra Dance Pracice
From Friday, 11 July 2014 To Sunday, 13 July 2014

Vajra Dance Practice and webcast coinciding with the inauguration of the Vajra Dance Hall in Khandroling USA

Summer Karma Yoga and Vajra Dance 

From Monday, 14 July 2014 To Sunday, 20 July 2014

This year's Summer Karma Yoga week for Kunselling.

The usual benefits relative and absolute are on offer i.e. free food and board / good way to accumulate merit.

Shitro Retreat with Jakob Winkler

From Thursday, 24 July 2014 To Sunday, 27 July 2014

The program will include Shitro explanations, practice, and sessions of Yantra Yoga and Vajra Dance.

Description: Shitro, the practice of the peaceful and wrathful manifestation is a tantric practice with a close connection to Dzogchen. This practice is used for purifying our obscurations and we can apply it for the same purpose for the benefit of the deceased. Based on the Bardo Thödrol, the "Tibet Book of the Dead“ which is nowadays wide spread. It came to Tibet by Padmasambhava and was revealed as Terma or 'treasure teaching' in the 14th Century by the tertön Karma_Lingpa.

The practice used is from Mingyur Dorje (1645-1667), a student and teacher of Karma Chagme Raga Asya (1613-1678). Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has chosen that version for his students, because it is very essential and easy to use.

Participants need transmission of that practice to participate or sincere interest. In that case they can receive the transmission later from Rinpoche e.g. through webcast.

More information on pricing will follow shortly.

Jakob Winkler has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism since the mid-eighties. He met Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1989 & in 2002 he was authorized by him to teach the base of the ‘Santi Maha Sangha’. Jakob holds an MA in Tibetology, Indian art history and social anthropology (the topic for his master's thesis was "Death Ritual in Tibet". He works as an editor for Buddhist publications, as a Tibetan language interpreter for Buddhist teachings & as an international instructor for Santi Maha Sangha. Today, he lives in Bonn, Germany.

Sunday 1 June 2014

Meditation Classes in Carmarthen

Meditation Classes in Carmarthen - Kadampa Buddhism

Classes cover these areas: Llanelli, Gorseinon, Pontarddulais, Llangennech, Ammanford, Kidwelly, Burry Port, St Clears, Llandeilo, Lampeter and Aberystwyth

Tuesdays 7:00pm to 8:00pm - with Malcolm

3 June to 15 July

Trysordy Community House
Aalton Farm (in front of Aalton House)
Llansteffan Road
Carmarthen SA31 3QU
Trysordy is over a cattle grid, 100 yards down a tarmac track on the left hand side of road heading out of Carmarthen
Map to Venue- please use this as SatNav systems don't get the location quite right.

Find out about what to expect at a meditation class and about the courses

You do not need to book in advance- these are drop-in classes
Facility fee: £5 per person or £3 unwaged (Please note we are a registered charity-1039234 and this fee covers the running costs; the teacher and the assistant do not receive payment)

For further information please visit the Meditation in Wales website

Sunday 25 May 2014

Rissho Kosei-kai Dharma Time online study group

Join Rissho Kosei-kai members and friends across Europe and Africa for the monthly Dharma Time online study group on Wednesday 28th May to learn about the Buddhist teaching of The Four Noble Truths.

for further information on how to connect please email Rev. Katsutoshi Mizumo

Saturday 17 May 2014


Twenty-eight years of making Buddhism available in British prisons.
SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR:  Venerable Ajahn Khemadhammo (Chao Khun Bhavanaviteht) OBE
PATRON:  Right Honourable, the Lord Avebury.
  • To make available facilities for the teaching and practice of Buddhism in Her Majesty’s Prisons and other places of lawful detention or custody.
  • To recruit and advise a team of Buddhist visiting chaplains to be available as soon as there is a call for their services;
  • To act in an advisory capacity, and to liaise with the Home Office chaplaincy officials, with individual chaplains within Her Majesty’ s Prisons, and with any other relevant bodies or officials;
  • To provide an aftercare and advisory service for prisoners after release.

Friday 16 May 2014

Aro Ling Cardiff

Aro Ling Buddhist Centre
Whitchurch, Cardiff

Saturday Morning Events
Time: 10 – 1   £10 adult, £3 child

 May 17  photography: visual awareness
 May 24  amulets: woven designs
 May 31  music: song & instruments
June 07  sKu-mNyé: Tibetan yoga
June 14 Tibetan medicine: Aro system

Children must be accompanied by an adult please

Meditation Group
Tuesdays 19:00 – 20:30

Weekly meditation group - all welcome.
Suggested donation £5

Drop in
Call in to Aro Ling
during the day
Wednesday, Thursday or Friday

  • private meditation practice
  • guided meditation practice
  • browse the library
  • enjoy a quiet space
  • have a cup of tea and a chat

aro.ling.cardiff@gmail.com  07092 010756
rear of 35 Merthyr Road, Cardiff, CF14 1DB

Aro Ling Cardiff is staffed by volunteers and will be open as indicated to the best of our ability.

Thursday 15 May 2014

Prime Minister's message for Vesak 2014

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, sends his best wishes to all Buddhists celebrating Vesak.
David Cameron:
I’d like to send my best wishes to Buddhists in Britain and around the world celebrating Vesak, the sacred festival commemorating the birth, enlightenment and the passing away (Parinirvana) of the Buddha.
For millions of people it is a time to reflect on the Buddhist teachings of tolerance and compassion, and to make offerings to those in need. It is a special occasion that reminds us of the sincere and enduring principles espoused by Buddhists throughout the world.
At this time I’d like to especially praise Britain’s Buddhist communities for the outstanding contribution they make to our country. You play a valued and important part in our Island story and I thank you for everything you do.
To Buddhists in the UK and the world I wish you a happy and peaceful Vesak.
Text and image from https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-ministers-message-for-vesak-2014

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Radio 4 - Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day - 14/05/2014 - Vishvapani

This week Buddhists around the world celebrate the Buddha’s Enlightenment in the festival of Wesak or Buddha Day. Buddhists believe that on night of the May full moon he sat beneath a spreading fig tree and entered a state of deep concentration. Exploring his consciousness in its profoundest depths, he saw the ingrained, instinctual responses, such as craving and ill will, that shaped his mind and sowed the seeds of future suffering. Then something changed. A new vision of existence opened, as if he’d been asleep and now he’d woken up. 

This experience made him the Buddha, ‘the One who has Awakened’. It guided how he taught others in the remaining 45 years of his life, informed the practice of his disciples and inspired a pan-Asian civilisation. But what is its significance today? 

The Buddha’s teachings resonate, to a surprising extent, with a secular outlook. He didn’t believe in a creator God or insist on the need for a saviour. He said reality was impermanent and insubstantial, and suggested that our failure to live in accordance with it produces suffering. Then he taught practices like meditation that reshape our minds accordingly. Their continuing relevance is seen in the current popularity of mindfulness practices. These have served centuries of Buddhist practitioners and are now being adopted in secular settings from parliament to schools as an antidote to our speedy, stressful lives.

But the goal of Buddhist practice is more than psychological health. It aims for the same liberation the Buddha experienced in his Enlightenment. While ideas and teachings are helpful in grasping this, images can evoke it. 

So let us imagine a clear, blue sky stretching infinitely in all directions. We’re in the space of the creative imagination, and before us we see a light. It resolves into a figure and we sense that this figure embodies wisdom: our capacity to know, deeply and truly, the real meaning of our lives. It embodies compassion: the force that flows through us when self-preoccupation falls away. It embodies energy, creativity and beauty. 
In Buddhist art the figures that appear in this space are defined by traditional iconography, but perhaps we can also allow room for our own intuition. What does wisdom look like to you? For Buddhists, the Buddha is both an individual and a symbol for a new way of being. So, in marking Buddha Day, we’re celebrating the human capacity to develop awareness, wisdom and compassion, and their potential to transform both individuals and the world.

Transcript from BBC iPlayer
The speaker is a member of the Triratna Tradition

Saturday 10 May 2014

Cardiff Kagyu Samye Dzong

Based in the Soul Centre on Cowbridge Rd. East, Canton Cardiff, Kagyu Samye Dzong is a community of experienced meditators and professional Mindfulness trainers and are affiliated with the Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery founded in the West by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the late Choje Akong Rinpoche, and overseen by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche.

Classes are offered in Buddhist meditation, philosophy and Vajrayana Buddhism. Also a mindfulness course is hosted in conjunction with Samye Foundation Wales in Cardiff, Caerphilly and the surrounding areas as well as retreats and other events.

Weekly Buddhist events in Cardiff

18:00 - 20:00 8 Week Mindfulness course

18:30 - 20:00 Chenrezi Puja followed by Simply Meditation: shrine room open for personal practice (unguided)

20:00 -21:00 Buddhist Study Group


19:30 - 20:30 Guided meditation with practice instructions on compassion practise 


18:00 - 18:45 Guru Rinpoche Puja

19:00 - 20:00 Buddhist teaching open to all, Buddhist or not

All Buddhist events operate on a donation basis with a suggested donation of £5 / £3 (unwaged) to help cover centre running costs, but nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Weekly events are free for those who have subscribed to the Membership program. 

Weekly Buddhist events in Caerphilly


18:45 - 19:30 Chenrezi Puja

19:30 - 20:30 Guided meditation

For further information please visit the website or email

Saturday 3 May 2014

Order of Buddhist Contemplatives

Established as a monastic order in 1983, The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives is an outgrowth of the previous Zen Mission Society. The Order serves to unify its members and congregation, thereby helping to support the religious practice of all. The Order embraces the diversity of expression found in its temples, meditation groups and individual members. It endeavours to assure that the teachings and practice offered by its licensed priests and lay ministers remain true to the Dharma transmitted by its founder.

Great Ocean Dharma Refuge

Rev Mokugen Kublicki, MOBC, Chief Priest

Felindre Farchog –
Crymych –
SA41 3XF –

01239 891 360

The Place of Peace Dharma House

Rev. Myoho Harris, MOBC, Chief Priest

P.O. Box 207 –
Aberystwyth –
SY23 2NL –

01970 832026

The Place of Peace Dharma House is situated on the outskirts of Aberystwyth, a coastal town in West Wales.

It serves as a small Buddhist Temple for the local area but its' primary function is as a retreat house for our broader congregation and for those who would like to follow the practice of Serene Reflection Meditation as taught by our Order.

Within the regular daily schedule activities unfold according to the needs of those present, with the emphasis being on a quiet contemplative approach.

PRIOR: Rev. Master Myoho Harris
The Order was founded by one of the first Western female Zen masters, Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett. She ordained Rev. Master Myoho in 1977 and later named her as a Master of the Order.

Weekend Retreats
These retreats are for those who have already received meditation instruction from a monk or lay minister of our Order. Their flexible framework responds to the individual's needs. Local Sangha are invited to take part as non residents.

Seven Day Retreats
These are open to those who have already attended a weekend retreat at The Place of Peace. Guests may stay for all or part of the week.

For Further information on The Place of Peace Dharma House please visit their website

Thursday 1 May 2014

Creation & Completion - Essential Points in Tantric Meditation & Empowerment of Minling Dorsem

Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th June (10am-4pm)
at Palpung Changchub Dargyeling - Karma Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Wales (Brynmawr)

Creation and Completion – Essential Points of Tantric Meditation
& Minling Dorsem Empowerment

Creation and Completion meditation is the cornerstone of tantric Buddhist practice. Her Eminence Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche continues the second year of the cycle of teachings on this very profound topic. As Creation and Completion practice opens up properly through a sadhana practice, Rinpoche has chosen to bestow us an empowerment of Minling Dorsem (Mindroling Vajrasattva). Minling Dorsem is a famous practice of Vajrasattva revealed as a terma by Terdak Lingpa, Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje in 1676 from a place called Okar Rock.

for further information and to book to attend this weekend please visit the website

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Bodhicitta and Chamtrul Rinpoche's 2014 UK Teachings

Chamtrul Rinpoche came to the UK for the first time in 2013. His teaching tour took him to several places across the land, where he captivated and inspired many old and new students with his uplifting presence and renowned teachings.  The teachings are open to all, and are by donation. Booking isn't required, please just come along.

Please find your way to the venues in good time so that you can settle yourself in, well before Chamtrul Rinpoche begins to teach. 

For further information please visit the Bodhicitta website 

30 MAY 7-9PM

The Practice of the Four Immeasurables
To Open the Heart

By thinking about and meditating on the Four Immeasurables, we lessen our disturbing emotions and attitudes, and we begin to open the heart, benefiting ourselves and others.

Immeasurable Love is the wish for all beings to have both happiness and its causes.

Immeasurable Compassion is the wish for all beings to be free from suffering and its causes.

Immeasurable Joy is the wish for all beings to never be apart from happiness and for it to increase more and more.

Immeasurable Equanimity is the wish for all beings to be free from attachment and aversion, that keeps some close and others distant.

Chamtrul Rinpoche will also speak about how these four are the foundation of bodhicitta - the mind of enlightenment - the compassionate wish to attain the enlightened state of a Buddha for the benefit of all beings.

1 JUNE 3-5PM

Finding Meaning in Everyday Life

Chamtrul Rinpoche will explain how by recognising the conditions that create suffering and those that generate inner peace, we can find greater meaning and purpose in everyday life, helping ourselves and others.

2 JUNE 7-9PM

The Healing Power of Tonglen

Tonglen is a Tibetan word - 'tong' means giving, and 'len' means taking.

In brief, this practice aims at taking on the suffering and pain of others, while giving them well-being.

If Buddhism asserts that it's not possible to literally take away and experience somebody else's karma, how does tonglen work?

It is said that for tonglen to be most effective, we would first have to have a deep karmic connection with the other individual, built up from this life, or a previous life.

Tonglen would then act as a condition for the surfacing and ripening of a portion of each individual's karma, which would otherwise be buried under their other ripening karma. This causes the person performing tonglen to experience something similar to what the other individual had been experiencing, while they experience well-being instead.

On this deepest level, tonglen is an incredibly powerful practice to engage in. A practice that relies not just on a deep karmic connection, but on great compassion and courage too.

Whether we have the ability to practice this deepest level or not, there are other levels of practice too. Whatever level that we engage in, it's extremely beneficial, as it will dramatically weaken the self-cherishing attitude, and will undoubtedly strengthen our positive qualities, and our bodhicitta aim - the compassionate wish to attain the enlightened state of a Buddha for the benefit of all beings.

Saturday 19 April 2014

Aberystwyth Buddhist Group

The Aberystwyth Buddhist Group is for people interested in Buddhism in Aberystwyth.

The group meets for Buddhist meditation and general discussio every Wednesday at Merched y Wawr, Vulcan Street, SY23 1JH (Map) at 7.45 for 8pm.

They are a friendly, non-sectarian group interested in exploring Buddhism, its relevance and benefits for modern living.

All are welcome, beginners and more experienced meditators; of whatever religious belief, or none.

Web site http://aberbuddhism.wordpress.com/

Further details from:
Ian: 01970 625762
Maurice: 01970 627356