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.

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.