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 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.