The Buddhist Meditation Room is upstairs in the Chaplaincy Centre. It is open to anyone wishing to use it to follow their personal meditation practice. There is a small library and tape library.
The room includes a Thangka of the Buddha painted by students for the 30th Anniversary of the Chaplaincy Centre, an image of Avalokiteshvara (Kuan-Yin) who personifies Universal Compassion, and a scroll of the Heart Sutra (The Scripture of Great Wisdom).
The group meets weekly on Wednesdays in term time from 5pm – 6.15pm in the Quiet Room of the University Chaplaincy Centre. During the Zen Meditation Hour group members also meditate together in the Buddhist Meditation Room.
Meditation instruction is available in any week – the style of meditation practised is called Zazen. Meetings usually include a short talk or reflection on meditation practice.
For further information contact Paul Taylor 07963 369076.
LOCAL BUDDHIST GROUPS MEETING IN LANCASTER
Each group / Centre in town welcomes newcomers and provides introductions to Buddhism and also gives meditation instruction. Each tradition has in its own way adapted Buddhist teaching to Western cultural styles. By visiting the groups you will be able to see whether they suit you and whether the style of practice there resonates for you.
Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana Buddhist school founded by the great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (AD 982-1054). The Kadampa tradition was later promoted widely in Tibet by Je Tsongkhapa and his followers, who were known as the 'New Kadampas', and has spread to many countries in recent years. CONTACT Ven. Kelsang Dema 01524 596 108 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.meditationinlancaster.org Further info about the practice is available at www.kadampa.org/
Tthe Soto Zen tradition emphasises the importance of integrating meditation (Zazen), mindful awareness and ordinary everyday living. The group has links with Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey. It meets at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster on Mondays.
CONTACTS Kate Shirra-Gibb 01524 39918 / Paul Taylor 07963 360 076. See: www.lancasterserenereflection.org.uk and for further info about the practice www.throssel.org
The Lancaster Study Group is a small weekly informal group that follows the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, practises meditation together and shares their experience. Such groups provide the inspiration and support of studying and practising with others following the same spiritual path, meeting in areas where no Rigpa courses are given. Information about the practice can be found at
The Rolling Tide Sangha follow the mindfulness practice & teachings of Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, and form part of the UK Community of Intebeing. The group meets at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster on some Thursdays in each month. CONTACT Pete 01524 262049/email email@example.com. See www.rollingtidesangha.org.uk
Triratna Buddhist Community (FWBO formerly) is a Buddhist movement founded in 1967 by Sangharakshita. It seeks to return to the basic principles of Buddhism and find ways of living them out in the context of the modern West. It seeks to be neither an importation of Buddhism to the West nor an adaptation of it; it seeks to be a re-expression of Buddhism in its new surroundings. CONTACT Samagita 01524 389705. Information about the style of practice is available at thebuddhistcentre.com/.