Classes in Buddhism, Meditation and Tibetan Language

The Sakya Buddhist Centre in Bristol runs a number of classes which are open to anyone with an interest in Buddhism and meditation. Some classes are held in-person at the Centre, others are online via Zoom:

Day

Time

Class/Course

Suggested donation

Mondays 8-9pm Mind training (Lojong)  – online £5
Tuesdays 8-9pm Discover Buddhism & meditation – at the Centre £5
Wednesdays 10.30-11.30am Meditation class – at the Centre £5
Thursdays 7-8pm Tibetan language class – online – new course starting April 2024  £5
Saturdays 10.30 – 11.30am Discover Buddhism & meditation – at the Centre £5

You may also like to visit our other local group in: Exeter or check our Monday class in Clifton.

Classes held at the Centre:

Discover Buddhism and Meditation

  • Tuesday 8pm-9pm 
  • Saturday 10:30am-11:30am 

These classes are currently looking at the stages of the Buddhist path in the Sakya tradition, using Lama Jampa’s text ‘Rain of Clarity’.  All classes are open to everyone and no experience of Buddhism or meditation is needed. There is no need to book and you can come along to as many sessions as you wish. There is no charge for these sessions but we do encourage donations, which help us to continue the activities of the Centre. A suggested amount is £5 but it’s entirely up to you. You can donate here.

Weekly Meditation

  • Wednesdays 10.30-11.30am 

This weekly meditation class is open to all – those new to meditation or those who would like to practice together in the shrine room at the Sakya Buddhist Centre. The sessions will begin with full instructions, with time at the end for refreshments.

Classes are free, donations are welcome.

Online sessions

The Buddhist path

We do, from time to time, run short courses on the foundational teachings of Buddhism. You can keep up to date by subscribing to our newsletter here.

Mind Training (Lojong) – online class

  • Mondays 8-9pm

On Monday evenings at 8.00pm there will be a practice session for Lojong, or Mind Training. Mind training is a practice which is accessible to all Buddhist practitioners whether new or experienced. It is a method to undermine our habitual selfishness and start to prioritise others, we can use it right now as all it needs is our self-clinging and disturbing emotions. The sessions will be the actual Lojong practice from taking refuge, guru yoga, generating loving kindness and compassion, exchanging oneself with others and conclusion. It is not a study or discussion group. Explanation of the practice will be given. To attend the session please email lesley.whittaker80@googlemail.com for the Zoom link and also the lineage prayer and structure of the practice.

Tibetan Language Classes

  • Thursdays 7-8pm (These courses run in blocks – new course starting April 25th 2024)

The Centre runs classical Tibetan language classes for those wishing to be able to read and understand Tibetan Buddhist texts.

Tibetan Script. Beginning Thursday April 25th 2024 at 7pm BST

This short Zoom course, presented by the Sakya Buddhist Centre in Bristol and open to anyone who is interested, will cover the Tibetan writing system and pronunciation, as well as the beginnings of a Tibetan vocabulary. There will be exercises to complete in between classes. On this occasion the classes will not be recorded, in the hope that this will make it easier for attendees to ask questions and so on.

This short course would be the basis for a potential course in Tibetan grammar starting in the Autumn, if there is enough interest.

  • The course will last about 7 weeks
  • This is an online course, please email dan.hore@dechen.org for the Zoom link.
  • There is no charge for these sessions but we do encourage donations, which help us to continue the activities of the Sakya Centre in Bristol. A suggested amount is £5 per class but it’s entirely up to you. You can donate here.

Study groups / re-teach sessions

Study groups and re-teach sessions provide the opportunity to explore and discuss texts taught by Lama Jampa Thaye and other visiting lamas, going into more detail on topics covered in the Introduction to Buddhism classes. 

For further info on any of our classes, contact us at bristol@dechen.org or visit the calendar

To help anyone who has been attending classes or who would like to find out more about buddhism here are some videos by our Buddhist teacher, Lama Jampa Thaye. These videos illustrate a series of twenty topics, which we sometimes follow at some of our classes.