Wisdom that frees – 6 week intro course plus follow on course

An online Meditation and Buddhism course for a restricted world.

Next course starts 27 Jan 2021 6 Weds eves 7.30 – 9pm

This introductory course offers profound yet simple teachings to help you uncover genuine ease, contentment and meaning in these troubled times.Come together with others to learn, discuss and share the means to uncover how to become the change you want to see.

Each session will be partly introducing meditation and partly about the Buddhist context that helps meditation to be a real power for change. There will be input from the experienced teaching team plus an opportunity for small group discussion. Each week we will email you material to follow up the session and to take your understanding and experience deeper.  

No charge but we welcome your donations

Follow on course: starts immediately after the intro course for a further 6 weeks Weds eves 7.30 – 9pm Next one starts 10 March

Open to all who’ve done an intro course with us. Email us to register:


This follow on course combining teaching, discussion and meditation will help you establish a regular meditation practice and integrate the teachings you find helpful into your daily life.We will be using the classic Buddhist framework of the Eight fold path for these practical and engaging sessions.

Urban Retreat 16 – 23 Jan

Re-imagine the Ordinary

Listen to Esme and Kamalavajra discussing the retreat


Cait, Esme, Hannah, Kamalavajra and Satyalila invite you to join them for an Urban Retreat to ‘Re-imagine the Ordinary’.

Zoom links:
Sat mornings (16 & 23)

Sat pm (16) (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89520589631

On Urban Retreat, we secretly weave being ‘on retreat’ into our ordinary everyday lives, so you don’t need to take time off work unless you want to. The main thing is to be there for the opening day (Sat 16 Jan, online 10.30-13.00 and 16.00-17.30) and concluding day (Sat 23 Jan 10.30-13.00). 

There will be optional online 7.30 am meditations each
morning, Sunday – Friday,


and all the usual Centre classes will be running, including a special ‘Urban Retreat’ Sangha night on Tuesday. 

There will be an Urban Retreat – close of day session Sun – Thurs 9.20 – 9.50pm


We’ll also have a special puja night on Friday 22 Jan, 7.30 – 9 pm.

Find a fuller Invitation to the Retreat here.

To register for a place, please email satyalila@bristol-buddhist-centre.org by Friday 8 January.

Thank you to Satyalila Jan 23

Our chance to show our appreciation of Satyalila’s almost two years as mitra convenor and as a valuable member of the Centre team.

Do join us! 4 – 5.30pm


If you are having trouble joining, email

techsupport@bristol-buddhist-centre.org and we will try and help

You can also send words of appreciation to be added to a card for herinfo@bristol-buddhist-centre.org

Going Deeper in Meditation

Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87960471684

9.45 am for those who have an established familiarity with the forms of the meditation practices we teach, along with an interest in exploring ways of deepening experience in meditation. Consequently we ask for 3 years meditation experience in Triratna of those attending the class.

Dates for 2021: usually the second Saturday of the month

13 Feb, 13 Mar, 10 April, 8 May, 12 Jun, 10 July

If you have problems connecting then email:

techsupport@bristol-buddhist-centre.org and we will try and help

Material from 2021 classes:

9 Jan: Towards Embodied Faith in the Buddha’s and our own Awakening

Material from 2020 sessions:

Nov 14: The Inner Hug: Opening Standing Practice Talk Led Meditation

Oct 10: Chi Gung session with Padmadrishti and led meditation with Kulajalini

Sept 12: on the heart space: Talk and led meditation

July 11: Exploration of Embodied Aware Presence: Talk and led meditation

Jun 20: Mystery of Us: Talk and led meditation

May 9: Embodying the Buddha: Talk  Led Meditation

 April 11: Broad Band of Awareness: Talk  Led Meditation

Eco-crisis practice group 31 Jan

In this group we draw on the dharma to support each other as we engage with ecological issues. We seek to develop and deepen our spiritual practice in this way, opening heart and mind more fully to wisdom and compassion.

The group is open to anyone with a regular dharma practice and is facilitated by Dayajoti and Vimalavajri. So do join us if you are interested.

Imagining the Earth – Eco-Arts Cafe 5.30 – 7pm

The winter world is waking up, calling our imagination into life!
So why not join us for an Eco-Arts Cafe on zoom?

It will be in the style of the more general and very popular arts cafes  we had last year.   

We warmly invite you to come along and share with us something that imaginatively expresses your concern for the planet.  Something that you’ve created yourself,  or just something that inspires you, that speaks to your imagination.   It could be a poem or piece of writing, a picture or image, a photograph, a piece of music.  Or how about decorating your shrine, or the place where you sit at home?   Or just come along to enjoy others’ contributions.  
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t come to any of our evenings before ; and in any case the group is always open to anybody with a regular practice of the dharma so you are always welcome.    We hope that many of you in the wider sangha will want to join us – to bring something, or simply to watch, listen and enjoy!
If you’d like to bring something to the evening, please let us know a bit in advance by emailing artscafe.bristolbuddhistcentre@gmail.com

Join us via zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84872416030

If you have problems with Zoom, email us and we will try to help you out techsupport@bristol-buddhist-centre.org

Next meetings: 21 Feb, 21 Mar, 18 April 5.30 – 7pm

Supportive events for People of Colour

We welcome everyone to our classes. Some people of African, Asian or mixed heritage may find these particular classes at the London Buddhist Centre supportive alongside our Bristol classes.

London Buddhist Centre

Sundays 4 – 5.30pm via zoom

To connect locally, contact Advayamati: advayamati@gmail.com

Watch/listen to Advayamati’s reflections on ‘Black Lives Matter:

‘I’m black, I’m white, I’m Jewish, I’m Buddhist” –

Full moon puja 28 Jan

Our January full moon puja will be dedicated to Vajrasattva, an archetypal figure associated with purity, newness, authenticity.

The date is close to the celtic festival of Imbolc so we felt that Vajrasattva would be a good way to welcome the approaching Spring.

Join us for readings, mantra and puja 7.30pm

Khemajoti, Merry & Jay


If you are having trouble joining the session,

email techsupport@bristol-buddhist-centre.org and we will try and help

The next puja will be on Fri 27 Feb 7.30pm