About Us

Our founder and teacher, Sangharakshita, opening our current premises in 1997

Bristol Buddhist Centre is a Centre of the worldwide Triratna* Buddhist Community which was founded in 1967 by Sangharakshita.  He is an Englishman who has spent over 20 years practising Buddhism with a range of teachers in India.

In founding the Triratna Buddhist Community, Sangharakshita’s vision was to create an effective Sangha to enable people to change their lives through really practising the fundamentals of what the Buddha taught, and to help others to do the same.

At fifty years old, Triratna is a new and developing Buddhist tradition; a huge amount that’s good has been achieved in a short time. Reconsidering and envisioning how Buddhist practice is lived, fully, in the modern world has not been without its difficulties and mistakes. You can read more about Triratna’s development here and about how our difficulties and mistakes have been methodically and fully addressed

* ‘Triratna’ is the sanskrit word for ‘three jewels’, the three most precious things in Buddhism – the Buddha, his teachings (the Dharma) and the community of his followers (the Sangha).

Bristol Buddhist Centre’s team:

Bhadra – Chair

Satyalila – Women’s Mitra


Naravira – Men’s Mitra Convenor

Khemajoti – Centre Team

Judith Hooper - Finance Manager
Judith Hooper – Finance Manager

And many, many others who volunteer, give money, and practise with us!