The Vitarka project: 

(Vitarka means applied thought and discussion in the Buddhist Tradition)

Introducing what we do….
For over a decade, Bristol Buddhist Centre have been hosting educational visits to and from schools, colleges and the wider community throughout Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Dorset. Our Educational Visitor is Advayamati.

We tailor visits to the particular learning needs and interests of each group. These include an introduction to meditation, exploring Buddhist festivals, symbolism and ritual, discussions on ethics and precepts. Visits to the Centre are only possible on Wednesdays & Thursdays between 9.30 and 12.30. If you prefer we are very happy come to you. 

Rates: Centre visits – £3.50 per pupil/student. No charge for teachers or accompanying adults.

Visit to other venues: 1 hour £55                                                    

1.5 hours £90      2 hours £110   half day (up to 4 hours) £165  full day (up to 6 hours) £250 (plus travel expenses)

To find out more about arranging a visit or borrowing the shrine box, please call Advayamati on 07971273331 or email

Borrow the Shrine Box…

Shrine at a school visit

We offer a shrine box for groups to borrow so that you can build your own shrine. Buddhist shrines are an interesting focal point and can encourage an engagement with the symbolism and significance that they represent.

If you are interested in borrowing the shrine box please contact Advayamati to book it and he will organise for you to collect it.  We ask for a donation of £15.

Bristol Buddhist Centre shrine

The box contains everything needed to build a shrine (except for fresh flowers). Guidelines of how to build a shrine, an explanation of the symbolism, why Buddhists build shrines and some simple exercises that you might want to use are also included.

To borrow the shrine box, please email

And finally…

Check out Clear Vision – an award-winning producer of Buddhist resources for schools.  Their website includes a wide range of audio-visual resources, Buddhist images and video lectures, clips and documentaries.  There are also online interactive Buddhist materials for schools and young people.