Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds is now 20 years old. For the last six years it has operated out of a city centre location, and has grown into a thriving community. Hundreds of people regularly attend our events, and we have regular distinguished teachers from all around the world, including visits from Lamas.
The Centre currently offers a range of services:
- Buddhist teachings and practices
- Secular teachings and practices (compatible with its charitable aims)
- Chaplaincy service to Leeds NHS Teaching Hospital Trust
- Informal social gatherings
At present it is running at the capacity of its premises, and would like to expand.
What we would like to achieve:
The aims of the Centre are:
- To continue developing and expanding the Buddhist teachings and practices, and to increase attendance year on year by 20%
- To continue delivering successful retreats, and expand these where possible
- To expand the secular teachings and practices into new areas, such as courses on mindfulness for businesses, aiming to at least double these
- To introduce more wellbeing activities that complement the Centre’s core activities, such as Yoga
- Provide space for outreach activities such as school or university visits
- To continue to improve the social activities
In order to achieve these, the Centre wishes to have premises that:
- Allows for larger gatherings for Buddhist activities
- Has one or more separate neutral spaces for other activities, that can also be let out to appropriate third parties
- Has a shop and cafe area that is open to the general public for part of the day
- Can provide accommodation that can be used for visiting teachers or let out
The ideal would be a city centre location not far from its current location. If that is not feasible, we will look for a location as near to the city centre as possible. We want our Centre to be accessible to everyone.