Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds is now 22 years old. For the last eight 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
School & University visits
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 more 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 and for live-in volunteers
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.