Having a Gompa in the city centre is a wonderful resource. People who visit us are amazed to find a peaceful space in the middle of a busy city centre business area. We host two or three evening Buddhist classes and meditations a week, and one or two Buddhist teachings or pujas a weekend. They draw significant numbers into the centre. In a year we will have over a hundred individuals attend our Buddhist teachings and practices. We have guest teachers from all over the UK and internationally, and we have been blessed by the visit of three Lamas in the last three years.
Our Gompa can comfortably house about 35 people, and on special occasions we can squeeze up to 60 in. For larger gatherings, we have had to hire local hotels and other venues. A larger Gompa or other space would allow us to keep more of our activities in house and deliver them more effectively and economically.