Many people come to the centre for our secular teachings, in particular mindfulness and meditation. This is part of our mission, to offer benefit to the whole community, irrespective of their religious beliefs. Our lunchtime and evening meditation sessions are perennially popular, with regular attendances in double figures. Mindfulness courses are another popular area, and mindfulness is a growing activity for teaching in Leeds.
We have also engaged with other organisations involved in wellbeing. We have offered mindfulness classes to organisations such as Together Women, a charity for women who have suffered from a range of social issues. Recently we organised a wellbeing day with local alternative therapists that was well received and which we want to make a regular feature. We have a strong engagement programme with local schools.
At present we cannot fit more activities in, and the Gompa is not always the best venue for some of our meetings. Extra space would allow us to run parallel events, as well as offer a broader set of activities, including appropriate therapies and other wellbeing.