The London Buddhist Centre is a vibrant spiritual community in in the heart of London’s East End offering a wide range of classes and courses in Buddhism and meditation as well as events such as Buddhist festival days, retreats and explorations of poetry, music and the arts. The centre also has a great bookshop for all things Buddhist, also mats, stools, cushions, cards, art prints, CDs, incense and Buddha statues (rupas). Open Monday to Saturday 10 until 5 and then again for classes most evenings. All welcome, be sure to check the programme for drop-in classes, courses and retreats.
Colchester has a Buddhist Centre that is well worth visiting, as does Cambridge, please check the opening times if you are planning to visit. There are many other small groups for example the Hertford Sangha and the Southend Buddhist Group led by Aryacitta.
goingonretreat.com is a central listing of retreats offered by the Triratna Community in the UK including retreats for newcomers and regular meditators. The retreat centres at Vajrasana in Suffolk and Rivendell in Sussex are the closest to Hornchurch.
From the London Buddhist Centre’s website…
“A retreat is a chance to live in a way far removed from television, tube stations, stress and city-strife. It is an opportunity to relax, refresh, inspire and perhaps challenge yourself. For some it is a get-away from the business of modern life, for others it is a life-changing experience they never forget. A retreat is also a good way to meet new friends. You can deepen your meditation, cultivate mindfulness, and learn about Buddhism.”
Free Buddhist Audio contains a vast library of talks on Buddhism and meditation. If you use the service please consider making a small donation towards its upkeep as it is maintained entirely through such generosity (dana).
The Buddhist Centre is the Triratna Community’s central point of presence on the internet, containing and linking to a wealth of information