• Welcome to Amitabha Centre in Bristol, an active and flourishing Buddhist community.




    Everyone is welcome to drop-in to the centre and enjoy the peaceful and friendly atmosphere.


    There is a variety of meditation classes on offer from beginners lunchtime relaxation sessions to in-depth study programmes. The classes cover all aspects of Buddhist thought and meditation and are held in Bristol and throughout the Southwest region. Whether you're new to meditation and Buddhism or an experienced Buddhist meditator you are welcome to learn more.


    Meditation is of value to everyone because it helps us find inner peace, real happiness and contentment and the ability to share it with others; cope with the pressures and stresses of work and modern life; develop mental clarity, concentration and focus; and relate to others in a calm, caring, and constructive manner.


    The centre is also home to the World Peace Cafe, relaxing gardens and a small shop.

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Exciting news

August 17th, 2015 | Posted by web admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Sunlight For Happiness – M&S Energy Fund Project –  Voting Coming Soon!

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Amitabha Centre’s recently renovated roof – a perfect spot for solar panels – then all we need is the sun!

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund!  Ths is a fund set up by M&S to enable more communities in the UK to generate renewable energy and become environmentally and financially sustainable.

We are hoping that with the help of this funding we can fulfil our wish to install a solar PV system on our roof, helping us to reduce our electricity bills and carbon footprint making the Centre more financially and environmentally sustainable.

In this way, savings on electricity bills will help to ensure donation based meditation classes and school visits can continue, and will enable us to expand the work we do and improve our facilities to benefit everyone from the local community and beyond. It will also help to ensure that the Centre can remain open and continue in it’s aim – to help people to learn how to be truly happy from within.

Our project’s name is Sunlight for Happiness and voting opens soon. Please give your support to our project by voting for us and sharing this news! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter – coming soon!

We will add a voting link to this post very shortly, watch this space…

Half day courses coming up

July 20th, 2015 | Posted by web admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Introduction to Meditation

Sunday 6 September, 10.30am – 1.30pm

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The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. The busyness and difficulties of daily life often leave us with an uncontrolled and agitated mind. With such a mind, we cannot experience the happiness we desire. The peace derived from meditation practice naturally leads to happiness and contentment, allowing us to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life. Through training in meditation when can eventually attain the bliss of full enlightenment.

All courses are led by experienced meditation teachers and include guided meditations, teachings and chance for discussion. The suggested donation is £8 which includes refreshments (£10 for 11.00am-3.00pm courses, which includes a light lunch). No-one is turned away for lack of funds.

No need to book – just turn up!

child meditating picMeditation Workshop for Families
Saturday, September 12th 2- 5pm  
Through the practise of meditation we can all learn to build a stable experience of happiness from within and on this workshop – especially developed for families – we can learn together how to de-stress, solve our daily problems, cope with difficulty and improve the quality of our relationships with everyone.
The workshop consists of guided meditations, talks, stories, discussion and games.  
Cost £6 per family
Includes healthy refreshments and snacks
If you would like more info, please contact Lamchen:

Statue Painting Course

January 2nd, 2015 | Posted by web admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

At Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Bristol 

21 ~ 23 August with Kelsang Lamchen



In Buddhist practice, statues and images of holy beings are used to develop and increase our minds of faith and reliance.

Join us for this hands-on weekend workshop, led by English Buddhist nun and experienced artist Kelsang Lamchen.
We will look at preparing statues, traditional painting techniques and the basics of gilding.

No experience necessary, just a willingness to listen, learn – and have a go!

Booking essential – please email us for further details and to book a place.