• 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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The New Guide to Dakini Land


The Sunday evening (6.00 – 10.00pm) Foundation Programme is starting a new book on Sunday 14 JuneHow to Understand the Mind by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

This amazing book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in every day experience to improve our lives.

Each class consists of a lively mix of guided meditation, teaching and paired discussion. The class is taught by Amitabha Buddhist Centre’s Resident Teacher, Gen Chonden.

If you have a wish to take your meditation and understanding of Buddhism a stage further, you are warmly welcome to join us.We suggest that you come along to a couple of classes with no obligation to join; if you then feel this is for you, you can sign up! (for further details of the small commitments involved in joining the study programme, click here)

To register your interest, or if you have any questions, please contact Kelsang Rak-ma, Education Programme Coordinator, on

South West Dharma Celebration

April 27th, 2015 | Posted by web admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

12th to 14th June 2015 in Plymouth, Devon.

With Kadam Bridget Hayes


Everybody is welcome to attend the first regional Dharma Celebration for the South West, held in Plymouth, Devon.

During this special weekend celebration Kadam Bridget Heyes will grant the blessing empowerment of Buddha White Tara. White Tara is a female enlightened being whose function is to bestow long life, good fortune and wisdom. An empowerment is a special blessing ceremony in which we make a connection with a particular Buddha so we can receive inspiration to heal our mind and awaken our pure nature.

Through receiving this empowerment and engaging in the practice of White Tara we shall make a strong connection with her enlightened energy. As a result we shall naturally be protected, increase our good fortune and wisdom. It is said that living beings receive Tara’s blessings as swiftly as the wind moves because she is the manifestation of the wind element of all the Buddhas.

Kadam Bridget will also offer practical advice on how to integrate Buddha’s teachings into our modern, busy lives so that we can develop our wisdom and compassion and fulfil our wish for a happy, peaceful and meaningful life.

For further details, and to book, please click

Day course with Gen Chonden

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The Power of Prayer
Saturday 6th June with Gen Chonden

Prayer in Buddhism is primarily a mental action. It is wish, with intention and request. We’ll look at how prayer can help us, and others, and how we can develop the power of our prayers.

For further details and to book: click here

Half-day courses coming up

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All held at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Bristol 


lotus2Meditation Workshop
Sunday 7th June, 10.30am – 1.30pm
Meditation is the main cause of mental peace.  If our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and problems and we experience true happiness.  Learn how to meditate or improve your skills on this practical course of talks and guided meditations.


A Fresh Start in Every Momentseedling2

Sunday 21st June, 10.30am – 1.30pm

We can learn to let go of the preoccupations of the past and future and come to live in the present by relating to the appearances as they arise from their emptiness. This helps us to build a positive and pure world free from disturbing conceptions.


No need to book – just turn up! We suggest a donation of £8 (includes refreshments)  but no-one is turned away due to lack of funds.