Lam Rim Bristol Buddhist Centre

Patron: Ganden Tripa Kyabje Rizong Rinpoche
(Spiritual Director: Ven. Geshé Damchö Yönten passed away on 26 August 2017)

Spring 2019 Programme

Buddhist teachings are traditionally given freely, but the Centre relies on voluntary support. If you wish to contribute, suitable donations are: evening/day classes £3.50/£1.50 waged/unwaged; weekend courses suggested donations per day £10 waged. At weekends, a light lunch is normally available but you are welcome to bring your own food.

We are no longer printing the programme, so downloadable versions of programme are no longer available. Please check this website from time to time for updates on the programme.

Monday Evenings

Basic Meditation

7 January - 8 April, 7.30 - 9.00pm (Please note change of time)

Drop-in meditation classes. Simple guided meditations to develop a peaceful mind and a happy heart. Suitable for all. Please ensure that you arrive by 7:20 as we start promptly.

Wednesday Evenings

Silent Sitting Meditation

9 January - 10 April, 7.30 - 8.15pm

A silent, unguided sitting meditation of about 45 minutes. Suitable for those with prior experience. These sessions may not always go ahead, so please check with to avoid disappointment. Please ensure that you arrive by 7:20 as we start promptly.

Thursday Evenings

A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

10 January - 11 April, 7.30 - 9.00pm

Shantideva's Bodhicaryavatara serves both as a guide to practice and as an expression of the aspiration to benefit all sentient beings. Written in the early eighth century, Shantideva's observations and advice can be as helpful today as they were then. Selected readings from his text will be followed with a short discourse, reflection and discussion. Suitable for all.


We continue with weekend courses offered by Jamyang Bath at the Lam Rim Bristol Centre. There are three courses during this programme as follows:

A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life - Chapter 2

Led by Andy Wistreich and Shan Tate

Sunday 20 January, 10:30am - 5:00pm

Andy and Shan have kindly made time in their busy teaching schedule to begin a class on what is probably one of the most important texts in all of Mahayana Buddhism - Shantideva’s 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.'
Following on from their classes in 2017, we plan to cover chapter 2 this time around and continue studying the text in the months (and years) ahead. This Mind of Enlightenment (Bodhicitta) is an altruistic attitude of universal compassion. It is possible for any human to develop it through study and practice. It brings great happiness to oneself and others, and it clears away all the obstacles and problems of our life.
No booking required - just drop in. More details here.

Retreat - How and Why

Led by Geshe Samten

Sunday 17 February, 10:30am - 4:30pm

Meditation lies at the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Retreat, even short periods of it like one or two days, is essential to personal transformation on the Buddhist path enabling us to go deeper into our meditation practices to develop positive far reaching all encompassing attitudes and to face up to and deal with those mental patterns that we have that hinder rather rather than help us.
Geshe Samten is a tantric trained Kopan monk from Solu-khumbu in Nepal. He has completed many of his own retreats and is very experienced in practising tantra. He has been resident at Land of Joy, the FPMT UK Retreat Centre in Northumbria, since March 2018 helping with the ritual side of retreats such as making tormas and setting up fire pujas as well as sharing his knowledge with others.
No booking required - just drop in. More details here.

Balanced Empathy

Led by Ros Boughtflower and Lynne Knight

Sunday 31 March, 10:30am - 4:30pm

Would you benefit from developing closer, more nurturing relationships with family, friends and your community?
Are you interested in developing an deeper understanding of how others experience the world and their emotions?
How would your daily life improve, at work and at home, if you were able to respond others in a way that’s beneficial to them and to you?
Do you need to develop your own personal resilience and prevent emotional burn out?

During this dynamic and practical workshop you’ll explore not only how you experience and view the world but also how you relate to others in given situations – and how the choices we make each day can have a profound and wide-reaching impact.

No booking required - just drop in. More details here

Tsog Days

The following are Tsog Days during this programme:

The following are Festival Days:

Tibetan New Year is Tuesday 5 February (Earth Pig Year 2147)