Lam Rim Buddist Centre

Programme: May to July 2018

If you would like to attend any of the following groups or courses, or take part in a retreat please let us know by emailing us ( or telephoning the Centre so that we can ensure the catering needs are met.

Sunday 20th May; 10:00am - 4:00pm

Clearing Guilt, Shame and Self-hatred with Sifu Yeshe Gyatso

We will be exploring the three levels of experiences, engaging in methods, both gradual and direct, for freeing obstacles and gaining freedom from stress, anxiety and depression generated by our modern lifestyle; transforming them into peace, joy and the natural openness of our being.
• See below about prices. Course Incl. Food and refreshment

Saturday 9th June; 10:00am - 4:00pm

Morning Practice with Ben Griffin

A practical commentary of Lam Rim Buddhist Centre's early morning practice from the moment of waking up, setting the shrine, as well as a detailed summary of the main meditation itself. We will offer water, do prostrations, learn the mandala mudra, and recite verses and mantras. The course will include explanations from the Lam Rim living tradition, as well as from the oral teachings given in 1983 by Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche.
• See below about prices. Course Incl. Food and refreshment

Saturday 16th June; 10:00am - 4:00pm

Momo Making Day with Dikey

There will be a strictly limited number of 10 places for this practical cooking course where Dikey will guide us on making the most famous and delectable of Tibetan dishes - steamed momo!
The cost includes ingredients, vegetarian lunch, and refreshments. Please book early to avoid disappointment!
Cost: £25pp, incl. Food and refreshment

Saturday 30th June; 10:00am - 4:00pm

Letting Go with Ben Griffin

All of us have experienced the difficulty of letting go of loved ones, anger, frustration, anxiety, desires and all sorts of fearful or fanciful fantasy. We often find ourselves compulsively holding on even though we know it does us no good.

Today Ben will gently walk us through traditional, practical healing meditations from the Himalayan tradition that can help not only free us from suffering experiences in the moment but also to break the cycle of future binding to suffering experiences.

• See below about prices. Course Incl. Food and refreshment

Sunday 8th July; 10:00am - 4:00pm

The Desert Tour with Sifu Yeshe Gyatso

In this secular course we will be training in methods of self-healing, the transformation of fear, awakening the heart to it's limitless wealth of Love, Joy and Compassion.

Join us in the uncovering of our inner treasures.
Cost: £---pp, incl. Food and refreshment

Saturday 21st July; 10:00am - 4:00pm

Clearing Guilt, Shame and Self-hatred with Ben Griffin

This standalone course which is the first course in a series.

The course intends to lead us to recognising the meaning of insight within the Buddhist tradition through combining both analytical meditation and powerful experiential meditations from the Himalayan tradition.

The series aims to give us actual access to an unmistaken view of reality which places one onto the path of accumulation - the first level of enlightenment itself.

What does that really mean? It means buckle your seatbelt Dorothy, 'cause Kansas is going bye-bye.
• See below about prices. Course Incl. Food and refreshment

Please also remember that you are always welcome to join in the daily spiritual programme in the shrine room:
6:30am – 7:30am – Morning Puja (Chenrezig Guruyoga of His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama)
10:00am – 10:30am – Silent meditation
4:30pm – 5:00pm – Silent meditation
7:30pm – 8:30pm – Evening puja (21 Praises to Tara, Long Life Prayer of His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama, 6-armed Mahakala)

• Dharma Course Prices

Buddha’s teachings are priceless and are not to be devalued by buying or selling them.

In our culture (where the market often determines value) this puts us into a difficult situation because Lam Rim Buddhist Centre is not funded from elsewhere. As you can imagine, we have we have very many necessary expenses. (In traditional Buddhist cultures, course attendees and visitors to centres and temples are always very generous, so the issue is not found there).
Moreover, when we suggest a donation (of, for instance, £25) we have found that it is often perceived as an implied value which then lends itself to the notion that Buddha's teachings have a price after all.

So, as the centre completely relies upon the generosity of the community that visits and attends teachings, we suggest that, if you wish to help secure the future of the centre, then to please make an affordable donation when you visit the centre or, even better, through regular monthly commitments. Likewise the residents and the teachers are donating their time and energy freely to the centre, so if you would like to make a donation to them, please feel encouraged.
Alternatively, or as well, the centre depends just as much upon voluntary work and voluntary residents without whom there would be no centre at all; if you are able to offer a week from your annual leave to come and take part in working at the centre, you will be welcomed.
For those who want to make a donation that reflects the costs of running the centre (which is currently (spring 2018) just over £1,600pcm), three courses in a month would need to generate £540 each. When 20 people attend a course, the cost of running the centre is therefore met at £27 per person.

Lastly, we are firmly convinced that donations (either in work or financially) must only be given in accordance with ability and no-one should ever feel unable to attend due to financial difficulty; and if you are wondering about your own eligibility, our courses are open to everyone regardless of faith, practice, or experience.