The London Buddhist Centre, London's main temple for the Triratna Buddhist community, has announced that it will host an open day on September 10, inviting the public to visit the historic temple site to learn more about its history and other community buildings across England.
The event is organized as part of the London Buddhist Centre's participation in the annual London Open House festival, which is a two-week celebration of the city's historic and unique houses, architecture and neighborhoods, offering people the chance to explore the history of the British capital. and discover some of its hidden secrets.
“How did an abandoned Victorian fire station, built in 1888, become a vibrant center of Buddhism in London in 2023?” “, reflected the London Buddhist Center in an announcement shared with BDG. “From the turrets atop the building where firefighters monitored fires in the East End to the space where fire trucks were parked and where people now meditate, there are many architectural secrets to discover.
“Whether you haven't visited the London Buddhist Center yet, or if you've lost count of the number of times you've visited, come to our open day on Sunday 10 September and find out more. »
The London Buddha Center is a community landmark located in the Bethnal Green area of east London. The center opened in 1978 in a renovated red brick fire station, a listed building of historic interest constructed in 1888. The site remained in use by the fire brigade until 1969.
As a focal point for Buddhist practice and learning, the London Buddhad Center offers meditation classes and practices, as well as Buddhism-related classes, seminars and classes. The center also runs classes and retreats focused on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, offering courses on depression based on the methodology of American scholar, author and Zen Buddhist Jon Kabat-Zinn – a social initiative supported by the local authority, the London Borough of Hameaux de la Tour.
Today, the London Buddhist Center includes a library, a bookstore, a reception hall with Buddhist murals and two shrine rooms with images of Buddha, as well as a meditation and practice space, which offers daily yoga classes, regular events for families, and classes and retreats for those under 25 and people of color.
“Buddhist practices include meditation, retreats, study, ritual, community or Sangha, and myriad other ways in which our lives can be enriched with a sense of purpose and connection,” added the London Buddhist Centre. “We teach Buddhism and meditation in a way adapted to contemporary life. We hold regular retreats at our rural retreat center in Suffolk. (London Buddhist Centre)
The Triranta Buddhist Community, formerly Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, was founded by British spiritual teacher and writer Urgyen Sangharakshita (born Dennis Lingwood) in 1967. Sangharakshita was ordained as a Theravada monk after studying with teachers in India after the Second World War. . He formally took refuge in May 1944 with the Burmese monk U Thittila. Sangharakshita strove to present an updated view of Buddhism relevant to the modern world and integrating the teachings of different Buddhist traditions and using the language and ideas of Western traditions of philosophy and psychology.