Due to the UK Government advice to counteract coronavirus, the Sheffield Buddhist Centre building is closed until we are advised otherwise. Although the building is closed, the Sangha is still open. Visit the new website for our online activities:
Sheffield Buddhist Centre is the hub of a thriving, friendly community of practising Buddhists, housed in a large listed building set in about 2 acres of garden.
The Centre is run by members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, who teach and practice a non-sectarian style of Buddhism, suitable for people living in the contemporary Western world.
We run regular classes for newcomers to Buddhism and meditation (see below), as well as a packed programme of other classes, events, retreats, festivals and study seminars for those with more experience.
What is Buddhism? See Buddhism & Meditation. How do I learn to meditate and get involved? Have a look just below.
We run a regular programme of introductory classes for people who are new to Buddhism and meditation as practised in our tradition. Because meditation is one part of an overall package in Buddhism, most of our classes for newcomers are an introduction to Meditation and Buddhism, rather than being just about meditation alone.
This course explores basic Buddhist tools for living well: ethics, meditation and wisdom. It includes an introduction to the mindfulness of breathing and development of loving kindness meditation practices.
A day introducing basic Buddhist principles and meditations.
All Buddhism classes are offered free of charge.
Generosity is of fundamental importance in Buddhism and the finances of the Centre are run on the basis of “dana”, which means generosity in the old Indian language, Pali. Our aim is to inspire a culture of generosity in the way we share Buddhist teachings.
We therefore only make a formal charge for our Bodywork classes and School visits. All other activities are offered on a generosity basis.
Welcome to Still Learning, a not-for-profit education service working in partnership with the Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Still Learning provides high-quality tours and workshops about Buddhism delivered by experienced practising Buddhists. Our team leader Jordanna has a PGCE with QTS, and has been teaching for 12 years in various settings.
Our sessions are fun and interactive, as well as informative. Select from the options below to find out more about us and what we could offer your school.
Get in touch with us below to find out more about any events happening at the Buddhist Centre
Our address is: Sheffield Buddhist Centre, Howard Road, Sheffield, S6 3RT
The Centre is in Commonside (see the map on this page) between Walkley and Crookesmoor. It is about 10 minutes walk up the hill from the main Sheffield University site, and the 95 bus stops just across the road — look for the banner and the gap in the big stone wall.
There is very limited parking in the centre grounds, so please park in the streets behind (unless you have mobility problems) and walk through the pedestrian entrance on Howard Road or St Joseph’s Road.
SatNavs User beware! Our postcode will take you to Joseph Road, which is a private road at the back of the Centre. Parking is not permitted there but you can park on any of the adjacent side streets and walk down Joseph Road to the gate which gives access to the Buddhist Centre entrance.
I first became interested in Buddhism as a teenager from a chance encounter with a book found in my school library. I was immediately struck by how Buddhism taught that I could change how I experience the world and that I could grow as a person. However, it wasn’t until many years later at the Sheffield Buddhist centre, that I began to commit myself fully to Buddhist practice as I saw that practicing Buddhist teachings was having a very positive impact on my life and on the lives of others.
I was delighted to join the Still Learning Team in November 2018. My previous work has been as a teacher and as an artist and I feel privileged to be able to bring those skills together with my passion for Buddhism in order to teach children and young people about Buddhism.
I first came into contact with Buddhism in my final year of university when I attended an introductory course at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre. I was instantly captivated by the revolutionary yet practical nature of the Dharma (teachings of the Buddha).
I began to meditate and apply Buddhism into my daily life and found that it actually worked! I had started to view the world differently and in a way that made me happier. I gained great confidence by this and became a committed Buddhist practitioner soon afterwards.
I enjoy sharing with others what I have learnt and how Buddhism has transformed me so I was delighted to join the Still Learning team in October 2013.
We have a range of exercises and activities, depending on ages and ability levels, exploring Buddhist ethics and their implications for how we might live as Buddhists.
How did the Buddha become the Buddha? Who was he before? What is enlightenment?
An understanding of the Buddha’s life story is an indispensable introduction to the religion. We draw out the key aspects using a beautiful painting that depicts the different events from the story.
We often theme our tours and visits around the Three Jewels of Buddhism, the Buddha, the Dhamra and the Sangha. Find out why the Three Jewels are common and central to all schools of Buddhism.