Sheffield Buddhist Centre is the hub of a thriving, friendly community of practising Buddhists. 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.

Because we are following guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19 we are doing things a little differently than normal at the Buddhist Centre.

The government has confirmed Step 4 of the Roadmap will proceed on Monday 19th July at which point the majority of Covid restrictions will end, and guidance will emphasise personal responsibility.

We are really looking forward to the benefits of using the building fully again.

Changes to in-person events at the Buddhist centre.

  • Masks and social distancing – These will no longer be required by law, although you may wish to continue to wear a face covering and would be welcome to do so. We are waiting for guidance from the government for Places of Worship, but it is possible that we might ask you to consider wearing a mask when there are very large numbers at an event, or where particularly vulnerable people are attending. This will remain optional.
  • Restrictions on group size for events & mitra study will be lifted.
  • Booking to attend events will no longer be essential.

 

The next few weeks

Our aim is to make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone, understanding that some will feel cautious about returning to in-person events inside and others might not be able to for health reasons.

Our rooms will be set up with some space between the chairs and cushions, and where possible we will continue to leave the doors and windows open to improve ventilation.  

To avoid crowding inside the Buddhist Centre we will continue to set up the tea station and any shared food outside, and during events the covered outside spaces will continue to be available to help avoid crowding.

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New to the Buddhist Centre

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.

Introductory Days & Courses

Exploring fundamental Buddhist tools for living well: ethics, meditation and wisdom, our newcomers events include introductions to the mindfulness of breathing and loving kindness meditation practices.

Register your interest to be contacted when we announce future courses.

The Generosity Economy

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.

Meet the Teams

Sheffield Buddhist Centre runs thanks to the generosity of people in the teams behind everything we do

Location

Our address is: Sheffield Buddhist Centre, Howard Road, Sheffield, S6 3RT

The Centre is in Commonside 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.

Contact Us

Get in touch with us below to find out more about any events happening at the Buddhist Centre

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Jordana

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.

Aryadasa

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.

Buddhist Artefacts

Suitable for all Key Stages A fun activity for all ages. Explore a range of traditional Buddhist artefacts. Can you guess what they might be used for? Pupils and teachers love the hands-on approach of this game.

Ethics and Kamra

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.  

The Life of the Buddha

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.

The Three Jewels

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.

Stilling Activity

Very popular with both students and teachers, this exercise will give you a taste of what it’s like to meditate.