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:

http://sheffieldbuddhistcentreonline.org/

If you are isolated at home and need anything please do get in touch with the Centre by phone or email. We send our well wishing and care to everyone affected by the Coronavirus.
If you’re new to Buddhism and would one day like to come to the Buddhist centre, follow this link to find out more about what we’re offering to newcomers whilst the centre is closed.

About the Buddhist Centre

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.

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.

We'll publish dates for newcomers' events as soon as we re-open.

Buddhism & Meditation Course

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.

Introductory Day

A day introducing basic Buddhist principles and meditations.

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.

Educational Visits

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.

We also host yoga, tai-chi and Chi Kung classes in our bright and airy “Great Hall”, with it’s underfloor heating, is ideal for bodywork as well as meditation.

Interested in yoga, tai chi or Chi Kung? Look at:

Contact Us

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

Location

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.

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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.  

  • What are the five precepts?
  • How do they affect how we live?
  • Do you agree with the Buddha that living like this will make someone happier?
  • What is karma?

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.

  • The Buddha, representing the ultimate potential for human growth,
  • The Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha.
  • The Sangha, the Buddhist community.

Stilling Activity

Very popular with both students and teachers, this exercise will give you a taste of what it’s like to meditate.
  • You will be amazed how still and quiet your pupils can be!
  • Learn some techniques from experienced Buddhist meditators that you can use every day to stay calm, grounded and positive.
  • It is not a specifically Buddhist exercise and is therefore suitable for people of all religions. It can be easily adapted to suit all ages.