We run a programme of introductory courses 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.
Get a taste of how practicing the Buddha’s teaching as part of a community can lead to a radical transformation of mind and world.
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.
Note: if you registered your interest between the 22nd June and 4th of August 2023 then please click below to book on one of the upcoming courses, as due to a website error these entries have been lost. We apologise for this and hope we can welcome you to the Buddhist Centre soon!
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 school visits. All other activities are offered on a generosity basis.
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 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.
Get in touch with us below to find out more about any events happening at the Buddhist Centre
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.