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An oasis of calm

STL centre2Opened in 2004 by The Venerable Lama Jamyang Lekshey, our centre stands on what was previously the site of a Presbyterian Church tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood of Bournemouth.

Slowly but surely our modestly sized centre has flourished, with the number of attendees and volunteers growing all the time.

We believe that our centre will continue to bring the community together, create a good, loving atmosphere and provide a refuge for all.





Communicating the benefits of meditation

Life can be exhausting these days! You may have stress at work, with relationships, caring for your children or an elderly parent, not to mention the myriad of other chores on your never-ending list. Sometimes you just want to know who you are beyond all the roles you have and have the chance to enjoy balance and serenity…and some time to yourself.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by it all, regular meditation will help you release unwholesome emotions, shift your mood and improve your relationships and you will feel relief, inner peace and rejuvenation.

So whether you wish to try or improve your meditation, develop or commit yourself as a Buddhist or are simply curious, we shall be happy to help and encourage you in any way we can.

If you’re interested in attending one of our sessions, please see Programme for further details.



Not been before?

We love welcoming newcomers but we know how daunting it can be to visit a place for the first time, so we’ve put together this simple list of steps to help you get familiarised.

Upon entering the building please:

1) Turn off your mobile phone.
2) Take off your shoes/coat and place them on the rack/hook. 
3) Place your donation in the box.
4) Enter the shrine room and make yourself comfortable with the cushions or chairs provided.
5) Be silent in the shrine room when waiting for the session to commence as people may be meditating.
6) Enjoy!

If you have any other questions on arrival, you can ask one of our friendly lay volunteers. Click here to meet the team.