About Us

An Oasis of Calm

Opened 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.

Our Future Vision

Whether you are new to our centre or a long-standing supporter we, the trustees and volunteers of the Sakya Thubten Ling would like to extend an invitation for you to join us in our vision for the future.

We are a dedicated Tibetan Buddhist Centre, part of the Sakya lineage, which is one of the four main lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. The group was founded in 1999 with the support of the Venerable Lama Jamyang Lekshey.

Under the guidance and patronage of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, head of the Sakya lineage and with the further support of the Venerable Lama Thubten Nyima, the Sakya Thubten Ling was established as a charitable trust in May 2000.

We are very fortunate to have access to such High Masters and accomplished teachers and to the precious teachings of the Sakya lineage which have been handed down through successive generations of masters unbroken from the eleventh Century and before.

In addition to preserving the teachings of Lord Buddha and of the Sakya lineage, Lama Lekshey has said we should seek to engender a good atmosphere within our community. Our ambition is to have a resident Lama and a much larger centre including the provision of accommodation for a Lama, so that the precious teachings of our lineage are transmitted for the benefit of 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.

First-time visitor?

For those of you attending for the first time, here are just a few easy to follow steps. Upon entering the building please:


Take off your shoes/coat and place them on the rack/hook


Place your donation in the box


Enter the shrine room and make yourself comfortable with the cushions or chairs provided


Be silent in the shrine room when waiting for the session to commence as people may be meditating




Suggested donation – £5.00 per session | Concessions – £2.50 per session

All donations go towards the maintenance of the Centre run by our volunteers.

If you have any other questions on arrival, you can ask one of our friendly lay volunteers.

We Welcome Everyone

The Sakya Thubten Ling is a Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Bournemouth which is open to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.

We provide a quiet sanctuary for holding regular meditation sessions and open days where you are free to pop in at your leisure.

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