Amitabha Buddhist Centre

Amitabha Buddhist Centre

Name: Amitabha Buddhist Centre
Address: Old Vicarage, Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NX
Contact: Judy Adams, Education Programme Coordinator
Phone: 0117 9745160
Mobile: 07795 385566
Affiliation New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) The International Kadampa Buddhist Union, Mahayana Buddhism
Purpose of Community: To offer meditation classes and guidance on how to practice Mahayana Buddhism
Facilities: Meditation rooms, World Peace Café, Vegetarian meals, Short-term accommodation, Library, Shop; Garden
Access: Disabled access provided to ground floor only – Accommodation on second floor. Smoke-free/alcohol-free environment. No dogs allowed indoors (except registered guide-dogs).
Requirements: Visitors and guests are requested to respect the privacy of residents and to keep noise to a minimum. Shoes to be removed before entering meditation rooms. No smoking or drinking alcohol onsite. No meat or fish to be consumed onsite.
Practical Tips: Bedding and towels provided to staying guests. Dormitory accommodation for single-sex guests or a couple. Staying guests provided with breakfast and lunch; registered day-visitors provided with lunch. Vegetarian meals/snacks can be purchased from café (11am – 4pm except Sunday).
Suitability: Suitable for all ages: Primary schools and secondary schools (not as residents unless accompanied by an adult), University students.
Further Reading: For extensive details of Kadampa Buddhism and NKT worldwide activities:
For a wide range of subjects related to Buddhism and meditation:
For guidance on how to meditate:

The following books by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

Introduction to Buddhism, Transform your Life and Modern Buddhism, are available from the community’s library or to purchase from:

Also worth reading:

British Buddhism: Teachings, Practice and Development
Bluck, R. (2006) London & New York: Routledge, (ch. 8 on NKT).

Buddhism in the Tibetan Tradition
Gyatso, Geshe Kelsang (1988) London: Arkana.

Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West
Lopez, D.S. (1998) Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press.

Tantric Revisionings: New Understandings of Tibetan Buddhism and Indian Religion
Samuel, G. (2005) Aldershot: Ashgate

Buddhism in Bath: Adaptation and Authority
Waterhouse, H. (1997) Leeds: Leeds University Community Religions Project (ch. 5 on NKT/Amitabha)

The New Kadampa Tradition and the Continuity of Tibetan Buddhism in Transition
Kay, D. (1997) Journal of Contemporary Religion 12 (3)

Public Liability Insurance: Yes