About the LBC

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The London Buddhist Centre is primarily a place for teaching meditation and Buddhism, but it is also a cultural and social hub running a wide variety of activities. We provide the conditions for living a dynamic and engaged spiritual life orientated towards deeper meaning and fulfilment. This means that as well as meditation classes and Buddhist talks and study groups, we put on poetry, film, arts events, fairs and festivals; many of us live and work together; all this in a strong atmosphere of friendship. We hope this magazine reflects the breadth of that vision.

Learn to Meditate

At the London Buddhist Centre we teach meditation and Buddhism in a way that is relevant to contemporary life. Most of our meditation classes take place at the Centre in Bethnal Green but we also run meditation classes in Central London every Saturday and in South London on Tuesday evenings. You can learn to meditate at one of our drop-in meditation classes, by attending a meditation course or by going on retreat. We teach two Buddhist meditation practices, the Mindfulness of Breathing, which enhances our awareness and peace of mind, and the Metta Bhavana – the cultivation of loving-kindness.

Explore Buddhism

We run regular introductory Buddhism courses where you can learn the essential message of the Buddha, a message which you can then explore more deeply at subsequentclasses, courses and retreats.

Yoga for meditation

A whole range of new yoga classes to for developing strength and flexibility and supporting your meditation practice. Regular drop-in classes at lunchtimes and in the early evening, plus day events. Find out more here.

Health and Wellbeing

We teach Mindfulness Based Approaches that help prevent relapse into depression and addiction and to manage stress and anxiety. For details visit the Breathing Space Website


Within our broader community we have activities specifically aimed at men, women, young people (under 35) and parents and children


There are many ways to become more involved and support the work of the Centre, click here for more information.

Opening times

In addition to our evening and weekend classes and courses, the London Buddhist centre reception and bookshop are open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm. The bookshop stocks, Buddhist books, cards, rupas, malas, meditation CDs, meditation mats and cushions.

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