Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds is home to one of the largest Buddhist-based outreach services in the north of England. Its educational programmes and community services are spread across the northern counties and allow all who are involved to develop mental wellbeing, meditation skills, improve pos- itive behaviours in day to day life and build lasting friendships. As a charitable organisation, the ongoing provision of these life-changing opportunities is very dependent on the financial support we receive from private individuals and charitable trusts.
Our Education Outreach work interacts with school and universities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of West Yorkshire. We provide meditation training, basic mindfulness techniques and teachings on Buddhist psychology and philosophy to over 30 different educational establishments every year. Teachers and parents often tell us they enjoy visits to our centre, and comment on how calm their children and students have become.
The Volunteer Programme trains individuals interested in meditation to lead sessions and classes on Buddhism, each term we train and support on average 5 new facilitators. These then support our other outreach work such as providing meditation sessions for local businesses, council and health service workers, and other satellite groups we mentor around the UK. Currently we mentor groups in York, Hull, Liverpool, Scotland, Cumbria, and even Romania.
Each year we bring to Leeds guest teachers from all over the world. Since 2015 we’ve had visits from Tibetan Lamas, international retreat leaders, best-selling authors, TV producers and our regular team of UK based leaders and experts in yoga, mindfulness, Buddhism and psychology.