Many thanks for those who filled in our survey back in March 2020, a really helpful step as we consider our development plans for the future. Also thanks to Rachel Walmsley at SUCCEED Training and Development Ltd for setting up the survey and compiling the results. 

  • Always found the standard to be very high (visiting teachers etc) and think this sets Jamyang apart from other centres. I value the study based approach and prefer this to the secular focused things, but I do appreciate the value of these in helping Jamyang appeal to a wider / beginner audience.
  • If lifts could be arranged via JBC website, the sooner the better, I would attend again.
  • If I lived close to you I would join in so many things. But as it is, it’s difficult to easily come along. This can’t be helped really.
  • I can’t always afford some of the prices, aren’t always sure whether you have to pay the full amount or what you can afford, and feel a bit guilty if I don’t pay the full amount anyway.
  • Make the courses easy to access I know finance is important but not everyone is online and familiar with booking systems I particularly like the fact that Chrissie dru yoga teacher has donations box available for those who wish to access her sessions but may not have the funds Meet and greet making people welcome each time they visit the building maybe offer an introductory tour of the building if they wish so they can orientate themselves to the building
  • Have a library which has opening times outside of classes – before, after, or on other days. It is good to listen to the Dharma even if it goes way beyond my current understanding. Please don’t limit the course levels to the deemed level of the students !
  • More consistent events and timings of classes/events, along with a structured approach to progression along the Buddhist and meditation paths.
  • Easier access. More welcoming entrance.
  • I’ve signed up to a distance learning course with London Buddhist school. It’s good, but I’d like to be able to do that with you guys and also come and discuss elements in person/1-1 or in a group.
  • I’ve always been very happy with every course or retreat day I’ve done at Jamyang. A shared lunch was really nice to do together.
  • The travel distance but it is how it is living outside York.
  • Delivery in the town centre again to attract the Dharma students back who used to regularly attend there.
  • It would be used to have access to the kitchen during weekend activities
  • More equal promotion – some courses seem to receive more publicity than others 2. More info upfront about DB. Who is teaching which module? If someone starts part way through the cycle/drops in, it can seem pretty impenetrable depending who’s teaching 3. More thought about teaching styles/pedagogy – given the way teaching is carried out in FE/HE these days, a spread of teaching styles is important (although some experience of traditional Tibetan approaches via visiting teachers is still important to have) 4. Volunteer kitchen – I’m deterred from bringing in flowers because I don’t know where the vases are or how to access water supply. It’s uncomfortable going to boil the kettle in someone’s office, and we can’t sit and chat in there
  • Regular availability of non ritualistic meditation events. Time for practice without excessive talking.
  • I can consider this question and suggest things at a focus group meeting.
  • Huge thanks for all you do-it is awesome!
  • Some events this year seemed a bit uncoordinated, with no clearly identifiable person responsible for set up, meet and greet, clean up. Those events which drew a bigger crowd and were well attended have been a joy to be part of.
  • Certification is a great idea. 10:30 start on weekends helps.
  • Over the years it has been my personal experience and observed the same with new visitors that greater effort could be made to greet individuals and make introductions. It is noticeable that people group together with friends and members and new guests often completely ignored. I could visit the centre and speak with no one nor be spoken with.
  • I really enjoyed fbt. But I’d get tired by the afternoon on the 2nd day. It’s a lot to take in after a busy week. Finishing at lunch on sundays would have Worked better for me. So would starting earlier, although I know that would not be the same for everyone.
  • I think accessibility for people with mental health issues is an opportunity for improvement
  • Definitely a city center location. I’m afraid to say the trek out of town to the center is not desirable. It has made evening classes pretty much impossible for me, and weekend events end up taking up all day, due to travel, and it isn’t practical to nip around town during the lunch break as it was before.
  • Solid Lamrim teachings for senior students – Geshe Namdak, Geshe Tenzin Zopa; Invite Lama Zopa Rinpoche like you did in 2014 when 400 people appeared; Invite Geshe Tenzin Zopa for Yamatika commentary and self-initiation – he is excellent and has done 3 years Y retreat. Or Medicine Buddha
  • I have attended the holistic days in the past and the access to massage etc that was done by people who share the same values was important.
  • holistic therapies such as head/ full body massage Buddhist Arts courses? History of Ideas of Buddhist Arts
  • Maybe you have already thought of this. But what about school groups coming along as part of their Buddhist understanding they do in religious study class. And a mum and tot group singing mantra and playing with mala beads etc.
  • Meditation sessions/mindfulness sessions / for younger people, Introduction to Buddhism sessions for younger people either in schools or at the centre. I think they would be very useful to some teens.
  • I am living in the Netherlands, and depending on the program and teacher of weekends retreats I might inscribe in the future. Geshe Namdak is a good friend, and precious teacher for me. It is there for that I am looking forward to come to Leeds Centre and meet with you
  • There is a good variety available Need to find out what people want Art and craft sessions Seasonal activities e.g. Easter egg activities Volunteering experiences with a certificate for skills achieved
  • Regular one day meditation day retreats at a weekend, more ‘how to’ training sessions in aspects of Buddhist offering, ritual or preliminary practices. Regular one-day Induction to Buddhism days for those who want to test the water. Celebratory festival days such as a Medicine Buddha or Tara day once a year. Complementary medicine festival day for wellbeing.
  • Pre-work yoga 🙂
  • Weddings, Funerals and Blessings
  • Qualified training courses in mindfulness, meditation, etc
  • Dance, chanting, singing, creativity, activities for children during the holidays.
  • I would appreciate opportunities to support the Tibetan people.
  • Qi gung /massage
  • Basic programme
  • This might already exist – Monthly meetings of study groups around specific topics and practices (examples: tantra, purification, compassion and Bodhicitta). – Support groups or coaching workshops around specific topics and how to address them from a Buddhist perspective (example: overcoming abuse, setting life goals, accompanying someone through death, managing life-work balance, family life, loneliness, happiness and conflict in couples)…
  • Longer meditation sessions (led/silent) for more advanced meditators. A couple of hours on a (weekend) morning? 2. More information on/explanation of pujas/rituals 3. Replacement for FBT
  • I’m not sure of the limitations at JBCL regarding social entertainment. I would like to get more local people interested in using the centre regularly.
  • Would be great to have Rob Preece run his 2 year Tantra course at JBCL. Any chance of a Non-Violent Communication course?
  • More community events art based classes?
  • Webinars?? Socials? Festival?
  • Other therapeutic courses. Such as massage or ayerveda techniques. Vegetarian / vegan / ayerveda Cookery classes. Not being able to go into the kitchen doesn’t necessarily have to be a problem. I’ve attended Good Classes in the past where students didn’t go into the kitchens themselves.
  • Becoming Freinds of January Leeds, corporate and individual. will kits and help to wite them.
  • I think the new center has the potential to offer all sorts of classes, which is a positive, as long as people feel safe travelling to that part of town and parking their car in an area that isn’t amongst the safest in Yorkshire.
  • Whole day puja events, teaching people the meaning of pujas and how to perform them.
  • You done well with the Yak Cafe, charity shop and program
  • Set up a youth project in the medium to long term, in the meantime, advertise by leaflets at Holbeck
  • I don’t live in the Holbeck area, but would love to see mindfulness and meditation in local schools for young people struggling with behaviour. I think it would be far more beneficial than isolation and exclusion which is all schools currently seem to do with young people who are struggling.
  • think JBCL is being very effective in the community- my experience on Leeds Concord in particular
  • Jumble sales Fundraise for the local community youth clubs schools Invite schools for visit Lease with Leeds united they are on the doorstep invite players to visit access courses, invite their manager with his interpreter to see how the centre is at the heart of the local community
  • Suggest asking the local school, other religious groups, businesses in the area, also the more widespread Tibetan community, about what’s needed. Make room hire available for free to strapped-for-cash local organisations.
  • Help residents feel more positive about Holbeck by Jamyang being more visible in the streets around Holbeck, and creating opportunities for residents to have involvement in mini-projects such as litter picking, planting flower pots, asking children/families to create prayer flags for the streets for a festival day and share their good work with newspapers and on-line.
  • Finding out what their needs are first and foremost Offering a safe and welcoming meeting/gathering space
  • Ask local groups to hold meetings at the Center. As a one-off and give them a tour. Build confection with other local group.
  • Just being honest, I don’t think secular folk understand the chanting. Something more practical could be more effective, eg food and chat.
  • By offering free or discounted places to local people.
  • Not sure so much ‘regeneration’ seems to be going on in the locality, Maybe worth being part of a joint forum of agencies and residents to find out at grass roots what is wanted.
  • Maybe a ‘study space’ for local young people especially around revision time ?
  • Be visible in the community. Yoga in the park for example
  • I don’t know anything about the centre’s local community. I have been involved with Jamyang over the years because I want to study Buddhism not attend a community centre. I have a community centre local to where I live which I attend for secular activities.
  • Engaging in some of the local events, facilitating volunteers to some organizations, donating money…
  • Being open for more local groups? Mother & baby groups etc to use the space.
  • Find out what local community’s views/needs are – we can’t meet them all, but it would be useful to work out where what we can offer overlaps with need. It’s tough because we probably don’t have enough volunteers who are able/willing to join local groups 2. Complete upstairs so downstairs becomes more available as a community venue 3. Keep doing events like the jumble sale and the open day which get people through the door to see what’s inside
  • I think you’re doing a wonderful job. Is there scope for having a networking event for local service groups, such as the local migrant support group and other service providers e.g. Holbeck Together, Holbeck Elderly Aid, etc. Just an idea with no real thought put into it!
  • Refer to question 8. Also thoughts on how to arrange a meeting with local residents, shops, schools and churches to get opinions on what is useful and beneficial to the community.
  • You are already doing soooo much-many thanks.
  • I think you already do. The Jumble sale was a great success. Maybe coffee mornings to provide a safe forum for local community members to meet and talk? Or facilitating a ‘Frazzled Cafe’ session (search Frazzled cafe online, it’s a regular event hosted all over the UK) compassion and mindfulness sessions aimed at those with no prior experience are also good – and you offer those
  • Recruit volunteers from the immediate community – which you do already.
  • Given the location of the new centre perhaps something could be developed in relation to assisting those involved in prostitution and drug use
  • Work more closely with the schools and doctors. To both go into them with classes and encourage more people into our classes. Possibly having the cafe open at tea time too.
  • Minibus from City Centre to Holbeck and return
  • I think there is a great shortage of alcohol-free social space in evenings and a Saturday Night Sangha hangout of some description might be a worthwhile service to many including many with great difficulties in life
  • Attend more local community meetings- city council ect , youth projects, and schools
  • Helping the local community is one thing, but Jamyang’s original aim was surely to help the Buddhist community of Leeds. It is admirable to be helping the local community where possible, but I think the aim of the center needs to be decided. Is it a community center or a Buddhist center that, when possible, helps the local community too.
  • Very beneficial
  • Youth Centre, and in local Community Centres, such as St Mathews, and on LCC websites. Holbeck has been cleaned up since I left it in May 2018, but there are still gangs drugs prostitution, more underground now. Buddhism has been known for heroes who are youth workers, around the world as fearless and compassionate spiritual; warriors.
  • As one of the major FPMT centres in the UK we need a very big Tibetan Gompa dedicated solely to Buddhist Practice and teachings. The centre attracts major Buddhist Teachers and large numbers of students from all over the world. The centre needs to have a dedicated spiritual space to be able to accommodate such esteemed teachers and large numbers. JBCL is one not only one the major FPMT centres in the UK but also one the largest in the west. The centre needs to have a gompa which reflects this status.
  • The downstairs gompa could be given another use. Or having two gompa means two courses can run at the same time. Good for volunteers to feel relaxed about accommodation whilst with you. Shame retreatants accommodation can’t also happen.
  • I moved to Toronto 4 yrs ago so I haven’t seen your new space, but I can honestly say your meditation and mindfulness courses have changed how I live my life, and I loved your old space, with the calm and peace it radiated. I sincerely hope you are given the opportunity to expand and create more spaces like this. I have no doubt you have changed the lives of hundreds if not thousands of people with your work. Thank you.
  • A space dedicated to Buddhism only.
  • Accommodation for volunteers to stay is important as accommodation in Leeds can be expensive This needs to be a safe welcoming space The building needs to be warm and welcoming with good toilet/bathing facilities
  • The focus for the upstairs gompa could be mainly Buddhist, for meditation and so on, with quiet more achievable away from the main entrance. This would free up the downstairs gompa when needed for more secular activities.
  • To offer specific Buddhist classes/retreats etc. and freeing up the hall downstairs for more wellbeing events/hall bookings. It will help create a quieter space for meditation. Offer a space for longer-term volunteers and lower costs for visiting teachers if they stay on site. We would also have a proper temple to attract long term Buddhists, the Tibetan and Nepali community!
  • A quiet space for meditation and study and allowing us to develop the ground floor more as a community space+ generate more income. An indoor garden would be nice as there is nowhere to walk around when you are there on a full day/weekend course
  • JBCL he’s been a great addition to Holbeck. Having onsite Accommodation will help the Center feel alive at all times.
  • It’s exciting to see the centre develop and anything which improves the space and brings more people in is welcome. Renting out space to other professionals to bring income in would be great.
  • Enable downstairs to be more neutral upstairs then more reverential.
  • Having accommodation for volunteers will be a ‘complete package’ as it were. Allowing volunteers from a greater geographical area.
  • If the volunteers have their energy in the right place then it should be a self for filling prophecy. I ask thought I now habe a flat in Scarborough can we stretch as far. We are very happy to help facilitate this
  • I don’t know how it will benefit me.
  • Maybe upstairs could be a traditional Tibetan Buddhist style and downstairs more secular?
  • The upstairs space will give the centre an opportunity to host volunteers during relevant activities. The upstairs space will give the centre a space that would enable major events to take place, becoming a world reference in the FPMT network.
  • I think this is important to have a dedicated ‘sacred’ space for JBCL to have a shrine and meditation space. Also having space for volunteers is also so important, the centre cannot function without volunteers and having space on site means we can house them safely and support them to do the vital work they do.
  • A place to meditate anytime 2. More space for evening community activities/wellbeing courses downstairs 3. Volunteer kitchen/more accessible water supply
  • If there the potential for residential retreats? It will be nice to have a quieter Gompa away from the cafe. Although the cafe is great!
  • Separate dharma space. Enables community to focus on particular practices without being on display.
  • This is a difficult question to answer until previous questions have been considered. I suggest it needs to be very adaptable. And easy to access for the old and the young.
  • Personally, I feel it is not yet the right time to develop the upstairs space. Jamyang should concentrate on ‘getting it right’ for the offices, cafe and spaces downstairs and the spiritual and secular programmes. Centre activities need to be better coordinated. The Centre needs a House manager, more volunteers, more established Marketing, reception staff… Upstairs development should follow once those are in place and well embedded. There also seems to be more conflict and different views about activities and the use of the space among the trustees and regular visitors. We should first work on creating a strong Jamyang community again, communicate better, work together, etc. before embarking on the next big change project.
  • Weekend courses/retreats easier to attend. Can have sleepovers!! Or, even discounted accom for business stay… like London centre. Also good for touring teachers and for long term volunteers.
  • it would be helpful if there were rooms available to stay for weekend events for those of us who use public transport. I come over from Manchester when Ven Robina Courtin visits. I work part-time so I’m on a low income which makes attending expensive for me.
  • Having a bigger gompa so that we can hold larger events and hopefully encourage Buddhists /others to come from further away in the UK and internationally. Being able to ask Lama Zopa to come would be amazing. It will be nice to have the gompa set up again with all the statues etc and hopefully it will encourage the dharma to grow and the community to flourish. Having accommodation will reduce costs of renting the house. We will also be able to have both secular classes and Buddhist ones at the same time. That being said I think we should only do it at the right time. Having stability in finances and in the voluntary and paid roles is I think the most important next step.
  • Having a Tibetan ‘style’ Gompa will be a teaching resource for school groups and University students.
  • A larger Permanent Gompa Space. Possibility of resident monk or nun, and visiting Rimpoche etc
  • More space for more people, I have been to some very crowded events, and the temperature is very hard to regulate in the lower room. More volunteers would be willing to participate if there was more space, to mix, talk and help.
  • Is it really necessary? Do volunteers want to live in that part of town?
  • Can host secular and Buddhist events simultaneously allowing for income to be generated while teachings occur. Also, allows for privacy to perform tantric practices.