London Buddhist Vihara
The Vihara is open daily to all devotees and visitors from 9.00am to 9.00pm.
Details regarding the Vihara's activities are displayed on the notice
boards in the main hall. A monk or a lay person will usually be present to give
additional information and assistance to newcomers.
The Vihara Library is housed in the reception room. This library contains sets
of the Buddhist Canon in English and Asian languages, ola-leaf manuscripts,
bound sets of periodicals, books on Buddhism and related subjects-over 2600
The library is open to students and friends of the London Buddhist Vihara.
Please contact the Vihara to arrange access to the collection.
The bookstall has over 200 titles in paperbacks covering a wide range of
Publications include those from Buddhist Publications Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka,
Buddhist Missionary Society, Kuala Lumpur, as well as books published in the
Please send a Stamped Addressed Envelope (size C5, 23x16cm) for a book list.
A Buddhist Service is held every Sunday (except during August) from 5.00 pm to
Service sheets are provided giving Pali stanzas with English translation.
A short sermon, meditation, chanting and discussion period are part of the
Due to the keen interest in this devotional expression of generosity by lay
Buddhists, those wishing a special date to offer food and other offerings are
advised to enquire as early as possible.
Pastoral care includes Wedding Blessings and Funeral Service.
Visits to the sick and needy at home or in hospital may be arranged.
Facilities are available to schools, educational groups etc to visit the Vihara
by prior arrangement.
Outside talks to schools and faith groups can be arranged.
Buddhist festivals are celebrated at the Vihara. Details are displayed in
Calendar of Events and on the notice boards. Details are circulated to all
friends of the Vihara.
Dhamma Class for Children
2.00 - 4.30 pm Dhamma classes
6.00 - 7.00 pm Sunday Devotion
7.00 - 8.30 pm Advanced Dhamma Class
Topic: Majjhima Nikaya
The discourses of the Buddha spanning a period of 45 years are preserved in the
ancient writings known as the Tipitaka (Three Baskets), of
which the first Pitaka (Basket) is sutta pitaka. In this class,
some of the suttas in the texts known as majjhima Nikaya (middle
length discourses) will be discussed.
Class Tutor - Venerable Kassapa Thero
10 - 11 am Drop-in meditation
7.00pm Vipassana Meditation (Bhavana) Instruction and Practice.
For those without any previous experience, a beginner’s class is also
7.00-7.15 pm Observance of Pansil
7:15-8:15 pm Vipassana Meditation
8.15-8.30 pm Metta Bhavana
8.30 pm Questions & Discussion
Monthly recurrent retreats
- Second Saturday
5.00 - 8.00 pm Second Saturday of every month
Meditation Retreat, conducted by Dr Sumana Perera
- Last Saturday
2.15 - 7.00 pm In addition to the weekly meditation classes, the Vihara holds a
retreat on the last Saturday of every month, except for months of August and
2.15-2.30 pm Introductory Talk
2.30-3.30 pm Sitting Meditation
3.30-4.00 pm Walking Meditation
4.00-4.15 pm Tea Break
4.15-5.00 pm Sitting Meditation
5.00-5.30 pm Walking Meditation
5.30-6.00 pm Dhamma Talk
6.00-6.30 pm Tea & Refreshment
6.30-7.00 pm Metta Bhavana & Discussion
All meditators - whether beginners or experienced - are welcome to participate
in this all-important practice.
The classes are free of charge, but you may like to make a donation towards the
cost of maintenance of the Vihara.
Recommended Reading: Mindfulness in Plain English - Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Dress Code when visiting London Buddhist Vihara
Please dress modestly!
Devotees and Visitors are advised to wear decent clothing to cover the body
appropriately when visiting the Vihara. Exposed shoulders, sleeveless tops and
shorts are considered inappropriate and disrespectful.
Yearly recurrent course for beginners - An Introduction to Buddhism
- October, Yearly
An 8-week course which started 7pm Monday 7th October 2019 will repeat in
October 2020. Please keep in touch with the Vihara updates on the programme dates.
7th Oct Pre Buddhist India
14th Oct The Life of the Buddha The Spread of Buddhism
21st Oct Sources of knowledge (Pali Canon.) Investigating the teachings (Kalama
Sutta) The Buddha's Charter of Free Enquiry
28th Oct The First & Second Noble Truth
4th Nov The Third & Fourth Noble Truth
11th Nov The Law of Kamma Natural laws, Process of Cognition
18th Nov The Wheel of Life (Paticca Samuppada) The Three Characteristics of
25th Nov The Goals and Methods of Meditation (Bhavana)
Tutor: Julian Wall
How to join: Enrol at the class on first day of attendance at
London Buddhist Vihara.
Fees: Free (donations are welcome)