Croydon Buddhist Centre
The Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order) is a worldwide network devoted to communicating and practising the basic truths of the Buddhist tradition in ways appropriate to the modern world. Our aim is to make Buddhism a viable spiritual path for the modern world and a force for good in society.
It was founded by Sangharakshita, an Englishman who spent twenty years practising in a variety of Buddhist traditions in India, before returning to the UK in the 1960s. Since 1967 the Triratna Buddhist Community has grown to be a substantial Buddhist movement in the East and West, with Centres and activities around the world. You can visit the main Triratna Buddhist Community website for further information
We began our activities here on the High Street in 1980. Since then we have taught Buddhism and meditation every week, as well as running at different times an arts centre, a wholefood shop, a vegetarian restaurant, and now the Buddhist Centre Shop and Reception, Oasis Yoga and Health and Hidden Gems Charity shop.
Our recently refurbished shrineroom overlooks a small but beautiful urban garden.
School Visits and Younger Visitors
Throughout the year, local schools arrange visits to the Centre, as part of their Religious Education curriculum, to learn about different aspects of Buddhist practice. Teachers wishing to enquire should contact the Centre team at [email protected]
Although the Centre welcomes visitors of all ages, most activities are not suitable for very young children. Please contact the Centre for information before bringing your child to classe. Under 16s can only attend classes with a responsible adult present, must have parental consent to do so and be supervised at all times. All yoga classes are for those aged 18 and older.
Centre Team (L-R)
Back row: Dharmasri, Ratnabodhi, Vijayasri, Malcolm
Front Row: Amarapuspa, Carol, Jill