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Religion and spirituality


Buddhist worship and activities in the City of York.

Faith Adviser: Peter Harvey


Many York students have visited the groups listed below, some for only 1 or 2 meetings, while others have become long term regular members.

York Buddhist Network lists a variety of local groups meeting. Contact them at:

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Buddhist places of worship

Groups in York

Samatha Trust, York

From October to June this group runs weekly meditation classes with talks and discussions. It teaches a systematic form of mindfulness of breathing, along with loving-kindness, mindfulness of walking and some chanting. The Samatha Trust is a lay Theravada group with roots in Thai Buddhism.

Meeting: We meet on Thursdays at 7.30pm, from 7 October. In the context of COVID-19, we are currently meeting by Zoom video link. Please email Peter Harvey if you are interested in joining the class (, in order to get the Zoom link. It is best to attend from the first week, but you can certainly join later. All are welcome.

Contact: Peter Harvey (York St John Buddhism Faith Adviser): email: or

Telephone: 01757 335 021

Mobile: 07905 772 672


This group are affiliated to Jamyang Buddhist Centre, Leeds, which follows the teachings of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism as practised by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. They have a teacher who visits fortnightly and in the intervening weeks they have group meditations and discussion. 

Meeting: Tuesdays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the Quiet Room, Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL

Contact: Rowena Field email: / Telephone 01904 656504 / Mobile 07552472491

Tibetan Buddhist, Nyingma-Kagyu lineage, leader Lama Shenpen Hookham.

Meeting: In a spacious peaceful setting in Heworth, York. Meditation and discussion sessions; monthly celebratory meal (Full Moon Feast); occasional quiet days. Current programme on website.

Contact: Meditation facilitator, Damcho Pamo (Jane Reed)


Meetings: Monday eve. 7.00pm to 9.00pm (exc. holidays) St Bede’s Pastoral Centre Conference Room, 21 Blossom St, York, YO24 1AQ. The Sangha follows a core programme with shared facilitation.

Inc. guided and silent meditation, walking meditation, readings and contributions from the group, sharing experiences of the practice. Refreshments are shared during the evening. The Sangha hosts occasional ‘Days of Mindfulness’ and support retreats. A local weekly newsletter is sent to all members.

Website: Contact: Facebook: yorksangha

This meditation group meets weekly during school term times to practise Chan meditation and to discuss relevant texts and books on the subject. Chan is the original Chinese form of Zen. 

Meeting: Tuesday evenings during school term times 7.00pm to 9.00pm at Millers Yard, Gillygate, York YO31 7EB.

Contact: Sian Thomas email:


This group are part of the Kwan Um School of Zen, a network of Zen Centers and groups in the UK, Europe, Asia and America, founded by Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927 to 2004). The group is led by authorized Zen teacher Lizzie Coombs.

Additional events are announced on our website.

Meeting: York Zen meet on Monday evenings 7.00pm to 8:15pm at Jacob Wells in York. Please email ahead of a meeting to reserve a place.

Additional events are announced on our website.  

Contact: Lizzie Coombs


Part of the Wild Goose Zen Sangha, founded in this country by Fr Patrick Kundo Eastman Roshi (RC priest and Zen Master) as part of the international White Plum Asanga.

The York Group leader is Chris Collingwood, an Anglican priest, who received transmission (authorisation) as a Zen teacher from Kundo Roshi in 2016.

Meetings: Friday evenings, 6.30pm to 8.00pm, The Old Palace, Dean’s Park, York Minster, YO1 7JQ, consisting 3 x 25-minute periods of Zazen (sitting meditation), with Teishos (talks) and Dokusan (short private interviews with the teacher), from time to time. 3 or 4 Zazenkais (intensive periods of sitting) on Saturdays, 10.00am to 4.00pm each year.

Contact: Chris ( Mobile: 07876 896 590.

From the Japanese Nichiren tradition.

This group are an international society for the creation of value. SGI members follow the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin, a Buddhist monk, born in Japan in 1222. They chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to overcome suffering and reveal our innate potential. Their motto is: Trust through Friendship, Peace through Trust. They aim to foster these humanistic principles, particularly through local discussion meetings.


This is a group of friends who meet to practise meditation and Buddhism. They welcome everyone – newcomers and those who practise already. Each week they explore an aspect of the Buddha’s teaching and see how it relates in practical terms to lives today.

Meeting: Wednesdays 7.00pm to 9.00pm Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL. Contact: Shakyapada  email:

This cultural and fund-raising organisation regularly brings speakers on Tibetan Buddhism to give talks in central York. It has organised meditation retreats led by a Tibetan Lama and visits to Tibetan Buddhist religious events outside York.

Groups and centres near York

There are other Buddhist groups or centres near to York, all within an hour's train journey:

There are 2 Theravada temples in Leeds:

There are 3 from the Tibetan tradition:

All are branches of large international networks of Tibetan monasteries and teaching centres, which draw guidance from the Dalai Lama. All are within a short distance of a railway station. All 3 centres periodically host talks by major Buddhist teachers, so it is worth studying the calendars on their websites.

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