Sakya Buddhist Centre Bristol

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The Sakya Buddhist Centre (Sakya Thinley Rinchen Ling) is one of the leading centres of Tibetan Buddhism in the UK. It was founded in Bristol in 1977 by Karma Thinley Rinpoche and Lama Jampa Thaye. The Centre enables people to learn the systems of meditation and study of the Sakya tradition of Buddhism, which is currently led by H.H. Sakya Trizin, who has visited the Centre and given teachings on numerous occasions. The Centre has hosted teachings by a number of other distinguished Buddhist masters, such as H.E. Phende Rinpoche, H.E. Sakya Dagchen Rinpoche and H.E. Jetsun Kushog Rinpoche.

The Sakya Centre is run by volunteers and funded by donations. The Centre is administered by the Thinley Rinchen Ling Trust, registered charity no. 282717.

Contact The Centre

Sakya Thinley Rinchen Ling
121 Sommerville Road
St Andrews



+44 (0) 117 924 4424


Weekly Classes

Tuesday evening classes provide an introduction to meditation and Buddhist teachings. Initially a simple meditation is taught and practised, followed by a short explanatory talk about a particular aspect of Buddhism. The session ends with time for questions and discussion.

Monday evenings, Wednesday & Saturday morning classes provide an introduction to a simple meditation through which, with practice, we can develop a clear and calm state of mind. The classes consist of simple instructions followed by two 15-minute meditation sessions.

All welcome.

Day Time Class/Course Facility Fee
Mondays 8.00pm - 9.00pm Drop-In Meditation Donations welcome
Mondays 8.00pm - 9.00pm Tibetan Language Class (see below) £4 facility fee
Tuesdays 8.00pm - 9.00pm Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism £4 facility fee
Saturdays & Wednesdays 10.30am - 11.15am Drop-in Meditation Donations welcome

As well as the above classes the Centre has extensive schedule of practices including the meditations of Chenrezik, Green Tara, Guru Rinpoche and Gonkar and the annual holy days of Buddha are also celebrated.

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Other Centre Activities

Study Groups

Study groups provide the opportunity to study texts taught by Lama Jampa Thaye
and other
visiting Lamas in more depth. The study groups are ideal for beginners who have been attending introductory classes for some time and wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Dharma. Please email for details of current study groups:

Tibetan Language Classes

The Centre runs classical Tibetan language classes for those wishing to read and understand Tibetan Buddhist texts. These classes are intended for those who are new to the Tibetan language and who wish to master the fundamental skills of the alphabet and pronunciation. This is also an opportunity to learn some vocabulary including basic dharma terms. Classes take place weekly on Mondays at 8.00pm, lasting one hour.
Please email for further details:


Pujas performed at the Sakya Centre can be dedicated to the benefit of individuals in the case of illness or death. Please speak to any member of the administration team or the person who is leading the puja. It is traditional to make an offering to the centre when making such a request – a sum of £20 is suggested as appropriate. To request a dedication and make an offering please email:


Further meditation classes and teachings are given at the Sakya retreat centre
in the Dordogne, France, Sakya Changlochen Ling.

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