Sakya Buddhist Centre London

Sakya Buddhist Centre London (Sakya Dechen Ling) is one of the principal Sakya Buddhist centres in the UK. Sakya Dechen Ling runs meditation classes and courses on the teachings and meditation practices of the Sakya Buddhist tradition.

Sakya Dechen Ling has hosted teachings by major masters of the Sakya tradition, including H.H. Sakya Trizin, the current head of the tradition. Most of the centre’s introductory courses take place in Notting Hill, West London. Sakya Dechen Ling was officially founded by Lama Jampa Thaye in 2005.

The Sakya Buddhist 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 Buddhist Centre London
(Sakya Dechen Ling)
31A St Lukes Road
Notting Hill

W11 1DB


+44 (0) 20 7183 2109

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Weekly Classes and Study Groups

Wednesday evening classes provide an introduction to two types of Buddhist meditation. The class initially engages in guided tranquillity meditation through which we can develop a stable, clear and peaceful state of mind. This is followed by reflective meditation consisting of a brief explanation of a key Buddhist topic and a period of individual contemplation.

Saturday morning drop-in classes provide an introduction to tranquillity meditation through which we can develop a stable, clear and peaceful state of mind. The class consists of simple instructions followed by two 15 minute meditation sessions.

Saturday morning study groups focus on Parting from the Four Attachments and provide an opportunity for discussion and reflection. These sessions provide a regular space to develop and deepen understanding of bodhicitta, the ‘thought of enlightenment’ that lies at the heart of the Buddhist spiritual path. The study groups are open to both established practitioners and interested newcomers.

All classes and study groups are free of charge although attendees are welcome to make a donation.

Please check our Twitter page for any last minute changes to scheduled classes.


Day Time Class/Course Facility Fee
Saturdays 10.30 - 11.15am Morning Meditation at Sakya Dechen Ling Donations Welcome
Saturdays 11.30am - 12.30pm Morning Study Group at Sakya Dechen Ling Donations Welcome
Wednesdays 7.30 - 8.30pm Evening Meditation at Sakya Dechen Ling Donations Welcome
Thursdays 7.00 – 8.00pm Evening meditation in Chigwell, East London - call 02085014550 Donations Welcome

The Centre also runs an extensive daily programme of group meditation practices (known as ‘pujas’) including the meditations of Chenrezik and Green Tara. We also celebrate the annual holy days of Buddha. Participation in some pujas is restricted to those who have received Refuge or received other prerequisites of practice.

Other Centre Activites

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
translate Tibetan Buddhist texts. Please email for further details:


It is possible to request a dedication of one of the pujas, on behalf of and for
the benefit of someone who may be ill or who has recently died. Please email for
further details:


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


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