About Us / Centre
At the Centre we have probably the widest selection of books on meditation and Buddhism in Norwich, including books written by Sangharakshita, Pema Chodrin and other contemporary teachers and classic Buddhist texts and scriptures. We also have a broad selection of gift cards, meditation cds, high quality incense, singing bowls, Tibetan flags, ethnic jewellery and small statues from Nepal.
Times for the shop are:
Monday – Saturday
12 midday – 3 pm
We are fortunate to have a large team of volunteers who help at the Centre on a daily basis. The Centre would not be open without them and they help with everything from reception work, admin, publicity distribution and graphic design, to plumbing, cleaning and electrical work.
People volunteer here for many reasons. Some because they want to learn new skills, or be around practising Buddhists more or just because they want to help! We can offer volunteers supervision and training at the Centre and welcome people of all backgrounds. We cannot though (due to a lack of capacity) offer one-to-one supervision to people with significant learning difficulties.
If are interested in volunteering please contact the Centre on 01603 627 034.
Our Library provides a great resource with an extensive selection of books from different Buddhist traditions. We have sections on Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, children's books, DVDs, and many more. We also have a wide array of canonical literature (most of these are available for use in Library, as 'reference only').
People who have taken a course with us and regularly attend the Centre are welcome to borrow books, CDs, and DVDs. We ask for a small donation when borrowing items from the Library.
We have two shrine rooms at the centre. Our small shrine room on the main floor is generally used for study groups and small meetings. It also holds meditation classes one night a week.
The main shrine room (pictured left) is a beautiful room with original strutted wooden beams. We have an original thangka (Buddhist Icon painting) by a local artist called Aloka which is the centrepiece to the shrine.
Our yoga studio on the second floor is naturally lit from windows on two sides, as well as a sky light. It is light and airy in the summer and warm in the winter.
On Wednesdays, our Going Deeper meditaiton class meets in this room from 7.30 - 9.30pm.
All other days the room is used for yoga classes: drop-ins, workshops, and courses.
Click here for answers to some of our frequently asked questions about our yoga classes at the Norwich Buddhist Centre.
photo by Alexandra Bone: www.alexandrabone.co.uk