About Lam Rim (Wilts & Glos)

Lam Rim (Wilts & Glos) Buddhists meet three times a week for meditation, discussion, puja and study, as well as the regular teachings given by Venerable Geshe Thinley.

Geshe Lobsang Thinley was born in Tibet in 1962. When he was 18, he escaped from Tibet and went to Drepung Monastery in South India where he was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  Between 1980 and 1998, he studied Buddhist philosophy and achieved a Geshe Lharampa degree, coming first in his class. In 2000, he went to Gyuto Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh as a teacher and to study tantric teachings for two years.

In March 2002, he came to the UK to become resident at the Lam Rim Bristol Buddhist Centre.   He began teaching at Lam Rim WG in 2004 and has been a regular visiting teacher ever since.

The Buddhist Group

In 1982, a small group of people interested in Tibetan Buddhism invited the Venerable Geshe Damcho Yonten, Spiritual Director of the Lam Rim Buddhist Centre in Wales, to give teachings in Bristol.  From this beginning, the Lam Rim (Wilts & Glos) Buddhist Group developed, to offer a Centre for practice and contemplation for the Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Bath area, whilst maintaining links with the Lam Rim Buddhist Centres in both Bristol and Wales.

The Group has an expanding library of books and tapes that are available for private study.

Most importantly, Lam Rim (Wilts & Glos) Buddhists offers an oasis for meditation and quiet contemplation, amidst the bustle of daily life.

Aims and Objectives…

Lam Rim (Wilts & Glos) Buddhists are a charity whose aims are to provide a Centre where the Buddha’s teachings are available to as many people as possible, and to enable those who are sympathetic to Buddhism to practice in an harmonious and conducive setting. At its heart lie the Mahayana teachings of the Buddha, which show the path to complete spiritual development; the absolute perfection of wisdom and compassion, for the benefit of all living beings. This is a sincere endeavour to embody, in the twenty first century, the purity of the tradition that has carried the Buddha’s teachings through the ages.

“Showing kindness to others, we can learn to be less selfish; sharing the suffering of others, we will develop more concern for the welfare of all beings. This is the basic teaching.”   His Holiness The Dalai Lama