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Meditation groups

 

This page is about peer-led groups in London, which usually meet without a teacher. If you are not based in London you can also find details of sitting groups near London here.

The insight tradition encourages regular meditation practice. Sitting groups for group meditation are common across Buddhist traditions. Though it does not itself organise such groups, London Insight Meditation publicises them through its website. The management and finances of the sitting groups are completely independent of London Insight Meditation.

We ask that sitting groups listed on our website should have the aspiration and intention to:

  • be organised on the basis of providing opportunities for shared practice in an environment of friendship and understanding
  • be mindful of the need to create a safe environment physically and to safeguard members who are vulnerable
  • have an affinity with the aims of London Insight Meditation and an interest in supporting its activities
  • operate in a responsible way embodying the ethical principles of the Buddhist tradition including being run on a “not-for-profit” basis with sitting group members’ livelihoods kept separate from the sitting group
  • be open to welcoming new members (unless it is made clear that it is a closed group) and be prepared to answer emails and telephone enquiries from prospective members (if a phone contact for the sitting group is given).
  • nominate a contact from sitting group who can liaise with London Insight Meditation and who can share information from London Insight Meditation with sitting group members
  • notify London Insight Meditation of changes needed to the website listing for the sitting group

 


Central London Meditation Group

Where and when: currently suspended.  See group’s website for details of online meetings happening soon.

Contact  www.sitcentral.org

 

Chiswick Meditation Group

Where London Buddhist Vihara, 11 The Avenue, London, W4 1UD

When every Tuesday 11am – midday

Contact Paula: chiswickmeditation@gmail.com

 

Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement (in London)

What a monthly meditation flashmob/vigil to bear witness to the impact of fossil fuels on our planet

Where Shell Centre, London SE1 7NA

When   Last Sunday every month at 10am

Contact  joseph.mishan@phonecoop.coop

 

 

Dulwich Sitting Group, South London

Where  online via zoom

When First and third Tuesdays of the month 7 – 9pm

Contact Email  stellachapman@yahoo.co.uk Tel Stella Chapman: 0208 693 9251

 

Ealing Meditation Group/Sangha

Where  Ealing, West London (nearest tube station: Northfields)

When   The first Tuesday and third Wednesday of the month, in the evening

Contact   kevincarlin64@gmailcom / 0799 0935509.

 

Enquiry, Meditation, Connection

Where  via Zoom

When  Wednesday 7.30pm and occasional Saturdays

Contact  https://sitlondon.weebly.com/

An online gathering for insight meditators in London during the coronavirus crisis. Exploring how our practice can help us navigate these times. Led by a team of Community Dharma leaders, mindfulness teachers and Order Members in the Community of Interbeing.

 

Insight Dialogue Group (for experienced ID or IMP practitioners only)

Where  Crossfields Centre, 8 Fairhazel Gardens, London NW6 3SG (usual venue but email to check as occasionally it varies)

When  Varies

Contact idgrouplondon@gmail.com

 

Kingston Mindfulness Meditation Group

Where  online click here for more information

When  Every Wednesday, 7.30-9.30pm

Contact www.kingstonmeditation.org.uk/contact-us/

 

London Fields / Dalston Sitting group

Where  Currently meeting online via Zoom.

When  The last Friday of each month at 8.00pm. New members are very welcome.

Contact dalstoninsight@gmail.com.

 

North London Sitting Group


Where
  Usually in N8 (Crouch End) or close by

When Alternate Mondays 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm

Contact  Peter Leanse sit.crouch.end@gmail.com

 

North London Theravadan Buddhist Group – Affiliated to the Thai Forest Sangha

Where  Friends Meeting House, Rain Forest Room, Church Crescent, Muswell Hill, N10 3NE

When  Thursdays  7.30pm

Contact Katie Tribe 0208 448820/Mobile:0752 7579 617/email :  cdtribe@btinternet.com 
Clara Grattidge:  0207 2673913/Mobile 0791 3186 922

 

Richmond Mindfulness Meditation Group

Where  online via zoom

When  Every Thursday 7.30-9.30pm

Contact www.richmondmeditation.org.uk/contact-us/

 

Twickenham Mindfulness Meditation Group

Where St. James Church Hall on Radnor Road in Twickenham

When Every Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm

Contact  twickenhammindfulness@gmail.com

 

 

Study and discussion groups

 

 

London Mindful Practitioners Group

Where  Central London

When  First Sunday of the month, 11.00am-1.00pm

Contact http://lmpgblog.wordpress.com/

 

Buddhist Recovery Sitting Group

Where  online via zoom

When  Tuesday 6.30pm-8pm

Contact  buddhistrecoverylondon@gmail.com / Tel  07887644239

 

Being-in-Relationship Sitting Group

Where North London (opposite Golders Green Station)

When Friday 7-9pm – fortnightly

Contact Chuey Loh  cyloh@btinternet.com

 

Recovery Dharma London UK

When & where: Sundays at 6.30 pm usually at the Jamyang Buddhist Centre 43A, Renfrew Road, Kennington, London SE11 4NA, (Elephant and Castle tube) but occasionally at the Bonnington Centre, 11 Vauxhall Grove SW81TD (Vauxhall tube) – check FB for venue

Wednesdays at 6.45pm at 66 Lupus Street, SW1V3EQ (Pimlico or Victoria tube)

Fridays at 7.00 pm at 32a Wardour St, Soho, W1D6QR (Tottenham Court Road tube)

Contact email: Recoverydharmalondon@yahoo.com  website: www.recoverydharma.org/  FB: https://www.facebook.com/Recoverydharmalondonuk/

 

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