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 Sitting Group

Where private flat in Clerkenwell (Tube: Farringdon)

When every Tuesday, 7.00-8.30pm

Contact  James: sittinggroup1@gmail.com

 

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  members’ homes in the Dulwich area

When  Tuesday (twice monthly, first and third Tuesdays), 7.00-9.30pm

Contact Email  stellachapman@yahoo.co.uk Tel  Patricia MacDonald: 0207 274 4150 / 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.

East London Sitting Group

Where  Walthamstow

When  First Sunday of the month & third Wednesday of the month, 7.15-8.45pm (arrive from 7.00)

Contact  eastlondonstggrp@yahoo.co.uk

Insight Dialogue Group

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

When  Monthly on Sundays 4pm – 6.45pm

Contact idgrouplondon@gmail.com

 

Kingston Mindfulness Meditation Group

Where  Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston-Upon-Thames, KT1 2PT

When  Every Wednesday, 7.30-9.30pm

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

London Fields / Dalston Sitting group

Where  The Sitting Room, 43 Parkholme Road, E8 3AG

When  Once a month on a Friday, usually the last Friday of the month, 8.00-9.30pm

Contact  simonrobey@hotmail.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, Church Crescent, Muswell Hill

When  Thursdays  7.30pm   Except for last Thursday of the month

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  Our Lady Queen of Peace Church Hall, 222 Sheen Road, Richmond, TW10 5AN

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

Wimbledon Zen Meditation Group

Where William Morris House, 267 Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SD

When Every Saturday morning – 10am to 11:30am

Contact Alan at wimbledonzen@gmail.com

Study and discussion groups

London Mindful Practitioners Group

Where  Central London

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

Contact  Nick at mindfulpractitioners@gmail.com

West London 12 Step Recovery Sitting Group

Where  West London Buddhist Centre, Royal Oak House, 45a Porchester Rd, W2 5DP

When  Tuesday 6.30pm-8pm (arrive from 6.15pm)

Contact  buddhistrecoverylondon@gmail.com / Tel   020 7727 9382

Being-in-Relationship Sitting Group

Where North London (opposite Golders Green Station)

When Friday 7-9pm – fortnightly

Contact Chuey Loh  cyloh@btinternet.com

 

Refuge Recovery London

Where Jamyang Buddhist Centre (nearest tube: Kennington/Elephant and Castle)

When Sundays 6.50-8.20pm – weekly

Contact David Bannocks : Refugerecoverylondon_UK@yahoo.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1925750974322609/

 

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