Author Archives: buildingbuddhism

Stately Homes and Staircases: Madyamaka Buddhist Meditation Centre, Pocklington

The Madyamaka Buddhist Meditation Centre, part of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) within Tibetan Buddhism occupies the former Kilwick Percy Hall, in Pocklington, near York, and 42 acres of surrounding land. The building is predominantly Georgian and is Grade II* … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

The stupa at Harewood House: A Yorkshire-Bhutan Co-Production

Although a stupa might not be considered a building in the same way as a monastery, we included the stupa at Harewood House in our research as an example of the different types of structures that are important to Buddhists.  … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Birmingham Buddhist Vihara

This temple caters for a relatively small and dispersed Burmese Buddhist community, members of which travel from different parts of the country for festivals and ceremonies. The site houses a large Burmese style pagoda, completed in 1998, and also two … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Manchester Buddhist Centre (Triratna Buddhist Order and Community): Buddhism in the heart of Manchester

  If I’m being totally honest, one of the most compelling buildings I have visited on this project has been the Manchester Buddhist Centre.   I hope I’ll be able to give you a flavour of this remarkable building in this … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wat Buddhapadipa: Thai Buddhism Comes to Wimbledon

Wat Buddhapadipa is a Thai temple and monastery, now based in Wimbledon, which was first established in 1965.  Whilst the community previously occupied a house in East Sheen, they wanted to have a purpose-built temple, and therefore the decision was … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A responsibility for past, present, and future:  Soka Gakkai UK and Taplow Court. 

Our latest fieldwork research saw us hot-footing it from Leeds to Buckinghamshire to visit the amazing Taplow Court.  Taplow Court is now the UK head-quarters of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a lay Buddhist movement who follow the teachings of Nichiren … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Offering Incense in Eccleston Square since 1956: The Buddhist Society, London

The Buddhist Society has always been a building that I enjoy visiting.  Situated in upmarket Eccleston Square in London (not far from Victoria Station), the Buddhist Society is one of the first lay Buddhist societies in Europe, according to their website. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments