The Glasgow Buddhist Centre is a peaceful oasis in the middle of one of the city’s busiest streets. We are the Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly the FWBO), a worldwide movement that seeks to make the traditional teachings and practices of the Buddha available to the modern world.
Our classes are open to all.
Whether you come for a yoga or tai chi class or want to find out how the Buddhist approach to life can change yours for the better, we'll be pleased to see you.
We don't charge a fee for meditation or buddhism classes, as we wish to make them as widely accessible as possible.
You can book for our courses online, or by phone, or by dropping in during our opening hours, shown below. Please note that we ask for a deposit when booking yoga, tai chi or Breathworks courses.
We are a registered charity: our buddhism and meditation classes are free and our bodywork & mindfulness courses offer a lower price for the unemployed, retired people, students and those on low income
You can find us on Sauchiehall Street (opposite the dental hospital) on the first floor with stairway access. The centre is on all on one level and is light and airy - quite a different feel to the bustle and noise of Sauchiehall Street. If you have a disability and would like to visit us or attend a course, please contact us to check our facilities.
About Triratna and Sangharakshita (our founder)
The Triratna Buddhist Order and Community are a worldwide movement, founded by Sangharakshita in 1967. Triratna is a Sanskrit word meaning three jewels. Traditionally there are three jewels at the heart of a Buddhist life: the Buddha as example, his teachings (the Dharma), and the Sangha, or community. You can find out more about Triratna and our history on the main Triratna website - www.thebuddhistcentre.com
In 1967, Sangharakshita returned to the UK from India, and set up the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order – a new Buddhist movement for the modern West. The first ordinations into the Western Buddhist Order took place in 1968. In 2010, the FWBO/WBO changed its name to Triratna – Three Jewels – to reflect its internationality. Things grew rapidly throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. The Order now numbers two thousand members worldwide, and a third of the Order is in India.
Criticism and Controversy
A huge amount was achieved in a very short time. However, mistakes were made, especially in the early days. For example, there has been controversy surrounding the sexual activity of Sangharakshita, and things also went badly wrong at the old Croydon Buddhist Centre in the 1980s. Triratna has attracted its fair share of criticism, much of it valid and useful. Sangharakshita has recently apologised for hurt he has caused, and the College of Public Preceptors also recently issued a statement welcoming his apology. The issues involved continue to be widely debated within the Order. There are further lessons to be learned and we are actively seeking ways to resolve our past.