The Poet's Way 2020

Deepening our spiritual practice through the power of creativity, words and the poetry of life

 Sundays from 5.15pm(for a 5.30pm start) to 9pm at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre, 329 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3HW.
Bring writing materials, a poem for sharing with 4 copies – yours or by someone else, and vegetarian food to share.

26th Jan, 23rd Feb, 22nd March, 26th April, 24th May, 21st June, 23rd Aug, 27th Sept, 25th Oct, 22nd Nov, 13th Dec

Repeats every month on February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November on the fourth Sunday. 5.15pm to 9.00pm

Muck-in Mondays

A weekly opportunity for active dana given in the form of keeping our shrine spaces and centre well maintained, safe, clean and tidy. Join us every week  13:45-16:45 or just when you can. We will start and finish with a short ritual and check-in over a mid-afternoon break. Working together, mindful of each other, in our practice of giving what we can, with an open heart. This is an exploration of team-work and practice and we'd love you to join in. We plan to get greener and so do bring any environmentally friendly cleaning  or DIY know-how you might have.

Repeats every week every Monday. 1.45pm to 4.45pm

Collective Meditation Sessions

An opportunity to practice with others and quiet your mind at the end of your day. Open to all meditators who can sit silently in meditation for 40minutes. Not suitable for beginners as there will be no teaching or guidance given.

We are creating a collective pool of silence in which to refresh our individual being.

Doors open at 4.45pm and the sit begins at 5pm with saluting the shrine (no-one will be admitted after meditation has begun). Starts Monday 6th January 2020, and is every Mon thru Thursday (except during Rainy Season retreat March 8-15th). 

Repeats every week every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday. 5.00pm to 5.40pm

Exploring meditation: For Order members and Mitras. Tuesdays 12:45 - 2pm

An open invitation to all Order members and Mitras to join in a regular group, to meditate and explore practice together. The format is very simple 12:45 meet in GBC's reception room, then 1-2pm is a meditation sit in the small shrine room, followed by an opportunity to say something about what went on for each of us, in that particular session. You are welcome to stay on afterwards for a more informal chat. There is no need to book, just come along - see you there! 

Repeats every week every Tuesday. 12.45pm to 2.00pm

Yoga with Joy Tuesdays 17:45-19:00 (new time from 7th January) 6 week block/ drop-in

From Tuesday 7th Jan 2020 to Tuesday 18th Feb 2020, 5.45pm - 7.00pm
(except Tue Feb 04 2020)

Joy Charnley qualified with Yoga Scotland in 2011 and since then has been teaching a range of classess and 1:1 sessions, focussing on body and breath awareness. This is a mixed class. It will have people in it who are experienced yoga practitioners and also warmly welcomes beginners.

You can book for 6 week block (£48/36) or pay each week as a drop in. 

Drop in £9/£7

Tuesday Dharma Night 7-9pm

Every Tuesday night, all year round, we explore the Dharma and practise together. A community, made up of order members, mitras and people who have completed the level 2 buddhism courses, get together to study a particular aspect of the Buddha’s teaching, to practice meditation, or to take part in puja.  Please feel free to join in every Tuesday or when you can. 

A meditative programme to aid year end refection, integration and resolution.  

Repeats every week every Tuesday. 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Wednesday Lunchtime Drop In Meditation

From Wednesday 8th Jan 2020 to Wednesday 16th Dec 2020, 12.30pm - 1.00pm
(except Tue Mar 10 2020)

This popular lunchtime class is designed for anyone working or living locally. Take half an hour out of your weekly routine to refresh your body and mind with meditation.  This class is suitable for experienced meditators and also those with no prior experience of sitting meditation. It runs from 12.30 -1pm.

Please note that as this class is only 30 mins long any instruction will be brief and minimal. For a fuller introduction to meditation please see our Thursday Morning Drop In.

There is no fee for the course. All our meditation and Buddhism events have no charge.


Yoga with Sara

From Wednesday 29th Jan 2020 to Wednesday 4th Mar 2020, 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Sara teaches a gentle form of yoga which draws on both hatha yoga and buddhist principles, emphasizing the cultivation of a grounded and embodied approach. She trained in mindfulness-based yoga with Bodhiyoga. 

She is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Community in Glasgow, and is offering this six week yoga course on a Dana and drop in basis. Come to one or come to all, and give what you can. Beginners are welcome. 

Thursday Drop In Meditation

From Thursday 9th Jan 2020 to Thursday 17th Dec 2020, 10.30am - 11.30am
(except Thu Mar 12 2020)

This weekly meditation drop-in is suitable for complete beginners, and also those with some experience of the mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana (development of loving kindness) meditations.  

The newcomers class covers the following areas: posture, body awareness, the foundations of mindfulness practice and developing kindness for oneself and others. Those new to meditation will gain a practical ability in the two foundation meditation practices we teach. Meditation can produce many benefits, from reducing stress and aiding sleep to enjoying clearer states of mind,...

Friday Drop-in Meditation

From Friday 10th Jan 2020 to Friday 18th Dec 2020, 2.30pm - 3.30pm
(except Fri Mar 13 2020)

Our weekly Friday meditation drop-in is suitable for both complete beginners and those with some experience of the mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana (development of loving kindness) meditations.  

The newcomers class covers the following areas: posture, body awareness, the foundations of mindfulness practice and developing kindness for oneself and others. Those new to meditation will gain a practical ability in the two foundation meditation practices we teach. Meditation can produce many benefits, from reducing stress and aiding sleep to enjoying clearer states of mind,...

Iyengar Yoga Level 1 with Pauline Hamilton (from 17th January)

Repeats every week every Friday. 5.45pm to 6.45pm

Pauline qualified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher in 2011.

Her classes are suitable for beginners as well as regulars and will help you develop greater strength, improved posture and balance.

Classes are on Fridays, 5.45pm - 6.45pm. You can book per calender month or pay per class.

Re-starts 17th January and runs through to 29th May (no class 10th April) 

£7 / £5 payable to Pauline on the night


Young Buddhist Meetup

Young Buddhists: An monthly evening of meditation and Dharma

A monthly meetup for those between 16-35 interested in Buddhism and meditation. A chance to connect, practice and go deeper with those of a similar age. We will eat, chat and meditate together, exploring the theme of 'Virya'- energy in pursuit of the good.

Newcomers and regulars welcome.

Search Facebook for Glasgow Young Buddhists or follow this link

5.30pm to 8.30pm

Parinirvana Day Festival

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 10:30 to 16:00

On Sunday 8 February, we will get together to remember the Buddha’s physical death and Paranirvana, and to bring to mind friends or relations who have died. It will be a warm-hearted day, sharing meditation, reflection and ritual. You are invited to bring along a photo or small memento of a loved one who has died, who you wish to be included in our metta practice. The GBC doors will open at 10am for a 10.30am start. The day will end at 4pm.Please bring some vegan lunch to share.  Led by Taradakini and team. All welcome. 



Social Action Kula

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 10:30 to 12:30

On the 3rd December some of us hosted a ‘climate quiz’ at the Dharma night class at the GBC.  It was enjoyed by everyone there as far as I could tell. During the evening I talked about launching the Social Action kula of the GBC. A number of people were interested to follow up on this.

My idea is that there will be a variety of sub kulas coming together as I am aware of a number of different issues that we might choose to address:

the climate emergency (we have already participated in a few actions around this);

work with refugees in some way;



Meditation Day Retreat

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 10:30 to 16:30

At the end of our regular six-week introductory courses on Buddhism and Meditation we offer a free day retreat to all current and past participants. This is a great opportunity to practice communally together, so we also extend this invitation to the whole sangha community. A warm welcome to all.

We start the day with meditation (generally break for lunch at around 1pm) and the afternoon will be a mix of talks and/or small study reflection/dicussion groups.

Please bring veggie food to share. We put all the food donations out buffet-style. If you have food intolerences and...

Crucible of communication weekends: A Dharma/ Sangha practice

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 10:00 to Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 17:00

This year there are three weekends which offer the opportunity to take part in the Dharma/Sangha practice of Crucible Communication. Led by Bhadra, from Bristol Buddhist Centre and Viryadevi from Glasgow Buddhist Centre. They facilitate a meditation practice focusing on both internal and external experience. The unique aspect is that we have the opportunity to express our experience to other participants in the practice. This allows us to not just feel, but to articulate the shape and texture of our thoughts and habits, especially in how we relate to ourselves and others.


Men's residential weekend at Dhanakosa

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 18:00 to Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 17:00

 A weekend open to male Mitras  and other men who want to take their practice of Buddhism deeper. The weekend is being led by Abhayavaca and Khemaka, both men are members of the Triratna Buddhist Order. This weekend of practice and study will be on the theme of spiritual friendship. On retreat we live as a community practicing meditation, studying and reciting puja together. The weekend is offered as an opportunity to get to know the other retreatants and the Triratna Buddhist Community better.  The weekend takes place on 6th-8th March 2020 at Dhanakosa, the Triratna Buddhist Community's...

Annual General Meeting of Triratna Glasgow

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 13:00 to 17:00

Triratana Glasgow is the charity that oversees the running of Glasgow Buddhist Centre. Our annual general meeting is open to all current members of the charity. At the meeting, members will be hearing the annual report of work carried out by the charity in the calendar year 2019. It will also receive the annual financial accounts for 2019. 

Full membership of the charity if open to all members of the Triratna Buddhist Order in the Glasgow Sangha. Associate membership of the charity is open to  all GFR mitras of the Sangha in Triratna Glasgow. If you are not already a member of the...

Rainy Season Retreat 8th -15th March 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 10:00 to Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 17:00

The Rainy Season retreat is an annual period of seclusion and practice for the members of the Triratan Buddhist Community in Glasgow. The whole centre is closed to the public and nothing else happens except the Rainy Season programme.

The Rainy Season retreat is only open to members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and MItras in the Triratna Buddhist Community. 

Sunday 8th March: 6pm Shared Dinner. 7pm Opening talk by Sadhanandhi, our guest teacher for the week on the theme of Virya

Monday 9th March- Friday 13th March Programme. Theme exploring energy...

Energetics of Liberation with Paramananda, for OM's and mitras

Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 10:30 to Sunday, June 7, 2020 - 17:00

The Buddhist path can be characterised through the qualities of the three principle Bodhisattavas representing compassion, wisdom and energy.

Vajrapani is the third and represents the embodiment of energy. This third aspect is the least stressed of the three, but from the perspective of meditation it is arguably the most vital, for without the necessary energy, little progress can be attained.

This weekend will focus on the aspect of energy as the essential fuel for practice. In particular we will look at the vital part played by the correct attitude towards and understanding...