Buddhism has gained popularity since World War II with people seeking a greater understanding of life rather than following the doctrine of current day religions. Even if people are not following the Buddhist way of life, many are still quoting Buddha's proverbs, which have proven common sense to the reader.
The Langri Tangpa Centre was founded in 1982 and was run by Inta McKimm for almost fifteen years. After her death, it was thought the centre may close, however her daughter Miffi felt it was important to carry on the work her mother had begun. Originally named Chenrezig City Centre, it was renamed to Langri Tangpa Centre after Geshe Langri Tangpa who was a Kadampa Master known by his practice of exchanging his happiness for the suffering of others. The Centre is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).
The centre runs regular classes in meditation, emotional balance, yoga and introduction to Buddhism. Often, touring Tibetan Lamas visit the centre and members have the advantage of regular teachings and courses from these visits. The centre is open to anyone who can benefit, there is no need to be a Buddhist to attend.
There is no requirement to book ahead but a programme has been sent out for the day. Guided tours will be available all day so on arrival you can put your name down for the time-slot that best suits you. The programme is
10.00am - Open
10.30am - Guided Tour
11.00am - Public Talk with the Tibetan Lama
12.00Noon - Buddhist Blessings with Buddha Relic, bathing the Buddha and sutra writing
The famous Chai Tea will be served free throughout the day as well as free books, giveaways and lucky door prizes. Kids can enjoy their time by making prayer flags. The shop will be open and you can purchase books, prayer flags and CDs.
Parking is available only on the street, however the city bus network will get you to Camp Hill as well. The building is wheelchair accessible and disability friendly. Memberships are also available. This will be a great day out for the whole family.